Amazing Kitesurfing Surf Camp in Portugal

Join this thrilling kitesurfing surf camp in beautiful Esposende. The old fisherman’s town of Esposende may seem calm and quiet at first, but a closer look will reveal many treasures for anyone passionate of water sports. Flat water, steady winds, waves spots, vivid nightlife, and genuine gastronomy are just a few. If you are ready to discover the exciting watersport of kitesurfing, then this holiday is for you.

Highlights

  • 4 lessons of kitesurfing
  • Theory and practice instruction
  • Professional kitesurfing instructors
  • Surf or paddle lessons in case of a windless day
  • Usage of Surf board/Paddle board 2 hours each day
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Boat transfers to the beach
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 1 Safety Surf Basic lessons on the first rental

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, English

Airport transfer available:
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$24 per person)

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Accommodation

You will stay at Kook Proof Activity Center's Hostel and you may choose between a standard or superior room. When you arrive 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.

Standard rooms

A standard multiple room has a shared a bedroom with bunk beds up to 6 persons per room and 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.

Superior rooms

Superior multiple room has a shared bedroom for up to 4 persons in bunk beds and a private bathroom inside the room. Superior double or a single room is a beautiful room with a large double bed, private bathroom, and a balcony.

Kook Proof Activity Center Portugal Surf Camp Program

You will spend eight days of breathtaking kitesurfing in Esposende, Portugal. Imagine awesome days of the wind in your sail and sun on your face, or perhaps the exhilaration of a downwinder with the kites along the magnificent coastline. Esposende offers a unique spot for water sports. The river Cávado flows next to the sea, separated from the Atlantic ocean only by a sand dune.

The river offers flat waters, perfect for everyone, from complete beginners to the most advanced riders in kitesurfing, surf, and stand up paddle. With the dune blocking all the waves, you can learn to kitesurf or practice new tricks on waters flat as your living room floor with our boat always ready to pick you up. If 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.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • Arrival
  • Arrival dinner

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Camp briefing
  • Kitesurf
  • Surf
  • Paddle bike tour
  • Group dinner

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Yoga
  • Kitesurf
  • Surf
  • Paddle bike tour
  • Group dinner

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Mountain bike
  • Kitesurf
  • Surf
  • Paddle bike tour
  • Group dinner

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Yoga
  • Kitesurf
  • Surf
  • Paddle bike tour
  • Group dinner

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Free day
  • Group dinner

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Yoga
  • Kitesurf
  • Surf
  • Paddle bike tour
  • Departure dinner

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • Departure

Lessons

Each student will have his level checked and he will be assigned to one of the lessons with the levels described below. Kook Proof Activity Center will be using the IKO Methodology and the course will be following each specific program. At the end, students will be given the IKO certification according to the level achieved.

Level 1 discovery

The student will start here if he doesn't have any prior skills. The lessons on this level are three hours maximum and can go up to three to four students with one instructor. (expected to be achieved in one lesson)

Skill level A achievements

  • Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
  • Know hazards on a spot
  • Set up a trainer kite
  • Know the use of safety systems
  • Carry and handle the kite properly

Skill level B achievements

  • Have basic flying skills with trainer kite
  • Launch and land the trainer kite with an assistant
  • Twist and untwist the lines while flying the kite
  • Walk and change directions while flying the kite
  • Know the wind window

Skill level C achievements

  • Set-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
  • Pre-flight check equipment and settings
  • In-flight check equipment and settings
  • Pull quick release and active kite-leash
  • Understand and use the international communication signals
  • Launch and land the kite to an assistant and as an assistant - 4/5-line de-power kite

Skill level D achievements

  • Control the kite hooked into the harness
  • Understand the de-power system and can use the safety systems (with 2 and 1 hand)
  • Advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
  • Show full control of de-power systems in flight

Skill level E achievements

  • Self-land
  • Recover the bar and kite
  • Skill level E achievements
  • Self-land
  • Recover the bar and kite

Level 2 intermediate

At this level, the student starts to go in the water to do body drag and after water starts (expected in two to three lessons) on this level, a maximum of two students per instructor and three-hour lesson, if the student is alone, only two hours.

