Kalama Kamps

The Dave Kalama Waterman Experience

Spend a week on Namotu Island with world-class waterman Dave Kalama.

If you want to improve your surf, SUP or foil game – or maybe all of the above – with some of the best instructors in the business, then this is the week for you! Dave and his highly experienced team will give you real time group instruction and tips, on and off the water, no matter your level. 

Dave & His Team

24 guests, 5 coaches, 1 incredible week. 

Being Hawaiian, Dave has a fun and friendly coaching approach, and a love for all watersports. The full “waterman experience” encourages guests to also focus on slowing down, or as they say in Fiji, “Vahewa”…. Leave the hustle and bustle of life behind for a week, and soak up all that this paradise has to offer.

Kalama Kamp is the ideal way to progress your skills, learn new techniques and even try something new, in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Combine the coaching tips with Namotu’s world class waves, and you’ll have the recipe for success! Dave and team encourage questions throughout the week & hold technique clinics on land (when the conditions permit).

Kalama Kamp Dates

27 October – 3 November 2024

10-17 November 2024

10-17 November 2024

The surf sets our schedule but a typical day at Kalama Kamp Fiji can look like this… 

Wake up and surf, foil or SUP straight off the Island at Lefts, Swimming Pools or one of the many other breaks. Come back and refuel with breakfast then join a yoga class, meditation or technique session. From there it’s a delicious lunch, followed by more surfing or maybe a down-winder, excursion to another island or even some fishing.

We work to the conditions and plan a daily schedule accordingly. All actives are optional, not mandatory.

Dave’s team will also help you enjoy other island activities such as snorkelling, winging, kayaking, hiking; and don’t miss the opportunity to cruise around the turquoise waters in the outrigger canoe with our canoe sailing and surfing experience.

Kalama Kamp weekly photo slideshow, 2023 by Rodd Owen

What sets the Kalama Kamp apart…

“For me, what sets Kalama Kamp apart is that you can learn at your own pace. A 2 day clinic throws a lot at you in a short amount of time and you can get overwhelmed, but a 7 day clinic gives you time to work things out and achieve a higher level of proficiency.
Another really amazing part of KK is the camaraderie and atmosphere. You have top level, supportive coaches leading the way, along with a group of like-minded participants who are all “learning-by-doing” in a great location.
There’s a really good balance between land and water training and there’s plenty of downtime to practice what you’ve learned. And for me, one of the great, unexpected bonuses of KK were the fantastic meals enjoyed with the group. It was pretty awesome to “talk story” and make new friends and connections from all over the planet.”

You have top level, supportive coaches leading the way, along with a group of like-minded participants who are all “learning-by-doing” in a great location.

The Best Waves for SUP, FOIL, WING & SURF

Namotu is home to some of the best and most convenient surf breaks with a range of areas and waves to suit different levels and conditions. Namotu’s boats are there to ferry you to and from the breaks as you like from dawn to dusk, daily.

Namotu’s two closest waves are ideal for putting what you’ve learned into action – Swimming Pools is a world-class right-hander, and on the other side of the island you have Namotu Lefts, a peeling reef break that handles 2ft – 15ft surf. Watch the action at Lefts from the island restaurant while you refuel with delicious healthy food prepared by our island chefs, all inclusive in your package. 

Namotu also has access to a range of breaks all under 10 minutes away. Take a boat ride to “Cloudbreak” for the intermediate-expert surfers, or a quick 5-minute trip over to the famous “Restaurants” surf break on Tavarua. There are fast and hollow waves for experts, and soft, forgiving waves for beginners…. we have it all on our doorstep!

Unlike other resorts, Namotu prides itself on unlimited use of surf boats, so that you can spend as much or as little time in the water as you like. You can even join the Island’s resident fisherman on a local fishing excursion to catch fresh fish for the restaurant.


Dave is professional waterman, coach, board shaper, and founder & owner of Kalama Performance Boards. Widely recognised as a trailblazer in tow surfing, SUP, and more recently, downwind foiling, his pioneering spirit and innovative approach have pushed the boundaries of these water sports.

Dave’s first visit to Namotu was back when it was nothing more than a sandspit frequented by seabirds.

