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All Level Surfcamp Portugal

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 15 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer available

This surf and fitness tour takes place in the breathtaking location with view over the ocean and natural park. The surf and fitness is a special program which contains full surf course and professional outdoor fitness training on the beautiful coast of Portugal. The fitness training is prepared to develop the main physical qualities of the individual, such as flexibility, endurance, strength, coordination, and speed. The full surf course created for different surf level experience: beginners, intermediates, and advanced. Surf lessons are structured with a warm-up, theoretical exercises on the beach, and practical part in the water. Experience surfing in beautiful Aljezur!

Meet the instructors

Luis & Hannah
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Highlights

  • 5 days of surf course
  • Personal fitness training
  • Daily group workouts and morning gymnastics
  • Lectures on nutrition, trainings, and healthy lifestyle
  • 6-day use of surf material and free surf session on Saturday
  • Lagos pick-up / drop-off and transport on Friday party nights
  • 3 daily meals including a Saturday BBQ party
  • 11 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


12 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$145 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$407 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
00:00

Surf Camp is a huge modern Portuguese country house, situated in the middle of a natural park with a stunning view over the ocean and forest. Cozy wooden bungalows with private shady terraces are located in the yard with swimming pool and beautiful garden. Shared rooms are available in the main Portuguese house. Camp area and toilets are cleaned every day. Large bar area with free Wi-Fi internet, satellite TV, and snooker table. It is a great place for young people that love to have a party going around. You can chill out inside the house or outside, and it also has an awesome place for a BBQ.

Facilities

  • Large rooms with high ceilings and king-size double beds
  • Capacity of surf camp - 42 persons
  • Wi-Fi
  • Computer for use of guests
  • Massage therapist
  • Swimming pool
  • BBQ area and plenty of areas to chill
  • Bar with snooker table, ping pong, mini football
  • Satellite TV, cinema projector
  • Thousands of movies and surf videos
  • Balance boards
  • Hammocks
  • Bed linen and bath towels are provided
  • Special care for babies and kids
  • Animal friendly

Program

Russo-Vale Figueiras Surf Camp made up a special program with professional fitness training and full surf course. The tour made up for any physical fitness level.

Fitness training

The program contains personal and group trainings, lectures, and workouts. Exercises are specific to each student, considering his or her past injuries and end goals. For surfers, the goal is to focus on improvement of the body capacity in movement patterns that are relevant to surfing.

Surf course program

Russo-Vale Figueiras Surf Camp makes the best to help students to learn the right technique and progress at a faster rate. It includes three hours of lessons per day, divided into two sessions of 1.5 hours. This will all depend on the conditions the ocean on the day. Lessons are structured with a warm-up, theoretical exercises on the beach, and a practical part in the water. Soft boards for beginners and hard boards for more intermediates / advanced surfers are available. Russo-Vale Figueiras Surf Camp offers surf courses for all levels.

Beginners

  • Monday: There will be an adaptation session to the water environment, explanation of safety rules, explanation on how to slide onto the waves, and explanation of surf equipment. Then, an introduction to surfboard inside the water will follow.
  • Tuesday: You will learn how to position correctly the feet on the board in a low balance position and practice on the beach and inside the water.
  • Wednesday: There will be exercises of take off with an extension of legs and recovering the balance. Correcting the position on the sand and practicing inside the water will also be done.
  • Thursday: Continue the practice of previous exercises and improve the technique and introduction to walking exercises on the board.
  • Friday: You will learn techniques of turning the surfboard front and backside.
  • Saturday: Free surf day while being supervised by the surf coaches. It's time to put to practice all you have learned during the week.

Intermediates

  • Monday: You will learn paddling, sitting on the board, turning direction while sitting, positioning, and explosive paddling.
  • Tuesday: You will learn paddling to the outside and techniques to pass the waves while paddling out.
  • Wednesday: Catch green waves with the help of the coach pushing. You will also learn how to time and read waves to know in which direction to paddle and when to get up.
  • Thursday: Surf green waves going left, surf green waves going right and video analysis session.

Advanced

  • Monday: You will learn duck dives, bottom turns, and turn on the top of the wave.
  • Tuesday: You will learn trimming, cutbacks, and re-entries.
  • Wednesday: You will learn about tides and currents, and have an introduction to reefs.
  • Thursday: You will learn how to get in and out of the water.
  • Friday: You will learn how to read swell charts.
  • Saturday: You will have surfaris to secret spots.

