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Awesome Portugal Bodyboard Camp

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 12 participants
Airport transfer included

Enjoy the best waves Portugal has to offer during early summer and autumn where European culture combines perfectly with an awesome beach lifestyle! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know bodyboarding has taken off in Portugal. Even during the summer months, while other beaches to the east of Cascais become crowded there’s always ample room to surf along the Sintra coastline. So grab your board now and don't miss this chance to catch some serious waves!

Meet the instructors

Rob
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Highlights

  • Daily coaching geared to your ability
  • Bodyboard guidance by locals to the best waves for your ability
  • Learning moves such as cutbacks, barrel rolls, and three-sixty spins
  • Oceanography class to understand breaks, rips, and currents
  • Video and photo analysis of your bodyboarding
  • Qualified surf lifeguard to keep you safe
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

During this surf camp, you will be staying at a private mansion-like villa that was built as a summer party house for a famous pianist. This villa comes with everything a holiday home should like including an outside barbecue area, covered heated pool, Wi-Fi throughout the area, a game room with pool and poker tables, a lounge with a large LCD TV and surround sound.

This exclusive three-story villa also contains five comfortable bedrooms, fresh quality bed linen and towels, a fully equipped kitchen, huge dining room and tranquil terrace, exquisitely furnished living / chilling areas, secluded garden with a variety of water features, chill-out areas, and daily housekeeping on weekdays.

What’s more, it’s so chic that it’s even got a bandstand and chapel within its grounds. Nestled among peaceful pine trees within the Serra de Sintra national park, its remote and wild setting offers a relaxing ambiance. The luxury bodyboard villa is surrounded by woodland below the picturesque Sintra Mountains. It’s a pretty palatial affair, housing masses of living space and a spacious garden neatly divided by quirky features and follies with neighboring Portugal’s political big-wigs, Benfica footballers, and international heads of state on this stunning part of the coastline.

This musically themed mansion-like villa is perfect for kicking back in luxury after a top day of bodyboarding. It’s also in walking distance from the vibrant village of Praia das Maçãs, which has a variety of shops, grocery stores, bakery, pizzeria, bars, pharmacy, and a choice of restaurants serving typical Portuguese dishes. Just a short drive from the villa, Sintra is also a great destination for culture vultures and foodie fanatics.

Program

You will head into Praia das Macas, west of Lisbon for an epic bodyboarding trip. You will learn to polish up your act, make some real progression, or simply enjoy waves in the sun. The main aim of this holiday is to set you up for a week of awesome coaching and fun in the water, along with soaking up the coastal delights Portugal has to offer.

The Portuguese coastline is littered with a variety of breaks suitable for riders of all abilities. From points, reefs, and beaches, to wedges, river mouths, and shores, you can find every type of wave here. Don’t worry if you’re used to waves of a smaller size or you’re a complete beginner, there’s something for you. You’ll be blown away by how fast you learn to paddle out and catch some good ones.

Bodyboard Holidays promises that you will not be thrown straight in at the deep end and they always got your back whatever your ability is. The type of people you meet on these trips want to score waves, enjoy the beach lifestyle and sunsets, travel and improve their riding. It is definitely a recipe of interests that make a great group vibe.

The waves

Portugal is buzzing with local bodyboarding talent. With so many awesome shore barrels and sections to learn their trade, it’s no wonder the IBA world tour has seen an influx of Portuguese riders stake their claim in recent years. To the north of Praia das Macas lays Nazaré, a beach break rapidly gaining notoriety as one of the best and most powerful in Portugal with hollow rights and lefts that were made for bodyboarding.

To the south, you’ll find the Portuguese Pipeline, Supertubes which breaks over a perfect sandbank and can deliver incredibly fast hollow barrels. Whichever direction you travel in on your surfaris, there’s a great mix of technical waves for the aspiring pro and mellow waves for developing riders. During the holiday, you will cruise the coast each day to find the best waves, so expect super fun conditions. There are also great amenities here including public showers, beach bars, and restaurants.

Coaching

The coaching team offers daily tuition tailored to your ability with coaches that are experienced, lifeguard-qualified, and fully insured. Some have twenty years of surfing experience and fifteen years of worldwide travel experience. All staffs are trained by the British team coach, Rob Barber. Intermediate and advanced level coaching is tailored towards the individual. You’ll pick up some game-changing tips from Rob Barber’s Bodyboarding School. The coaches and trained lifeguards organize group sessions and one-to-one in-water teaching.

For those who are taking beginner coaching, the program includes:

  • Oceanography class at the start of the week to understand breaks, rips, and currents
  • Bodyboarding safety, beach awareness, and how to catch waves
  • How to paddle out, gain speed, duck dive, and wipe out safely
  • Learning moves such as cutbacks, barrel rolls, and three-sixty spins

Other information

Bodyboard Holidays coaching trips abroad (outside of the UK) are open to people under the age of 18 but they need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian of 18 or over. This can easily be an older brother, sister, or friend. Remember that Bodyboard Holidays hire equipment, which works out cheaper than paying for your board bag and also saves you carrying your bag.

Instructors

Rob Barber
Rob grew up in Newquay, Cornwall and began bodyboarding as soon as he could swim. The last 30 years has him chasing swells, competition titles, magazine covers, and dream waves all over the world. He's been chosen to represent England and Britain on many occasions and has been fortunate to travel right across the globe. He is a self-taught bodyboarder who learned the hard way through trial and error, by scouring through magazine articles and hounding his peers for tips.

Location

This surf camp will take place in Colares, Lisbon, Portugal. This surf camp is located just one kilometer from the punchy fun waves of Praia das Macas, five minutes away from the wedgy goodness of Praia da Adraga and the famous Praia Grande where the World Bodyboard Championships, The Sintra Pro, stops every September.

Praia das Macas is just a 30-minute drive from the hollow reefs of Ericeira, which is now classified as a World Surfing Reserve, and 25 minutes from Praia de Carcavelos which is home to a fantastic beach break. If you journey 35 minutes further south, you will hit the endless peaks of Costa de Caparica. You can also visit plenty of amazing secret spots along the way.

Nearby places

  • Costa de Caparica - 35 minutes
  • Ericeira - 30 minutes' drive
  • Praia da Adraga - 5 minutes
  • Praia das Macas, 1 kilometer
  • Praia de Carcavelos - 25 minutes
  • Praia Grande - 5 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (indoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace

Services

  • Board rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning

Food

After Bodyboard Holiday's second visit to Portugal, they have enlisted the awesome skills of a private chef for the house. Group meals offer the chance to refuel with excellent dishes and a great time to exchange stories about the daily sessions. Of course, this means guaranteed good food, no hassle, and no washing up! You can choose their full-board catering option. This includes healthy breakfasts, a snack-lunch and all evening meals.

Portuguese food is Mediterranean so you’ll probably be familiar with most things on their menu. There will be meat or fish dishes and vegetarian options created by their personal chef. You should budget 26 EUR for the catering option and you will be emailed with the option to take this package before the trip begins. Please note that the meals are not included in the price. If you have specific dietary requirements or allergies, it is always best to let Bodyboard Holidays know beforehand and provision can be made.

What's included

  • Daily expert coaching geared to your ability
  • Bodyboard guidance by locals to the best waves for your ability
  • Qualified surf lifeguards to keep you safe
  • Video and photo analysis
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Pickup and drop-off at Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Daily meals
  • Pro standard bodyboard kit hire (15 GBP per day)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 32% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday May 18, 2019
Departure: Saturday May 25, 2019

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