Feedback and Reviews!
We love getting feedback on our retreats, good or bad. It all goes to into the mix to continually tweak our formula to make them the weeks the very best that they can be. We're pretty happy where we are right now and that's mostly down to the incredible individuals that we have running the retreats and the awesome guests who attend. We know that we can always find ways to improve and we embrace that.
Please take a minute to read through some of the feedback that we have received over the last year or so. If you're thinking of coming on a retreat but are a little nervous what to expect, hopefully this will put your mind at rest. I think that main thing that we take away from this is how comfortable and relaxed guests have felt with us. We are extremely pleased about that as aside from the professional training, we want people to have a fun, positive experience with us.
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"Just wanna say thanks for a great week. Didn't really know what to expect, but even as a complete beginner I got a huge amount from it. Loved the informal and flexible nature of things and felt treated practically like old family. You're a great bunch. Wish you all the best for now and hopefully see you at another one in the future!
Food was great by the way. Accommodation fairly basic but kind of irrelevant as that wasn't what the week was about :)
As you'll have notice I am a woefully incompetent swimmer but I actually really enjoyed those sessions - completely transformed how at ease and relaxed I felt in the water in such a short space of time. The mind is an amazing thing." Johnny
"A truly amazing experience with the surf fit team! I was lucky enough to go on this year's retreat in April in Nazare, Portugal. The team are full of knowledge and experience in all that they teach and they teach at a pace that suits you. I went on my own and came away with friends experience that has help my progression in surfing and fitness. Highly recommended and couldn't rate Cotty, Blakey, Rebecca and Chris any higher. See ye soon." Scott
"I was fortunate to spend a week with the team in Nazare. It was awesome. To have the opportunity to surf good waves, whilst learning from professionals how to train to maintain surfing fitness was amazing. At the end of the week, I felt so much better in the water, and the skills that the guys taught will be practiced at home, to keep me in shape for when there are waves. Cotty, Blakey and Becky were so friendly and helpful with every aspect of surfing fitness. And the the food provided was outstanding. Hope to see you again soon guys". Wayne
"Just want to give Cotty and Blakey a big head by saying what a good job they do at the Nazare Surf Fit camp. I joined in for a couple of sessions last year and had lots of fun and in all seriousness you can learn a lot from these guys. They have a lot of fun doing what they do but the technique’s and training is spot on . If your thinking about joining up I recommend it . You will have a epic experience." Big Wave Surfer and all round Waterman Jamie Mitchell
"Epic experience, honestly one of the best things I've ever done. The training led by Cotty and Blakey was professional, safe, fun and brilliantly designed to challenge both experienced XL riders yet accessible and inspiring for us mere mortals. Having the opportunity to put it all into practice on my first tow into a left from Cotty off the Redbull ski was something I'll never forget.
I totally got what I hoped from the course and so much more. Getting a behind the scenes and interactive experience of on of the most challenging and rapidly evolving sports of our time was a privilege. Massive thanks Cotty, Blakey, Becky and the whole team, you smashed it and you have created something totally unique. Surf Fit Nazare has totally progressed my skills and confidence in the water and delivered some epic memories that will last a lifetime.
For everyone else out there.. DO THIS you will not regret it!
Set coming !!!!!!!!! " James
"Recent week long retreat in Nazare with Blakey, Cotty and Becky was a properly memorable experience. The quality of the training was great (helped me achieve some personal fitness goals) and daily program was spot on with the right balance of tuition, mobility / pool work and play. Wouldn’t hesitate to do another one in the future and will also try to catch one of Blakey’s boot camps when down in Croyde. Thoroughly recommend!" Charlie
"Fascinating insight into the physical and mental preparation that goes into big wave surfing, made so enjoyable and accessible by Andrew cotton and Andrew Blake. With their guidance I learned meditative techniques to anchor myself in the present moment- I also held my breath for two minutes and finally got the hang of popping up on my surf board! All in all a rousing success, thank you. I couldn’t recommend surf fit highly enough" Freddie
"I just had an amazing weekend at Saunton Beach with the Surf Fit guys! It was a great insight into the training it takes to be a professional surfer, and I learnt so many techniques such as breathing and meditating which I can take into everyday life situations. Had a perfect 3ft clean surf day on the Saturday in the sun and felt like I progressed more in 2 hours than in the past 5 years! Everyone was so friendly, down-to-earth and so informative, they made it easy to ask questions. Thanks guys!" Anna
"Can I get some more stars here please!?!
