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We have surf lessons for all ages, levels and nationalities. From people that never saw a surfboard or the sea, to those that already have previous experience of surfing but still dont feel comfortable with it and those who have been surfing for years and want to improve their technique. You are going to have the opportunity to learn with our instructors, who have many years of experience. You will be using the best equipment in the market and surfboards suitable for your surf level.
This school is intended for the student who wants to dedicate his/her day exclusively to surfing, therefore he/she will have two surf sessions per day. This school functions 7 days a week, including weekends. We have surf courses starting everyday, therefore the student may start classes any day of the week. We separate the students by surf level: beginners are never in the same waves as the intermediates and advanced and vice versa. A class schedule is provided the day before but normally the meeting for classes is at 09:00.
To take to the beach students should bring a beach towel, sun protection, water, food (usually a sandwich and fruit) and his/her personal belongings. For use underneath the wetsuit, ladies and gents should bring a swim suit (similar to that used for swimming classes, tightly fitting to the body). If it is a students first class at Peniche Surf Camp we will ask him/her to arrive 30 minutes earlier than the other students already having classes, this is in order to cover their introduction to the surf instructors and vice versa, some basic instructions, as well as the provision of surf equipment.
Once all students and instructors are together there is an announcement made by one of the surf instructors who informs everyone of the activities of the surf school for that day and the school's surf spot for the day. Students then go to the beach, either in our transport or by foot, depending on which beach it has been decided has the best waves for the class. At the beach students are divided by their surf level in a ratio of approximately 5 students to one surf instructor. There is one surf class before lunch followed by a lunch break (attention: it is important that students either bring their own lunch, or they may buy it at the surf camp) and then there is a second surf lesson after lunch.
This is a two hour class where the surf instructor focuses only on one student, or a small group of students (with a maximum of three students). The meeting point for the surf classes is the Peniche Surf Camp Reception. The surf instructor will carry out a diagnosis of the student's surf level and will try, through his teaching methods, to ensure the fastest possible development of the student.
Youll be given a surfboard and wetsuit best suited to you. Your classes include all the basics, from learning how to look after a wetsuit and laying on a board, to surfing the green section of the wave. Then, according to your development, you may change to the advance group and learn other techniques. On Tuesdays and Thursdays all surf practice is filmed for later comment and discussion.
Basic knowledge of surfing equipment and Peniche surfing geography
Recognition of the beaches and currents
Wave shapes and approaches
Sitting on and turning the board
The "duck-dive" or "eskimo-roll"(diving through the waves with the board)
Getting to your feet Standing up Surfing broken waves
Learn how a surfboard is made
Position in the line up to catch unbroken waves
Surf the green waves bottom turn
Class championship: understand how a surf championship works and be part of one. (This activity will be held if there are enough participants in a class)
Plus 15 hours of surf practice
To be in this group you don't need to be world champion. You just need to know the basics. We developed this group because many people came to us and had surfed before. If you are one of these you don't have to go through all the basics again. We created the advanced group for you.
The focus of this group is on your individual surfing. After you learn how to take off on a wave and start to develop your own style, your specific surf problems need to be pointed out immediately so that you develop quickly and properly through individual advice. The 2 weekly video analysis sessions will be invaluable at this stage.
Brief surfer diagnosis
Review surfing basics
Paddling and turning for the wave techniques (tricks and details)
Priority rules (review)
How a surfboard works
Distinguish types of waves and which surf you must apply on each of them
The Bottom turn and its importance for wave riding success
The importance of the upper body for the bottom turn
Duck dive techniques
The off the lip
The cut back
General surf manouvres
Ding repair workshop (learn how to repair your own surf board)
Peniche Surfcamp surf base is within walking distance or a short drive from all the waves in the peninsular of Peniche. It is located in Casais do Baleal. Baleal is a small island 5 minute drive from Peniche and 1 hour from Lisbon. There is regular public transport coming to and from Peniche.
At Peniche Surfcamp each meal of the day is available exclusively for our guests, so that you are guaranteed total comfort during your stay. Peniche Surfcamp can supply daily lunch packs for those who wish to have lunch at the beach, these consist of a wide range of sandwiches or salads to suit all tastes. If you prefer to have lunch at the surf camp, this can be taken at Peniche Surfcamp restaurant with quality service and a relaxed environment.
In this area you are able to consume any other meal of the day during your stay, whilst taking advantage of the various cocktails and national wines available, or simply a beer. At night you have a choice of the best both national and international cuisine through our wide range of dishes (not forgetting vegetarian options, too) while inevitably socializing with the Peniche Surfcamp staff and other surfer guests from around the world.
Peniche Surfcamp is located by the ocean, so any activity related to the ocean like fishing, scuba diving, etc. may be arranged. As Lisbon is just 1 hour by the car and bidos (medieval castle) 15 minutes by car, Guests can explore them. Peniche itself is also a beautiful town to be explored.
There are 3 major routes into Portugal for those coming from other European countries. The North entrance, through Salamanca, the Centre entrance through Badajoz and the South entrance through Sevilha / Huelva.