Aljezur with Martin Dunn

Our surf coaching retreat with focus on technique training for surfers with the level intermediate or advanced. Intensive surf coaching & video analysis with Australia’s top coach Martin Dunn, surf skating with Vasco Rodrigues and surf mental training & breathwork with Kim Chareonbood.
When?
Mon, 2.10. – Tue, 10.10.2023
Wed, 11.10. – Thu, 19.10.2023

Martin Dunn is Australia’s most successful coach and has been in the business for over 35 years. He has coached and mentored World Championship Tour pros and most of Australia’s top coaches! Martin is known for his ability to identify the key problem at a glance and communicate it in a way that is easy to implement and understand. With him as your coach your learnings will be priceless!

In 2023 our training weeks are the only opportunity for recreational surfers to train with him in Europe. What are you waiting for? It’s a chance you should definitely take. We are super stoked to be working with Martin and can’t wait until October!

Who are these training weeks for? For all recreational surfers who want to train with a top professional coach. You must have an Intermediate or Advanced level.

Improve your take-off, speed generating, bottom and top turn. Once you’ve got that down, practice another maneuver, like the cut-back, floaters or snaps. Or practice using the wave’s full potential with a combination of maneuvers.

The mental training takes place online with Kim before the retreat. The goal is to prepare you for the retreat in the best possible way and to look at any mental blocks in advance. Kim will also be present during the retreat for mental input.

Martin Dunn Surfcoaching Retreat - How it works

What you train is what you get! This saying couldn’t be truer: What you train for will show in your surfing performance. That’s why it’s so important to train with a coach. Your coach will help you learn the RIGHT technique – whether it’s a movement or a thought pattern. With the proper training, you can make real progress. And that is what is often missing in classic surf camps and what you get in our retreat: Focused, professional and efficient surf coaching and mental training. Surf, train, REPEAT!

Online-preparation from home

To make sure you are as fit as possible for the surf coaching week, the retreat starts a month before, so to speak: 1 x a week live online workout with Vasco Rodrigues; surfskate videos with the basic maneuvers; 1 x a personal online mental coaching with Kim Chareonbood and online mental videos with the basic techniques.

Surf coaching & analysis, surf skate

On the surf skate, you fine-tune your surfing technique. What doesn’t work on land doesn’t work in the water. Dive deep into the details of movement – it’s often the small changes that have a big effect! And of course, we go SURFING twice every day and discuss the session in the following video analysis.

Courage, self-confidence & flow

Overcome fear, build confidence and courage, create your own optimal mental warm-up for yourself, and train your ATEM…. What you learned in the online mental preparation training you can apply at the retreat. Kim will be there to answer any questions you may have with inputs and personal mini mental coaching sessions.

Your surf level: INTERMEDIATE OR ADVANCED

You surf a shortboard or a mid-length. You can duckdive or do the turtle roll.

As intermediate you mainly want to improve your take-off, bottom and top turn, and speed generating because you still wipe-out a lot, especially when the waves get bigger and steeper. Or you often loose speed after the take-off and are too slow on the wave.

As intermediate-advanced surfer: Take-off as well as bottom- and topturn are solid. You want to improve or learn maneuvers like cutback, snaps, etc.

As advanced surfer you want to work intensively on your surfing technique, or learn a new maneuver, and better use the wave’s potential.

Regardless of your level, you want to improve your wave selection and positioning.

You don’t need any experience for the surfskate. We will form the groups according to surfskate level.

What you want to achieve

When it gets bigger or steeper, you either pull out of the wave or hesitate. You want to work on committing 100% – whether for the take-off or a maneuver.

You know your technique could be better and that the magic lies in the details. You want professional and intensive movement training to push your surfing to the next level.

The better the waves, the higher the level, the harder it is to get your share of waves. You want to learn how to perform better in a crowd.

Waves are different every session. You want to learn how to better use the full potential of the wave.

What you want to achieve

When it gets bigger or steeper, you either pull out of the wave or hesitate. You want to work on committing 100% – whether for the take-off or a maneuver.

You know your technique could be better and that the magic lies in the details. You want professional and intensive movement training to push your surfing to the next level.

The better the waves, the higher the level, the harder it is to get your share of waves. You want to learn how to perform better in a crowd.

Waves are different every session. You want to learn how to better use the full potential of the wave.

Surfer girl on a wave in the tropics and it's about surfing without fear

Mental strength

No matter your level, you will surf better if you strengthen and develop your mental skills. We look at your individual mental development potential. Topics could be, for example:

 

  • Overcoming fear, building courage & self-confidence
  • Strengthening focus & concentration
  • Getting into the flow faster
  • Keeping thoughts under control
  • Better connection between body and mind (then the movements will flow better)
  • Be able to handle frustration better
Female surfer frontside on a beautiful wave

Fear starts in your mind. Courage as well!

 

The location

You will stay in one of the comfortably furnished single rooms with a private bathroom and balcony in the beautifully located Utopia Guesthouse in Aljezur.

