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8 Day Advanced Progression Kitesurfing Camp with Downwinder Practice in Esposende, Braga District

Kook Proof Activity Center, Rua da Central 5C, 4740-237 Esposende, Braga District, Cavado, Norte Region, Portugal

Kitesurf Camp in Portugal

Advanced difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 6 participants
Breakfast included

Kookproof camp in Esposende is a great opportunity for adventure travelers seeking outdoor activities in a relaxing environment, nested by the Atlantic shore and surrounded by nature. Incorporated in the North Coast Natural Park you will have the opportunity to learn how to surf at one of the best surf spots in Europe with zero crowds, empty beaches, and a family atmosphere. Experience and join Progression Camp with Kook Proof Activity Center!

Meet the instructors

Tiago

Highlights

  • Theory lessons and video debriefing
  • Kitesurf practical lessons with radio support
  • The usage of surfboard/paddleboard 2 hours each day
  • Preparation of a downwind and doing a downwind
  • One safety surf basic lessons on the first rental
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi

Inn Esposende Sports Hostel

The Hostel is a completely renewed one. In total, the hostel has 9 rooms, 8 bathrooms, and 32 beds. The bunk beds, mattresses, and furniture are all new.

Room options

  • 3 standard multiple rooms: 3 bunk beds in each room (6 guests), with shared bathroom. Each bed with its own lockable compartment, own light, own electric plug. 18 beds in total.
  • 1 superior multiple rooms: 2 bunk beds in each room (4 guests), with private bathroom. Each bed with its own lockable compartment, own light, own electric plug. 4 beds in total.
  • 2 standard single/double rooms: 1 twin beds in one room (possible to join together) 1 bunk bed in another room, with shared bathroom. Each bed with its own lockable compartment, own light, own electric plug. 4 beds in total.
  • 3 superior single/double rooms: 2 twin beds in each room (possible to join together), with private bathroom. Each bed with its own lockable compartment, own light, own electric plug. 6 beds in total.

Besides the rooms, the house will have an open space to chill and a dining room. The kitchen is available for all the guests

Program

On this progression camp, you have theory lessons, practical lessons with radio support, and video debriefing. During the whole week, your instructor will make a progression plan and help you achieve your goal.

Besides this, Kook Proof Activity Center will cover several practical topics that are relevant to kitesurf, such as kite repair and maintenance, adjusting your equipment, preparation of a downwind, and doing a downwind. They will also teach you to do a warm-up and stretching each session.

It also includes a yoga lesson. There will be a maximum of 6 participants per coach. You need to be able to stay upwind to participate. No equipment is provided, so you need to have your own or rent an appropriate kite. If there is no wind, other activities will be organized for that day.

Sample schedule

Saturday - arrival day (free kite)

Sunday

Morning

  • Greetings and Define your personal goal(s)
  • Factors influencing your progression
  • Body postures experimentation for general improvement understanding
  • Equipment checking and adjustment
  • Bridles/lines symmetry
  • Center and back lines
  • Kite bar exercise
  • Trim adjustments
  • Safety system verification and procedures

Afternoon

Before your session: warm-up

  • Local spot assessment: wind effect, obstacles and tide, rip, and
  • current
  • Right of Way (ROW) rules
  • International kiteboarding signs
  • Advanced riding session 1 (1 hour 30 minutes)

After your session: stretching (15 minutes)

  • Briefing
  • Piloting timing, body posture, and visualization
  • Demonstration
  • Practice
  • Coaching/personal feedback
  • Advanced riding session 2
  • Recovery stretching
  • Debriefing/personal feedback

Monday

Morning

  • Video debriefing

Safety skills

  • Launching with an assistant
  • Self-launching
  • Self-landing
  • Self-rescue procedure and practice
  • Inverted piloting
  • Slow body dragging
  • Side of wind window body dragging

Downwinder preparation

  • How to organize a downwinder
  • Advantages of a downwinder
  • Equipment preparation
  • Downwinder briefing