Skill level F achievements

  • Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite
  • Water re-launch the kite
  • Body drag downwind
  • Maintain correct the kite position in the wind window
  • Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
  • Self-rescue and full pack-down in deep water

Skill level G achievements

  • Upwind body drag to recover board
  • Upwind body drag holding the board with one hand
  • Enter and exit at the same point while upwind body

Skill level H achievements

  • Know the power stroke for a water start
  • Know the safety rules and theory for water start
  • Can put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start

Skill level I achievements

  • Water start in both directions and ride a short distance
  • Come to a controlled stop
  • Understand weather forecast, tidal and wind effects
  • Determine the wind strength, direction and quality
  • Know the right of way rules
  • Know equipment set up and choice according to the weather conditions

Level 3 independent and level 4 advanced

At this level, the student is mostly practicing and progressing. Lessons are three hours up to four students if there are less than two students, the lesson is only 2 hours. There is a ratio of one kite for each two students minimum.

Skill level J achievements

  • Control the riding speed by edging
  • Toeside edging

Skill level K achievements

  • Consistent riding in all direction including upwind
  • Ride among other riders and water users and respect the right of way rules

Skill level L achievements

  • Change of direction without stopping
  • Make a toeside turn

Skill level M achievements

  • Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
  • Self-launch

Skill level N achievements

  • Know the theory and the safety rules for jumping
  • Land a basic jump

Skill level 4 advanced achievements

Minimum riding level

  • Jump with grab
  • Jibe
  • Recover a board in deep water
  • Recover a rider in deep water

Theoretical contents

  • Equipment
  • International kiteboarding signs
  • ROW rules
  • Weather and tide
  • Kite theory

Instructors

João Moura
João is a shop guru, kitesurf and surf instructor.

Location

This kitesurfing surf camp will take place in Esposende, Portugal. 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 cool thermal winds and hot summer sun, it´s the perfect recipe for kiteboarders and sun worshipers alike. Esposende offers a unique spot for water sports. The river Cávado flows next to the sea, separated from the Atlantic ocean only by a sand dune.

The river offers flat waters, perfect for everyone from complete beginners to the most advanced riders in kitesurfing, surf, and stand up paddle. With the dune blocking all the waves, you can learn to kitesurf or practice new tricks on waters flat as your living room floor with our boat always ready to pick you up. If 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.

Food

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 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.

Things to do (optional)

Apart from kitesurfing, there are many other things to do in Esposende. During the calm mornings or when you are tired of kitesurfing, try one of the other activities offered by the activity center. You can spend more time in the water surfing 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. Did anyone say foam party? 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. 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.

Recommended activities

Yoga and mountain bike

During one week, Kook Proof Activity Center will do three yoga lessons and one mountain bike tour with breakfast on top of the mountain with a special view of Esposende.

Afternoon surf or paddle board

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 12 hours of kitesurf lessons
  • Boat transfer to the beach
  • Evening activities
  • Kite equipment and wetsuit during lessons
  • Rescue boat service
  • Surf or paddle lessons in case of a windless day
  • Transfers from and to Porto International Airport (OPO)
  • Transfers from and to the train station
  • Two students per instructor
  • Usage of Surf board/Paddle board 2 hours each day
  • Safety Surf Basic lessons on the first rental

What's not included

  • Kite gear is not included when the lessons are finished, but it can be rented at the kite spot
  • Meals

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

%Please book your flight to arrive at Porto Airport (OPO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). 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 pick up times with us. There are 4 pick up times each Saturday. From any part of Porto you can easily get to the Airport. Alternatively, you can get an Uber or a taxi straight to the camp or get a bus to Esposende. you will be picked up for free at the Esposende bus stop.

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer available: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$24 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 10 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Get a special discount of 20% if you book on low season from April 15 to June 16 and from September 1 to September 23.

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