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Join this surf camp in Esposende, Portugal, and progress while enjoying the amazing surf lifestyle and local culture together with riders from all over the world. The surf in the region still enjoys the pleasure of uncrowded beaches and the fact that some of the spots are inside a natural reserve will give you some unforgettable experiences. Having different spots so close together gives Kook Proof Activity Center the opportunity each day to choose the one that gathers the best conditions for your specific level of surf.
You will stay at Kook Proof Sports Hostel and you may choose between a standard or superior room. When you arrive at the camp and check in, you will have a newly made bed waiting for you. Kook Proof Activity Center supplies bed sheets and linen, and towels if you have none. There are dorm rooms with bunk beds and single rooms with double beds or two separate beds. This way, you can choose to stay with new or old friends or choose a room just for yourself or share it with your friend or partner.
A standard multiple room has a shared a bedroom with bunk beds for up to six persons per room and a shared bathroom. Standard double or single room are rooms with two single beds that can be combined with one double bed and shared bathroom. The common bathroom will be out of the rooms.
The superior multiple room has a shared bedroom for up to four persons in bunk beds and a private bathroom inside the room. A superior double or single room is a beautiful room with a large double bed, private bathroom, and a balcony.
You will spend eight days of breathtaking surfing in Esposende, Portugal. Kook Proof Activity Center has several sizes of boards suitable for whatever is your level, both for lessons or rental. They also have a professional and experienced team, which is very familiar with the spot.
Each student will have his / her level checked and he / she will be assigned to one of the lessons with the levels described below. Kook Proof Activity Center will be using the ISA methodology and the course will be following each specific program. In the end, students will be given the ISA certification.
This course is for those that have never surfed before, or that haven’t surfed for a while and want to go through the basics one more time. Kook Proof Activity Center will go through the very basic theory and techniques of surfing and teach you everything from how to carry your board to how to catch waves. The goal of the experienced instructors is to create an encouraging environment where you learn as much as possible during the course. The goal of the course is that you’re able to surf small white-water waves all by yourself.
Note: The maximum students per instructor are six.
This surf camp will take place in Esposende, Portugal. Due to its geographical position, Portugal is blessed with some seriously sweet swells throughout most of the year. For intermediate to advanced surfers, both spring and autumn are when best conditions are gathered for surfing. Swells do slow down in the summer period, which is when it is best both for beginners to intermediate surfers.
Esposende is a top surfing area with beautiful, long, sandy beaches, perfect for someone wanting to learn or improve one's skills. With an outside reef that slows down the Atlantic swells in some of its spots, you can always find a spot which will be more exposed or more protected from the waves suitable for every level of surf. Also, there are some sea walls along the beach which allow you to be more protected on stronger swells, they also originate point breaks which can deliver you some sweet surf sessions.
With over 14 kilometers of natural coastline, it is a particularly privileged area of beauty, with some of the best beaches in the North of Portugal. Foz do Rio Cavado, Apulia, and Ofir provide a unique beauty to the region, and all the beaches are protected under conservation laws.
The gastronomy of Esposende is also rich with great maritime influence, with emphasis on the bass baked in the oven, mullet, flounder, lamprey and of course, fresh locally caught seafood, all watered down with local wine from the regions of Portugal. However, during the summer months of July and August, Esposende transforms into one of Southern Europe’s premier locations and best-kept secrets. This is where the youthful, cool, and beautiful people of Portugal, Spain, and France come to the party and take their vacations, with the nice rolling waves at an uncrowded beach and hot summer sun, it's the perfect recipe for surfers and sun worshipers alike.
Esposende offers a unique spot for water sports. The river Cavado flows next to the sea, separated from the Atlantic ocean only by a sand dune. The spot accessible by boat makes it very exclusive location, perfect for everyone from complete beginners to the most advanced riders in kitesurfing, surf, and stand up paddle. When you cross the dune, you get access to the Atlantic Ocean, with its swell rolling in, creating a natural playground for surfing and kitesurfing strapless in the waves.
You will have to arrange your own food. For breakfast, it can be pre-bought and will be served at the hostel. You can pre-buy or buy there at an extra cost. The price is 28 EUR per week or 5 EUR per day. For lunch and dinner, you can discover the traditional local food at one of the many restaurants near the camp. Esposende offers amazing food around every corner. Kook Proof Activity Center will show you the best spots.
Every evening, you will go to a new restaurant where the prices are as good as the food. A complete dinner including starters, main course, wine or beer, dessert, and coffee rarely exceeds 20 EUR but it will most likely exceed your expectations.
Locally produced meat and fish are on the menu, which will satisfy even the hungriest kitesurfer. There are vegetarian alternatives if you don't like meat or fish.
Apart from surfing, there are many other things to do in Esposende. During the afternoons or when you are tired of surfing, try one of the other activities offered by the activity center. You can spend more time in the water kitesurfing and stand up paddling, improve your wakeboard skills at the cable park, or just rent a bike and check out the neighborhood. On one of the special skateboards, the streets become waves for you to ride. Or you can join the crowd for a volleyball game on the beach. If you just want to relax, that’s perfectly fine too. Read a book on the beach or sleep in the shade of a tree in the garden.
In a mix of old and young, classic, modern, and very genuine, a night out can become anything you want. Unravel life’s mysteries of Porto wines and whiskeys and travel in time with pirate captain Sergio in his mythical bar Fôjo, or dance until sunrise with up to 5,000 others in one of Europe’s first Pacha nightclub.
Enjoy the summer nights at Bib’Ofir, where an entire nightclub is set in the backyard of an abandoned hotel, making over 2,000 people dance together under the stars. If you're not in a dancing mood, just sit down, relax, and enjoy a refined gin and tonic at Vermelhinho, a place for true gin lovers. And don't worry, it’s all within walking or biking distance of the camp.
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
Transfer available for additional US$23 per person
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Porto Airport (OPO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
If you arrive on a normal day for the start of the camp, the transfer from Porto Airport can be obtained with an extra cost of 20 EUR. Check the pickup times with Kook Proof Activity Center. They have four pickup times each Saturday. From any part of Porto, you can easily get to the airport. You can also arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Alternatively, you can get an Uber or a taxi straight to the camp or get a bus to Esposende. Kook Proof Activity Center can pick you up for free at the Esposende bus stop.