Adult BVI Tortola Surf Vacation
Join us for the ultimate Caribbean Tortola British Virgin Island Surf Camp led by our founder Rick Civelli and advanced surf coaches Jeff Carver and Icah Wilmont. This unique adventure is designed for everyone from beginners to advanced surfers and takes place on magical islands with translucent waters, soul-warming sun, and sugar-white sands. Learn to surf, improve your skills or just go on an amazing surfing vacation!
This island chain is an ideal location, full of friendly people, mind-blowing scenery, crystal azure warm waters, and great consistent surf. The Tortola islands’ government is adamant about maintaining its serenity by strictly curbing development on this idyllic paradise. You won’t find a single high-rise hotel, and only a few traffic lights dot the serene landscape.
In respecting the locals, we’ve teamed up with several awesome local friends and local business operators with valid Tortola trade licenses. Upon arrival in Tortola we will pick you up and in no time you’ll have your toes in the sand and a cold beverage in your hand. We’ll surf a beautiful beach break on Tortola, have a night time moonlit dinner on our own private beach, and watch the most amazing sunsets in the Caribbean.
After surfing and exploring on Tortola, we’ll enjoy tantalizing island morsels and chill nighttime activities. This exclusive surf camp only has room for six clients. It is truly a bespoke experience!
This adventure includes single occupancy lodging (you will have your own room), breakfast, lunch, airport shuttle from EIS or Road Town Ferry Dock, equipment (surf board rentals – longboards only), rashguards, professional surfing instruction at a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, SUP excursion, t-shirt, guide to Surfing Etiquette, WB Surf Camp tote, stickers, and group photo. Double occupancy bookings must be booked with someone who you can share a room with separate beds available. Airfare and dinner are not included. Flight destination is Saint Thomas (STT) or Beef Island Tortola airport code (EIS). For more information please call 910.256.7873.
Flying over the islands of the northern Caribbean, you’re dazzled by the swirling aquamarine colors of the reefs below, knowing you’ll soon be soaking in them. Upon landing, your WB Surf Camp Coaches greet you as you walk out from the frosted glass doors beyond the customs checkpoint. – you’re in paradise!
Your first day is spent unwinding, relaxing, adjusting to the mellow island lifestyle, and shaking off the layers of winter which have been piling up since November. The pool is warm, so if you arrive early you can grab a cocktail, relax, while airport runs are being made. As the sun sets to the west of the mountains, your coaches gather everyone together for an evening of inviting orientation, introductions, and dinner at our hotel’s restaurant to get things kicked off.
No alarms, no meetings, no kids. You lay there for a few extra moments, savoring the peace and silence. The air is warm with a sweet tropical smell to it. Your heads pops up off the pillow, you throw on your bathing suit, and you rush out of bed and down to breakfast.
Your boards loaded and trucks ready to roll as you double check to make sure you have your sunscreen, towel, and water bottle. Almost as soon as you get comfortable in the vehicle, it pulls up to a magical bay – that was fast! After arriving and setting up on one of the most beautiful beach in the world, your coaches familiarize everyone with safety procedures, local wave dynamics, and how to catch your first wave. With each wave, layers of stress, tension, and worries are peeled off!
After a full day of surfing, the group unwinds at one of our favorite island hideaway restaurants. This hidden treasure is a hot spot for locals and along with some of the freshest and most delicious food in Tortola.
You awake to another day in paradise with fresh fruit and coffee to get things moving. Today’s focus is on surfing etiquette along with structured surf lessons. There is also a session for time behind the lens, taking photos to later review and analyze with the goal of increasing your skills and wave riding abilities.
When your arms feel like noodles in the late afternoon, take two steps over and enjoy a cool Caribbean cocktail at the solitary beach-side bar.
Back at the hotel it’s dinner and photo analysis with WB Surf Camp’s professional coaches. Here you’ll be able to see exactly what you are and aren’t doing out in the water. It’s an incredibly valuable tool in surf coaching for everyone from the beginner to the professional level. Every movement and position of the body affects how your board reacts in the water, and your coaches will maximize your wave count, length of rides, and maneuvering through this detailed approach to instruction.
