Setting off twice a term to Cornwall, Devon or South Wales from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, domestic tours are often the highlights of the year for Warwick Surf. Travelling to the coast in two minibii, the club descends on a seaside town for surfing, sunbathing, drinking, dancing, shitchat, hungover breakfasts, outrageousness and good old fashioned fun. Apart from being a great way to learn to surf or hone your skills it’s also a great way to make new friends, get loose and just escape the bubble for a while.
The club has many boards in a range of sizes (including two we’ve made ourselves) that we take on tour for your riding pleasure, or feel free to load your own into the van. We also have numerous wetsuits and thermal rash vests to keep you toasty even in January, so no excuses on missing out on tour in Term 2! We cater for all abilities on tour, from those who are afraid of water to the seasoned pro, with surfing lessons available from our more experienced members. Even if you’ve never surfed before, you definitely won’t be the only one and there’s no better environment to learn in!
However words can only say so much, the only way to realise how much fun surf tours are is to experience them for yourself, keep an eye on your emails, the Facebook page and the events page on the website for all the details and links to sign up.
It’s the annual extravaganza in which all university surf clubs flock to Newquay for one obscene weekend of surfing competition, debauchery, and gin. With no obligation to surf (but you should because it’s awesome), BUCS throws everyone into the mix in only the second or third week of Term 1. Make sure to check it out, tour is the best way to get to know the club and BUCS is the perfect opportunity!
These two tours see us returning to Fistral Beach or to Devon for some slightly chillier seas but also, naturally, unparalleled banter. Always just in time for when the first term hype wears off and the concrete is starting to look a little bit greyer, these tours will give you that well needed dose of Vitamin Sea!
Mystery tour usually happens towards the end of Term 2, a more relaxed weekend away as a nice break full of unay right before uni gets intense and you set up camp in the Library. A fun-filled tour, packed with surprises. Where do we go? NOBODY KNOWS, IT’S A MYSTERY!
After exams are over, we finally get a chance to pack up some cars and escape from the madness of uni. Low ceilings means high atmos and it does literally get in-tents. A pretty laid back tour, with barbecues overlooking the sea and no fines to dread, camping tour is the perfect post-exams weekend break, and a good way to ease your way back into the Surf way of life before summer tour…
When the weather gets cold, the wind picks up and the sea becomes an icy hell braved only by the hardy or stupid, Warwick Surf takes a trip to warmer climes for a tour that is so much fun it shouldn’t be legal. Staying in the small fishing village of Taghazout, world class point breaks, glassy beach breaks and golden sands stretch as far as the eye can see. With temperatures averaging in the mid twenties and three meals a day provided to you by the locals at the hostel this is an extremely fun, chilled out and incredible tour.
If you want to see your surfing improve dramatically this is the tour to come on, we’ve had complete beginners progress from wobbly white water riding to catching and riding their first green wave of their lives. Conversely if you’re an experienced surfer the world class point breaks of Anchors and Killers are within medium walking distance (or short driving distance in the complementary hire car) and provide pumping barrels and long, rippable walls to catch the ride of your life on. Along with this the coast is dotted with reef breaks and A-frame beach breaks meaning that as long as there’s a tiny bit of swell world class waves can be found somewhere.
The hostel sits right on the sea front (some surfies have got splashed by waves whilst eating their breakfast before) and provides surf lessons, yoga, board hire, transport, 3 meals a day, a rooftop terrace for dinner and drinking, a hard drive full of films and a great atmosphere for a surf trip. If the surf’s flat a trip to paradise valley is in order for cliff jumping, canyon walks and tagine!
This tour has been described by some as their best experience at university and is not one to be missed. Be sure to check out our photos and videos to give you an idea of how good this tour is!
The highlight of the Surf calendar! Once term 3 is over, exams are done and the summer holidays just start, Warwick Surf descends on a location in Europe decided by that year’s Foreign Tour exec member and get well and truly loose! With socials every night, stunning beaches, fantastic surf for both beginners and experienced members and all your favourite people this tour is something you have to do before you leave university. Past locations have included Sagres in Portugal, Moliets and Mimizan in France and Zarautz in Spain and if you travel there on your own you may catch the whiff of past havoc on the wind!
Staying in tents, this week is the perfect way to end your university year and with two sets of fines and exec handovers you’ll be sure to get swept up in the fun and outrageousness that undoubtedly occurs. All the club boards get taken along on tour too so surfing is, of course, high on the agenda. Escaping the English summer, wetsuits are often not needed and the days can be spent chilling on the beach, in the sea or on your board. If chilling’s not your cup of tea (or glass of sangria) then between surfing there’s always a group up for some beach cricket, rugby or football, keen to bury a victim in the sand or hit up the local bars and restaurants!
With roughly 50 Warwick Surfians attending it’s hardly surprising that stories and legends are born on Summer Tour and this is a week that will stay with you for life. This year it’s Tom Hankins’ job to ensure you have an unforgettable week.