Xico is one of the best local surfers while also being an incredible father of three small children. He is patient and careful with all his surfing students. He lives under the influence of permaculture and believes that relationships can be found in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation.
An openhearted human, that smiles through life. He is graduated in Medicine, since 2012, from de University of Salamanca and has been working as a General Practice trainee doctor in Nazaré until this year, when he realized he needed to explore new ways to approach health and life. He is a certified Yoga Sámkhya Instructor from the Portuguese Confederation of Yoga and a surfer with more than 10 years of experience which allows him to merge this two fulfilling activities into a practice than can enhance your surfing and promote your connection to yourself, in nature.
Pipas is a local surfer and has been a surf instructor since 2005. Teaching most of the times at the "improvers" surfing lessons, he will help you enjoying the ride of your life.
Rafael is a surf instructor. He's a local surfer with more than 20 years of experience with classic style and is always chasing some tubes. He's also known as the Big Rider of Areia Branca. He has an amazing knowledge of the ocean and is always in tune with nature.
from Great Britain, August 2017
Praia da Areia Branca is a wonderful little town with a beautiful beach and delicious seafood restuarants.
Ripar Surf School is great. The instructors explain and demonstrate everything from surf technique to safety rules very well and are super helpful and encouraging. I mostly surfed with Pipas ans Diogo, but I was my impression from other students that all instructors are like this.
The yoga classes were a good supplement to the surfing as it really helped stretching all sore muscles. Carla did an excellent job at adjusting the classes to our needs.
The staff at the quietly situated Lemon Tree Hostel was friendly and helpful. There are good kitchen facilities for making your own food and a cozy garden. The Jam Night in the garden was nice and with the big repetoire of the guitarist there was something for everyone to sing (hum) along to.
Overall, I would definetly recommend this retreat to anyone wanting to learn or get better at surfing.
from Sweden, August 2017
"A perfect relaxing stay among friendly and positive people"
I had a wonderful time in Areia Branca. I stayed one week for yoga and surf.
1/ The hostel was great: delicious breakfast with a wide variety of choice (I am gluten intolerant and Cristina, the owner, knidly bought gluten free products for me. We also had a freshly baked cake every day! =)). Friendly staff. Very clean, the hostel is entirely cleaned every single day. Quiet and peaceful, with a beautiful garden,...I felt at home.
2/The Ripar surf school was very good. The instructors were nice, easy going and professional at the same time. They are passionate about what they are doing. They helped us a lot, sometimes individually, trying their best to make us progress, no matter what level we were at.
3/ I am more a yogi than a surfer and Carla's classes were amazing. I learnt a lot with her. She has the ability to teach yoga poses, meditation, mantras, yoga philosophy,... We had yoga at different places, in front of the ocean...just like paradise.
4/ The location: Areia Branca is easily reachable from Lisbon. It is a small town, a bit touristic, but not too much. Just perfect to have some activities for tourists, restaurants, clubs, shops,...there are also nice places to visit around. A relaxing spot for holidays.
from Denmark, July 2017
"Surfing is brutal"
If you're a beginner surfer combining it with yoga is perhaps not optimal. Until you've mastered popping up the body takes a lot of physical punishment. Yoga is complicated if your body is extremely sore and bruised.
But otherwise great. The yoga teacher is great. Very attentive and adapts the classes as needed.
I stayed at the Native hostel. The owner JP is a bit of a character. But his heart is in the right place. It seemed to attract the most fun surfing young people. I had a great time there. If you're on a budget it's perfect.
The beach bar Solmar has the best sea food IMHO. Go there for the sunset
from Switzerland, March 2018
"The people made the difference"
Everyone was very kind, open and supportive. Surfing and yoga in combination at lemon tree house with ripar surf scool was the perfect setting to really leave everything back😉
from Great Britain, September 2018
"Ines was yoga 🧘♂️instructor"
Corrections of posture
from Spain, August 2018
"Perfect week of surf and yoga"
I had the best times learning surf and yoga at Ripar school.. Beautiful environment and amazing people.
from France, July 2018
"Great first surfing experience"
This was my first surf holiday and my friend's second, and we really enjoyed it! The waves at Praia da Areia Branca were ideal for beginners, and we loved our instructors too! Special shout out to Pipas, he was very patient and attentive to us, he'd always be the first one to check on me when I got knocked off by a big wave. The combination of yoga and surf was also great, the yoga classes helped stretch out our soreness from surf pretty efficiently. Our yoga teacher Ines was also very competent, her chanting was especially impressive - such a beautiful voice! All in all, we had a wonderful time, and we would love to be back there soon!
from Germany, July 2018
I loved the, Lemon Tree Hostel where i stayed. Ines aß a Yoga teacher was very awesome as well as my second surf teacher Philippe. I learned a lot
from Ireland, May 2018
"Felt like family in such a short period of time"
Right from the beginning we were unexpectedly picked up from the bus station and given a tour of the facilities by our host - he made us feel very welcome. The hostel had everything you needed with a lot of chill out spaces. The surf school and instructors were so friendly and good at what they do. The yoga was personalized and challenging. The SUP was great fun, as was the tour of Obidos. Overall, an amazing experience with incredible people.