Just in case you haven’t realized it yet, this surf adventure is purely about surfing. After a hearty breakfast we’re back at the beach and we’re pretty much the only ones here. During the weekdays there are very few tourists, as it’s a bit out of the way and not well known, which is why we love it!
Ground school starts off the day with a discussion about wave formation and swell prediction. Here your coaches will educate you on understanding weather patterns to forecast conditions utilizing several surfer-friendly websites. Surf until you can’t move and then be transported back to the hotel, where you can join the group for another nightly dinner adventure or take time to yourself to unwind and relax on your own.
We start this day off by exploring the islands on a Stand Up Paddleboard Excursion. We make it back to the beach by lunch and hit the water for more surfing. Your strength and consistency are improving each day as you build a strong foundation. You feel more comfortable and relaxed as you inevitably begin pushing yourself to catch your own waves, turn the board, and ride bigger sets.
With another dedicated photo session, we will again take notes on your progression and positioning. Your coaches will discuss board design and function, as well as what to look for in your first board. Save a little bit of energy though, because tonight we’re going to the Westside of the island to chill with one of the best living Reggae bands on the planet. If you haven’t tried the rum yet, then tonight may be a great opportunity to enjoy the elixir of the original pirates themselves.
For those that have been here before, they can testify to how this magical little gem nestled in the Atlantic’s Lesser Antilles changed their life. Now that you’ve experienced the charm of the local culture, the incredible West Indies cuisine, the picture perfect waves, you have no choice but to begin planning your return. Everyone cheers each other on and you now understand the true meanings of stoke and aloha.
The pattern of island lifestyle and the revitalizing nature of surfing have soaked into every pore of your being. Surfing in a secluded bay with a handful of people and your own private surf coach seems like a dream come true, and that’s because it is!
After breakfast, we look at a great slide show and video of our weeks incredible vacation. those who are departing say their goodbyes as our coaches make airport/ferry runs. Those who have a little extra time attempt to squeeze in a last little bit of island time. “Until next time…”
We stay at the amazing Maria’s By The Sea Boutique Hotel in Road Town on the Island of Tortola. You will delight in the sweeping views of the harbor, central views of Road Town, capital of the British Virgin Islands, and the lush green backdrop of the surrounding hills. This resort hotel is a premier location for our stay with surfing beaches only a quick ride away.
This independent, locally owned and operated hotel is the Island’s best choice for refined boutique hotel accommodations in Tortola. We will enjoy Free Wi-Fi, bottled water in rooms and are within steps of every downtown dining, and just minutes away from most local attractions.
Paul, Blue Bell, PA – “Tortola is a great choice for adult beginners. The instructors at WB Surf Camp are very professional, and the program gives you a unique chance to safely learn to surf the right way, in a beautiful Caribbean location.”
Brian, Smyrna, GA – “It was an incredible trip. Truly epic. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Simply put, the Tortola Adult Surf Camp was perfect. Everything about the trip was great – the staff, the instruction, the surfing, the location, and the memories. I will definitely be going back!”
Michelle, Bradley Beach, NJ – “Tortola is a tropical paradise with waves to surf, friends to make and memories to cherish. I liked that there was no pressure to be out there – when I was ready, my instructors were there for me but if not, I was able to relax and enjoy some beach time. There’s simply no other experience like Rick’s Surf Camp!”
Marie, Ontario, Canada – “The knowledge and passion of the surf instructors at WB Surf Camp, coupled with a great location, created an unforgettable experience. Hands down the best surfing trip yet. So great, I am coming back to Tortola next year. Jason and Steve were the most compassionate and considerate guys I have had the opportunity to surf with. Their knowledge and care for the water and genuine desire to help was a great asset to the trip. They are most well rounded individuals. I admired their love, drive, and overall surfing attitude. I hope they come back next year, because I am.”
