Emmi Schmidt

28 Aug - 11 September 2024

Emmi Schmidt Surf Retreat

Meet your host

I’ve always had this one dream: to work in hotels all over the world, connecting my passion for the hotel industry with my love for traveling. But I never imagined it would turn out better than I thought. Now, I’ve managed to merge everything I love: my passion for hotels, traveling, surfing, and horse riding. It’s a dream come true. So, I aim to gather amazing experiences from different hotels and surf camps worldwide, embracing both the pros and cons, with the ultimate goal of one day settling down and building my own perfect surf camp. Hosting my own surf camp is a significant step toward achieving that dream.

Let me tell you my story:

Hey there! I’m Emmi, a mix of German and Swedish blood, with a childhood filled with horses and family coastal trips. I always had the feeling that there is so much more in this world to explore, and that I couldn’t just start a boring 9 to 5 job and stay in my hometown for the rest of my life. I was on my way to chase the ultimate feeling of freedom. So I moved out at 18 and traveled to Australia, worked there for 6 months on a horse ranch, flew to New Zealand for a camper van adventure, then surfed through Southeast Asia. Now, I won’t lie; surfing didn’t come naturally to me. Let’s just say I spent more time wiping out than riding waves. But it’s the special feeling you get when it’s just you, the power of the ocean, being connected to nature. I tell you, there is no better feeling than sitting in the ocean in the rain; I can’t explain, you have to feel it yourself.

My brain was craving another workout, so I moved back to Germany and studied hotel management, soaking up every bit of experience I could get in that industry. But soon enough, those city skyscrapers felt like prison bars, and I realised my happiness comes with traveling, the ocean, and pure nature. I mixed my love for travel, surfing, and horses to find my dream job. It began with volunteering at a surf camp in Portugal, caring for the horses. After helping out in the camp, the owner asked if I wanted to manage the place. Unsure at first, I jumped in and learned as I went. Despite the tough start, I ended up loving every moment. After one year, I set out for my next adventure.


When I saw photos of an amazing beachfront Surf lodge in South Africa, I was hooked. I was determined to work there, no matter what. Even though only a volunteer position was open, I believed in myself. So, six months later, I found myself managing the place—a dream come true. I completely fell head over heels for the unique vibe you get when you’re in J-Bay. From the waves to the wildlife, and the people, it’s all a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. After a year, I was still not ready to leave this place. I’ve never seen more people returning to a place than J-Bay.

So I asked myself: “Is there anything better than managing this dream lodge?” Yes, there is. Nothing would make me happier than to give you this same experience of this magical place. I want to bring people from all over the globe together for a life-changing experience, where strangers become like family, creating lifelong bonds and making memories to last a lifetime. Just imagine: waking up in that beach villa, diving into a sunrise swim, savouring a delicious breakfast, and hitting the waves for surf lessons. But that’s just the start! Each day brings a new adventure, from thrilling safaris with lions and elephants to adrenaline-pumping bungee jumps and an unforgettable day at the lake house with all-day wakeboarding. It’s all about creating moments that will leave you saying, “Wow!”

The Full Experience

What's included?

14 — night stay at Surf Lodge South Africa
14 — breakfast daily
10 — group surf lessons (2 sunrise surfs)
8 — Meals
2 — Yoga
1 — Paint & Sip
1 — Wakeboarding Day
1 — Beach Horse Riding
1 — Safari trip
1 — Braai (South African BBQ)
2 — airport transfers

PLUS not included but the possibilities depending on weather etc.

Poolparty! Beach Volleyball! Game Night! Sunset & Sushi! Movie night! and more…

Pricing guide


Extra Activities

Add to the experience!

Add Extra Activities for the Ultimate Adventure Experience!

At Surf Lodge South Africa, we believe in offering a range of thrilling extra activities that will take your experience to new heights. Get ready to immerse yourself in the adrenaline-fueled world of:

Skydiving, Quad Biking, Bungee Jumping, Sandboarding, Paint balling, fin painting and shaping & more.

Note: Please note that all activities are subject to availability, safety regulations, and weather conditions.

Emmi Schmidt - 28 Aug - 11 Sept 2024

From €1800 for 14 nights

This schedule is reference
and the final schedule will be sent closer to the time to ensure all activities are hosted for the best conditions.