from Sweden, April 2018
The staff were willing to help with anything you needed and were flexible should you want to change the schedule.
from Norway, September 2017
"An experience with nature "
Choosing riparf surf school was quite a lucky chance. I had no idea what was going to happen, and I went for the package with tensurf lessons and five yoga classes. And the week was a wonderful learning adventure. I had a strong experience of what it can mean to connect- or disconnect, with the power of the OCEAN itself. Ripar takes the surfing playfully but very professional and seriously. You really get in return what you invest and commit with yourself.
It is a wonderful team.
Jessica at the office gives you help and endless enthusiasm. She is brilliant to connect the dots during the camp, and I think she means a lot for the whole experience of Ripar. Rui Pedro invited us on a mindful guidance into the historic areas around Areia de Branca. I highly reccomend you to join the trip. Ineś gave a wonderful shiatsu treatment of my wave-smashed body! Carla gave a sensitive introduction to Hata yoga. Even though the schedule gets busy with all the surfing, I highly reccomend these classes. Gonzalo is a good teacher with patience, clarity and communicates well the challenge to commit to the art of surfing. He made me realize many aspects of what the sea demand of a surfer. And always with the smile at hand. He pushed me up on the strong water and seemed to know how to encourage me for one more try through the oh so frightening breaking zone. Pura Vida hostel was a good place to rest, Hugo was very attentive and helpful. Ps the beach is like a dream. go go go!
from Great Britain, September 2017
"5day relaxing break"
Quality of instructors
Quality of surf
Excursion was excellent
from Great Britain, September 2017
"Careful: this is all about surf and not yoga"
Fernando was very professional
from Denmark, August 2017
"Perfect introduction to surfing despite tough conditions"
Everyone at Ripar is extremely helpful and friendly, the equipment is great and the instructors know the waters and surfing like the backs of their hands
from United States, July 2017
Super host João took us out to the best restaurants in the surroundings. We really enjoyed our stay in Native surf house!!
from Belgium, July 2017
While the focus of my stay was more on surfing and less about the yoga, I really enjoyed myself. The instructors were all very knowledgeable, friendly and open to questions. Overall a great experience.
from Great Britain, July 2017
"Perfect Trip "
The accommodation and surf school was amazing, I can not find a bad thing to say.
from United States, July 2017
"Great Experience "
from Poland, June 2017
"Was absolutely perfect!;)"
Was waaay better than i expected. People were super nice and friendly. Instructors were very good. Cake baked everyday:) movie nights, hospitality. Oh my goodness i absolutely love it:) the people
And energy of this place. And i really like that they have an offer just for 3 Nights. For sure i will come back there this year:) thanks for all people working there (e.g. Christina) for making this place wonderful;)
Lisa Jody Manser
from Turks and Caicos Islands, June 2017
Lemon Tree Hostel was fantastic,,, great energy, clean and so friendly,,
Ripar - just fabulous!! The instructors - amazing, surf spot was great,, everything was excellent!! I couldn't have asked for a better long weekend,,
from Germany, July 2018
"Surf & Yoga super -Unterkunft schlecht"
Die Surf und die Yoga Stunden waren echt richtig super! Die Lehrer waren unglaublich nett, haben sich super gekümmert, sowohl Yoga als auch Surfstunden waren echt super. Surf Lehrer gehen auch mit ins Wasser, was bei anderen Schulen nicht der Fall war. Yoga mit toller Aussicht aufs Meer.
Fernando hat sich super um uns gekümmert, auch als wir das Essen storniert haben, war er sofort einverstanden und sehr kulant.
from United States, June 2018
"Surfing and Yoga"
The surfers of Ripar are very friendly and patient and give their best to teach all levels. The yoga lessons where also very good and complemented the exhausting surf activities really well. All the equipement needed for surf and yoga was appropriate and was provided by Ripar.
The Lemon Tree hostel was also nice and had a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
We can really recommend this place!
from Switzerland, June 2018
"Schöne Woche, super zum Abschalten"
Der Umgang war immer sehr nett und zuvorkommend. Surfen wurde gut und verständlich erklärt.
from Germany, April 2018
"Gute Zeit. Herziges Team"
Ich hatte alles in allem eine sehr schöne Zeit. Der Ort ist schnucklig, das Team super herzig. Gonzalo super geduldig und professionell bzgl der Surfstunden, Ines ganz zauberhaft (habe die Yogastunden mit ihr sehr genossen).
Es ist definitiv kein yoga urlaub, sondern sehr surf orientiert. Dessen war ich mir aber bewusst
Auf das SUP paddeln über die Lagune hätte ich gut verzichten können. Aber der Ausflug war schön.
Ich würde Ripar und auch das Lemon Tree immer weiter empfehlen!