Catlins- Surf

Date: 24-26 Jan 2014

Register online here

We’re back on for our 5th year running taking landlocked ladies from the mountains to the ocean. Curio Bay in the Catlins is our destination; surfing and yoga is our mission. We hopefully have 2 baches, with a lawn out the front which rolls down the dunes and onto the beach, a yoga studio church with amazing views for meals and a camping option available.

Nick's lesson beach training Mission WOW women's getaway Catlins Surf

Everything is optional. If you want to come down to chill out, sleep in, wander on the beach and eat good food with fab company then head on down. Equally, if you want to be up at dawn and entertained, exercised and exhausted till you drop, we have it sussed!

New for this year- we are going to introduce a swaparama over the weekend. If everyone brings a couple of good quality bits of clothing and books they don’t want to throw out but which they just don’t use, then we can swap away.

beach yoga

We will also incorporate an optional surf theory session before we hit the water. What to look for, how to start learning to read the waves and some basic terminology. It’s always good to learn about how different beaches and breaks work.

Plan is to arrive down there on Friday afternoon (about 3.5-4hrs from Wanaka, 1hr from Invercargill, 3 hrs from Queenstown) Will be arranging car pooling transport from Wanaka and Queenstown.

beach alk beach training Mission WOW women's getaway Catlins Surf

Tide times should allow us to surf on Friday evening, Sat morning and late evening and Sunday morning. Best time to get in the surf is roughly 2 hours before and after high tide down there. We will be coached and supported by Tomo and Nick from Catlins Surf School. They have a great set-up with big floaty boards, warm wetsuits and a technique that’ll guarantee to get you buzzing about surfing.

Yoga sessions running each day, depending on surf times.  The classes are taught by Jill Midgley, an Iyengar inspired teacher based in Wanaka. Jill is an outdoor adventurer, hiking, biking, ski touring and much more and brings all this knowledge and experience into her classes. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, Jill has a knack of making you mind feel comfortable and your body well stretched! She has been travelling with the Mission WOW weekends up to Mt Olympus, Porters and down to the Catlins over the past few years and to me it’s an important part of the events.

Wildlife adventures to see yellow-eyed penguins (the world’s rarest penguin), wee Blue penguins, Hectors Dolphins, Sea Lions and Fur Seals and the fossilised forest from the Jurassic period!

waves beach training Mission WOW women's getaway Catlins Surf

Interested? Register online here


$249 for a bed in holiday house, limited numbers

$199- Camping option, vans and tents welcome


  • 2 x nights holiday house/ camping,
  • 2 x dinner, 2 x breakfast and 2 x lunch Fri 24th to Sun 26th Jan
  • 2 x yoga- Sat & Sun
  • 2 x surf coaching sessions- Sat & Sun (and hopefully a wee paddle on Fri night)

Not included:

  • Transport cost to get there- car pooling and sharing petrol costs
  • Gear rental- info below

Gear rental:

We can rent our gear from Nick and Tomo at Catlins Surf, where we will be staying. They have all the gear you’ll need for surfing on the South Coast- warm wetsuits, hooded vests, gloves, booties and a range of boards. It can be relatively chilly down on the south coast, even in summer. We suggest a long sleeve and long legged 4/3 wetsuit or if you’re a hardy sort a 2/3 could be ok. If the wind is southerly you might want boots and hood also.

FREE rental for Friday fun session! (no lesson- unless it’s looking like the epic day)

all gear and surfboard $40 for 3hours
surfboard only $20
wetsuit and accessories $25


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