Has the explosion of man-made surf got you down? Well travel south of the border, friend, and "surf" like the ancients!
There is an explosion of wave pools around the globe. Why now? Who knows! But if you are tired of the technological silliness have I got a deal for you. Yes, instead of looking toward some crazy mechanical future you can go back in time hundreds of years, maybe, when proud ancient island people stood up on long boards and stroked the sea with paddles. Wait. Did anyone ever do that? No matter! There is a new luxury SUP escape in Mexico feat. none other than the legendary Ian Cairns!
SUP The Mag’s Greg Panas does it more better than I ever could. Let’s read him here!
Tropical, turquoise water. All-inclusive accommodations. World-class cuisine and 1,000-count bedsheets. Pastel sunsets over postcard-perfect surf. Expert SUP instruction in long, friendly waves. More sea turtles than local surfers. Constant stoke and consistent improvement.
These are the components of the new SUP n’ SURF retreat at Grand Palladium Royal Suites in Punta Mita, Mexico And everyone’s invited.
SUP n’ Surf Retreat is a novel approach to SUP instruction—an all-inclusive vacation option for standup paddlers looking to take their SUP to the next level. Its origins stem from the vision of its hosts, professional SUP surfer Sean Poytner and his coach, surfing icon Ian Cairns, who recognized a gap in the learning curve for SUP surfing caused by the lack of available instruction. They saw that the growth, progression and expansion of our young sport are inhibited by limited options for paddlers aspiring to progress from an introductory level into a realm of expertise.
To fill that void, Cairns and Poynter developed an instructional course based around Cairns’ coaching technique, which involves filming a students’ surfing, analyzing the footage and applying the critiques back in the surf zone. With the educational structure in place, they partnered up and began looking for a host venue.
Cairns and Poynter found the perfect fit at Palladium Royal Suites in Punta Mita, Mexico. Palladium’s Punta Mita location offered all-inclusive, luxury accommodations with exclusive access to a variety of uncrowded, friendly surf breaks. It was relatively affordable, and located near Sayulita, a hub of the sport with a burgeoning SUP scene. What’s more, the Palladium Hotel Group, which is comprised of more than 70 hotels and resorts worldwide, was eager to collaborate. “Mi casa es su casa,” quickly became the motto of the partnership.
Over the course of six months, Cairns and Poynter pieced the retreat together and built out its guest list. They hired camera men to film the sessions, arranged a video lounge for mid-day reviews and employed a legendary boat captain who wielded the coveted local knowledge to seek out and transport them to whatever nearby surf spot worked best on a given day. They brought in local professional surfers to assist with the on-water instruction. They created a six-day itinerary and arranged an entirely hassle-free stay for their guests—food, drink, accommodations, ground transportation and airfare—all included. The end result of Poynter and Cairns’ vision was a program that left the students to focus solely on their surfing, which took place during two three-hour sessions each day. Eat, sleep, surf, repeat. With that, SUP n’ Surf Retreat was born.
The first-ever SUP n’ Surf Retreat was held earlier this month and hosted seven guests at the Grand Palladium Royal Suites. Their outstanding experience is documented in the gallery above, and guest testimonies will be available soon on the SUP n’ Surf website.