I went on the first SurfFit weekend in Woolacombe and the October 2017 SurfFit week in Nazaré.
I am not a big wave surfer, nor the fittest woman on Earth but felt entirely embraced by Andrew, Andrew and Bex. It was a great insight into a week in the life of a big wave surfer, taking part in some of the training it takes to succeed in this awe inspiring sport. I have never #checked such an incredible surf spot! You will hear and feel the mega waves from your bed!
The food, the space, the people... Perfect for anyone that is interested in exploring something new or building on the skills already possessed. You will come back fitter, inspired, enthused and loving life.
One of the biggest things I took away from the week was a heap of water confidence and a huge improvement in my fitness.
Thanks guys - you rock! Xxx" Charlotte
"I was one of the first Surf Fit group in Nazaré and I have to say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The two Andrew’s , Rebecca, Pedro, Chico, Julia and Christina make you feel part of the Nazaré family the moment you arrive. The water safety sessions are amazing and invaluable , breathing sessions , daily yoga and fitness screening , strength and conditioning sessions , and picnics and the food from Nazaré Casasana and the CarSurf accommodation is top class just 400 metres from Praia de Norte. Andrew B built me a follow up programme around my dodgy knee which now no longer troubles me and Becky is on hand to massage any niggles away and the post surf restorative yoga is great too ! The surf trips are great to either north beach , ericeira or peniche with shelter always being found on windy days Getting towed by Andrew C was probably one of the best days of my life. I have made some lifelong friends, my surfing and fitness has improved no end and have been back to Nazaré since and hope to get back out there soon . It really is a special place and I would recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about it." Stephen
"I'ts such a great way to improve your skills in the ocean. I just loved it: diverse exercise routines, fun and good vibes are a constant and the professionalism of ISurfFit crew is impressive!! Thanks you so much for this amazing time in Nazaré getting stronger and happier with you guys!! Send you love and gratitude for all you have done for me and the epic times together! Wish you loads of success and see you soon!!! Can’t wait to get back on track !!!" Professional big wave surfer Hugo Vau
"Amazing experience. Inspiring, encouraging and a lot of fun. Perfect week. Great vibe. Beautiful location. Blakey, Andrew and Becky are fantastic." Nanne
Unbelievable week, thanks again Andy, Blakey and Becky! George
I had a brilliant week in Nazare with Surf Fit. I was the oldest person there but that didn't matter. I've come away from it fitter, stronger, more supple and far more confident in the water. I improved my breathing ability by a degree that I wouldn't have believed possible. The teachers (Andy, Blakey and Becky) were brilliant and the other students were great company. An outstanding (and really good value) week that I'd recommend to anyone. Geraint Anderson
"I was one of the first Surf Fit group in Nazaré and I have to say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The two Andrew’s , Rebecca and Pedro make you feel part of the Nazaré family the moment you arrive. The water safety sessions are amazing and invaluable , breathing sessions , daily yoga and fitness screening , strength and conditioning sessions , and picnics and the food from Nazaré Casasana and the CarSurf accommodation is top class just 400 metres from Praia de Norte. Andrew B built me a follow up programme around my dodgy knee which now no longer troubles me and Becky is on hand to massage any niggles away and the post surf restorative yoga is great too ! The surf trips are great to either north beach , ericeira or peniche with shelter always being found on windy days Getting towed by Andrew C was probably one of the best days of my life. I have made some lifelong friends, my surfing and fitness has improved no end and have been back to Nazaré since and hope to get back out there soon . It really is a special place and I would recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about it" Stephen Hurst