Wakeboarding is definitely not ordinary! The crucial factor for serious wakeboard fun is the wake of the powerboat. Join your hosts in Portugal and ride behind a proper wakeboard boat and on a 2.0 cable, learn how to wakeboard, take control of your board, or nail your latest move at the marina. This wakeboarding camp is your opportunity to energize and relax with free yoga sessions, varied water sport activities, and a variety of amenities close by town with restaurants and fun nightlife.
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$94 per person)
During this holiday, you will stay in a dorm at the Kite House Lagos. The house features a pool, a barbecue area, a big garden with trampolines, and outside multi-sport courts.
In the Barraka Bar, you can have a cold beer or cocktail while having the complimentary Wi-Fi connection, watch television, play table pool, or backgammon. The new Kite House is not a wild party house, but you are still only minutes away from the night action in the center of Lagos with all the pubs, clubs, restaurants, and street life.
The camp house has double rooms and dorm rooms consisting of four bedrooms. Right in front of the pool, the camp also owns bungalows with private entrance, lounge, bathrooms, and separate bedrooms. This is a perfect place for families and guests looking for privacy.
In wakeboarding, a boat pulls the boarder over the water. Sounds like ordinary water ski? Think again, wakeboarding is definitely not ordinary! During this holiday, you will enjoy five sets of wakeboarding lessons at the cable park and a yoga class.
The starting time is between 07:00 to 08:00 depending on how many people will be on the boat, you will be back around 09:00. Breakfast will be served after the wake set. You will ride behind a proper wakeboard boat and on a 2.0 cable on the same day with the brand new Mastercraft X-23.
The crucial factor for serious wakeboard fun is the wake of the powerboat. Special wakeboard-boats are able to adjust the wake from small to gigantic. This wave is used as a ramp to execute jumps similar to snowboarding.
The powerful V8-engine and the high attachment point of the rope allow jumps up to several meters. An experienced boarder can ride the endless wake if he likes even without holding on to the rope.
On the boat, equipment is supplied by O’Brien and Ronix and often you’ll find the latest demonstration gear from Ronix for you are more experienced rider. In the park you will find CTRL equipment and beginner or professional boards to choose from.
All the boat drivers and cable controllers double as coaches. They all have at least three years of experience coaching and will help you nail your latest move. You’ll be going big in no time!
The Mastercraft was first created as the official towboat of the X-Games over 10 years ago. It has a 50 horsepower V-8 engine that gives you plenty of pull. The deep V-hull and electronic ballast system produces a huge firm wake for jumps and endless wakesurf rides so there is no need to hold on to the rope. The no-flex tower gives you plenty of air. It has the perfect pass since it keeps the speed steady for you to finally nail your first 180 or 1080.
The cable park is the best place to learn and practice air tricks! The carrier is supported by two vertically parallel cables, allowing for greater tension and a smooth pull. The riders rope length can be changed very quickly meaning you can use a short line to learn new air tricks.
Unlike full size cables, you can take advantage of the 180 degree turns and learn new tricks on the corner. There is almost an infinite amount of tricks to learn on a system 2.0. The best thing is that when you crash it picks you straight back up and within a few seconds you can try the trick again.
If you are trying wakeboarding for the first time it is suggested to practice at the cable park. The 2.0 system is more forgiving and less intimidating. On the 2.0 system, the handle will comes back to you after you fell (no standing in line or swimming back to the dock) allowing you to be back up on the board in seconds, the water is perfectly flat and the system controller will adjust the speed according to your level and riding position.
For advanced riders, wakeboarding behind a boat like the X-Star is a stunning and awesome experience. The best way to learn to wakeboard is hands down. The system 2.0 can get any beginner up and riding within a matter of minutes. It is also the safest way to learn to wakeboard with accurate speed control and constant supervision. With the high pull, on-on-one instruction, and perfect speed control by the operator, you cannot fail to get up!
Thanks to the continuous ride of the 2.0, you can hit the same feature every 20 seconds! This has unbeatable learning potential over boats, jet skis, or full cable tows. And if you fall in, it picks you straight back up with no delay. It is quite simply the best tow for hitting features.
This holiday will take place at The New Kitehouse in Lagos, Portugal. The house is located in a quiet area of Lagos, above famous Meia Praia Beach. From the terrace you can even see the ocean. The beach, the town, and the wakeboarding boat in the Marina can be reached by a short walk.