Over the last 25 years, Dave’s annual trips to Namotu have transformed into immersive experiences known as “Kalama Kamps.” Here, enthusiasts gather to embrace the Waterman lifestyle he epitomises. Through coaching clinics and shared wisdom, Dave cultivates a community of like-minded individuals, fostering a deep love for Fiji and the ocean. Guests return year after year, not just for the pristine waves, but for the camaraderie and spirit Dave instills, turning each trip into a cherished tradition in their calendar.

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Tom Carroll is an Australian ex-professional surfer who gained recognition at a young age for his exceptional talent. He won numerous titles throughout his career, including two world championships and is also known for his fearless approach to big-wave surfing.

Tom has integrated meditation into his life, and he graciously shares its benefits for focus, stress reduction, and performance enhancement during the Kalama Kamps. Meditation holds special value for athletes like surfers, aiding in focus improvement, stress management, and performance enhancement.


Meet Colin, a three-time professional Longboard Champion, dedicated coach, loving father, and an all-around great guy. His expertise spans across various water sports disciplines, making him a valuable asset to our coaching team. Whether you’re seeking guidance on surfing, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), mastering nose riding techniques, or exploring the thrilling world of foiling, Colin is your go-to source for invaluable insights and tips. With Colin’s guidance, you’ll not only progress during your time with us but also continue to excel long after your session ends.

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Rory Chapman is a renowned Australian waterman and a master of a variety of disciplines including surfing, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), foiling, kiting, winging, and ocean swimming. For over a decade, Rory’s journey to Namotu has evolved from lifeguard to private coach and island manager. With an unmatched knowledge of the waves, Rory’s keen eye ensures you’ll catch the best rides before anyone else. Beyond his expertise, Rory’s unwavering passion for the ocean and commitment to fostering health and vitality continue to inspire all those around him.


A true Hawaiian waterman deeply connected to the ocean through the crafts that he rides, Leon is a master in many classes. It is not unusual to find Leon in the line up for 8 hours at a time, always smiling and encouraging others. When he’s not gracefully manoeuvring on the nose of his longboard or gliding effortlessly atop his hand-shaped Alaia wood surfboard, Leon can be spotted leading a crew of guests on his four-man wa’a (Hawaiian for Canoe); sailing around the island or catching waves from the surrounding breaks to shore.

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Pip is more than just a culinary expert—she’s a true wizard in the kitchen! Well known for her infectious energy and bubbly personality she has been coming to Namotu since 2014. With a passion for sustainable, high-quality ingredients and innovative techniques like her signature open-fire cooking, Pip crafts dishes that will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds and your memories. Work up an appetite on the water each day and each night you’ll be treated to epic snacks and delicious dinner and dessert.


From your initial email contact to your final wave ride of the week, Michelle will be there every step of the way, ensuring a seamless and epic Kalama Kamp experience. Teaming up with Sara at WaterWays Travel, they’ll handle all the logistics of your booking and assist with your travel plans. Michelle also joins us on Namotu to ensure that your stay on the island is hassle free, leaving you to focus your energy on the waves and enjoy an unforgettable week!

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With an innate understanding of her guests needs, Lea tailors her yoga sessions to perfection. Whether it’s a dynamic pre-surf warm-up, a soothing post-surf stretch, an intensive yoga session, or the blissful tranquility of a sound bath, Lea infuses each session with her expertise and energy. Lea is also an avid surfer, Fijian resident and you’ll often find her sharing the lineup with you. Regardless of the conditions, whether it’s a modest 2-foot swell or a towering 10-footer, Lea is always fearlessly charging the waves!


Aaron has been lifeguarding on Namotu for many years. His understanding of the local surf breaks, tides and weather systems is profound. His shortboard skills match is knowledge, and he’s also a proficient longboard, SUP and foiler. Aaron’s expertise goes beyond simply directing you to the prime location of the day; he’ll also ensure you catch the best waves of the day, maximising your surfing experience.

At home in Sydney, Aaron wears multiple hats, serving as both a dedicated fireman and a vigilant lifeguard on the bustling beaches of Sydney.

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Climate & Conditions

October and November are typically excellent months in Fiji, sitting on the edge of the Trade Wind season. This time of year tends to provide glassy days, regular, moderate swells and ideal conditions for foiling and surfing. However, we can also get the occasional windy day or two, so if you are a wing foiler or kiter you could score an epic wind session too! High tide is ideal for foiling while low to mid tide works best for surfing the local breaks.

