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Invigorating Surf Camp Portugal

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

Enjoy days of stress-free surf and a weekend that you always want to have! Bring your surf skills to the next level!

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Marcelo Duarte Denis & 1 More…
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  • 3 days of surfing
  • 2 surf lessons per day
  • Free use of surf equipment during the lesson hour
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
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  • Dining area
  • Kitchen

You can choose to stay in Fisht Tail Hostel, Casa Riestch Guest House, or Hotel Porto Mar. The Oporto Ocean Hostel is alternative accommodation in the case the above is full. During this surf camp, you will be accommodated either in a shared or private room. The friendly staff will love to give you all the tourist information and also those hints you will not find in a guide. It is the goal of the hostel to make your stay a most memorable and enjoyable experience.

School facilities

  • Changing rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor shower
  • Outdoor lounge on the beach
  • Background music


Escape the chaos of everyday life, come, and experience a weekend at Fisht Tail Hostel, Casa Riestch Guest House, or Hotel Porto Mar. Onda Pura will pick you up at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Porto and take you to the surf school on the beach in Matosinhos. They can also leave you directly in the accommodation, five minutes away from the beach. During the day, you will learn how to surf like a pro on one of the best and safest beaches in Portugal or have fun in the historic city center of Porto.

The surf camp includes a teacher in charge of the surf and standup paddleboard (SUP) classes that will show you the best spots, teach you the technique, and give you tips that everyone would like to know. The program is indicated both for practitioners of the modality and for those who want to have first contact with it. A perfect symbiosis between nature, sports, and gastronomy.

Onda Pura Surf School now presents an innovative program for your holidays that features beginner, intermediate, and advanced surf classes at the best beaches of northern Portugal, combined with unforgettable entertainment in Oporto, a city whose beautiful downtown is part of the World’s Historical Patrimony. The main goal of Onda Pura is to give you the fantastic and exciting experience of surfing.

Initially, this involves giving you the basics of the technique, sea conditions, safety, and surrounding materials. Moreover, Onda Pura will guide you in the initiation and enhancement - following techniques and methods adapted pedagogical-didactic. In a later phase, the monitoring focuses on a more refined analysis of the issues of technical, tactical, and physical preparation for competition.


1. Level 1

  • Get to know the environment and equipment
  • Learn paddling control, catch the wave, and slide with your body (bodysurfing)
  • Grasp paddling technique, seating, and turning
  • Catch the wave with the surfboard and ride it all the way to the beach lying on the surfboard
  • Get to know your stance
  • Assume the basic surf posture
  • Learn the balanced distribution of your weight on the board
  • Learn the safely stand up on the foam and get the basic surf posture on waves with a maximum of eight of half a meter
  • Catch the foams without any help
  • Ride in a straight line all the way to shore
  • Learn grasping techniques of a jump off the surfboard in a motion
  • Learn to grasp and use basic safety techniques at all different stages
  • Be autonomous on waves up to a 0.5-meter high


  • Identify the location and adequate conditions for the practice of surfing while ensuring the safety of other surfers
  • Get to know the equipment and its function (surfboard, leash, wax, and wetsuits)
  • Get to know safety rules in and outside of the water
  • Identify the various types of waves and their related dangers
  • Identify the tides plus breaking area and how to exit safely with or without the surfboard

2. Level 2

  • Grasp and use all the knowledge of the previous level
  • Be autonomous on the water with or without the surfboard
  • Know how to use various techniques how to pass the breaking point
  • Stand up on the wall of the wave, frontside drop turn, and backside on the foam
  • Grasp paddling technique, laying down posture, and know how to apply more or less speed according to each situation
  • Turn the board while seating
  • Learn the controlled falls and efficient wave exiting of the board at the end of each wave
  • Demonstrate an efficient stance and adequate weight distribution
  • Guarantee the safety of others during the paddling to the waves, take-off, and ride
  • Manage to fully surf one wave without any help


  • Identify the best place to pass through the breaking point
  • Identify the various types of surfable waves
  • Practice and learn equipment knowledge


1. Level 1

  • Grasp all the knowledge of the previous levels
  • Take off on the lip of the wave
  • Front and back sides turn one wall of the wave
  • Learn controlling techniques for passing through the breakpoint
  • Know how to pick the right waves to surf
  • Know how to exit the wave after the ride
  • Be autonomous paddle on the sea with waves superior to half a meter high
  • Catch the waves by breaks with and without help
  • Execute the take-off and drop the wave in a safe way
  • Know how to apply the safety rules in and outside the water
  • Know how to stay outside and manage to pick the best quality waves to surf


  • Analyze the sea and wind conditions
  • Read the weather conditions, swell, tides, as well as wind direction and intensity
  • Know how to use tides to your advantage
  • Placement on the peak using reference points