Included excursions

There will be a transport on Friday party nights to Lagos or Sagres.

Instructors

Luis Marreiros
Luis is the main surf coach. He is the most respected and recognizable surf instructors of the whole Algarve coast. Luis was born in Portimão and grew up in the Vale Figueiras beach area, fishing and bodyboarding since the young age. He started to surf and give surf classes since the very opening of the surf school in 2004.
Hannah Massie
(Surf Coach)
Hanna will be your one of your instructors during your surf camp.

Location

Surf Camp is situated on the west coast of the south region of Portugal - Algarve - the warmest place in whole Europe. Surf Camp is located in the middle of National Park Costa Vicentina. When you book, Russo-Vale Figueiras Surf Camp will send you the exact directions of how to get to the Surf Camp plus the GPS coordinates. This is a unique paradise with an attractive landscape, hidden beaches, and wild habitat life. Algarve is a year-round surf destination, famous for its constant swells, uncrowded beaches, crystal-clear water, and sunny weather.

Nearby places

  • Aljezur - 15-minute drive
  • Lagos, 30 kilometers
  • Sagres, 30 kilometers

Food

Russo Surf Camp - Vale Figueiras prepares healthy and good quality food for guests. They provide:

  • Professional chef
  • Homemade bread
  • Fresh orange juice every morning
  • Tea during the day
  • Spicy chicken “Piri Piri”, freshly caught fish and seafood, etc.
  • Traditional homemade desserts
  • Local fruits and vegetables
  • Homemade “Medronho” - strong alcohol made from the local Medronho fruit

Sample menu

  • Breakfast: Bread straight from the oven, croissants, bacon and scrambled eggs, fresh orange juice, healthy cereals and mueslis, different kinds of hams, salamis, sausages, salads, cheeses, jams, yogurts, coffee, and tea.
  • Lunch: Before leaving to the beach, each guest is given an individual lunch bag with two sandwiches or one sandwich and other kinds of food (salads / pasta / etc.), fruit, water, juice, and snacks.
  • Dinner: Russo Surf Camp - Vale Figueiras has its own kitchen although dinners are usually provided at a nearby restaurant owned by the good old chef, Pedrinho. The staff often go fishing and collecting seafood. Three-course dinners, entrees, soup, main course, wine, and sangria. On the day of arrival, dinner is served before 7 p.m.

Notes: Monday BBQ, gluten-free, and vegetarian menu are available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
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)

  • Bicycle riding
  • Enjoy nightlife in Sagres, Lagos, and Aljezur
  • Friday pizza party night on Monchique
  • Hiking in natural park
  • Horseback riding lessons
  • Massage
  • Paragliding
  • Yoga lessons

What's included

  • 5 days of surf course (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
  • 6 days of surf material all day (surfboards, rashguards, and wetsuits)
  • One personal fitness training (for individualizing the load)
  • Daily group workouts and morning gymnastics
  • Lectures on nutrition, trainings, and healthy lifestyle
  • Free surf on Saturday under the surf coach's supervision
  • Ripcurl wetsuits
  • Huge selection of surfboards
  • Trip to the dinner on Friday at best local restaurant
  • Transport to the beach
  • Lagos pick-up / drop-off at bus or train station
  • Transport on Fridays party nights to Lagos or Sagres
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Saturday BBQ party
  • Welcome drink

What's not included

  • Aiport transport
  • Dinner on Friday

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfers from these airports are available upon request.

Transfers from Faro Airport (FAO) have a cost of 125 EUR one-way for a maximum of four persons. A one-way transfer from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) costs 350 EUR for a maximum of four persons.

Arrival by bus

Russo Surfcamp-Vale Figueiras surf camp provides transfers from the closest towns Aljezur, Lagos, and Sagres. Transfers are for free from 08:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. Pick-ups and drop-offs from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. have an extra cost of 20 EUR per way.

From Faro, you can travel by bus or door-to-door transfer for a cost of 20 EUR. From Lisbon, you have the option of taking a bus (directions Aljezur or Lagos). From Seville, you can take a bus to Lagos (19 EUR or 23 EUR depending on the day).

Arrival by train

From Faro, you also have the option of travel by train. The cost is 7 EUR. You can also take a train to Lagos from Lisbon for a cost of 16 to 20 EUR.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$145 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$407 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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