8 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Lourinhã, Portugal

  • Pura Vida Surf House, Alameda do Golfinho, 2530 211, Praia DaLourinha, Lisbon, Portugal

Relaxing Yoga and Surf 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!


  • 5 days yoga classes
  • 5 days of guided surf lessons
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a surf camp
  • Daily delicious breakfast
  • Transfer to surf spots
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English
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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 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.


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


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.
  • 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.

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

You will be served delicious breakfast every morning and you are invited to participate at Ripar weekly dinner and all Surf Houses activities.

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.

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).

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a surf camp
  • 20 hours of surf lessons per week / 5 days / 2 sessions per day / 2 hours each (beginner, intermediate, and advanced level)
  • Barbeque parties per week (also vegetarian menu on request)
  • Board and wetsuit for the whole course day
  • Certified surf instructors
  • Daily breakfast
  • Discount on Backdoor Surf Shop
  • Free equipment during weekends
  • Sport insurance (on course days)
  • Transfer from the surf base to other surf spots
  • Video feedback (Intermediate / Advanced level)
  • Shiatsu massage is not included in the price

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.


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

  • 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 20 days before arrival.

Verified BookSurfCamps.com reviews

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    Review by Kristina Boye Lindquist from Denmark

    2017-Aug-13 02:16:00

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    Review by Hedvig Bergman from Sweden

    2017-Aug-12 20:45:17

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    Review by Miran Dogan from Sweden

    2017-Aug-07 09:31:40

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    Review by Helen Frost from Denmark

    Perfect introduction to surfing despite tough conditions

    CONS Cons: If I had to find something negative the only thing I could think of would be the 300m walk to the beach, but that's really not a big problem

    PROS Pros: 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

    2017-Aug-07 07:38:26

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    Review by Berenice Mertens from Sweden

    A perfect relaxing stay among friendly and positive people

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Aug-03 14:58:44

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    Review by Siska Rappé from United States

    Very recommandable

    CONS Cons: Yoga classes were scheduled on the hottest hours of the day, a real pity!

    PROS Pros: Super host João took us out to the best restaurants in the surroundings. We really enjoyed our stay in Native surf house!!

    2017-Jul-21 07:06:46

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    Review by Joke Le Comte from Belgium

    2017-Jul-17 16:13:47

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    Review by Tom Knox from Denmark

    Surfing is brutal

    CONS Cons: Just minor things not worth mentioning. Nothing is perfect.

    PROS Pros: 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

    2017-Jul-16 22:11:54

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    Review by Karin Fleming from Belgium

    Great time!

    CONS Cons: Sometimes the schedule was tight, and timings of activities weren't always communicated quickly or far in advance, which made it difficult to plan things. But this is partially unavoidable, since the surf classes were based on the tide and conditions and this changes from day to day.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Jul-16 11:13:39

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Jul-10 19:31:04

  • J
    Review by Jack Witts from United Kingdom

    Perfect Trip

    PROS Pros: The accommodation and surf school was amazing, I can not find a bad thing to say.

    2017-Jul-04 10:44:03

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    Review by Vanessa Graf from United States

    Great Experience

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: Community feel

    2017-Jul-04 07:15:42

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    Review by Angela Laube from Switzerland

    2017-Jun-29 18:19:54

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    Review by Anonymous

    Was absolutely perfect!;)

    CONS Cons: Doors were too laud;)

    PROS Pros: 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;)

    2017-Jun-29 05:07:31

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    Review by Torge Froehlich from Netherlands

    2017-Jun-28 09:20:50

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    Review by Lisa Jody Manser from Turks and Caicos Islands


    CONS Cons: Nothing,,, as much as I wasn't aware that the hostel was separate from the surf school - not that it mattered as they work hand-in-hand,,,,

    PROS Pros: 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,,

    2017-Jun-27 18:16:39

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    Review by Muriel De Hondt from Belgium

    2017-Jun-21 21:52:27

  • Review by Dima
    10 out of 10

    "I have only one word to describe my experience with Ripar School it was awesome! Accommodation and surf courses were awesome! Surf instructor team awesome! Hosts awesome! Weather awesome! Food awesome! The whole place of Praia Da Areia Branca is awesome! Strongly recommend to all people going for active vacation!"

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  • Review by Greig Thomson
    10 out of 10

    "My children and I had an absolutely fantastic time! Great staff and instructors meant there were always friendly, helpful people around and they were always there to give you feedback and tips during the session. Additionally, they were always there to make sure everything was both fun and safe. Outstanding!"

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  • Review by Jonas O.
    10 out of 10

    "Ripar Surf School is simply amazing! Well organized, welcoming, friendly, helpful, and just a great atmosphere. We learned a lot and had fun doing it. All the best recommendations from us!"

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  • Review by Sabine Becht from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Probably the best surf school with a passionate and professional team. I am so lucky to get recommended to this surf school. It was definitely the best idea! Were a small group with three great teachers and had lots of fun and found our new passion. I can't wait to get back into the water to catch the next waves. It was definitely not the last time with Ripar!! Thank you very much guys!"