Photography and Video

All your photos are included and each Kalama Kamp has its own dedicated professional photographer shooting from land, boats, water and drone. All angles covered. In 2024 we have Rodd Owen shooting across both weeks. Rodd’s photography has been featured in various publications and exhibitions, earning him recognition within the surfing community and beyond. He is a man of many talents—whether he’s on land with his drone, on the boat with his camera, or swimming in the lineup, he’s always capturing the action from every angle. His mission is to ensure you depart the week with a hard drive overflowing with unforgettable memories, both on land and in the surf.

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  • 7 nights accommodation on Namotu Island Resort
  • Return transfers 
  • Unlimited use of surf boats with unlimited access to Namotu Lefts, Restaurants, Swimming Pools & Wilkes. First boat to Cloudbreak daily+, surf guide in the water with you at all times to ensure you are safe
  • Daily & private yoga overlooking the ocean
  • Surfing the many waves around Namotu with longboards, mini mals and basic SUPs included
  • Fishing – species include GTs, yellowfin tuna, Spanish Mackerel, ruby snapper, mahi mahi and many more varieties using many different fishing techniques
  • Guided snorkelling throughout coral reef surrounding Namotu and with the giant clams, equipment included
  • Day trips to other islands, resorts and attractions including Cloud9, Tavarua, Castaway Island, Musket Cove, Honeymoon Island
  • 3 meals daily
  • PLUS Signature Week Special Inclusions
    • Nightly snacks by special guest chef, Pip Sumbak
    • Surf, SUP & foil workshops with Dave Kalama and team
    • Welcome pack
    • Photography & video provided on USB

Not included

  • Airfares to/from Nadi
  • Bar tab (alcoholic beverages, soft drinks)
  • Massage
  • Tips

*Some equipment including SUPs & foils available but we recommend bringing your own performance gear.


Airport/hotel to Marriott (45min by car)

Marriott to Namotu (25min by boat) 

Total trip 1hr 20min. 

If you arrive Friday we will pick you up from the Airport and take you to your hotel. 


Denarau Marina to Namotu aboard the Cobalt (30mins by by fast World Cat boat).

Airport/hotel to Denarau included

COST: $500usd for up to 12 passengers


Airport or Denarau to Namotu on helicopter (10min)

Luggage taken separately via regular transfer. 

*not included in the Namotu package

^for use when available. Priority pass holders will take precedence.

Bookings and more information


Yes, it is compulsory. You will need a plan that covers medical emergencies and transport, trip cancellation, travel changes, loss of property and luggage. We recommend a comprehensive cover to ensure you’re protected. 

Yes, wireless internet is available.

No, but a long sleeve wetsuit vest or spring suit can be handy sometimes for wind chill.

Yes, we have introduced a weekly hire. You can rent kitesurfing equipment and foils but we recommend bringing your own SUP gear and short boards.

Depending on swell size there is any type of that you want, long and hollow, or short and fun. 

Yes, we can cater to a range of dietary restrictions, just let us know prior to travel. 

It’s a good idea but not critical.

There is a small store on the island but realistically imagine you are in the middle of nowhere, plan for your personal needs, sunscreens, any medications, rash vest etc before you get here. We’ll send you a list of things to pack as a guide.

Please make sure you have your PADI certificate and bring your own gear if you like. There will be equipment available, however if you are particular, we recommend bringing wetsuit, fins u0026 snorkel. 

Getting there

The best way to arrive is by plane to Nadi International Airport (NAN). You’ll be picked up by one of Namotu’s private shuttles and from there by boat to tropical paradise – your home for the week. Helicopter and boat charters are available at an additional cost.

Spend the Sunday afternoon settling into your bure, surfing, relaxing and exploring the Island before the welcome drinks with your hosts at 6pm. While the weather is normally reliable, it does influence the day’s activities. There’s always something to do but the timetable is flexible to allow maximum enjoyment of the conditions.

Checkout is 10am on Sunday. Hop on the final boat ride home where you’ll be bused back to Nadi Airport or a destination of your choosing.


We have an amazing team of hosts who are there to teach, support and generally make your stay incredible. HOWEVER, if in the case of emergency, illness or similar, it is a possibility that one or more of the advertised hosts may be unable to attend. In this unlikely event we cannot offer a refund but we will guarantee to replace that staff member with someone equally capable to ensure your week is not affected.