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8 Days Vegetarian Surf and Yoga Retreat in Lourinhã, Portugal

Relaxing Vegetarian Surf and Yoga Holiday Portugal

Live life and get connected to yourself and the nature. Alone, with friends, or with family, enjoy the fun of riding waves. Ripar Surf School team a.k.a “The Super Heroes” is made of local surfer dudes, who will introduce you to surfing life style and culture, in a fun and exciting way. Not only that, you will also have the chance to experience the peaceful and calming yoga classes taught by Carla Maria to complement your holiday experience. Feel free, fell active, feel relaxed, meet new and interesting people from several countries, enjoy beautiful sunsets and most important, have fun!

Highlights

  • 5 days yoga classes (1 session a day)
  • 5 days of guided surf lessons (2 sessions a day)
  • Transfer to surf and yoga spots weekend Sintra Tour
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a surf camp
  • Daily delicious breakfast
  • Daily vegetarian dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

You will be staying at Pura Vida Surf House. Recently renovated, the surf house is the perfect choice for living the "surf and beach" vibe. In the center of all the action, the house is located 25 meters from the surf school and 50 meters close to the beach. It offers:

  • Delicious breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped modern kitchen and living room
  • Shared or private double / triple bedrooms
  • Terrace area perfect for chilling and BBQ

Ripar Surf School and Yoga Holiday Portugal Program

Yoga

Ripar Surf School is combining surf and yoga since 2003. Surf and yoga are two disciplines which complement each other. Yoga can: intensify the experience in surfing and the relation with the ocean, take the participant in total harmony, clear and focus your mind, relax your body, find your balance, and stretch out your muscles. Yoga will calm you down when you are stressed and help strengthen your focus. These are things that you want to be doing while you are surfing and in your daily life.

Surf

The surf courses are given normally from Monday to Friday. You will surf twice a day, and each surf session last approximately 2 hours. So, if you spend your days behind the desk, don't forget to practice some sports before your surfing holidays.

The surf spot and class schedule choice are made according with the surf instructor's experience by considering safety, sea and weather conditions, participants skills (and sure, variety), splitting groups, determining whenever it seems convenient, and sending them to different spots that best match the skills of the corresponding group.

Depending on the conditions and on the level of the students, the lessons can take place at different surf spots within a range of 20 kilometers from the surf school (15 minutes by car). In this case you will be away for the lesson for a total of 5-6 hours.

It all starts at the surf school base, 2 minutes walking from the beach. There you find a dressing and chill out area, with shower. At the surf lessons, the ratio used is one surf instructor and one surf assistant for a group of 8 participants.

Surf lesson sample schedule

  • 09:50 Meeting point at Ripar Surf Camp
  • 10:00 Departure to the beach
  • 10:15 Lesson starts
  • 12:15 Lunch time
  • 13:00 On the water
  • 15:00 Return to the surf camp

Level of courses

Ripar Surf School offers surf lessons based on the participant’s skill of surfing. There are three levels of courses, which are beginner, intermediate, and advance. If you have done some surfing before, but are not sure which one is the right course level for you, just choose a beginner’s course and on the first day your instructor will evaluate your surfing skill.

Beginners class

  • A short history of surfing
  • Introduction to surf equipment
  • The local region geography / How to find the best spots
  • Introduction to ocean tides, currents and waves
  • How to position yourself on the board, how to paddle, sit and turn
  • How to go to the line-up and handle with the white water
  • Basic Techniques on the white water (first waves)
  • Take off (standing up on your board) practice on the sand
  • Take off practice on the white water
  • Turning on the white water
  • First approach on surfing unbroken waves

Intermediate class

  • First session as an evaluation of your surfing skill and stablish the best way to improve
  • How to choose the best surf equipment according with your level
  • Improving your paddling, and some beginners techniques
  • Understand the correct position in the line-up to surf unbroken waves
  • Priority rules
  • Shape, size and direction of the wave
  • Practicing paddling into the wave
  • Take-off on unbroken waves and turning
  • Front-side and back-side surfing
  • Maneuvers: trimming (how to get speed)
  • Approach to advanced surfing techniques

Advanced

To join Ripar Surf School’s advanced surfing lessons, you need to feel comfortable on the water, know the priority rules, be able to catch unbroken waves on your own and turn.

Here, the class will focus on:

  • Ocean knowledge
  • Surf equipment knowledge
  • Choose the best schedules and surf spots in order to practice advanced techniques with less crowd on the water
  • Ability to catch and ride unbroken waves
  • Practice the classic surfing line: trimming, bottom turn, top turn
  • Advanced maneuvers: tube ridding, cut back, off the lip and floater.

