Abroad with Jord

The ultimate vanlife experience with professional freesurfer Jord Fortmann
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The Concept

of Abroad with Jord

It all started back in 2016 with a nine month trip along the shores of France all the way down to the southernmost parts of Morocco. People from all over the Netherlands joined me for a week or so to surf their brains out, broaden their own horizons and escape the ratrace called life.
In the meanwhile I met Marine and We live permanantly in a bigger camper. Still doing roadtrips with guests and in the summer we live at a private ocean front piece of land in France where we offer family and friends style holidays. Because these trips with us are so intimate you can expect cosy and togetherness both in and out of the water.
Being Abroad with Jord and marine gives you the opportunity to lift your surfing skills to the next level, but also allows you to go back to basic by focusing on the little things in life. I am an experienced traveler and so is marine; knowing she grew up sailing around the world.
Together we offer you the all-inclusive vanlife experience of a lifetime. So during your time abroad you can expect great food, even better surf guiding and, if you like, the best in-depth openminded conversations about life and the hassles we have to cope with on a daily basis.

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Since last Fall we welcome small groups of surfers in our home. Because our own CÔTE et RÊVE home has yet to be built we started with two groups in the family home of Marine in the picturesque town of St. Pierre Quiberon.

The surf was good and the vibes even better! So to say we had a great first experience and logically more will follow.

With this new direction we continue to follow the same idea.
We simply want to do what we’re best at and share that in an authentic way with others.
Surfing, guiding and coaching but mainly just being in or on the water.
Enjoying the natural surrounding, cooking and eating great local food.
Above all we like to share this lifestyle in a spontanious way by welcoming small groups of people in our home.

That’s why we say ‘Chez Marine & Jord’

We expect the house to be finished in summer 2021. Before that time we will arrange temporary surf ‘home away from homes’ along the coast of ‘La Bretagne’.

Come visit us
in St. Pierre Quiberon, la France
650 /pppw
We'd love to welcome small groups of people who'd love to improve their surfing and love good food even more.
  • 19th - 26th of October
  • 27th of October - 3rd of November
  • 18 years of surfing coaching
  • The best local healthy meals you can imagine
  • Small groups of 6 to 8 people
  • Travel expenses not included

First sketch of the house we’re building

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Come as strangers, leave as friends!

How others experienced being Abroad with Jord. In case you want to read more reviews just check out my Facebook below.
''Jord is a nice host, a great surf coach, a humorist and an interesting sparring partner in case you want to go deeper into stuff!'' - David, 32
"Five days Abroad with Jord felt like being on a holiday for three weeks! Super relaxing, experiencing everything in the moment" - Astrid, 36
"Whether your focus is on surfing, being in nature or mindfulness: this is the ultimate escape, putting the ratrace on hold. I highly recommend this to anyone!" - Wieske, 35
"Go all inclusive on a down-to-earth level with Jord. Delicious Tajine on the beach for lunch, beautiful paddle along the Cote Sauvage and great surf in La Torche. He gives you the options, you decide." - Eef, 37


Of course a fancy website is nice, but check out these iPhone shots to catch a glimpse of what life is like aboard. Just swipe left or right!

CJ Nelson Designs

4 models which you can try out during your stay!

European Test Center

for CJ Nelson Designs

I am privileged to be part of the surf the CJ Nelson Designs Family and to surf amazing high end modern- classic longboards. The good news is; it’s not only me who’s being lucky!

I’m also the only mobile European Test Center for CJ Nelson Designs, so when you hop on for a trip you get to test, try and surf these amazing boards. This is the perfect opportunity to get a good idea of what model could work for you.

On my roof I have a 9’4 Classic, 9’6 Guerrero, 9’4 Slasher and a 9’2 Sinner waiting to be surfed by you!

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Upcoming trips

Dates and locations are flexible to suit your needs!

Family and friends summertrips

Quiberon > La Bretagne

With the Summer deal and Family surf trip we will stay near St. Pierre Quiberon. Our main spot will have a quiet beach front view. A few steps from the ocean you will have private access to our camper, we will sleep nearby and we will take care of the food and a daily program for you and your kids. We call it in ‘All inclusive Chez Marine & Jord style’, you’ll love it! The weeks were booked pretty quick last summer and so we created a second option in a classic Dutch Albatros family tent! This way we have space for two families during the same week. Check out the available dates by swiping the image above.

Camper retreats

La Bretagne

‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf!’

The retreats are like back in the days when I started. Focus on yourself and become calm in daily meditational and mindfulness practices.  Look closely at your patterns and observe what you experience in your thoughts and feelings.  Learn to ‘surf the waves’ in the water and in your life. I take you out in the waves and teach you the basics of surfing. We will, afterwords or during the surfsession, reflect and talk about what happens in your head and body in challenging situations.

Besides the serious stuff  we live in the rhythm of nature, wake up with the sun and sleep early. I cook good healthy food, we make long walks, chill with a book, enjoy the sunsets but above all we relax and have a good time!


Portugal > Lisbon > Faro > Spain > Jerez de la Frontera

Join us this winter in the sunny South-West Portugal or in South Spain. We will be roadtripping to find the best surf and good vibes in the Algarve and later in the corner of Cadiz. You can hop on board without any preparations from your side because  we take care of everything from pickup untill dropoff. The camper is fully equipped for a complete roadtrip. We cook healthy food, give top notch surfguiding and all together we enjoy the good vibes of an ultimate vanlife experience! Swipe the image above to check the possible dates.


Join with friends and pay less

Join me for two weeks, or with a couple of friends, to get an even better deal!
For example, if you join me on a Roadtrip with two other friends for two weeks you can save up to 500.

Contact me to join the tripor to get an even better deal

Want to know more?
You can ask me anything!

I'd also like to get to know you

We’re going to spend quite some time together so it’s always nice to get acquainted before you hop on!
You can contact me via social media, the contact form or simply give me a call. Whatever you prefer.

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(+31)6 42 030 748

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About surfing

By director, editor and cinematographer Patrick McMahon

“We all know that feeling that surfing gives us. Putting it down into words is difficult, but important because the better we communicate that feeling and share it. We’ll grow a culture that will benefit humanity and the planet.”

“Tom Blake was, amongst a lot of things, one of surfer’s earliest philosophers. He saw waves as a symphony of sound and shape or strange dimensions that we experience as a peculiar joy and an inner satisfaction when putting those forces to work beneath the board.”

“‘Cause maybe he said because that force is spiritual. If you think about surfing as any spiritual practice. It’s ofthen the popularity or glamour of it that draws you in. But over time with doing the thing overtakes that desire and the present moment opens up to you.”

“It’s funny because when you do arrive at that best most skilled version of yourself. That’s exactly the moment it matters the least to you because your free.”

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