A large outdoor pool and garden offer plenty of space to relax, chill out and for our training. Additionally, you can book massage and yoga classes.

Enjoy a healthy breakfast every morning.

Different surf spots like Arrifana, Monte Clérigo and Amoreira are only a short drive away.

The location

You will stay in one of the comfortably furnished single rooms with a private bathroom and balcony in the beautifully located Utopia Guesthouse in Aljezur.

A large outdoor pool and garden offer plenty of space to relax, chill out and for our training. Additionally, you can book massage and yoga classes.

Enjoy a healthy breakfast every morning.

Different surf spots like Arrifana, Monte Clérigo and Amoreira are only a short drive away.

Price & Services

When:
Mon, 2.10. – Tue, 10.10.2023
Wed, 11.10. – Thu, 19.10.2023

The prices per person according to the final group size (minimum 4 participants, maximum 8 participants). The final group size will be determined after the registration deadline (30d before the retreat starts).

Price in single room for days 9 days / 8 nights including 4-week online preparation program:

With 4 participants EUR 3990 p.p.
With 5 participants EUR 3890 p.p.
With 6 participants EUR 3790 p.p.
With 7 participants EUR 3690 p.p.
With 8 participants EUR 3490 p.p.

INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation (single room with bathroom and balcony or twin room if you share with your friend)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 12 x surf coaching (2 surf sessions per day) incl. video analysis
  • 6 x surf skate sessions
  • 2 x dinner
  • 4-week online surf preparation (online workouts are live, with the possibility to watch them afterward; basic mental training as videos; personal 1:1 mental coaching via Zoom or Skype; surf skate videos).

WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF:

  • Arrival (Flight to Lisbon or Faro. Transfer to Aljezur.)
  • Board and wetsuit (you can rent a board if you don’t bring your own, approx. EUR 15-25 per day, wetsuits are free if you need one)
  • Lunch, dinner (except for the welcome & farewell dinner)
  • Insurances (illness, accident, travel insurance)

COVID:

  • Full refund if Portugal closes the borders, introduces quarantine on entry or imposes other rules that make the retreat impossible.
  • Currently there are no entry restrictions.
  • On your own responsibility: flight bookings and covid regulations issued by your country of origin. We cannot accept any liability here.

Your surf coach

Martin Dunn is Australia’s most successful coach. He has coached over 25 surfers up to WTC level, was coach of the Australian National Team from 2011 – 2013 (5 x Junior World Title, several gold, silver and bronze medals) and won gold with the Peruvian National Team in the World Surfing Games in 2014. Despite his extraordinary success, Martin Dunn has remained a down-to-earth person who is passionate about coaching surfers, whether beginner, intermediate, advanced, weekend surfer, young talent, or professional. His success is based on his excellent “critical eye” – he sees exactly where a surfer has to improve to get to the next level – and his talent in breaking it down in an easy understandable way.

Martin Dunn coaching professional surfer Tristan Guilbaud at Old Bar Beach in Australia

Your surf coach

Martin Dunn is Australia’s most successful coach. He has coached over 25 surfers up to WTC level, was coach of the Australian National Team from 2011 – 2013 (5 x Junior World Title, several gold, silver and bronze medals) and won gold with the Peruvian National Team in the World Surfing Games in 2014. Despite his extraordinary success, Martin Dunn has remained a down-to-earth person who is passionate about coaching surfers, whether beginner, intermediate, advanced, weekend surfer, young talent, or professional. His success is based on his excellent “critical eye” – he sees exactly where a surfer has to improve to get to the next level – and his talent in breaking it down in an easy understandable way.

Your surf coach

Vasco is Portuguese and grew up by the sea. He is an experienced surf- & surfskate coach, personal trainer and has coached, among others, the Portuguese longboard champion Kat Barrigão.

  • Certified Surf Coach Level I – FPS
  • Surfskate Coach Level II – FPP
  • Bachelor Sports Science
  • Master Degree High Performance Training – FMH
  • Master Trainer Carver Skateboards
  • Master Trainer Surfset Fitness
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach

Your surf coach

Vasco is Portuguese and grew up by the sea. He is an experienced surf- & surfskate coach, personal trainer and has coached, among others, the Portuguese longboard champion Kat Barrigão.

  • Certified Surf Coach Level I – FPS
  • Surfskate Coach Level II – FPP
  • Bachelor Sports Science
  • Master Degree High Performance Training – FMH
  • Master Trainer Carver Skateboards
  • Master Trainer Surfset Fitness
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach

Your mental trainer

I’m a passionate surfer for over 17 years and often experience that women, in particular, can’t live up to their surfing potential because they get in their own way. I want to change that. Often it only takes a few mental coaching sessions to take a huge step forward.

