Riding the wave of surf travel in the global pandemic… 

As two mums who love to travel and surf as a way of life, it was only a matter of time before we threw our expertise into inspiring other families to enjoy surfing holidays. Using our first-hand experience of bucket-list destinations we’ve visited with our own families, Family Surf Co. creates bespoke surfing holidays. We include everything families need, from stylish accommodation and travel arrangements, to surfing lessons, babysitters and in-depth travel guides.


Business was rolling. Surfing families loved our bespoke holidays worldwide. Then overnight a pause button was pressed on the planet. Businesses stopped. School stopped. Travel stopped. No one could have predicted the impact of the global pandemic. Within days of its onset in the UK we were cancelling holidays and issuing refunds, while home-schooling our children and readjusting to lockdown life.  

Surf school, Olas Verdes Hotel, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

Family Surf Co. was built on our passion for the family beach lifestyle. So that’s what we focussed on as we watched nature thrive and sought inspiration by the coast everyday. With much of the world in strict lockdown it wasn’t appropriate to hit the waves and surf our socks off every day. So we hit the coastal trails instead – running, walking and cycling to our local beach to dip our toes in the water and get a saltwater fix. As restrictions eased we waxed up our boards and took our family time into the waves. It was liberating to once again enjoy the ocean’s bounty. There were sunny days with offshore peelers, scorching days with summer ripples, and stormy days with windy ramps that turned emerald under dramatic grey skies. The sea was once again our playground. 

Lockdown surfing life, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, Family Surf Co.

Unique family experiences

With restrictions easing, there are still limitations to family surfing holidays worldwide. There are quarantine measures and the threat of a further spike of COVID to consider. So as families in the UK turn to our home county of Cornwall for their sunshine and saltwater fix, we’re rolling out bespoke GIVE ME SPACE holiday itineraries including private surfing lessons, SUP adventures, gourmet food delivery and pop-up restaurant experiences. All of our activities take into consideration the need for more space and social distancing while still being able to enjoy surfing holidays to the max.

Mawgan Porth, Bedruthan, Cornwall

The future of family surf travel

So, what about the future of the family surfing holidays? Once summer is over there’s no doubt that we’ll all be pumped to get surf travelling again. Air corridors are opening up safe travel to a handful of countries, and the current quarantine measures are unsustainable in the long term. We’re already booking trips for October and beyond. Popular destinations on the radar for 2021 include the Maldives, Barbados, Costa Rica, Portugal and Australia.

However, procedures need to be changed, travel insurance policies need to be adapted and the short-term future of travel is unpredictable. For now it’s time to dream, and to book ahead. We keep up to date with all the of latest information on safe family travel, including where to go and how to make sure you’re covered in the event of a further lockdown. We find the most flexible booking deals and provide expert advice and measures to ensure you can travel safely.

In the meantime it’s time to work on your surf fitness, save up for your new surfboard and make the most of the surf breaks closer to home. We’re riding out this wave. And you can too. Whether you’re planning a surfing staycation or your next dream trip overseas, get in touch.

Sea you on the beach!




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