The cable park is located close to the camp house in Lagos. It has a pair of 2.0 cable systems perfect for learning how to wakeboard and learning board control for kiteboarding. From the camp, you can reach about 20 different surf spots within 30 minutes' drive.
Seven breakfast and five dinner courses are included in the package. You will start the day with a heavenly breakfast prepared by the kitchen fairy, Eli. The breakfast menus will vary and include juices, tea, coffees, whole wheat bread, rolls, baguettes, cheese, ham, jam, eggs, yogurt, fruits, cereals, fresh milkshakes, and smoothies.
For dinner, the meals are well-traveled as the recipes and culinary ideas come from all over the world. The dinner has the night's theme like Italian, Asian, Latin American, German, Danish, Hungarian, and of course, Portuguese, to pamper you with delicious, nutritious, and healthy meals after a long day in the water.
On Wednesday and Saturday evening, the kitchen is closed so you can try the great restaurants in Lagos. There will be also special meals offered to vegetarians or allergic sufferer. Please let know Algarve Watersport beforehand upon booking.
Take a tour across the lagoon between Lagos and Alvor with a visit to the lovely fishing village of Alvor and some stops on the little islands on the way. Paddling on the flat water is highly enjoyable, moreover picturesque sights make this trip an experience not to be missed, even for families and beginners.
You will be shown some of the great trails along the wild south coast overlooking the ocean or through the rural backcountry of the western Algarve. Bike mountain tours start in front of the Kite House for the trips from Lagos to Luz or Burgau. For a longer trip, you will have a drive to the west coast to enjoy a scenic ride while discovering the secret beaches and a stunning sunset.
For adrenaline junkies, you are also offered the tours to the highlands of the Monchique Mountains. From the peak of the Foia, you will have an amazing view over Portimao, the Ria do Alvor, Lagos, and even the west coast as a whole.
Yoga and Pilates are great ways to keep your body, mind, and soul sharp until the next time you get in the water. Many of professional water women and men like Kelly Slater (nine times surf champion), Kristine Boese, (nine times kiteboarding champion), and Larid Hamilton (a big wave surf legend) have found yoga and Pilates to be one of the key preparation tools for their watersport careers.
By practicing yoga and Pilates, you can improve core strength, flexibility, agility, balance, lung capacity, concentration, and calmness in challenging wave situations. Yoga and Pilates also help to prevent your body from getting hurt and it shortens the recovering time between the sessions.
Portugal and specially the Western Algarve offer some of best surf spots in Europe. With numerous beaches and wind protected bays, the warm climate and the consistent Atlantic swells make it a perfect all-year surfing destination. The summer is great for beginners and intermediate surfers because the waves are not as powerful.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. Other possibilities are flying to Seville Airport (SVQ) or Jerez Airport (XRY) in Spain.
From the entrance of the Faro Airport (FAO) terminal, you will find a bus stop of the bus line EVA. With the bus line 14 or 16 which costs about 1.50 EUR, you will reach the bus central station Avendia or the train station of Faro. Both stations are located in the center and only a couple hundred feet fare from one another. The trip from Faro to Lagos by bus takes about two hours.
From Lisbon, you are recommended take the bus for it is usually quicker and more comfortable. From Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), just get a taxi to Terminal Rodoviário de SeteRios. From there, there are four buses leaving to Lagos every day.
From the Lagos bus station, you can continue your journey on foot if you feel like walking. You have to cross the "Avenida dos Descobrimentos" and the pedestrian bridge and walk straight to the corner of the marina building. The train station is now on your right.
From the train station, you walk along the road past the marina building, follow the road turning right until you cross the roundabout. Walk uphill, after 300-400 meters you pass the Marina Parc / Vita Sol Parc. Now the road splits, stay left. After 100 meters you see the kitehouse on the left. Villa Calicas.
Algarve Watersport offers private shuttles from Faro Airport (FAO) straight to the Kite House. If you like to book it, you will have to let them know your flight number, your origin, and your arrival time at least 36 hours before arrival. For the four-person capacity, this facility costs 80 EUR and 100 EUR for the eight-person capacity.
From Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), there is a taxi stand available. For simpler yet a little bit more costly transportation, taking a taxi to the kitehouse is another option that will be the quickest way for you.