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  • Review by Christine M. from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "In my opinion, Ripar is the best surf school for both beginners and advanced surfers for several reasons. The course is very intensive; you will be in the water four hours a day for at least five days per week. Price is around 200 Euros, so 10 Euros per hour for teaching and rental. The teachers are very patient with beginners. They explain everything very thoroughly and pay special attention to you once you hit the water the first time by being with you in the water and pushing you when needed. At the end of the week, it should be possible to have surfed a few green waves already. When I came there for the first time I had already surfed a few times but I don't really count those times as the other surf schools taught me wrong and I spent three days to unlearn my take-off with a knee. The classes are also good for advanced surfers. The teachers are locals and know the spots very well. I had some very good guiding sessions where we went out in a small group, surfed, relaxed and got very good hints and tips in between from the teachers. The teachers themselves complement each other very well. Xico is the best teacher I know - he has been surfing his whole life and it is a joy to watch him surf. He can spot very well where you can improve. His younger brother Pipas can give very good pointers on how to watch the waves and be in the right spot and so on. Both can relate very well what to watch out for when coming to a new place as a surfer and also what it means to experience the spirit of surfing. Raffa knows everything about the ocean and will share with you an abundance of knowledge. The other teachers I have not met yet. Also, I feel completely safe when I am in the water with them. I know that if something happens and I drown they will fish me out quickly as they are so fast and always have an eye on everyone. The spot Areia Branca has perfect waves, both left and rights. Numerous times I came out of the water completely stoked only to quickly paddle back in. It is so much fun. Everyone has a great sense of humor, both the teachers and the other guests who are very cool and international. I remember so many days where we cheered for each other to catch the waves and laughed until my belly hurt. The groups are not so big: When you see the other surf camps in Peniche, you see 20 to 30 people in one group and wonder how everyone can get the attention they need. To be fair, I have never been with Ripar during the main season (the largest group was around 15 people I think). This time it was the first time that I saw them teaching a larger group and it really doesn't matter how big the group is, I was astonished to see Xico paddle quickly from the far left to the far right, pushing someone into the green waves on the way and giving advice to many others and all during one set! I have been to many other surf schools in and on Fuerteventura, Dominican Republic, France, the Philippines, Peru, Sri Lanka, India, USA and Indonesia, but nowhere I have found such dedicated teachers and such an amazing atmosphere. Needless to say, I can really recommend surfing with Ripar! :)."

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  • Review by Ola Marysia from Russia
    10 out of 10

    "I've chosen the Ripar School after very long hours searching where to surf in Portugal. This school stands out among all others cause, the teachers are not only true masters of surfing but also great instructors. They are the ones who inspire us, tell us our mistakes and how to improve them, motivate us to try again and again till the time when we can stand on the board and finally surf. Surfing is a really tough sport. Thanks to our teachers we had fun! The group is also small. For five students we had two teachers. Personal approach to everyone. You will get more hours of surfing for the same price than other schools. The School has a great location. Two minutes walk to the beach where we had lessons. If the wind was not good on the beach, our teachers drove us to another beach (10 to 15 minutes by car). Everyday we had lessons without excuses. I've stayed at the hostel which is one minute walk from the school. It was very comfortable, cause after lessons I just wanted to eat and sleep. Ripar School is the BEST school ever! Five stars."

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  • Review by Olga S.
    10 out of 10

    "I have chosen the Ripar School after very long hours searching where to surf in Portugal. This school stands out among all others because the teachers are not only true masters of surfing but also great instructors. They are the ones who inspire us, tell us our mistakes, and how to improve them, motivate us to try again and again till the time when we can stand on the board and finally surf. Surfing is a really tough sport. Thanks to our teachers we had fun! The group is small. For five students we had two teachers. Personal approach to everyone. You will get more hours of surfing for the same price than other schools. The School has a great location. Two minutes walk to the beach where we had lessons. If the wind was not good on the beach, our teachers drove us to another beach (10 to 15 minutes by car). Everyday we have lessons without excuses. I have stayed at the hostel which is a 1-minute walk from the school. It was very comfortable because after lessons I just wanted to eat and sleep. Ripar School is the best school ever! 5-star!"

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  • Review by a traveller from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I were lucky enough to spend one week learning to surf with the family run Ripar Surf school. Set in an amazing location, the week couldn't have been better, mostly down to the warm, friendly and immensely knowledgeable guys at Ripar. From their first contact arranging pick up from Lisbon airport to the actual lessons, the guys were brilliant. As complete novices, we weren't sure how we would progress, but thanks to the patience and gentle encouragement from Fernando, Pipas and Xico, we have come home to Scotland ready to ride green waves with confidence and huge smiles on our faces. An amazing experience all round, we will definitely be taking some friends along and booking in again next year. Their website says it all - they really are surfing dude super heroes! Thanks guys, we had a brilliant time! :)"

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  • Review by Samira
    9 out of 10

    "Lovely people, great atmosphere, fun, and professional teachers. Ripar Surf School exceeded my expectations massively. Keep it going and thanks!"

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  • Review by Phil Bailey
    9 out of 10

    "We had two lessons whilst on holiday, the last being today. The whole set up was fantastic, each of our boys (8 and 11) were both lucky enough to have an instructor with them throughout. In no time at all they were standing proud on their boards. The instructors were great, very patient, clearly explained what we needed to do, and always very friendly. We will most certainly come back and book more lessons the next time we return to Portugal. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Theresa Rauchberger from Austria
    9 out of 10

    "Best surf teachers ever! Areia Branca feels like a second hometown for me now. I loved it!"

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Lourinhã, Portugal

Ripar Surf School is a surf school based in Praia da Areia Branca, close to Peniche and Baleal. It offers surf lessons and yoga classes with a different concept.

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8 days / 7 nights

Low season
  • November 1 - April 30


Normal season
  • May 1 - June 30, and October 1 - 30
High season
  • July 1 - September 30

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