What The Truck: Two Surfers Created The Ultimate Mobile Hotel Surf Experience

It’s like #vanlife, but bigger.

Two Portuguese surfers designed, built, and are now operating a mobile home turned hotel, and they take it to the best of Portugal’s and Morocco’s surf destinations.

 

The truck itself. Image from the Truck Surf Hotel website

 

They call it the Truck Surf Hotel, and it makes your buddy Chad’s surfing van look like a cardboard box glued on top of a red wagon.

Essentially, it’s a multi-destination mobile surfing resort. Trips come in three salty flavors: surf experience, surf lessons, or group adventure. The itinerary is planned out at the beginning of the week with Daniela and Eduardo, the hosts and owners of the hotel.

 

Wait, it’s a motorhome hotel?

Exactly. The vehicle is a customized Mercedes Actros with sliding hydraulics that expand whenever the vehicle is stopped. That’s nothing new - many motorhomes have the ability to expand horizontally to increase the square footage inside the vehicle.

The Truck Surf Hotel, however, has a curious vertical expansion in addition to the usual horizontal. The vehicle has an upper section that, while driving, sits inside the main area, but once stationary it can literally raise the roof.

This allows space for 4 bunk beds and one “couple bed” above the lower living area. With the added space, the mobile home can accommodate up to 10 people (!) each night.

That might sound like a crowded clown car, but the Truck Surf Hotel looks pretty spacious to me:

 

 

Packages include trips in Portugal and Morocco, but unfortunately Daniela and Eduardo aren’t delivering delicious surfing trips to the California coast just yet.

Of course, we’re hoping their success will rise as high as their expandable ceiling, and a Truck Surf Hotel like this will roll into California. However, since the one-of-a-kind Mercedes Actros took about 9 months to customize, the two surfing Portuguese natives might be contentar with what they have.

Daniela and Eduardo aren’t the only ones satisfied with their experience. They’ve racked up a decent amount of reviews since beginning operations, which are overwhelmingly in praise of the hotel.

One review reads, “The whole truck is super modern with all the facilities you could wish for in a home (plus a rainshower!!), except you can wake up in another beautiful location every day if you want to!”

They had me at rainshower.

Check out their site for reservations or more information. Meanwhile, leave a comment below if you think we should transform our VW Bus into a mobile hotel. (Fair warning: the mechanics recommend we limit it’s time on the road to just a few miles a month, so we might have some engine trouble during your stay.)

 

Next up, mobile kayaking hotel

 

What The Truck: Two Surfers Created The Ultimate Mobile Hotel Surf Experience

It’s like #vanlife, but bigger.

Two Portuguese surfers designed, built, and are now operating a mobile home turned hotel, and they take it to the best of Portugal’s and Morocco’s surf destinations.

 

The truck itself. Image from the Truck Surf Hotel website

 

They call it the Truck Surf Hotel, and it makes your buddy Chad’s surfing van look like a cardboard box glued on top of a red wagon.

Essentially, it’s a multi-destination mobile surfing resort. Trips come in three salty flavors: surf experience, surf lessons, or group adventure. The itinerary is planned out at the beginning of the week with Daniela and Eduardo, the hosts and owners of the hotel.

 

Wait, it’s a motorhome hotel?

Exactly. The vehicle is a customized Mercedes Actros with sliding hydraulics that expand whenever the vehicle is stopped. That’s nothing new - many motorhomes have the ability to expand horizontally to increase the square footage inside the vehicle.

The Truck Surf Hotel, however, has a curious vertical expansion in addition to the usual horizontal. The vehicle has an upper section that, while driving, sits inside the main area, but once stationary it can literally raise the roof.

This allows space for 4 bunk beds and one “couple bed” above the lower living area. With the added space, the mobile home can accommodate up to 10 people (!) each night.

That might sound like a crowded clown car, but the Truck Surf Hotel looks pretty spacious to me:

 

 

Packages include trips in Portugal and Morocco, but unfortunately Daniela and Eduardo aren’t delivering delicious surfing trips to the California coast just yet.

Of course, we’re hoping their success will rise as high as their expandable ceiling, and a Truck Surf Hotel like this will roll into California. However, since the one-of-a-kind Mercedes Actros took about 9 months to customize, the two surfing Portuguese natives might be contentar with what they have.

Daniela and Eduardo aren’t the only ones satisfied with their experience. They’ve racked up a decent amount of reviews since beginning operations, which are overwhelmingly in praise of the hotel.

One review reads, “The whole truck is super modern with all the facilities you could wish for in a home (plus a rainshower!!), except you can wake up in another beautiful location every day if you want to!”

They had me at rainshower.

Check out their site for reservations or more information. Meanwhile, leave a comment below if you think we should transform our VW Bus into a mobile hotel. (Fair warning: the mechanics recommend we limit it’s time on the road to just a few miles a month, so we might have some engine trouble during your stay.)

 

Next up, mobile kayaking hotel

 

How Two Beach Bums Started a Successful Lifestyle Company


It all began with a few kayaks and an old pickup truck.

When the recession struck in 2008, Michael Samer and Christopher Lynch quickly discovered that they didn’t have a ton of career options, especially for graduates fresh out of college. What they did have was the beach, an unemployed status, a lot of time and nothing to lose.

These humble beginnings are the origins of Everyday California. It was a little adventure company run out of a storage shed in La Jolla by a couple of beach bums with a big idea: share the California lifestyle with the world.

 

The original beach bums, Michael Samer (left) and Chris Lynch (right)

 

Compared to today, the image is comical - the first iteration was a small crew organizing and leading tours, cleaning gear and scheduling more tours on a cell phone whenever they had a free moment. At times it was brutal, but they soon realized something special was happening.

Things went quick. The storage unit was replaced by a shop, a few more people joined the crew, they got some more gear and started looking like a real business. This was the big-leagues, they thought. This was success.

 

Big-league success for the salty crew

But in time, they outgrew the first shop and found a bigger space. And then they outgrew the second shop. And the third. Now the location now is bigger and better than it’s ever been.

All the while something else was in development. There was another unique opportunity - visitors from all over the world were visiting the shop and getting a taste of the California people know and love. Mike and Chris wanted to leave them with more than just a great memory, something tangible as well.

This was the full realization of Everyday California’s growth. It’s transformed from an adventure company into a full-blown lifestyle brand, making waves in the community and spreading good vibes across the globe through an awesome selection of California designed apparel.

 

The current Everyday California shop in La Jolla, CA

 

This is the Everyday California of today. It stands for all things CA: from North to South, from massive forests full of towering Sequoias to rocky beaches with walking access only, from the tech giants in Silicon valley to mom and-pop stores selling overstuffed sandwiches down the street from our shop.

We hope you’ll join us in our mission to share California with the rest of the world.

 


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