I came to Spot X as a lone traveller who'd previously only seen surfboards in pictures. Five days later I left as a confident - if still inexperienced - surfer, with a bunch of new friends to carry on touring Australia with.
Although by no means cheap, the courses are incredibly good value. For about $120 a day you are getting a bed, three (delicious) square meals a day, and fantastic quality surf coaching. Spot X is located in a bay which provides about as close to perfect conditions as a beginner surfer could hope for. The staff are friendly, happy to hang out both in and out of the water, and infectiously enthusiastic about surfing and teaching others to surf.
You spend pretty much the whole time outdoors. The accommodation consists of portacabins with furnishings on par with your average hostel. The doors don't lock, which is a little disconcerting but since everyone - guests and staff - are pretty well infected by the chilled out surfer mindset, if find it hard to imagine anyone would even think of trying to steal stuff.
The atmosphere around Spot X is incredibly relaxed; everyone is there to surf and just have a good time, and you'll make friends quickly. At least a couple of times a week the camp will throw a full-blown party but the rest of the time there's still plenty to do, like the ping pong and pool tables or any of the daily activities the staff organise in the afternoons.
To beginner surfers, I really can't recommend this place enough, and I'm sure veterans would have a great time here as well. It was the highlight of my stay in Australia, and I'm quite certain I'll be back again some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ultimate learn to surf camp. Somewhere between Sydney and Byron Bay is our beach front surf camp Spot X, a place totally devoted to the surf lifestyle. Located in a National Marine Park, Spot X gives a unique opportunity to spend time in one of Australia's most beautiful coastal areas.Long days in the sun and waves leading to memorable nights around the campfire ... more less
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