Surf Retreats 2019

Simeulue Conscious Surf Retreat (1-11 May 2019)

Right time, right place. With the right people.

10-Days of Top Level Surf Training & Perfect Waves. Improve Your Surf As You Would in 365-days.

The aim of this program is for each of our participants to discover new ways of preparing themselves to surf and make of it a new habit in their daily surf routine. Whether it be surf hacks introduced in the classes of ‘Power Surf’ (inspired by Ginastica Natural) or improve your stamina, as well as body and mind consciousness through Yoga. Major improvements will be achieved in 10-days – this will change the way you live ‘surfing’, and from this moment, it can only move forward.

This 10-days experience combines Surf, Yoga, Wellness & Power Surf, Body & Mind Preparation. 

This program is designed for 
intermediate to advanced surfers.
The Peak Simeulue
The wave on which most part of the training will take place. Is this what you’re looking for?

POWER SURF, YOGA, AND WELLNESS, the recipe for health and performance

While most of us may not be familiar with the term ‘POWER SURF’ – this physical flow can look like a fusion of capoeira, martial art or yoga while performing surf movements. It has been initiated by Rodrigo Machado and designed for surfers’ to assimilate surf techniques and make them easy for the body and mind to remember so it becomes instinctive while surfing.

We will practice yoga daily – exploring different types of yoga practices to relax the body after surfing but also to prepare your body to surf, avoiding injuries and enhancing your flexibility and strength.

Watch below Rodrigo Machado training Johanne Defay (#5 in the World Tour)



Rodrigo Machado – Surf Coach & Power Surf Trainer

Rodrigo is a Brazilian surfer and founder of the POWER SURF movement. Throughout his 20-years of surfing experience, he has deepened his teachings in the art of ‘Surf Hacks’ throughout 4 major pillars that are Physical, Technical, Tactical and Psychological.  The POWER SURF is born from his practices of yoga and self-knowledge, the art of breathing and meditating, natural gymnastic and capoeira acrobatic movements. Rodrigo teaches surfers looking to perform better from intermediate to advanced levels of surfing. He now lives in the Bask Country, working as a surf-coach at Pukas Surf Eskola and also performs physical surf training at Hurley Surf Club.

Surf Coach
Rodrigo doing what he does best.

Victoria, Thai Yoga Massage & Yin Yoga

We met Victoria while working at Macaronis Resort and directly connected with her healing energy. Certified Thai Yoga massage therapist, Victoria gives a massage that is the most ideal for the sore surfer’s body – deep stretch combined to a gentle touch helps create a deep relaxation through the body and mind. Victoria will also teach daily Yin Yoga classes – a restorative yoga session to recover quicker and get ready for the next surf!

Originally from Argentina, Victoria has been in the body-mind field for the past 10-years, holding certificates of Pilate Instructors, Thai Massage therapist and certified yoga alliance teacher.

Victori, stretching before surf.

Johnny Batchelor – Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Originally from New Zealand, Johnny is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. He will also be the resident yoga teacher at Mahi-Mahi from May to July 2019.  Johnny knows the body better than anyone else, especially the surfers’ body for being surfer himself. A key feature of the Iyengar Yoga tradition is that the teaching adapts to the needs of the individual. In Johnny’s classes, you will develop strength, stamina, suppleness, and agility in safety and in a manner appropriate to your current capabilities. As you progress you will notice not only physical and health benefits but also a developing calm, awareness, and focus, that will improve mental well-being. This will ultimately improve your surfing.

Surf Simeulue
Johnny, escaping the yoga mat.

Uriel – Ocean Cinematographer

Uriel was born in the French Bask country and has been spending his past 4-years surfing and producing surf-videos. He has a great knowledge of the surf-scene in Indonesia and knows where to sit in the water to get the perfect barrel shot.  Uriel’s ultimate goal is to bring a positive impact to the environment and communities through surfing and film-making. Watch his latest video here.

Uriel, on a boat, as usual.

Why Simeulue in May?

