The surf breaks in the Algarve provide some of the best waves in Europe. Because of the unique location on the southwest point of Portugal, it’s almost always perfect somewhere. We’ll help you find the best spot for your ability, where you could either go for a challenge or find your mellow wave around the corner…
Everyone that loves to play in the ocean can learn to surf. There is no upper-age limit but you do need to be able to swim. And of course you are keen to learn, excited to progress and stoked on fun times !
Depending on the waves and tides we will adapt our daily schedule to the best conditions that day. We either practice yoga in the early mornings or in the late afternoon. After a nourishing breakfast ( think oat meals, fruit juices, fresh bread and muesli, eggs and daily specials) you will be picked up by our surf coaches to bring you to the best surf spot! You will have 3 hours surf lessons (1 long or 2 short sessions) per day. There is plenty of time to chill out on the beach in between the surf sessions. A vitalizing lunch salad will be served on the beach. We also take you sightseeing in Sagres, check out the surf shops and eat out in a traditional restaurant. In the evenings a delicious dinner is served by our chef. All meals are prepared with fresh and local ingredients. We cater for those who have food allergies, intolerances or preferences. Just let us know when you book !
We offer personal surf coaching to small groups for quick learning, In case of different levels we have 2 teachers available so there will always be the possibility to surf green waves when you are ready for it, Our coaches are passionate surf girls with great experience and knowledge of the region.
You always wanted to learn to surf and now you want to give it a try. There is no age limit to learn. Even when you think you are too old to start to surf, you most likely not. Everyone can join in. There is nothing like catching your first wave. Once you stand up for the first time you will know the feeling : it’s pure stoke and smiles and you are instantly hooked. You will learn how to paddle for waves, stand up in the white water and get basic theory on waves, tides and rips. Depending on how fast you learn, you will also learn how to turn your board. When the conditions allow it ( small waves) we will paddle out to the line-up !
Once you are confident standing up in the white water, it is time to go out to the back and start surfing the unbroken green waves. After a lesson of theory on surf etiquette and rips we paddle out. You will learn to read the waves so you know where to catch them and surf them to the left our right. Coaching will be mainly in the water. We will take you to nice small conditions so you will feel comfortable at all times. Video analyses will be part of the week to maximize improvement.
You have surfed for period of time in different conditions and on different types of waves . You are confident catching green waves, and want to improve your surfing. We can coach you on different kind of skills: turning, bottom-top turning, trimming, cutbacks, duck-diving, cross-stepping, … Perhaps you just want to get more confident in bigger surf or you want to surf with like-minded women and get some tips. We will work with video analyses to maximize progress!
Improving your fitness will make learning to surf more enjoyable. You will increase stamina and power so that you can catch more waves, spend more time in the water, deal with the ocean’s, sometimes, challenging conditions and improve basic surfing manoeuvres. Swimming is one of the best ways to improve surf fitness. Swimming 2 or 3 times a week can make an enormous difference to your paddle power. Running 2 to 4 times per week will boost your fitness, increase your metabolic rate and improve your stamina and strength. Strengthening your core enables you to improve your power, performance and stability which will help you to catch more waves and ride down the line. The plank, side plank, basic crunch and squats are great exercises.
Surfing etiquette is the most important thing to learn before you set forth in to surf. These rules are designed to keep everyone safe and happy. Right of way gives the surfer closest to the peak of the wave the right of way. Don’t drop in meaning that someone with the right of way is about to take off on a wave or is already riding a wave. Paddle around a wave, not through it. Paddle out through a channel where the waves aren’t breaking and people aren’t surfing . Hang on to your board. Always try to maintain control and contact with you board. Never throw your board away. Respect the beach. Pick up your trash and try to pick up a few pieces before you leave if it’s not yours.
Yoga and surfing go well together. Both disciplines tap into a natural flow. In yoga, you learn not to force any pose, but to find the depth of the pose in the moment. In surfing you learn that you can’t force a wave. Instead you practice being fully in the moment so you can catch a wave. There are a few benefits yoga brings to surfers : it gives you paddle power ( high plank to low plank) , breath control, brain to body coordination and injury prevention.