Arrival day

06:00 - 20:00 - Airport pick-ups
12:00 - 16:00 - Extra activities sign up
16:00 - 16:45 - Debrief & extra questions
18:00 - 21:00 - Dinner @ Nina's

Day 1

First Surf

07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast

09:00 - 10:00 - Surf Into Lesson
10:00 - 11:30 - Group Surf Lesson
14:00 - 17:30 - Extra Activity - Horse riding

Day 2

Surf Core workouts

07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30 - Group Surf Lesson
14:00 - 16:00 - Extra Activity - Zip-lining +Cliff jumping
16:00 - 17:00 - Surf Core workouts with Emma

Day 3

Semi-Private lesson

06:00 - 07:30 - Group Surf Lesson - Sunrise
07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast
12:30 - 21:00 - Safari
18:45 - 19:30 - Dinner @ Safari

Day 4

Yoga & Chill

07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast

17:30 - 18:30 - Sunset Yoga
18:30 - 19:30 - Dinner @ Lodge by Emma

Day 5


07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30 - Group Surf Lesson
12:00 - 16:30 - Extra Activity - Bungee Jumping

Day 6

First Surf

06:30 - 07:30 - Sunrise Yoga
07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30 - Group Surf Lesson
14:00 - 17:30 - Extra Activity - Skydiving

Day 7

Waterfall Hike

06:00 - 07:30 - Group Surf Lesson - Sunrise
07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast
10:30 - 16:00 - Waterfall Hike
18:45 - 19:30 - Dinner @ Lodge by Emma

Day 8

Yoga & Chill

07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast

12:00 - 17:30 - Extra Activity - Cruise / Wakeboard
17:30 - 18:30 - Sunset Yoga

Day 9

Quad Biking

07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30 - Group Surf Lesson
12:00 - 15:30 - Extra Activity - Quad Biking

Day 10


06:30 - 07:30 - Sunrise Yoga
07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30 - Group Surf Lesson
14:00 - 17:30 - Extra Activity - Sandboarding

Day 11


07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30 - Group Surf Lesson
14:00 - 17:30 - Extra Activity - Deep-Sea Fishing

Day 12

Let's Adventure

07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30 - Group Surf Lesson
14:00 - 17:30 - Extra Activity - Ladyslipper Hike

Day 13

Braai & Goodbye

07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30 - Group Surf Lesson
16:30 - 20:30 -Braai (South African BBQ) with live music

Day 14


05:30 - 20:30 - Airport Transfers

07:30 - 08:30 - Breakfast
10:30 - 11:30 -Check out of room

Day 15

Terms and Conditions for Jack Ring Surf Camp

By participating in the Jack Ring surf camp, participants indicate their understanding and acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Liability and Waiver:

Participants acknowledge and agree that Surf Lodge South Africa (Pty) Ltd., Jack Ring, Salted Surf, and their respective staff and representatives shall not be held responsible for any accidents, injuries, or loss of personal belongings that may occur during the surf camp. Participants are required to sign a waiver of liability before participating in any activities.

Health and Safety:

Participants join the surf camp at their own risk and are responsible for their own expenses, including travel insurance, medical expenses, and personal safety.

Intellectual Property:

By participating in the Jack Ring surf camp, participants grant Surf Lodge South Africa (Pty) Ltd. full consent to access, redistribute, and use any content (including photographs or videos) captured during the camp for marketing and promotional purposes.

Termination or Changes:

In the event that Jack Ring, the guest host, is unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, a replacement host will be provided. If a suitable host cannot be found, the camp will proceed under the management of Surf Lodge South Africa and Salted Surf. In such cases, a 10% refund will be offered to participants as compensation.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction:

These terms and conditions are governed by South African law, and any disputes arising from or in connection with these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of South African courts.

General Conduct:

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, participants are required to:

Follow instructions from the surf instructors and camp organizers.

Treat fellow participants, staff, and the environment with respect.

Abide by local laws and regulations.

Engage in activities in a safe and responsible manner.

Registration and Payment:

Registration for the camp will be conducted through the Jack Ring website. A 50% deposit is required immediately to secure the booking, and the remaining 50% payment must be made one month before the arrival date. Registration will close when the camp is fully booked.

Participant Requirements:

The Jack Ring surf camp is open to participants who are 16 years or older, both female and male.

Camp Rules and Conduct:

Participants are expected to adhere to the following rules and conduct during the surf camp.

Camp Details:

Jack Ring is a co-ed surf camp hosted by Jack Ring at Surf Lodge South Africa, in collaboration with Salted Surf. The camp will take place from December 07 to 17, 2023, and includes:

10-night stay at Surf Lodge South Africa

10 breakfasts daily

10 group surf lessons (2 at sunrise & 2 at sunset)

8 meals

1 Braai (South African BBQ) with live music

1 Wakeboarding

1 Safari trip + Braai

1 Beach Horse Riding

1 Cliff jumping + zip-lining

1 waterfall hike

2 airport transfers

2 Extra Surf Lessons

Cancellation Policy:

STRICT – All cancellations are non-refundable. We will assist in finding a replacement to the best of our ability. Should we find a replacement, a refund will be given minus a 10% admin fee.

Company Information:

Surf Lodge South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Address: 14 Ebersohn Street, Paradise Beach, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, 6330

Contact: +27822202078