Afternoon

  • Mini downwinder practice
  • Warm-up

From or to the spot (transportation before or after the downwinder) includes advanced riding skill

  • Advanced riding session (rest of the half-day)
  • After your session: stretching (15 minutes)
  • Briefing
  • Piloting timing, body posture, and visualization
  • Demonstration
  • Practice
  • Coaching/personal feedback
  • Recovery stretching (15 minutes)

Tuesday

Morning

  • Deep stretching - yoga
  • Video debriefing
  • Maintenance and repair
  • General equipment checklist
  • Equipment storage and care
  • Bladder repair, leading-edge, struts
  • Kite tears fixing

Afternoon

  • Advanced riding session 1
  • Briefing
  • Warm-up
  • Piloting timing, body posture, and visualization
  • Demonstration
  • Practice
  • Coaching / personal feedback
  • Practice and so on
  • Break
  • Advanced riding session 2
  • Recovery stretching
  • Debriefing

Wednesday

Morning

  • Theoretical level 4 knowledge session 1 (45 minutes)
  • Group topic
  • Weather and tides
  • Video debriefing (45 minutes)

Afternoon

  • Advanced riding session 1
  • Briefing
  • Warm-up
  • Piloting timing, body posture, and visualization
  • Demonstration
  • Practice
  • Coaching / personal feedback
  • Practice and so on
  • Break
  • Advanced riding session 2
  • Recovery stretching
  • Debriefing

Thursday

Morning

  • Downwinder preparation
  • Organization of downwinder
  • Transport to start point and free kite before downwind start
  • Equipment check

Afternoon

  • Warm-up
  • Longer downwind and free session
  • Wave riding on arrival
  • Recovery stretching
  • Debriefing

Friday

Morning

  • Video debriefing
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Board check and basic fixing
  • Pump maintenance
  • Line maintenance

Afternoon

  • Advanced riding session 1
  • Briefing
  • Warm up
  • Piloting timing, body posture, and visualization
  • Demonstration
  • Practice
  • Coaching / personal feedback
  • Practice and so on
  • Acquired riding level
  • Certificate of completion
  • Dinner and party

Saturday

Today is a departure day - free kite.

Location

Portugal

Portugal is a destination that has deserved the attention of a fast-growing number of travelers, which can be explained in part by the enthusiastic discovery of some of the most well kept Portuguese secrets. You are about to unveil you another one which will give no excuses to set your adventure mode on, pack your summer clothes and jump on to the next plain to the most western European country with its 850 kilometers of Atlantic coastline, warm weather, and kind people.

Esposende

This well-kept secret is called Esposende, if you have a strong drive for intense moments and open to building up some lifelong friendships outside your everyday life you have all the good reasons to try this destination with all its wild offers.

From the endless beach days, improving your skills or learning new ones in your favorite sport, to having dinner in the best local restaurants enjoying the amazing Portuguese flavors. Toping that up with a night in the local renowned clubs around, such as Pacha and Bib Ofir, and you have all the ingredients for some explosive vacations.

A prime beachfront location

Kook Proof Activity Center is located in the small fishing town of Esposende - 45 km north of Porto, where its natural features give this spot uniqueness in all Europe for the practice of multi-sports. Esposende is a top surfing area with beautiful, long, sandy beaches. With an outside reef that slows down the Atlantic swells in some of its beaches, you can always find a spot, which will be more exposed, or more protected from the waves suitable for every level of surfer.

Multiple activities

The uniqueness of Esposende comes from its interaction with Cávado estuary its dune system and the Atlantic Ocean. In the Cávado River, its shallow and flat waters allow premium conditions for kitesurfing lessons and paddle adventures, in a safe and idyllic environment with an experienced team.

On land the richness of this location allows everyone to enjoy multiple experiences from the freshest seafood flavors to mountain bike trails, yoga sessions, Cable Park riding, canyoning and horseback riding in some epic sceneries. The proximity to two of the most emblematic cities of Portugal gives you the opportunity to travel back in time while exploring medieval sites and discover the legacy of Porto and Guimarães on their world heritage historical center.

