THE BONANZA COMMUNITY

Bonanza Love Stories: Shona & Roser

Bonanza Love Stories: Clara & Sarah

Bonanza Love Stories: Safia & Maya

Bonanza Love Stories: Hannah & Anna

Mollie, London

"It's so hard to capture and put into words how special a week Bonanza was. I came to Biarritz after 3 months of travelling and it was, without doubt, the highlight of the summer for me. It sounds cliche, but we really did go from strangers to a small family in such a short amount of time. Not only did I get to rediscover my love of surfing, but have also made friends I'm sure I will have for many years to come."

Anne Sophie, Copenhagen

"I left Bonanza with my heart full of the most loving memories with the girls - surfing, laughing and many hugs. I was a newbie at surfing when I arrived at Bonanza, but I had an amazing time with the girls in the water and gained a lot more confidence, skills and a desire for more surf trips in the future <3"

Anna, Gothenburg

"Don’t know where to start. This was an amazing trip and when I got back home again I felt like I had been to summer camp. You know, when you have been part of something so wonderful and only those who were there understand! This is such a damn good collective of chicks and I think that everyone should join if you love the sea, making new amazing friends and having a blast! Everyone should have Bonanza in their lives. Love to Elin and Amanda for this, and love to my baby girls!!"

Safia, London

"Bonanza is simply joy on joy. Cooking and eating together, laughing, dancing, doing each other’s hair and make-up, blissing out on the yoga mat or cheering each other on when someone catches a wave— the girls you meet very quickly become friends and cheerleaders and you get to scoop them up and keep them forever :) Who knew that a short space of time could leave such an imprint on your heart! <3"

Alissa, San Diego

"Bonanza Collective is an absolute must for anyone who loves new friendships, surfing, community, food, and good vibes! I don’t have the words to describe how wonderful my week with Bonanza was but I will try. Right from the day I arrived, I felt right at home and become fast besties with everyone! Elin and Amanda made us all feel so welcome and helped us build such a sense of community. I came to Bonanza already with the basics of surfing but left feeling so much more confident in the line up, catching green waves, and understanding etiquette! Love Bonanza, the surf, and all the friendships I made."

Sophia, Sweden

"Picking one highlight from the Bonanza week feels almost impossible since every single day solely consisted of highlights, but if I had to pick just one it would definitely be the sense of community that was present all the time. Amanda and Elin put their souls into turning our stay at Casaviel into the most wholesome experience, and we had such a great time together as a group. The best thing was that all the girls got along so well and I have already met some of them several times since we were in Biarritz. You will surely make friends for life during this week and have an amazing time to say the least."

Mathilde, Copenhagen

"Being part of the Bonanza community is truly one of the best decisions, I’ve ever made. Not only have I improved my surfing skills and become more brave in the lineup. I’ve also made dear friends from all over the World. We’ve shared laughs, deep secrets and tears together and that one week of edition 3 will forever have a very special place in my heart. I can’t recommend this experience and community enough – it’s family."

Pim, Stockholm

"This is a surf retreat is like no other. You get to connect with incredible people at the same time as you get welcomed in to an irreplaceable community of supporting women who all share the love for surfing. I’m so thankful that I made the decision to be a part of something so special! <3"

Emilia, London

"Bonanza is a new love. A love, I didn't know I needed so much. New friendships and community that are so precious. I finally learned how to surf! My lifelong dream came true.

Amanda & Elin did such a wonderful job putting together the best surf teachers, fun surf lessons, so many amazing women, and moments I'll cherish for the rest of my life. Cannot wait for the reunion!"

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Mollie, London

"It's so hard to capture and put into words how special a week Bonanza was. I came to Biarritz after 3 months of travelling and it was, without doubt, the highlight of the summer for me. It sounds cliche, but we really did go from strangers to a small family in such a short amount of time. Not only did I get to rediscover my love of surfing, but have also made friends I'm sure I will have for many years to come."

Anne-Sophie, Copenhagen

"I left Bonanza with my heart full of the most loving memories with the girls - surfing, laughing and many hugs. I was a newbie at surfing when I arrived at Bonanza, but I had an amazing time with the girls in the water and gained a lot more confidence, skills and a desire for more surf trips in the future <3"

Anna, Gothenburg

"Don’t know where to start. This was an amazing trip and when I got back home again I felt like I had been to summer camp. You know, when you have been part of something so wonderful and only those who were there understand! This is such a damn good collective of chicks and I think that everyone should join if you love the sea, making new amazing friends and having a blast! Everyone should have Bonanza in their lives. Love to Elin and Amanda for this, and love to my baby girls!!"

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Hi/Hej/Bonjour. We’re Elin & Amanda,

founders of Bonanza Collective.​

The full story requires a glass of vino, but here's the short version: we met in early 2022 over a coffee. Both newly dumped it was literally the saddest first date you can imagine :’) But everything aligned and it somehow led to an immediate car purchase and a one way road trip to France. We surfed (a lot), made a bunch of friends, fell in and out of love a couple of times and most importantly, found ourselves in a beautiful community of individuals. Two endings had turned into the beginning of a life long friendship. 


In short, life turned bonanza.


bonanza [noun]
a large amount of something desirable

Bonanza Collective was born in the middle of a wet and windy Basque winter,

but it existed as an idea within both of us many years prior to that.

Having both worked at numerous surf and yoga retreats, we spent our twenties hopping between different surf destinations. Elin spent her winters in Sri Lanka and summers in Cornwall, while Amanda had Costa Rica as her tropical get away and Galicia as her European summer dream. 

We shared the same passion for the lifestyle, but sometimes missed a community of women to surf and go on trips with.

And then France serendipitously happened. We finally found ourselves in a place where we had everything we wanted right in our backyard. In other words, we realised that we had the perfect opportunity to create the community we had dreamt off. That's why Bonanza came to life: to be a space where you can pursue something you love - and at the same time find people to share it with.

Our vision is that Bonanza Collective will continue to grow as a community where we inspire and support each other - and simply have fun while going on adventures together.