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Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras was created in 2003 by surf-pioneers of the Algarve. Become a part of their surf family, passionate about this unique lifestyle.
Luis Marreiros is the head chef of the surf team. He is the most respected and recognizable surf instructor of the whole Algarve coast. Have you seen that fearless intermediates in rough conditions? That might be Luis's students! Luis has a gift to balance the rigor and joke, inspire the students, push the limits, always being attentive and controlling the situation. Many guests come and return just to have classes with him. Luis is a local from Vale Figueiras beach area, and started to give surf classes since the very opening of the surf school in 2003. Certified with ISA.
Hannah is a surf instructor at Russo surf camp already over 8 years. She grew up on the west coast of Australia. She has been surfing for 17 years and competed for 5 years. She was the captain of the Western Australian junior surfing team in 2012. She is the right hand of Luis and one of the most trusted instructors and her classes are well-structured and fun for Beginners and Beginners-Intermediates. "Surfing for me is an activity that presents challenges no matter where you go or the size of the waves. It gives me freedom to do what I want in such a big and unpredictable place as the ocean!"
Lauren is our Yoga instructor, RYT 500 Yoga Alliance. "My crush on yoga began over half my lifetime ago (22 years I have been practicing and teaching for 14). I travel the world to study and learn from great teachers. From Hawaii, California, London, Europe to India. I specialize in Surf Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Therapeutic, Yin Yoga, Prenatal and SUP yoga, Surf Flow Yoga. Every class is a thoughtfully handcrafted collection of asanas (postures). Connecting the body with the breath in a creative flow. All levels are oh so very welcome."
Egor is our young, but oh gosh experienced surfer and ISA-qualified surf coach! English, Russian, and Portuguese speaker. Egor is constantly training by himself with best coaches of the world, so he knows many tricks and valuable advice, teache Intermediates and Beginners too. By the way, Egor is a member of Russian National Team, 2nd in Russian National competitions, participant in championships in Europe and ISA World Surfing Championship. He started to surf when he was 10 years old and was one of the first guests of our summer Teenage surf camps, which we have been organizing since 2009.
from Great Britain, May 2022
"Felt like entering a family! "
The location was just immersed in peaceful green valleys, silent and relaxing. The villa was really beautiful: a big garden to walk and a little swimming pool. The food also surprised me, it takes time to cook with love for a big group of people! A huge breakfast to start, nice sandwiches to bring on the beach and fresh fish for dinner, couldn't ask for any better!
The instructors really taught me a lot and I liked their way of teaching: comprehensive and inclusive.
from Portugal, July 2020
The venue, the facilities, the music always on :)
The food was impecable and the surfing lessons were very adecquate to my capacity. the camp was very relaxing since there weren't many people in which for me was perfect.
from Germany, November 2019
"Super relaxed and warmth atmosphere and nice surfing "
For me it was a wonderful holiday at Russo Surf Camp. The nature around your camp, the surfing lessons and the warmth atmosphere in the camp were awesome!
All the guests and the staff had a good time together! :)
The surfing lessons were well structured and Hannah and Igor did a great job, always good explanations and motivation.
The dinner was always very tasty and everybody in the team always had a smile on their face. :)
Keep up the good work :) !!
from Netherlands, September 2019
"SurfCamp with very nice people and much more"
Top 2 things in surfcamp is the View and Instructors
from United States, September 2019
I cried when I left. Tonya & Russo are amazing hosts who treat you like family. I traveled alone and made friends from all over the world. It was the perfect mix of night time fun and day time learning. By the end of the week I could stand on the board with confidence, and with a big smile on my face! I will definitely be back soon. I ❤️ my Russo Surf Camp family !!!!!
from Italy, August 2019
"Take a break from city life, go surfing! "
Beautiful location, friendly atmosphere and helpfull staff. Everyone has been really kind.
from Portugal, June 2019
"An amazing place with amazing people "
The place, the athmosphere around and learning surf with the best instructors
from United States, May 2019
"A lovely stay and an amazing experience "
The instructors were passionate and well versed. From the beginning and beyond I felt like a part of their family. Food, location, and course was better than I had imagined. I would without a doubt recommend Russo Surf Camp to anyone who is ready for an adventure and a lifelong memory!
from Germany, May 2019
"Great instructors, great location , good food"
I liked that the camp is located in quite a remote area in nature. 35min walk to the closest beach or 5min drive. Food was good for breakfast and dinners. Instructors were on point and good teachers that focus on everyone well :). Rooms are nice and good for detoxing each day ,
from Great Britain, April 2019
"This is my surfboard and this is for fun!"
We are a family of 4, Mum, Dad with very little surfing experience and our son,14 and daughter 11 have had some experience. None of us have ever had surf lessons. We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived, a part of the Russo surf family no less.
The accomodation and dining arrangements were very good indeed and catered for any diet, we eat all but other meals where available if the main wasn't suitable. Nothing was too much trouble for Madara, Maria and we can't thank them and others in the house enough.
The surf instructors from the youngest, 17/18 to the oldest...Louis ;-) throughly explained everything and demonstrated all so there was no confusion on how we should complete each of the steps. We spent the week with Hannah who had a lot of time for all and helped us reach a fair beginners level, our son and daughter fairing lots better than Mum and Dad..!
