Wild & Free Retreats

Surf & Yoga Festival 2016

01 Sep

This past bank holiday weekend saw the very first edition of the Wild & Free Surf Yoga Festival take place at Fistral Beach, Newquay. With loads of happy folks coming down to join in the fun of free surf lessons and yoga taster classes, everyone agreed it was an absolute blast.

We caught up with Wild & Free to get the low-down on an epic day.

Wild & Free Surf and Yoga Festival - Philly Lewis shares her yoga secrets

We woke to an ominous looking sky and the sound of rain on the windows, but after a good old cup of tea, we reckoned that if we kept the positive vibes high we could somehow change the weather! Undeterred, we headed over to North Fistral to meet up with the crew at The Surf Sanctuary, based at the famous Headland Hotel, to set up for our surf and yoga festival. 

Come 10am, the Animal tent was up, wetsuits came out of their Dry Bags and the Fourth Surfboards demo boards were all finned up and ready to go. The surf was pumping, with 3-4ft waves peeling into the bay as we started our morning yoga session. 

Ten minutes into the first yoga and surf sessions and the clouds parted, the rain stopped and the sun was out! With a group of 50 participants fully tuned in to the yoga sessions, and Alan running surf clinic groups under the Cornish sun, our surf and yoga festival was really flowing. 

Wild & Free Surf and Yoga Festival - FREE Animal goodie bags!

Wild & Free Surf and Yoga Festival - Coach Stoker gives away his secrets

The rest of the day remains a blur of surf-stoked faces. Up And Go UK kept everyone’s energy levels high and we loved teaching yoga and surf with you all. We had a perfect view of the waves and everyone ripped it up in the Fistral surf. 

Thank you for making it a day to remember—the UK's first surf and yoga festival, and one of many more to come. We hope everyone took something away from the day, we sure did!  Big shout out and thanks to our supporters: AnimalUp And Go UKThe Dry Bag and Fourth Surfboards. 

And an even bigger thank you to Dom, The Surf Sanctuary crew and the Headland Hotel for helping us put on this free event. 

Wild & Free Surf and Yoga Festival - pumping waves all day at Fistral Beach

Wild & Free Surf and Yoga Festival - The Animal tent!


"Wow, what can I say? Completely exhausted but what a day! Our Wild & Free Retreats free surf and yoga festival was a massive success. Thank you to everyone who came down to join in, you were all rad and ripped in the surf and on the yoga mats. I had so much fun teaching you all some new tricks in the Fistral surf and can't wait to do it all over again."


"What an awesome day, it may have started out grey and drizzly but sure turned into a real stunner! We had 30 people turn up for improver surf sessions with Alan Stokes, who put in an amazing shift in the water—staying in there ALL day! For yoga, an incredible 50 of you came along to join in and it was such an awesome feeling when the sun was on our faces for Savasana. Wow! Thank you so much for coming down, we turned a rainy day into a sunny day, and we loved it."

Wild & Free Surf and Yoga Festival

Wild & Free Surf and Yoga Festival

Wild & Free Surf and Yoga Festival


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