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The Algarve is a year-round surf destination, famous for its constant swells, un-crowded beaches, crystal-clear water, and sunny weather. Great range of surf spots from beach breaks to reefs for all levels of surfers. There’s no better way to celebrate the new year than surfing on New Year's eve, partying late into the night and welcoming 2021 with another surf the next day.
Russo Surfcamp accommodates all guests at the Surf Resort – huge and spacious villa, situated in the middle of Natural Park with a unique and absolutely stunning view over the ocean and forest. Private accommodation for couples, families, or guests that want to stay out of the city rush and enjoy nature. Budget shared accommodation for young people and solo travelers. Surf Resort is just 3 kilometers from the beach Vale Figueiras - one of the best beach breaks in Portugal.
It is a great place to relax, enjoy nature, and feel the true surfing lifestyle. But it is not too far away from civilization, just 15 minutes drive from Aljezur - typical Portuguese town. Lagos and Sagres - famous touristic destinations are only 25 minutes away. There is an amazing open terrace, with the main chill-out zone and barbeque. Most of the rooms have private terraces with access to the rooms. Enjoy waterproof poufs, hammocks, and exotic Balinese beds for sunbathing or resting outside.
Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras made up a special surf course program to help their students to learn the right technique and progress at a faster rate. It includes 3 hours of lessons per day, dividing into two sessions of 1.5 hours. This will all depend on the conditions the ocean provides on the day. The lessons are structured with a warm-up, theoretical exercises on the beach, and practical part in the water.
Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras offers surf courses for all levels. You will learn more than with any other surf school as you will have much more attention from the instructor and a closer personal relation. Pick up at Sagres or Lagos may be organized as well.
6 Surf Days: Surf Course from Monday to Thursday & Saturday (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Lessons for beginners are given on the whitewater (foam of the wave). When the technique reaches the right level, we move on to the next step – practice on the green waves.
Adaptation to the water environment, explanation of safety rules, learning how to slide onto the waves, and explanation of surf equipment. Then an introduction to surfboard inside the water.
Learning how to position correctly the feet on the board in a low balance position. Practicing on the beach and inside the water.
Exercises of take off with extension of legs and recovering the balance. Correcting the position on the sand and practicing inside the water.
Continuing practice of previous exercises. Improvement of technique and introduction to walking exercises on the board.
Techniques of turning the surfboard front and backside.
Free surf day while supervised by the surf coaches. Put in practice all you have learned during the week.
Evaluation of each person to know which level he or she has and which points to work on. Exercises mainly on longboards.
Paddling, sitting on the board, turning direction while sitting. Learning to get the right position for paddling, techniques, and explosive paddling.
Paddle to the lineup, techniques to pass the waves while paddling out (Eskimo roll, etc).
Catching green waves by yourself and with the help of the coach pushing. Learning to time and reading the waves. Get in practice in which direction to paddle and when to get up.
Surf green waves going left, surf green waves going right. Riding the wall of the wave. Video analysis.
Evaluation of each person to know exactly which level he or she has and which points to work on. Introduction to shortboards. The coach will be video recording and will correct you with an analysis at the beach and also at the surf camp.
Duck dives, bottom turns, turn on the top of the wave.
Trimming, cutbacks, and re-entries.
Tides, Currents, introduction to reefs. Getting in and out of the water.
Reading swell charts. Surfaris to secret spots.
Professional surf team: local and international surf instructors with the head coach Luis Marreiros - the most recognizable surf coach in Algarve.
During this surf camp, you will have a photo session and a live music with the famous Sticky Fingers band from Portugal.
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!"
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.
The resort is situated on the west coast of the south region of Portugal - Algarve - the warmest place in the whole of Europe, in the middle of National Park Costa Vicentina.
The surf camp is located in the middle of National Park Costa Vicentina. It´s a Unique Paradise, famous for its attractive landscape, colorful hills, hidden beaches, and wild habitant life.
Famous hiking track – Rota Vicentina – passes just behind the gates of the Surfcamp. Rota Vicentina is a route, that runs along the Atlantic coast and includes 400 km of walking trails.
Closest beach – Praia da Vale Figueiras (just 2 km away) – one of the wildest and uncrowded beaches in the area, that provides great conditions for surfing.
Aljezur is 15 km away – closest point of civilization: pretty Portuguese town, with old Moorish castle surrounded by a whitewashed village.
South Coast of Algarve is a famous touristic destination. It is formed by a long stretch of fabulous beaches with crystal-clean water and impressive reddish cliffs. On the other hand, all those towns, like Lagos, Portimao, or Albufeira (which is called a Mini-Ibiza) offer unforgettable nightlife.
Lagos is Algarve´s Party capital with plenty of bars, inhabited by Aussies, Kiwis, Canadians, and Americans bar hopping. For those young travelers that want to attend our surf camp: do not worry - it is easy to get from the camp till Aljezur, Sagres, or Lagos to spend a legendary night.
