Ticket To Ride - Worldwide Surfing Adventures

Ticket to Ride - Worldwide Surfing Adventures

About

Ticket to Ride offers the ultimate travelling combination! Learn to surf, get involved in community projects, travel the world and make great friends during the process!

With courses in South Africa, Mozambique, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Morocco, Portugal and the UK, you'll have no problem finding a life changing courses in adventurous locations.

Many of the courses also offer the chance to become a qualified surf instructor and surf lifesaver, meaning that you'll be able to take what you’ve learned and sustain a lifetime of travel and amazing experiences!

Founded
2005

Reviews

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Lily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My ticket to ride 10 week instructor course was absolutely amazing. Besides being able to surf in the most breathtaking spots every day, I met incredible people and made life long friends. It was a place where I could truly be myself and it definitely changed my life. It was nice to be in a place that was so different from anywhere I've ever been before. Some of my favorite memories are: surfing next to a pod of dolphins while the sun was setting, going bungee jumping, Friday night South African "braai"s, dancing in the rain, cliff jumping, hiking, and laughing every day. I definitely had some of the best days of my life while on this trip and I can't thank ticket to ride enough for everything.

What would you improve about this program?
This is not something that can actually be controlled...but it would be nice if the waves were surfable every day :)

I guess also it would be better if there was more time to be away from the group, as everyone is together a lot.
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Liane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

By far the best holiday experience EVER!
From the moment you are picked up at the airport and greeted with a friendly hug to the bleary eyed early morning send off, this is by far one the most memorable trips I've ever experienced.
The atmosphere is electric from start to finish with excitement of catching a wave and stories from the night before, the banter bus is always full throttle and rearing to go (just what is needed after a few too many Spanish waters!).
The professionalism of the Staff & Instructors is second to none....and i can honestly say you will be upright on a surf board looking like a pro within a week...Guaranteed :)
And no need to worry about safety, they have this covered better than a sequined dress on Caitlin Jenner.
If you have ever wanted to try Surfing or improve your Surfing skills then this is 100% the company to learn with.
I cant wait for the next
xx

What would you improve about this program?
This program is 100% perfect.
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Elena
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

hi all! in April this year I spent two of the most incredible weeks in the South of Sri Lanka, with Ticket to Ride and Errant Surf School. The accommodation was just in front of an amazing beach, and a short tuk tuk ride away from lots of other beautiful and pretty much deserted beaches where you could surf, at different levels of difficulty. I loved the people that I met there, that's what really made the difference between an okay vacation and an incredible one. the Errant staff, Max, Angela and Lee were amazing, very helpful and always ready to meet our needs including Max who was taking us to surf everyday outside of the surf classes, or recommending beaches we could go to! Surf instructors were very very good, Gilmar and Lucy used an approach different from all the others I had experienced before (e.g. using a swiss ball on the beach to understand how balance works) and they are so lovely btw! Food: food available at all time, in big quantities and very good. Breakfast was my favourite, with fresh fruit every day, eggs, toasts and coffee served in this incredible location. everything was included in the price, and Chef was ready to cook at any time you would ask him. Dinners all together, lots of barbecues, curries, good conversations and good music to dance to really contributed to make the experience one that I will not forget. I would definitely go back with Errant (probably testing a new place) but I highly recommend the Sri Lanka experience, Ahangama is in a very good location to visit other sites such as National Parks, the colonial town Galle, tea plantations, small buddhist temples, and even a small rave on the hidden Jungle Beach for those who want to party! thanks to Errant to make this such an incredible holiday!

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Deepa
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent 2 weeks with Ticket to Ride surfing on Sri Lanka's beautiful south coast. The area is a tropical paradise with palm-fringed beaches, awesome surf, mouth watering food and natural beauty which is rugged and untouched. The local people are welcoming and hospitable, eager to share their country with travellers.

The trip itself was fantastic! I gained from it what I wanted…amazing surfing with good instructors and perfect conditions. The group was great, and fun times were definitely had!

If you're after an easy going trip, with awesome surfing, yoga to ease those tired muscles, good food and good company…then this is a trip for you!!

Be ready to switch off, relax and unwind!!! :)

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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was in Santa Teresa for the one month surf adventure, and I had the time of my life! We were staying in two self catering apartments at Don Jons, which were great and very comfortable (especially the hammocks!), and so close to the beach. The beaches are amazing - warm sea, perfect waves and so tropical...literally paradise. The surf lessons were great and everyone improved so much, and the daily yoga sessions were fantastic too. For any foodies, the food was absolutely delicious, especially the mangos and pineapple! I would 100% recommend this trip to anyone, you will have an incredible time and most likely not want to leave!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Chris Bond

Job Title
Head of Operations
Chris Bond grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. An avid surfer since the age of 8, he took a two year gap year to compete on the local circuit initially and then to fuel his desire for travel and adventure in the second year, which is where he got his initial accreditations coaching surfing. After this he went into a 4-year Business Science degree at the University of Cape Town, working part-time coaching surfing and running tours for Ticket to Ride, before becoming a full-time member of the team when he finished his degree.

Did you take a gap year? If so, where and what inspired you to go?

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I was lucky that, despite my dad being a professor at the University, I didn't have any pressure to study straight away. Taking a Gap Year (two in fact) was an important time in my life learning more about myself and the world, whilst helping me figure out what I wanted to study. The working world is changing, and finding a passion in what you do is important when there are so many different options these days.

What do you find most fulfilling about your interactions with gappers?

For me it is very simple, seeing the gappers at the beginning and then at the end of their experience with us makes it all worthwhile. When they tell me that their trip was life-changing and that it was the best trip of their life, it reminds me why we do what we do, giving people that opportunity.

What is the level of cultural immersion your gappers receive?

Chris in sunset

One of our main focuses is to take people to places they may otherwise not feel comfortable to travel to, especially on their own. Immersing them in the local culture is crucial in the overall experience, seeing how different people live and hearing their stories. Our gappers get hands-on with projects in the local townships, as well as using local guides to work on our programs.

How does your organization differ from other ones in the industry?

The organization was started by two gappers who enjoyed their particular experience in South Africa so much, they wanted others to be able to share that experience. It was original, and not just following a trend as a way to make money. We still pride ourselves in the experience we offer, having our staff with the group 24/7 for the full 10 or 13 week-experience, ensuring they have the best trip possible.