Included excursions

Sintra

We start to visit Pena Palace and Gardens, one of the major expressions of 19th-century romanticism in the world. We don't just drop you off inside of one palace. We'll go inside with you, and make sure you see most of this historical pearl.

We will then drive down to the unique Sintra village, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1995. After lunch, (not included; you may choose a full meal for 10 EUR or a snack on the go for 5 EUR), you will have some free time to visit this village full of Muslim influences. We invite you to taste the famous travesseiros (pillows), which are light puff pastries that are turned, rolled and folded seven times, and then filled with delicious almond-and-egg-yolk cream and lightly dusted with sugar.

Still in Sintra, on the way to the ocean, we will explore Quinta da Regaleira, and discover probably the most mysterious gardens and constructions in Europe. An open book, made of stone, about the owner's view of the human essence and cosmos. Time to exit this magic village, and head down to Cascais. We will stop in Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, and contemplate its breathtaking landscapes. Visit the charming Cascais, once the home for kings-in-exile and a site of espionage during World War II. On the way home, we will drive through the Lisbon Riviera, the first touristic promenade in the early 60's.

Instructors

Xico
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.
Miguel Contreras
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
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.

Location

Ripar Surf Camp is located in the best surf coast of Europe, which stretches from Peniche to Ericeira, in the center of Portugal. The beach village offers amazing conditions for learning or for advanced surfing. If the waves are not good on the beach, Ripar Surf School’s van will take you to other surf spots all within a maximum of 10 minutes’ drive.

Praia da Areia Branca is located 65 kilometers distance from Lisbon. It still holds its natural beauty and has not been affected by mass tourism. It has something magical that is difficult to describe by words. You can easily fall in love for this small paradise. Everything necessary for a perfect holiday and you can walk everywhere!

Nearby places

  • Hospital and pharmacies, 3 kilometers
  • The beach, 50 meters

Food

You will be served delicious breakfast every morning and daily Vegetarian Dinner. You are invited to participate in Ripar weekly sunset dinner party and all Surf Houses activities.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
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)

Praia da Areia Branca is a small beach village but it has everything you may need. Supermarkets, local market with fresh fish and fruits, restaurants, bars, snack-bars, ATM machines, and places to chill including the famous Barraca Bar in a very close range. So, you can walk everywhere! Just next to the surf base, you can also find Backdoor Surf Shop where you can shop for some surfing equipment.

Spa treatments

Ripar Surf School offers a special massage therapy which helps alleviate physical exhaustion, tensions and other minor conditions that the surf students may experience after an intensive surf session. The objective of the therapy is to restore the flexibility of the joints by loosening minor muscle contractions and correcting mechanical imbalances caused by the unusual exercise. This treatment is available on request with extra cost. The cost for 45 minutes of Shiatsu with a therapist, Inês Oliveira, is 35 EUR (full body).

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at Pura Vida Surf House
  • Daily vegan breakfast
  • Daily Vegetarian dinner
  • Linen and Towel
  • Free internet
  • 20 hours of surf lessons per week / 5 days / 2 sessions per day / 2 hours each
  • Certified Surf Instructors
  • Transfer from our surf base to other surf spots, if necessary
  • Board and wetsuit for the whole day (on course days)
  • Free Equipment during weekends
  • Sports insurance (on course days)
  • Video Feedback (Intermediate / Advanced Level)
  • Discount on Backdoor Surf Shop
  • Lots of fun
  • Wipeouts
  • 7 hours 30 minutes of yoga lessons per week / 5 days / 1 sessions per day / 1 hour 30 minutes each
  • Certified yoga instructors
  • Transfer from our surf base to other yoga spots, if necessary
  • Sintra, Cabo da Roca excursions, transport, insurance, and guiding

What's not included

  • Shiatsu massage is not included in the price

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

If you're coming from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), the cheapest option to reach Ripar Surf School is by bus. In this case, you need to take the metro or a taxi to the Rodoviária bus station, in Sete Rios (Metro Station), near the Lisbon Zoo. There, you look for the Express Bus to Peniche (schedule), and buy ticket to Praia Da Areia Branca (9 EUR). The journey takes about 50 minutes. Other option is to take a taxi from the Lisbon Airport directly to Praia da Areia Branca. It should cost around 70 EUR. Ripar Surf School also offers transfer services on request with extra cost.

Distances

  • Lisbon, 65 kilometers
  • Peniche, 15 kilometers
  • Lourinhã, 3 kilometers

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 20 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Low season
  • March 4 - April 29
  • November 3 - 18

 

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  • May 5 - June 30
  • October 6 - 28

 

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  • July 1 - September 30

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