Home spot, picks-up most of the swell. Some Portuguese people say "if there s no waves in Portugal – time to get down to Vale Figueiras". If the sandbanks are in the right place, they form the best beach break in the Algarve. It’s a wild beach, better access by 4x4. Best cakes “Bolos de Berlim” are sold in the summertime.
Great beach break, partly protected from the northern wind. It gets very crowded especially in the summertime, although you have nice snack bars with a pleasant view.
One of the loveliest beaches in the area, with the scenic view from the cliff over the ocean and a whitewashed village settled on the slope. Beach break in the bay, when the swell is over 1.5 meters Arrifana produces a smaller fun wave (protected from north winds). Park your car at the top to avoid issues with the police and climb down or take a shuttle, who will drive you for 1€ (in summertime).
Beach break, sheltered from the eastern and southern winds. On the right day, it can provide a very good left-hander. Wide beach area with the dunes and the river; attracts many kitesurfers. Beach bar in the middle of the dunes, parking is on the cliff, and access to the beach is across the river.
Europe’s southwestern peninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, has different beaches to surf, according to swell and wind conditions. The tunnel, Beliche, Mareta - choose one of them, or if it’s not to suit, make your way toward Lagos or Portimao. Great spots all along the south coast, but better you know which place you go, for don’t end up driving the whole day.
Best months for beginner surfers
Best months for intermediate surfers
Best months for advanced surfers
Monthly recommended wetsuit
Enjoy full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and 6 dinners), Saturday barbeque party, and a welcome drink.
Russo Surf Camp - Vale Figueiras prepares healthy and good quality food for their guests. Professional chef - the grandma, always makes her best, cooking tasty dinners, as for her own grandchildren.
Cataplana (traditional mix of 5 rare fishes, as monkfish, stingray, eel, with shrimps and veggies, all cooked with wine and olive oil in a special pan called Cataplana);
Sea bass or Sea brim, cooked in the oven, Portuguese way;
Grandma´s Lasagna, one of the favorite dish of our guests;
Every day, but always different Portuguese cream soup of our chef!
If you have any muscle tenses or just feel for a good relaxing massage – it's time for the professional massage therapists! Please book in advance, especially in high season.
Jesper is an educated body therapist and masseur. He originally started as a relaxation therapist in Denmark, working with ergonomical analyses of people's physical body problems. He tried solving any ailments possible by giving strengthening and/or stretching exercises plus muscular treatment.
Jesper will talk about your explanation and his experience, so you will quickly know which specific treatment you need, to resolve any muscle or ligament pain, strain, or tiredness.
The treatment can be a full body massage. Either deep tissue, sports, or relaxing massage. If necessary, it can also be a shorter massage concentrated on a specific body area, i.e. back, shoulder, legs.
It's all dependent on your need and wishes. The massage always leaves you relaxed, rejuvenated, and well.
The massage is not included in the price of the package.
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Lisbon Portela Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). From Faro Airport, you could book a private airport transfer to the surf camp (a special price for the guests is 105 EUR). From Lisbon Airport, book a private airport transfer from Lisbon to the surf camp (special price for the guests 260 - 320 EUR).
Take a shuttle bus from Faro Airport until the train station and catch a train to Lagos (7 EUR). If you arrive at Lisbon Airport, take a metro (metro station is just inside the airport) and get to Oriente station (it's the main train station) from Oriente take a train (23 EUR) to Lagos (all trains have a stop in Tunes, where you need to change the train).
Take a bus from the Faro Airport to Lagos, or take a shuttle bus from Faro Airport until the main bus station and catch a bus to Lagos (6 EUR). If you arrive at Lisbon Airport, you could take the bus from Sete Rios, you can take a shuttle bus (cost 3 EUR) or taxi (cost about 15 EUR) to Sete Rios Bus Station and take a bus to Aljezur (17 EUR) or Lagos (20 EUR). Alternatively, if you're from Oriente, especially for late travellers, take Renex bus to Lagos from Oriente Station, the last one is leaving at 01:00.
Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras provides transfers from the closest towns Aljezur, Lagos, and Bus Stop "Monte Novo, Vale Figueiras, Cha Bouco". Pick up and drop off in Aljezur, Lagos are included for our clients who booked a Package or stayed with us more than 4 nights. Transfers are for free for the following pick up and drop off time:
If coming from Lisbon, Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras suggests taking the bus till Aljezur. The bus leave from Lisbon Sete Rios at 16:00 (comes at Aljezur at 19:35) and at 17:30 (in Aljezur 21:30), it leads through beautiful landscapes close to the coast and takes 3h 35 min (3 hours 50 minutes). Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras picks up guests in Aljezur bus station.
Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras provides with free transfers to/from the local bus stop “Monte Novo, Vale Figueiras, Cha Bouco”. The bus stop is on the way Lagos – Aljezur. Transfers to Lagos and Aljezur with the car/van will have a cost of 40 EUR per way to Lagos, 20 EUR to Aljezur.
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