Kookproof camps, situated only two minutes' walk from the activity center, with its modern facilities provide all the comfort necessary for some relaxing holidays. Their experienced team with its friendly approach will help you to find solutions to your problems and share their true passion for the ocean and nature.

Features

Activities

  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

Breakfast is included: bread, cheese, ham, cornflakes, cereals, milk, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, yogurt, juice, and fruit. Organization of lunch/dinners and good times are included and provided by Kook Proof Activity Center's staff.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Mountain bike tours

Kook Proof Activity Center will organize mountain bike trails that the clients can participate in order to discover the beautiful Esposende surroundings. There are a flat seaside tour and an adventure tour in the mountain approximate duration of 2h each one.

Tibetan healing yoga in nature

Kook Proof Activity Center will organize yoga sessions in nature, being on the river/ocean or at the mountain according to each day using the best conditions to enjoy nature and connect to the environment. 1 yoga session 20 EUR, 2 yoga session 30 EUR, 3 yoga session 40 EUR.

Canyoning

Transport and canyoning descent. Price per person 70 EUR / no commission possible.

Equipment rental terms and conditions

For a client to be allowed to rent equipment it is needed an IKO card with the level Independent. If the client only has level intermediate, supervision is mandatory. The cost of supervision is 20 EUR day until no longer needed.

If the client doesn’t have an IKO card, the level needs to be accessed and that has a cost of 25 EUR. When renting the client is responsible for the equipment each equipment has a set value for damage to loss of equipment. That value will be charged in case of an unfortunate event that causes damage or total loss of equipment.

  • Complete kitesurf equipment (70 EUR / 3 hours; 80 EUR / 4 hours; 90 EUR / day; 300 EUR / 7 days)
  • Kite (60 EUR / 3 hours; 70 EUR / 4 hours; 80 EUR / day; 250 EUR / 7 days)
  • Kiteboard (30 EUR / 3 hours; 40 EUR / 4 hours; 50 EUR / day; 100 EUR / 7 days)
  • Other equipment: harness, wetsuit, helmet, life vest (15 EUR / 3 hours; 20 EUR / 4 hours; 25 EUR / day; 50 EUR / 7 days)

What's included

  • Theory lessons, practical lessons with radio support, and video debriefing
  • A yoga lesson
  • 6 participants per coach
  • A warm-up and stretching each session
  • Several practical topics that are relevant to kitesurf
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • The usage of surfboard/paddleboard 2 hours each day
  • Transport to the best surf spot
  • 1 safety surf basic lessons on the first rental
  • 3 daily times available for surf/paddle activity 11h-13h, 14h-16h, and 16h-18h
  • Organization of lunch/dinners and good times are included and provided by the staff
  • Breakfast

What's not included

  • Transfers from/to Porto
  • Complete kitesurf equipment (300 EUR per 7 days)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). Transfer from and to this airport is not included in the price but available at an additional cost. Kook Proof Activity Center can help you by getting a driver (cheaper than taxi service) or a bus, depending on the time of your arrival and your preference. The price of the driver depends on your arrival and departure day and time.

  • Sunday - Friday (10:30 - 20:30): 35 EUR per person, one way
  • Sunday - Friday (20:30 - 10:30): 45 EUR per person, one way
  • Saturday (10:30 - 20:30): 25 EUR per person, one way
  • Saturday (20:30 - 10:30): 35 EUR per person, one way

Arrival by bus

If you prefer to take a regular bus the price is fixed, but you have to follow the bus time table. Kook Proof Activity Center can send you all the links and info about them. Either way, they can ensure to you that it is easy to arrive at Esposende and in a relaxed way! From the airport to Esposende there is a distance of approximately 50 kilometers, connected by highway, so normally it takes a 30 minutes relaxed ride. One more information: their camps are organized from Saturday to Saturday. You can arrive on different days, but this is when most people arrive and departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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