Words by Chris Hunt
UK based Brazilian bodyboard chick Dominica Accacio, 39, has fallen in love with bodyboarding. She came on this years Indonesia trip and has already booked up for next year. Chris Hunt caught up with her for a chat:
From a coaching perspective, it’s always pretty rewarding to see when someone turns out to be a natural. For the guys that lead the troops in this year’s Indo trip, Brazilian, Domenica Accacio proved to be exactly that.
Despite hailing originally from Rio de Janeiro, Domenica had never bodyboarded while she was living in Brazil, kind of sickening to anyone when you think about the waves they’ve got over there. The first time she’d even held a board was in Newquay with the Bodyboard School back in August and by March she was tackling some of Indonesia’s most famous reef breaks.
“It was my first time in Indonesia, in fact, my first time in Asia,” explains Domenica. “At first I thought Indonesia would be a step too far to my bodyboarding ability, but as usual with Bodyboard-Holidays, there are waves suitable for all abilities, and I end up having one of the best waves of my life there.”
The whole trip proved to be an exciting one for Domenica, embracing all that Indonesia has to offer in the way of culture, food and parties, not to mention surfing some of the world’s best waves in perfect weather, hardly surprising that she regards the trip as the time of her life.
“With Bodyboard-holidays you will be able to concentrate on improving or showing off your abilities, as the instructors will give you precise and individual coaching whatever your level. I will certainly be back next year, there is still so much to be explored and hopefully I will be able to experience more ‘advanced’ breaks next time.”
The Indonesia trip took place across three different destinations all hand-picked to accommodate for bodyboarders of a range of abilities, with a mix of left and rights, beach breaks and reefs.
“The first location was Echo beach, Canguu, then we spent 5 days on the awesome island of Nusa Lembongan and the final location was Uluwatu, one of the most famous surf breaks in Bali, a flavour of three distinctive locations perfectly picked by Bodyboard-Holidays,” she recalls. “My favourite wave was the reef break of Lacerations on Nusa Lembongan, perfect waves for my ability, such good fun. The best wave of my life alongside beautiful scenery, crystal clear waters, and breath-taking sunsets!”
The daily routine during the trip consisted of two surfs accompanied of course by some recuperation time and plenty of food, of course all set to the idyllic Indonesian back drop.
“Our coaches had superb knowledge of local surf breaks and best time of the day to make the most out of the sessions. They also provided great tips on wonderful places for eating, drinking and socializing.”
The crew also enjoyed several nights on the town together as well as cramming in some extra-curricular activities alongside the waves, including snorkelling, visiting temples, shopping, partying, or just chilling out by the pool with a drink.
After getting a taste for the sponge at last year’s summer camp in Newquay after some initial ‘first –time’ nerves, as she puts it herself, Domenica “got completely hooked by bodyboarding,” and now, less than a year on, she has made some impressive progress, embracing all of bodyboardings extra bonus’ that come alongside spending time in the water.
“I’ve met surf buddies and interesting people, I’ve been to different surf destinations and, since the first time, bodyboarding has been the subject matter of my many adventures,” she says. “I could have never imagined that bodyboarding would take me in such an enriching journey.”
Domenica has been based here in the UK for almost thirteen years now, and although only picking up the sponge after leaving South America, may seem like a bit of a missed opportunity, it’s great to see someone get so excited on the sport even when they’re based somewhere that’s completely landlocked.
“The UK is home for me now, and definitely my ‘local’ break is Fistral, even though I live miles away in Wiltshire! Newquay is definitely the home of my surfing experience and I think I have been building a strong connection to its wonderful vibe since the first time I set foot there.
“I hope to continue bodyboarding even more often, it is almost becoming a way of life. Sure I will keep coming for more trips with Bodyboard-Holidays, I have already booked the Portugal trip in September this year and Indonesia again in March of next year, as well as weekends in Newquay,” she explains. “With Bodyboard-Holidays I know it is almost guaranteed I will to go to surf breaks suitable for my ability and I will have a great time. On top of that, they have a high level of professionalism from pre-departure until the end of the trip, top experienced coaches and local knowledge all around.”
Next year’s Indo trip will see another week added to the itinerary, when Bali’s East Coast will be explored including the infamous right hander, Keramas, a regular on any Pro boogie flick.
Fancy joining us on next years trip?