Over 6 years of coaching, hypnosis and sports mental training in her own practice in Zurich; Hypnosis certificate NGH with Gabriel Palacios, Bern; Diploma course sport mental coaching with Roger Erni at the Sport Mental Academy in Zurich; Certificate course Integral Coach ECA (conversational coaching) at Living Sense in Zurich

Your mental trainer

I’m a passionate surfer for over 17 years and often experience that women, in particular, can’t live up to their surfing potential because they get in their own way. I want to change that. Often it only takes a few mental coaching sessions to take a huge step forward.

  • Over 6 years of coaching, hypnosis and sports mental training in Zurich in her own practice
  • Hypnosis certificate NGH with Gabriel Palacios, Bern
  • Diploma course Sportmentalcoach with Roger Erni at the Sportmental Academy in Zurich
  • Certificate course Integral Coach ECA (life coaching) at Living Sense in Zurich

Testimonials:

Read feedback here from past and present top male and female surfers that Martin Dunn has coached and mentored throughout their careers.

“Martin has been the principal coach of both Nikki and Joe van Dijk. We have no doubt that without his input they would not have attained the successes they have achieved.

Martin possesses a comprehensive understanding of the developmental stages and strategies to improve surfing technique for surfers of all abilities and levels. His experience at diagnosing the physiological function of the surfer, corrective techniques and practises for progression are systematic and successful.

The key area of achievement in Martin’s repertoire is his communication skills. He is personable, clear, succinct, and non judgemental. He has the ability to elicit the optimal responses from his students. Martin is a surf coach of integrity with the highest professional standards.”

Van Dijk family / Nikki van Dijk

WCT Professional Surfer

“Martin Dunn is without doubt the premier coach in Australia. I love his mantra to share his enormous wealth of surf coaching knowledge with all who wish to improve their surfing and or surf coaching. My daughters and I have benefitted greatly after working with Martin, the girls in improving technique and competing and myself as a surf coach. I look forward to working more with Martin in the future and feel privileged to be in this position.”

Dave MacAulay

7 ASP WCT victories

“With Martin’s knowledge, dedication, and passion for coaching athletes, I am convinced he could improve the abilities of any Surfer. Martin emphasises technique as one of the most crucial components in surfing, which I believe has lead numerous competitive surfers to highly successful careers. I was coached by Martin throughout my professional surfing career and I have also had the privilege of coaching along side Martin. Coaching some the world’s best male and female Surfers with Martin, I have seen first hand the progression and results that come from his coaching techniques.”

Chelsea Hedges [Georgeson]

ASP World Women’s Professional Champion (2005), 2 x ISA World Champion (2002, 2010)

“I have known Martin Dunn for a very long time, at least 20 years.

We have worked together coaching kids, taken Australian teams internationally to compete at ISA World Games together and I’ve had the chance to see first hand what he is capable of and I have always been impressed. Martin is an extremely qualified and skillful coach and has more experience in the field than anyone that I can think of. He is conscientious and hard working at all times, very organized and professional in his execution and he has helped many many people to become better surfers over the years.

Martin’s time at the Surfing Australia Hurley High Performance Centre has been an invaluable contribution to Australia’s competitive future and Martin’s work in the area of correct technique and body positioning has become an international standard.

I have always enjoyed working with Martin because we both share a passion for the sport of surfing and a desire to see its participants evolve to the highest level and we love it.”

Barton Lynch

ASP Mens World Professional Champion (1988 )

“I started working with Martin at 13 years old and stayed with him for my entire professional. After travelling around the world and seeing what others are doing and how they are coached, I am convinced that Martin is the most advanced coach to date as well as being a pioneer of the art. While Martin has always been known for his technique training, I believe that his contest strategy and observations are also peerless. Martin’s coaching processes were as valid to me when I was no. 4 in the world to when I was first competing at 13 and I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone.

I have been coached under Martin as a member of the gold medal winning Australian team and I found him to be not only a great person to be able to discuss heat strategy with but also a calming influence before heats, which is almost as important. Martin’s meticulous eye for detail and observation during contest times prepares you for all scenarios and allows you to concentrate on your surfing first.”

Jessi Miley-Dyer

Past WCT competitor with many won titles, Deputy Commissioner of the WSL

Your results:

 

You have the confidence to surf faster and steeper waves.

Your surfing technique is getting noticeably better because you’ve been working on the important details all week. You notice that you surf the wave with more flow and you can use the potential of the wave better. Your turns have more precision and power.

You feel much more comfortable in a crowded line-up and can catch your waves more confidently.

You can concentrate on what’s important and keep your focus, no matter what! Because as soon as the waves get a little more challenging, that’s one of the most important skills.

You have a positive mindset, and you can identify the opportunities and possibilities that surf conditions offer you.

With every session, you’ll get more waves and have even more fun surfing!

And last, but not least — these techniques can also be used in your everyday life! That’s awesome, right? It’s not only about surfing, you are also learning for life!

Join us for our surf coaching retreat and enjoy a great week of training with like-minded surfers!