We never stopped smiling, having a great time for the whole week.
from Great Britain, November 2018
"Best Trip "
The whole trip is perfect from pick up to drop off, amazing location, friendly staff and amazing time. Definitely would recommend to any solo traveler and to group travellers.
Chantal Van Der Spek
from Netherlands, October 2018
"Awesome surf holiday! "
Surfing, the food, the Nice people, the accomodation, basically everything actually! 😁
from Great Britain, September 2018
"Amazing surf camp"
Russo surf camp is an absolute treat. Situated in a piece of heaven, with stunning views and beautiful sunsets to enjoy every evening. The surf coaches are professional and excellent at helping you learn surfing. Very easy going and comfortable atmosphere at the camp.
The food was lovely, three course dinners every single day and bbq on Saturday. Buffet breakfast and packed lunches, so much good food.
One of the best bits, is the relaxed start of the day, with 10:30 being the departure time to the beach, we never felt the rush.
Great staff members, had the best time!!!
Thank you all at Russo Camp. Can’t wait to visit again!!
from Thailand, September 2018
The surf camp offers a great view on the top of the hills, the staff is very friendly and the spot is good - not too crowded and with good waves.
I had an amazing time there, I met great people and I made progress in surf. I definitely recommend!
from Belgium, September 2018
"relaxation through intens surfing"
Good instructors; Good material; Lovley atmosphere/setting; Good food; Nice beach
from Lithuania, September 2018
"First time surfcamper"
Food was excellent! I've also enjoyed staying in camp rather than the resort because it is in a beautiful garden.
from Portugal, September 2018
"Amazing experience, cant wait to go back"
I had a really great time. The location was great with incredible views, the beach was one of the best beaches that I have ever been to and the food was very tasty. Overall it was great experience and I can't wait to go back.
from Belarus, August 2018
Very good atmosphere, positive vibes. Very good place both for staff and for guests!🙏🏻🙏🏻
from Germany, August 2018
Everything was wonderful: the people, the atmosphere, the bungalows, the surfing-I would book it again anytime!
from Switzerland, August 2018
If your looking for a great experience, this is the place.
Apart from the transport that didn't work as expected everything was more than perfect. The place, the teachers, the beach and especially the food. They provide you with everything you need for a great surf holiday. The atmosphere was great and Russo and Tonya are passionately working and helping you.
See you next year!
from Great Britain, July 2018
Everything was amazing, the people, the camp, the location, the food, the equipment, the instructors.
Visited from 8/7/2018 to 15/7/2018, had Marsh teaching us, he's a top instructor and a top guy, he gave us such a fun week!
from Germany, June 2018
"The best surfcamp!"
Russo Surfcamp ist the most wunderful place with the friendliest people. Thanks so much to everyone, especially to Tonya!
I hope we will meet again!
from Great Britain, June 2018
Felt like home. Great people. Delicious food. Friendly vibe. Great instructors squad. Great surfing.
from Netherlands, May 2022
"geweldige week! "
De accommodatie, te midden van geweldige natuur, het surfcamp de ongelofelijke goeie instructeurs. Het was in een woord geweldig
from Great Britain, August 2019
Alles! Super Leute, professionelle Coaches, top Lage, bestes Essen und und und
from Germany, May 2022
Top notch surf and yoga instruction, amazing setting, hearty and delicious meals (best breakfast in Portugal!) and very friendly staff. What's not to like?
from France, November 2021
Surf instructors are really pedagogue and attentive.
from Ukraine, October 2021
"This is amazing place who's you don't want to leave!"
Everything is perfect: location, food, surf lessons! This camp is created with passion and run by people who really enjoy their job. I definitely recommend everyone to visit this place, be sure you will want to come back. Definitely you will have some free time after surfing lessons so I recommend you to rent a car as camp is located quiet far from the public transport and explore this wonderful beauty.
from Poland, October 2021
Amazing food, home atmosphere and patient instructors, what else do you need? Hannah explained everything in such a detail that i already feel like pro, even though I can only surf white water. Before coming there I couldn't even stand up on the board and after not only can i stand up but i manage to surf for more than 5s.
from Czechia, September 2021
"The great surf vacation"
Surfing, location, ocean, nature, view, people, instructors, food, atmosphere and live music!!!
from Germany, August 2021
"Good vibes guaranteed! "
Very good mix of a relaxed and active vacation sharing waves, good food, rooms and a lot of memories in a very rural and quiet area at the south-Western coast of the Algarve.
The house has everything to offer for a good stay including nice music.
from Sweden, September 2019
"Intense week of surf and yoga"
Surf teachers are very good and lot of time was spent on the beach. Yoga is build around the main focus of surfing. The yoga techer adabts the program daily depending how your body is feeling. Also, beautiful location for the resort!
from Great Britain, June 2019
A great friendly place to stay. The guest house is like a home from home with excellent hospitality and home cooked fresh food. A great bunch of people running the guest house, looking after us and conducting the surfing lessons. Very competent and patient surfing instructors who were funny and kind. I met some great people and had a lot of fun- I can see why people return year after year! Highly recommended to get away from it all- a perfect escape! I will be back! Thank you Russo camp!
from Germany, October 2018
The guests and staff have been very international and open-minded. There are several activities possible within the camp: game evening, pool, skateboard, guitar.