Situated at the North of Sumatra, the island of Simeulue is no secret for those chasing waves around Indonesia. It is less traveled than the Mentawai’s but still provides the Indo picture-perfect waves, on the right conditions. Early season usually brings clean, small to medium swells but can also bring some bigger surprises. We are familiar enough with the island to know that it doesn’t need much swell for the magic to happen. We’ll be staying at Mahi-Mahi and the A-frame wave out front will be our go-to on most days. Known as The Peak, this wave offers a good rippable wall on the right-hander and a more technical left-hander with a rewarding barrel section.

Surf Simeulue
Surf in Simeulue – May’18
Surf in Simeulue – May’18
Surf in Simeulue – May’18
The Peak Simeulue
Suf in Simeulue – May’18
Surfing Simeulue May'18
Surfing Simeulue May’18
Surf in Simeulue – May’18

Surf in Simeulue – May’18
Surf in Simeulue – May’18

    How will a typical day be like?

    Our days will be planned according to what the ocean is doing. Therefore, there won’t be such thing as a typical day. Every day will be a combination of:

    • Physical Preparation (Power Surf)
    • Surfing* (as much as we can)
    • Rest and care through Yoga and Massages
    • Breathing techniques
    • Thai Yoga Massage (One massage will be included for each of us)
    • Video Analysis of our sessions 
    • A unique selection of Surf movies and Documentaries 
    • Eating WELL (nutritious, healthy and yummy.)

    Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort

    We picked Mahi-Mahi to organize this surf-retreat – not because it faces the most consistent wave of the island, known as The Peak, but most importantly because this place is a model of what eco-tourism and sustainable development should be. You can expect great foot, high-level service, and hospitality. You can also view here a video that we produced while staying at Mahi-Mahi.

    How many people will take part in the retreat?

    There will be 10 of you, surf students. And 4 of us from Indo Surf Crew.

    We will ensure to have an even group in terms of surf levels – which is why we ask you to describe your surf levels and define your expectations for the training in the form below.

    Non-Surfers are also welcome to join as there will be plenty of space for all of us at Mahi-Mahi.

    Mahi-Mahi from above
    Mahi-Mahi from above

    Price of Simeulue Surf Conscious Retreat

    Early Bird Tickets @ 2,200 US$* 
    (for deposits made before the end of November'18)
    *limited to 5 tickets
    Ticket Price for the retreat @ 2,500 US$
    Non-Surfer / Yogis welcome to join @ 1,500$
    Think of it that way: if you would stay at any surf-resorts on the island, 
    it would cost you up to 2,000$ WITHOUT any surf coach, yoga teacher, 
    photo & video services and all the amazing people you will meet. 

    What’s included / not included?


    • 10 nights accommodation
    • 3 delicious nutritive meals a day
    • Healthy snacks and smoothies throughout the day
    • Daily yoga classes
    • Daily classes of Power Surf
    • Video Analysis & Surf Photography
    • 1x Thai Yoga Massage per person
    • Surf guide knowledge
    • Boat rides to other surf spots*

    *Boat rides to Tea-Bags and the island of Mincau will be organised depending on weather conditions.


    • Flight tickets
    • Alcoholic beverages

    Dates and Itinerary

    DEPARTURE: 1st of May 2019 – End: 11th of May 2019
    (10-days / 10-nights in Simeulue)

    How to get there?

    You can get to Simeulue via Medan with a one-hour flight departing daily at 12.45PM. International flight to Medan departs from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and locally from Jakarta or Batam.

    It is recommended to take an extra night in Medan if you don’t have a flight scheduled to arrive in Medan before 11AM.

    We’d be happy to help you find the best options and coordinate with a travel agent if needed.

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    Indo Surf Crew

    Made up of surfers, photographers, film-makers and writers. Indo Surf Crew creates surf content in Indonesia while raising awareness on how to protect Indonesian beautiful surf playground and culture. Our aim is to give a voice to the local Indonesian surf communities, its surfers, and organisations with sustainable eco project that will help preserve the authenticity of Indonesian surf spots.

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