Rhonda, Pompano, Beach, FL – “WB Surf Camp’s Adult Caribbean Adventure was totally rad, we were super stoked, and look forward to another gnarly experience! Your instructors, Jason and Steve, were great! They spent a lot of time with us coaching and teaching and giving feedback of our progress. They were very professional and it was obvious that they knew what they were doing and talking about. They were always in a good mood, laughing and cheering us on every day, all day long. They were a pleasure to be with.”
Bryan, Wheaton, IL – “Amazing experience for me! I truly became a surfer on this trip to Tortola, BVI with WB Surf Camp. The instruction was solid and intentional and fun. I can’t tell you how great the whole program was. As a business owner myself, the attention to detail is of utmost importance and the Surf Camp experience and instructors both lived and delivered all of the necessary details, instruction and fun that made this week one to remember. Jason is an amazing guy with so much passion for WB Surf Camp, teaching surfing to various skill level surfers, the ocean, and sharing his life and hobbies.”
An amazingly gifted guy. Steve has a great heart and passion for WB Surf Camp, surfing and life in general. He was patient, very encouraging and intentional in his instruction. He was always available to help when asked, did a great job with details, had a true servant heart and attitude in all that he did. For me, it is a true testimony to WB Surf Camp in general and specifically Rick for having such amazing guys as Jason and Steve as part of your company. From the surf location and conditions to the top notch instruction, I simply can’t say enough. I will definitely be back for more surf and fun with WB Surf Camp. Thank you for a truly memorable connection with great people, a great program and the ocean. I’m stoked to return and take my surfing to the next level.”
Shelley, Ontario, Canada – “From the beginning, your staff definitely gave me the confidence that this was a well run, well organized and enthusiastic organization. All of my questions were answered, and the planning process was… well, just made easy for me. In addition to their core surfing-instruction, I think the best asset WB Surf Camp had out there was the constant – and I really mean constant – enthusiasm and encouragement of the instructors, and that really rubs off on the whole group.
They would talk to me in the water, what to think about (and there’s a lot!), what went wrong, and how to do it better or differently the next wave. Jason taught me more about the science and ‘heart’ behind surfing, wave-making and respect for the ocean than I realized there even existed. Steve has unbelievable talent and knowledge, yet a smile bigger than a fascinated kid running in and out of the ocean after a great ride. Voted “most optimistic surfer”. Totally encouraging all the time. WB Surf Camp is my ultimate vacation adventure. Where else can you have the best opportunity to learn to surf in paradise with perfect wave conditions, sunny secluded beaches, enthusiastic instructors, and make some great friends along the way…. (and WB SURF CAMP takes care of it all for you!) Can’t wait to do it again!”
Dale, Hendersonville, NV – “In the end the epiphany is the joy of surfing is not the standing up, the ride, the falling off; the triumph is the moment before you start, when you sense in your being that something imminent and strong and mighty and silent and unstoppable will pick you up and carry you. You understand it. You hear it. You feel it. Before the thunder,before the moment of trial and truth, before the truce. A distant word comes from Mike somewhere clear of the waves, behind the waves, saying “Pop up!”, “Pop up!” And then at once, effortless, and understated, it lifts you and carries you. And in the end, the only question might be, “did I have the courage to stand.”
Nan, Raleigh, NC – “After my waiting nearly 40 years to try surfing, WB Surf Camp really did make it possible for me to quickly stand up on a board. It was a big, big high. I felt serene and excited at the same time. And I loved the juxtaposition between the smooth, moving-with-the-wave approach to shore and the monster power of the ocean behind.”
John, West Palm Beach, FL – “Needless to say I was the oldest one in the group but also probably the most excited. After listening to the instructors talk about equipment, position, technique, and safety, I was ready to hit the waves. WOW! What a difference. After riding a few waves on my belly I stood up and rode my first wave in. I was so excited I was yelling for the instructor to watch me as he had turned around to help another student. I ended up the rest off the morning riding several more waves.”
