Surf Camp Blog

August 8th, 2014

Session #6 Surf Camp Photos

Somewhat smaller waves this week compared to last, nevertheless, did not disappoint. It was sunny and hot for most of the week and there were plenty of waves out there for everyone to have a great time. You can view and download images from the full gallery here: Surf Camp 2014 Week #6 Photo Gallery

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Above: Sawyer leads us through the morning meeting. “I caught a fish like, this big.”

Below: STOKED!

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Above: This surf camper was sure he’d spotted buried treasure. He just missed it on the dive!

Below: Group photo with Prout’s Neck in the background.

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July 20th, 2014

Surf Camp Photos from Weeks 3 and 4

The waves for weeks #3 and #4 of Surf Camp provided non-stop fun. We had light winds and sunny skies to make the small but consistent pulse of swell a perfect mid-summer treat. There wasn’t much time spent out of the water in either week.

Surf campers enjoying perfect waves and weather

Above: Can you beat this? Warm water, sunny skies, glassy waves = GOOD TIMES!

Below: Surf instructor Sawyer Theriault cruising the nose on a nice little runner.

Sawyer Theriault, toes on the nose.

Summer camp in Maine: nowhere better

Above: When it comes to learning to surf, waves like this are pretty much perfect.

Below: Instructor Emily Heath navigating some fun lines at Scarborough Beach.

Emily Heath, surf instructor at Surf Camp, charging some fun lines at Scarborough Beach

July 13th, 2014

Photos from Week #2

The second week of Surf Camp did not disappoint… so far this has been an above average summer for waves and weather, and the kids are loving it! So are we… images link to full gallery and downloads.

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June 30th, 2014

2014 Kicks Off With Great Weather, Fun Waves

With the 2014 season of Surf Camp now underway, the first week of camp launched us off in good form with beautiful weather and fun waves throughout the week. We visited Sprague Hall on Thursday morning to avoid a thunderstorm and kick back with a movie, but otherwise it was sunshine all week. Check out the photos here:

June 11th, 2014

Surf Night for 2014 NYA Graduating Class

Surf Camp was lucky enough to celebrate graduation with the 36 seniors from North Yarmouth Academy class of 2014. We got the entire group out for a night of surfing at Scarborough Beach last week during their Project Graduation program. After a cold week leading up to the event, we lucked out with beautiful weather and one of the best evenings of surf so far this year.

Gearing up at the Surf Camp trailer

Above: Surf Camp greets NYA seniors and gets them geared up to go surf.

Below: The NYA class of 2014, ready to surf only about an hour after they graduated!

NYA Class of 2014

Sawyer teaches a surf lesson

Above: Sawyer teaches a surf lesson before we get in the water.

Below: Ready to get in the water. The waves were big enough that we walked all the way down toward Prout’s Neck to avoid the bigger sets.

Surf lesson on a beautiful Maine night (more…)

April 26th, 2014

Fun Morning at the Green Neighbor Family Fest/Urban Runoff 5K

Even though it rained, we had an awesome morning at the Green Neighbor Family Festival in support of the Urban Runoff 5k and clean water education here in Maine.

Urban Runoff 2014, Surf Camp

The event brought out an incredible array of local businesses and organizations that are working to help keep Maine’s rivers, lakes, and oceans clean. We got lots of people on our ‘indo board’ in lieu of surfing and were able to share some of the things that we do at camp in support of the environment: beach clean-ups, education, and minimizing our environmental footprint, to name a few.

Being around so many inspiring people stimulates our thoughts on what we can do at camp to further integrate environmental awareness into our programs… we’ve already got some new ideas. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

March 8th, 2014

Cold Classic Maine or Tropical Perfection?

Dustin Turin // Scarborough, ME — You would think that after a month of surfing perfect tropical waves, the frigid Maine water — currently hovering around 37 degrees — would be a pretty significant buzz-kill. After all, 6mm of rubber definitely slows you down a bit and the 14 degree air that greeted us on our first surf back is cold by any standard. On the temperature front, I’ll take Bali’s 85 degree water any day of the week. No surprise, the Indian Ocean also beats Maine when it comes to producing consistently epic waves. But the reality is, even though Indonesia is always going to ‘beat’ Maine in the surfing hall of fame, it’s almost impossible to compare the two experiences.

Winter Surfing in Maine

Above: Even though it’s cold, waves make a welcome homecoming in Maine.

Below: Surf Camp instructor Sawyer Theriault scores a tropical beauty in Indonesia only a few days earlier.

Sawyer Theriault surfing in Keramas, Bali, Indonesia

When the waves are always on — not an issue we are too familiar with here in Maine — it’s amazing how quickly surfing starts to feel more routine then special. Our standards go through the roof and soon enough we’re complaining when it’s smaller than head high and/or not tubing. Too many people. Too hot. And so on… (more…)

February 14th, 2014

Reflections from Bali: Waves, the Great Equalizer

Dustin Turin // Bali, Indonesia — All surfers embrace exploration: ‘the search,’ as it has been called, is ingrained in every wave rider’s DNA. It means ‘the search’ for better waves, ‘the search’ for empty lineups, ‘the search’ for places untouched and unknown and waiting to be explored. ‘The search’ is a point of pilgrimage with no final location, always moving one bend at a time up the coast.

Bali is most definitely a point along the well-trodden path of surf pilgrimage, a mecca surrounded in an accompanying myth and mysticism. It is certainly not unknown, or — unfortunately — untouched, but for every surfer who has never been, it is still waiting to be explored. The waves here feel unreal to the experience of surfers raised in the cold Northeast. Long period groundswell is nearly constant, the coast is ringed with reefs that produce perfect waves in practically all conditions, and the wind amazes with its ability to disappear for days on end.

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Surfing in a place like Bali, in the crowded and competitive lineups of Uluwatu, Keramas, or Bingin, can be a humbling, inspiring, and frustrating experience, or more likely, all three simultaneously. But being in the water here is also a reminder of one of surfing’s best qualities: that is, waves are the ultimate equalizer. (more…)

December 20th, 2013

There’s still time to give surf for the holidays!

Still can’t decide what to give? A gift certificate for SURF LESSONS or SURF CAMP will surely be one of the most unique and exciting gifts under the tree this year.
Surf Camp Gift Certificates Available

If you’re doing last minute shopping, purchasing a surf camp gift voucher is INSTANT — just check your email — and we make it easy for the recipient to book their lesson or week of surf camp anytime they want. See you in the water!

December 4th, 2013

Making a Positive Impact in 2014

Surf Camp is committed to passing on the good karma that we’ve been fortunate to receive in abundance over the years.  In addition to making scholarships available for camp, we are constantly supporting charitable activities and causes that are important to our social and environmental ethic. For the 2014 season, Surf Camp has already donated two weeks of day camp to important causes.

So far we’ve pledged a week of camp in support of the Urban Runoff 5K, an event to raise awareness of water pollution and raise money in support of clean water education in local schools. After all, our camp only exists thanks to the beautiful clean water off our coast — and we are committed to keeping it that way for generations to come. The 5K is April 26th, 2014 — two days after Earth Day — and you can learn more about it at the Urban Runoff website.

Urban Runoff 5K, April 19th, 2014

In addition, we’ve donated a week of a camp to the Woodfords Family Services “Families in Focus” auction. Woodfords provides community based services and support for people with special needs and their families, including preschools for children with special needs, in home support services, and peer support groups.

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Here’s to hoping 2014 brings good waves and good karma to all!