In the Footsteps of…

Surf pros head south in winter. Here’s how to follow them…

Sarah Bentley, Pro Surfer (Roxy)

Fave winter destination: Costa Rica. The surf is consistently good, the water is warm and it’s a really chilled-out place.

From dawn till dusk: Go surfing, chill in a hammock, take long beach walks, do yoga, see wildlife, go horse riding and quad biking.

Always in my suitcase: A different bikini for every day, body moisturiser and hair conditioner.

Don’t forget: Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, board and wax, lots of bikinis and some good books.

Best beauty tip: Put conditioner in your hair after every surf.

Want to go? Kelea surf spa runs surfing and pampering breaks in Costa Rica throughout the winter. At £825 full board for a week (including surf instruction, hire, massage and yoga), this will be one trip you and your girlfriends will never forget!

Nicola Bunt, Pro Surfer (Animal)

Fave winter destination: Indo (Indonesia). The Balinese people are so friendly and there are heaps of breaks to surf and places to explore.

From dawn till dusk: Surf, barter at the markets, go fishing with the locals, visit the temples, see the crazy monkey at Ulawatu and drink cocktails on the beach.

Always in my suitcase: Sunblock factor 30, aloe vera after sun, and GHD hair straighteners because I can’t live without them.

Don’t forget: Jaws on DVD! Only joking, take some good girly reads.

Best beauty tip: Drink heaps of water and wear lots of sunblock.

want to go? Stay at Bali’s buzzing Harris Resort on Kuta Beach and learn to ride at surf school. It’s a perfect beach for beginners and an idyllic spot for chilling out and partying. Bigger breaks are just round the corner for experienced surfers. Visit

Sophie Hellyer, Pro Surfer (Roxy)

Fave winter destination: Where I live in north Devon is just as good as anywhere if there’s a good swell and good wind. It’s never busy in winter and there are secret waves galore.

From dawn till dusk: Surfing, wakeboarding and watching surf movies with the fire on.

Always in my suitcase: iPod, laptop and camera.

Don’t forget: A 5/3mm wetsuit, boots and a hood. Oh, and some wellington boots for trekking through the muddy fields and down the cliffs to secret spots.

Best beauty tip: Go natural, it’s much easier!

Want to go? If you’re set on ice cream headaches and the luxury of your own wave, follow Sophie and head out in winter with a 5/3mm wetsuit and neoprene accessories! Surfing Croyde Bay in Devon runs BSA-recommended surf tasters, day and weekend courses. Visit


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