“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

As adventurers and leaders, these words mean so much to us at Zeal. Surfing is one of our favorite excursions and the highlight of our teen trips to Hawaii and Costa Rica. We value this activity as an opportunity for our participants to boost their confidence, practice mindfulness, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Paddling out for your first time can be more than a little intimidating. You’ll ask yourself a lot of questions — What if I wipeout? What if I get caught under a wave? What if I look uncool? Surfing requires you to put your insecurities and fears aside while your self-confidence and courage propel you forward. It’s an opportunity to challenge yourself in a healthy and safe way, surrounded by professional instructors and supportive friends.

Surfing requires you to be in the moment. You’ll need awareness of the waves and other surfers around you. You’ll need a strong mind-body connection to perfect your pop-up. And when you fall off, you’ll need the grit to shake it off, paddle out, and try again.

From Oahu’s North Shore to the gleaming sands of Santa Teresa in Costa Rica, our teen tours are stacked with waves and awesome beaches this summer. We hope you’ll drop in with us soon to see what surfing with Zeal is all about!