2. Level 2

  • Grasp all the knowledge of the previous levels
  • Manage to execute a take-off from the lip of the wave in a smooth and safe way
  • Learn to drop
  • Learn how to change the direction of the wave (bottom)
  • Learn the front side and backside turn on the wall of the wave
  • Explore the face of the wave to execute an efficient trimming
  • Be autonomous inside, outside, and under the water on the inside and outside of waves up to one meter
  • Be autonomous to pick waves


  • Identify the various parts of the board and know their function
  • Know the various types of fins and how to use them
  • Identify the damage to the equipment
  • Identify the sea conditions and choose the best place to practice - taking into consideration your own skill level
  • Adapt to the picking of a surfboard in consideration of the type of surf, level, and personal physiognomies


1. Level 1

  • Grasp all the knowledge of the previous levels
  • Do the angle, take-off, and drop
  • Do the bottom turn, as well as a frontside and backside, trimming
  • Do the cutback
  • Know the rules and the priorities of snaking

2. Level 2

  • Grasp all the knowledge of the previous levels
  • Do the angle take-off
  • Do the frontside and backside trimming as well as frontside and backside bottom turn with a spray
  • Do the frontside pocket top turn
  • Do the frontside and backside roundhouse cutback
  • Predict the best conditions for surfing on the various types of beach breaks while considering the tides, wave direction, and weather conditions
  • Control the kick-out in closeouts or in the end of the ride


Onda Pura is governed by well-defined principles. Teachers are specialized and trained in physical education with extensive experience in surfing. The ratio of teachers or students is one-seventh in practical classes. Materials are suitable for all levels of learning. Onda Pura provides uniform programs and advanced teaching techniques. Video recording is in the classroom and later in the theoretical analysis. There is a choice regarding the best times of the tides and surf zones in order to facilitate learning - a group division by levels.

Material and equipment

The surf material and equipment include wetsuits isothermal mid-range high with different thicknesses depending on the season and the student’s needs, Lycra T-shirt for signaling and differentiation of levels of students, a support framework that accompanies the course, covering all aspects from surfing beginners to competitive surfing, weather, and materials, plus hardboards (resin and epoxy) and soft boards (essential for your first contact in total security and control) of different sizes to monitor your progress.

The team

The team that embodies this surf camp has an extensive practical and teaching experience that contributes to that - a medium and long-term - and arises a new generation of promising surfers. The classes are taught by physical education professionals accredited by the Portuguese Surfing Federation.


April - September

  • 09:00 - 20:00 Weekdays
  • 09:00 - 18:00 Weekends and holidays

October - March

  • 09:00 - 18:00 Weekdays, weekends, and holidays


Marcelo Martins

Duarte Arbues

Denis Couto

António Mamede


The camp will take place in Matosinhos, Norte, Portugal. One of the most suitable beaches in Portugal for surfing lessons is Matosinhos Beach, one of the most suited beaches in Portugal for surfing lessons, ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers. The beach is characterized by fine white sand and clean water, one step away from hundreds of bars and seafood restaurants for which Matosinhos is renowned.

Matosinhos beach

Matosinhos beach is very requested with very easy access and lifeguard protection. With a huge cultural heritage and an endless number of beautiful beaches, Matosinhos beach is suitable for every level of surf offering the surfer a wide variety of waves. In the north of Portugal, you will be able to surf more than 20 surf spots during your surf camp.

Get to know excellent, crowd-less beach breaks where you can enjoy great surf sessions every day and all year long. In this region, you will find a temperate climate with consistent surf, and a culturally rich city, full of surprises that will make your holidays unique. Oporto is just a 15-minute away, a colorful city cherished as a World Heritage Site, a lively hub for all ages.


  • Oporto - 15 minutes

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Porto District

Monthly wave size

Best months for beginner surfers


Best months for intermediate surfers


Best months for advanced surfers


Monthly water temperature

Monthly recommended wetsuit




  • Cycling
  • Sailing
  • Stand up paddle boarding


  • Night club


  • Free Wi-Fi


You will be served breakfast every day included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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)

  • Yoga Group Lessons - ( 15 EUR - single lesson | 65 EUR - pack 5 )
  • Birthday party
  • Cycling tours
  • Extra surf day (40 EUR)
  • Music gigs in Casa da Música
  • Oporto walking tour
  • Pub crawl
  • Sailing tours
  • Standup paddleboard (SUP) lessons
  • Standup paddleboard (SUP) tours
  • Visit to the port wine cellars

What's included

  • 3 days of surf lessons
  • 2 surf lessons per day (group lessons including 1 teacher and 7 students)
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Daily breakfast
  • Surf, skate, standup paddle, and kayak equipment rentals during the lesson hour
  • Insurance
  • School facilities

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Taxes
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Yoga Lessons

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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