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More than empty lineups
More than empty lineups

More than empty lineups

We're a community of surfers who believe our best days on the water are the result of people who have dedicated their lives to sharing their passion for surfing with others. We offer a hand-picked collection of the best surf trips in the world, with a focus on amazing guides who create authentic experiences found nowhere else.
See incredible places, experience new cultures, get away from the crowds, connect with the people you care about most, and ride the best waves of your life. The world is bigger and more interesting on a surfboard. We're here to prove it.
Our story
Our story

Our story

We started Thermal for ourselves and our friends. The options for surf trips are endless, but we've always found it hard to know which ones are worth the effort. We've also experienced plenty of frustration trying to make these trips happen in the past. Whether it's wiring money around the world, spending hours on the phone with travel agents, or struggling to change or cancel a trip — there's clearly room for improvement. When the pandemic hit, we decided to get to work creating the kind of travel company we'd want to use, and Thermal was born. It's early days for us, but we're working tirelessly to deliver on our promise to make surf travel more rewarding and inclusive, and a whole lot less painful.

Who we are

From a founding member of Kayak.com, to the author of Wildpreneurs and owner-operator of an eco-lodge near Sayulita, we're a small, tight-knit team with diverse skills, backgrounds, and perspectives.
Tamara Jacobi
Tamara Jacobi
Tamara Jacobi
Sayulita, Mexico
Drew Patterson
Drew Patterson
Drew Patterson
San Francisco, CA
Chris Dodds
Chris Dodds
Chris Dodds
Oaxaca, Mexico
Sarah Cardoso
Sarah Cardoso
Sarah Cardoso
São Paulo, Brazil
Valeria Esther Retegui
Valeria Esther Retegui
Valeria Esther Retegui
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mike Hsieh
Mike Hsieh
Mike Hsieh
San Francisco, CA
Ryan Teuscher
Ryan Teuscher
Ryan Teuscher
San Francisco, CA
Nick Stolz
Nick Stolz
Nick Stolz
Haleiwa, HI
Ana Beatriz Del Cistia
Ana Beatriz Del Cistia
Ana Beatriz Del Cistia
São Paulo, Brazil
Beau Flemister
Beau Flemister
Beau Flemister
Waimanalo, HI
Croix Gagnon
Croix Gagnon
Croix Gagnon
Portland, OR
More than empty lineups
More than empty lineups

Come join us for the
exciting journey ahead.

Risk-free booking
Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund.
Change of plans? No worries. Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund, no questions asked.
Best price guarantee
If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
Booking with Thermal never costs more. If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
Connect directly
Speak to the team on the ground, instead of a travel agent.
Instead of a travel agent, we connect you directly to the team on the ground for the answers you need.
Exclusive experiences
We have a roster of amazing, one-off trips in the works.
Each week brings something new to discover. We have a roster of amazing, one-off experiences in the works.