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Jho'La Surf Camp is the closest surf camp to Luz Beach and provide experienced and completely certified surf school with instructors that have a great pleasure in teaching.
Gustavo was the 2001 Portuguese national surf champion. He has been a surf coach by the Portuguese Surf Federation (FPS) since 1998, a managing partner, and founder of Future Surfing School in 1998. He is a responsible surf coach for the advanced and competition classes.
Ricardo is a surf coach by the Portuguese Surf Federation (FPS) since 1996, managing partner of Future Surfing School since 2005, polyvalent surf coach, and mainly responsible for the surf school internal surf coaches training, founder member of the APTS (Portuguese Surf Coaches Association), and lifesaver from the Portuguese Red Cross and the Life Saving Club Great Britain.
Francisco started surfing when he was 16 years old and has a long and deep connection to the sea. He graduated in marine biology and is a certified surf instructor by ASI - Academy for Surfing Instructors. He has worked for Future Surfing School in Portimão, Algarve.
Eduardo (Edu) is a surf coach by the FSS since 2008 and by the Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) since 2013, long time lifesaver by the ISN, lifesaver by the Surf Life Saving Club Great Britain, and polyvalent surf coach.
Having a degree in marine biology, Maria, has a deep connection with the ocean. Maria comes to offer you here at the surf camp, are yoga classes and massage sessions. She will be offering deep tissue and myofascial release massage sessions. She also offer insight into your body, anatomy, posture correction, breathing awareness, offering a blend of Vinyasa (flow) and static postures, to go deep into your practice, or to discover a new one.
from Russia, September 2019
"Warm, cozy and friendly atmosphere "
It was so nice, warm and friendly place! Francisco is a very friendly person. And most of the evenings he cooked so delicious portuguese dishes for dinner. And everyone got together over the table to eat, drink something, talk and joke. It was such a nice atmosphere!
The villa is cute and colorful too, with hammoks and oceanside views. Also the villa is pretty close to the ocean and the beach, which is not easy to find for a surfcamp - mostly I saw that they are pretty far. So if someone didn't go surfing or on free and relax days - it was possible to get to the closest beach in 5 minutes. And it is situated in the middle of small town, so shops, cafes and restaurants are nearby too, even an ice-cream factory!
from United States, November 2018
The accommodations with Francisco were fantastic. The house and the neighborhood are beautiful. Just a short walk to the beach and some nice restaurants, although we didn't experience much of that because Francisco cooked us some delicious meals all but one night.
The surfing instruction was very hands on and beneficial. All of the instructors had a great attitude and expertise. My skills improved dramatically from day one. All of the beaches were gorgeous and the overall setting was really nice.
from France, September 2021
"Surf & Yoga Camp with"
From the communication, to the location & organization, This place feels like home. I love that they are working towards a more sustainable lifestyle. The food is great (Francisco is a great chef, and he can adapt to vegan/vegetarian). You might also be able to catch one of his cooking masterclass (expect great Portuguese wine and Surfing tips while helping to make a Portuguese dish).
For the Surfing the collaboration was with Future Eco Surf School (Sustainable too). Great instructors. Cool Spots! I was able to catch waves on my own and started turning towards the end of camp.
The Yoga Classes were divine (mainly Yin to counterbalance all the surfing - Diana was the teacher when I was there).
I will most probably return and definitely recommend it ✨
from France, August 2021
"Perfect place to learn surfing"
I BELIEVE I CAN SURF
I had one of the best holidays in Jho'la surf camp. The place is very clean and furnished with a real taste. It offers a perfect combination of chill and fun holidays.
Once you go there, you will feel like you have good local friends hosting you and trying their best to make you feel comfortable. It is a 5 mins walk to the beach and the food is amazing.
I also have to point out how awesome the surfing instructors were. I didn't think I could stand up and slide in 5 days but they proved me wrong.
I will come back when I feel a strong "saudade" :)
from Netherlands, July 2021
"Awesome surfcamp & guesthouse with lovely hosts"
I had the best time in the Jho'la surfcamp. The hosts are wonderful people who do their very best to give you the real Portugese / surf experience. I love the vibe in the guesthouse and I've met only lovely people. I really enjoyed the dinners we had together. The food is absolutely amazing and homemade. The combination of surfing and yoga is great if you are looking for an active holiday. Of course there is also plenty of free time to relax in the hammocks or to visit the nice beaches in the region. Thankyou so much for this experience and I'll see you soon!
from Portugal, October 2020
"A fantastic and refreshing experience "
Wow—I had such a wonderful time. Francisco was an incredible host and his food is probably the best I have had in Portugal! The yoga was really relaxing and Andrea tailored the sessions very thoughtfully depending on how I was feeling post-surf. The surf school was excellent and the teachers were very dedicated and knowledgeable. Lovely guests, lovely place, fantastic beaches and great memories.
from Switzerland, September 2019
Die Yogastunden waren wunderbar und individuell abgestimmt. Francisco ist ein ausgezeichneter Koch und ein angenehmer Host.