Do I need to be able to surf to take part in Cross Culture Surf?
No, not at all. It’s actually better to have different abilities within the group. Many people that take part have never surfed before. Exchanges include daily surf lessons that everyone must take part in.
What if I can’t afford to take part in a Cross Culture Surf exchange?
We work hard to make sure that exchanges are accessible to all people. The EU Youth in Action scheme support our European exchanges allowing us to set a very low price for participation. Whatsmore, we actively encourage participants to raise support for the exchange through fundraising activites, which essentially means that you get to go for free! (assuming you raise all of your support).
Do the same group take part in two trips?
Yes. A Cross Culture Surf exchange involves two trips, between people from two countries (one week at least in each country). Each group consists of 16 participants from each country. Each participant must be able to commit to take part in both trips.
Can I take my own surfboard/wetsuit?
You don’t need to as all material is provided for by the respective surf schools, and the surf schools are able to teach all levels. Advanced surfers won’t be using soft boards for example. However, if you would like to take your own equipment that is fine, as long as you pay any extra baggage costs for sporting goods or excess baggage.
Can I take part in more than one exchange?
Yes. Our only restriction is that participants must be between 13-17 during the exchange. Places are limited to 16 per country, and each applicant must fill out an application form.
What if I just want to surf all day?
Then perhaps Cross Culture Surf is not for you. Participants get to surf on average for 2 hours a day (based on conditions and tides). There are plenty of organisations offering surf trips, but the focus of Cross Culture Surf is on broadening horizons, sharing with one another, learning about different cultures, and participating in workshops and activities.
Where do we sleep?
Accommodation is either in hostels or hotels, in shared (same sex) bedrooms and/or dormitories. Bed linen is usually provided by the hostels.