RIDING THE WAVE IN IBIZA – DAY 6

I came to Ibiza with the intention of trying to keep up some sort of fitness regime, or even just going to the odd yoga class. But as you can see from posts like this, this or even this, so far I’ve only managed to walk from beach to bar.

Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Hotel Algarb Playa D'en Bossa Essential Ibiza riding the wave

So after an impromptu photoshoot at breakfast in Hotel Algarb with my Instagram-husband-for-the-week, Michael, we set off on a little adventure to San Antonio. Have a look at the video at the end of this post to see how we operate to get the ‘gram!

Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Hotel Algarb Playa D'en Bossa Essential Ibiza riding the wave
Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Hotel Algarb Playa D'en Bossa Essential Ibiza riding the wave

It’s been a while since I’ve been to San Antonio, I’ve been purposefully trying to avoid the area on this trip because if you’ve ever been to Ibiza, then it’s likely that’s where you went, so don’t need to hear too much about it, plus there’s A LOT more of the island to see, like here and here.

Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave

Once we were inside Surf Lounge Ibiza, I completely forgot where I was. They’ve managed to create a haven in the middle of the madness of San Antonio where you can set up shop for the day, try the wave machine, have some lunch, browse in the surf shop and chill out by the pool with a cocktail lounging on a day bed. Sounds decent, right?

I’ve only ever tried surfing once on Strandhill Beach in Sligo and just about managed to make it to my knees on the board so I was ready to give it another go and at least this time didn’t have to worry about the water being too cold.

Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave
Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave

After squeezing into a wetsuit in a very unladylike manner (is there any other way?) we signed our life away, picked up the body boards and head up the ramp for a short intro on how to ride the wave.

Watching tiny kids launch themselves onto the wave machine without a second thought was slightly reassuring but I still didn’t believe the instructor when he said how easy it was and hesitated for a couple of minutes while the queue was growing behind me before finally taking the plunge. My first attempt only lasted a couple of seconds before I slipped off and went flying back along the wave. Watching other people fall looks painful, but you don’t really feel anything or know which way is up when it happens to you.

Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave

I picked myself up, got back on and managed to navigate the wave a little better the second time before I felt confident enough to give it a go at the same time as Olivia and accomplished a high five with her mid flow-ride (cannot say that without thinking of FLO RIDA!).

Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave
Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave
Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave

There are different packages you can do, but the 60 minute one (€30) was probably enough for a novice like me. If you’re already into surfing, you’ll probably want to do it for longer so you can try and few tricks and stuff and work up an appetite for lunch….and wine.

Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave
Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave
Nadia El Ferdaoussi thedailyself.me Michael Vanarey Photography Surf Lounge San Antonio Essential Ibiza riding the wave

Surf lounge has a bar menu for snacks like nachos or a slightly fancier offering in the restaurant with a la carte menu with loads of healthy options. We loved the prawn tacos, beef tartar and goats cheese salad.

Keep an eye out on essentialibiza.com for full food review.

Here’s that piss take video I mentioned earlier, it’s 75% true.

The Surf Lounge are hosting the European Flowboarding Championships on 24/25th June.

See Essential Ibiza’s website for lots of other alternative things to do on the island.

All images Michael Vanarey Photography.

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