Nancy, Greenville, NC – “We were taught how to kick, how to stand, how to hold on. And we were taught about rip currents, when we needed to stop fighting and angle around the force in order to be safe. Floating on my board in the early morning light and waiting for a wave, I thought about how timidity can hold you back and fear can freeze personal redefinition. But only if you let it. And not when you’ve got someone or something to help you find your way. Then, at that moment, the surf is yours for the taking.”
Joe, Corvallis, OR – “The instructor explained in great details the technique of spotting a good wave, weather conditions, currents, surfing peaks, crowd/etiquette and then began with the basic elements of surfing, i.e. paddling, standing up on a gliding board and riding the wave. After a few wipe-outs, I had my first 4 seconds of surf ride thrill and the joy of a new achievement. At the end of day one and many a wipe-out I had managed to add another 3 seconds to my earlier 4, having a complete 7 second moment of glory.”
If I have never surfed before, is this Camp for me?
About 50% of our clients on this trip have never surfed before. Our program’s dynamic curriculum facilitated by our certified instructors will accomplish all of your learn to surf goals.
If I have surf experience, is this trip for me?
Yes, you will enjoy a worry free surfing vacation where we take care of all the details. Our staff is composed of talented and accomplished surf coaches. Should you desire we will be able to coach you to a higher level of wave reading, performance and creativity in your surfing. If not we will hook you up with local knowledge and keep your stoke level high while taking care of all of your vacation details.
Do you provide equipment or should I bring my own?
All equipment is provided. If you are an intermediate to advanced surfer, then we suggest you bring your own favorite board.
Where will I be surfing?
During this adventure, we surf one of the best coves in Tortola. This cove produces a really fun wave that is perfect for all levels of surfing ability. Most of the winter days have ridable waves because the winds wrap around the cove and give us these super fun waves. Winter swells are very consistent! Basically, Tortola because of its higher expense keeps most younger surfers away while getting a lot of the same swell that Puerto Rico gets, but without the crowds. It really doesn’t get any better – spending a week in the beautiful Caribbean surfing perfect waves with other like-minded adults, with little tourists.
Can I come early and/or stay after camp ends?
Sure thing. Feel free to stay and explore. If you plan on extending your stay, please note that you will be responsible for your own travel arrangements to and/or from the airport.
Is there any nightlife in the area where we are staying?
Our hotel is located right in the heart of Road Town and is a great place to relax. It is self-contained with a quaint bar and restaurant. We’ll travel together to other areas on the island for several of our dinners. After dinner, most of our clients are ready to relax, maybe enjoy a beverage at the pool, and then get a good night’s sleep so they are ready for another day of surfing.
Is the water safe to drink?
No. There is a wide range of recognizable brands of bottled water available for purchase in Tortola, including in the grocery stores, restaurants and bars.
What is the nearest Airport and do you have a shuttle service?
Participants fly into the US Virgin Island of Saint Thomas (STT) or Tortola’s Beef Island International Airport (EIS), and we provides shuttle service to and from the hotel from both locations. Our office stays attuned to any flight delays or cancellations to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
What if I can’t get in by the set check in time?
Our office staff will be happy to coordinate your travel schedule with our onsite team and airport shuttle. In order to avoid missing any planned activities, participants should try to get in by 5pm on the first day and leave around 2pm on the last day.
Can you connect to the internet at the hotel with a laptop and if so what is the cost? Are they set-up for wireless connections?
Yes, there is free wireless in rooms as well as in the restaurant at our hotel.
What are the recommendations for cell phones?
Our recommendation is to turn it off, unplug from life and enjoy your time on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Should you need to international plans are available (Ex. Verizon $10/day)
What kind of non-surfing activities will we be participating in?
- Daily photo/video review out by the pool and bar
- SUP excursion
- A night on the town experiencing one of the island’s best reggae bands
Should we tip our instructors?
Yes gratuities are customary in this industry. Our staff works together as an efficient and friendly team. We will be your guides, instructors, entertainers and chauffeurs, providing services for which you would normally tip at home. If at the end of the week you are pleased with the performance of our team, a gratuity would be greatly appreciated.