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Breathtaking Surf Camp in Portugal

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 40 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer available

A surf school package is for people that want to learn how to surf or to progress in surfing. Special surf course program in a friendly ambient with people, who love surfing! Have fun!

Meet the instructors

Luis & Egor
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Highlights

  • 6 days of activities
  • Surf lessons for all levels
  • 5 days surf material - all day (surfboard, lycra, and wetsuit)
  • Professional photo and video sessions
  • Friday evening BBQ and live music night
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Transportation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Group size: 5-40 participants
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$ 136 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$ 304 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Board rental
  • Child care
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

The resort is a huge modern Portuguese country house, situated in the middle of a natural park with a stunning view of the ocean and forest. Huge green lawn with swimming pool, skate ramp, and trampoline. Almost all the rooms, including the shared rooms, have doors to terraces outside with a view. There is a large bar area with free Wi-Fi internet, satellite TV, and a snooker table. Chill out inside the house or outside, the awesome place for barbecue, chill out with hammocks.

  • Large rooms with high ceilings and king-size double beds
  • Capacity of surf camp - 42 people
  • Massage therapist
  • Swimming pool
  • Wooden yoga deck with ocean view
  • Skate ramp
  • Trampoline
  • Barbecue area and plenty of areas to chill
  • Bar with snooker table, ping pong, and mini football
  • Satellite TV and cinema projector
  • Balance boards
  • Hammocks
  • Bed linen and bath towels are provided
  • Special care for babies and kids
  • Animal-friendly

Program

Russo Surf Resort - Vale Figueiras is a unique destination where you would be surrounded by pure nature. Stay in a breathtaking location with a view over the ocean and a natural park. The resort is run by the local surf pioneers, surf schools existed since 2003. International and local surf coaches, headed by the most recognizable surf coach in the Algarve region - Luis Marreiros. Professional team, famous for their skill in teaching high-quality lessons for beginners, intermediates, and upper-intermediate levels.

A step-by-step surf course program is created to help students to learn the right technique, improve, and progress at a faster rate. Surf resort facilities would allow you to fully concentrate on surfing, with good company, helpful staff, healthy food, and some relaxing extras. Do not miss it. Russo Surf Camp made up a special surf course program to help students to learn the right technique and progress at a faster rate.

Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras pays the most attention to provide with high-quality lessons, so apart from having fun, you would be able to learn properly. Beginners, who start from zero, and beginners-intermediates, that need to improve their technique, would be taught by one of the members of the Luis Marreiros surf team. Luis is the most recognizable and well-known surf coach in the Algarve region, he is taken care of mostly intermediates and upper intermediates.

They are going to correct all your little mistakes, position the body and weight the right way, taught you about the tides, waves, and conditions, and make you try to do your best and catch the great surf moments. Luis's Intermediates prepare to push the limits and achieve the goals. It includes three hours of lessons per day, divided into two sessions of one and a half hours. This will all depend on the conditions the ocean provides on the day.

Lessons are structured with warm-ups, theoretical exercises on the beach, and a practical part in the water. Vale Figueiras Surf Camp suggests starting a surf course on Monday, so you can enjoy the full course, adapting from the beginning. Surf courses are from Monday until Friday and free surf on Saturday. Soft boards for beginners and hard boards for more intermediates or advanced surfers are available. Russo Surf Camp offers surf courses for all levels.

Beginners

  • Monday: Adaptation to the water environment, explanation of safety rules, learning how to slide onto the waves, and explanation of surf equipment. Then, the introduction to surfboarding inside the water.
  • Tuesday: Learning how to position the feet correctly on the board in a low-balance position. Practicing on the beach and inside the water.
  • Wednesday: Exercises of take off with extension of legs and recovering the balance. Correcting the position on the sand and practicing inside the water.
  • Thursday: Continuing practice of previous exercises. Improvement of technique and introduction to walking exercises on the board.
  • Friday: Learn the techniques of turning the surfboard front and backside.
  • Saturday: Free surf day while supervised by the surf coaches. Put to practice all you have learned during the week.

Intermediates

  • Monday: Paddling, sitting on the board, turning direction while sitting, positioning, and explosive paddling.
  • Tuesday: Paddle to the outside, techniques to pass the waves while paddling out.
  • Wednesday: Catching green waves with the help of the coach pushing, timing, and reading of 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.

Advanced

  • Monday: Duck dives, bottom turns, and turns on the top of the wave
  • Tuesday: Trimming, cutbacks, and re-entries
  • Wednesday: Tides, currents, and introduction to reefs
  • Thursday: Getting in and out of the water
  • Friday: Reading swell charts
  • Saturday: Surfaris to secret spots

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga session
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Get ready for the beach (receive your lunch bag at the kitchen and get your wetsuit from the surf coach)
  • 10:45 Leave for the beach
  • 11:30 - 13:00 1st surf session
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch time at the beach
  • 15:00 - 16:30 2nd surf session
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Coming back from the beach
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Free time, shower time, beer time, massage time
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 - 23:00 Chill time, bar time, etc.

Please notice the exact starting time of each surf session is varied depending on ocean conditions.

Weekly schedule

They advise the guests to come on Sundays to get the most of the programme that they prepared!

  • Sunday: Arrival or departure day, check-in or out
  • Monday: Welcome meeting, surf, and yoga lessons
  • Tuesday: Surf and yoga lessons, video presentation
  • Wednesday: Surf and yoga lessons, free time
  • Thursday: Surf and yoga lessons, dinner out night
  • Friday: Surf and yoga lessons, barbecue, and live music party
  • Saturday: Free surf, photo presentation

Included excursions

Live music event takes place every Friday, with the Portuguese band from Portimao - Sticky Fingers. Live music starts after the barbecue, about 9:00 p.m., and finishes about midnight, at 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. Live music event happens with a minimum of 10 guests at the resort. Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras includes the photo and video sessions, which they usually provide on Tuesday and Thursday, with a presentation in the evening.

During this surf camp, you will have photo and video sessions (from June to September). Videos, which are taken, are free, and you will have a link, where you can download all the videos taken. Photos are 25 EUR per package, of your choice. The package includes all shots of you taken, edited pics, and will be sent to you by email.

Instructors

Luis Marreiros

Egor Volkov

Location

The resort is situated on the west coast of the southern region of Portugal - the 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 is a unique paradise, famous for its attractive landscape, colorful hills, hidden beaches, and wild habitant life. A famous hiking track - Rota Vicentina - passes just behind the gates of the surf camp. Rota Vicentina is a route, that runs along the Atlantic coast and includes 400 kilometers of walking trails.

Closest beach - Praia da Vale Figueiras (just two kilometers away) - one of the wildest and uncrowded beaches in the area, that provides great conditions for surfing. Aljezur is 15 kilometers away - the closest point of civilization: a pretty Portuguese town, with an old Moorish castle surrounded by a whitewashed village. The south coast of the 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, as 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 the surf camp: do not worry, it is easy to get from the camp to Aljezur, Sagres, or Lagos to spend a legendary night.

Distances

  • Lagos, 30 kilometers
  • Sagres, 30 kilometers

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Aljezur

Monthly wave size

Best months for beginner surfers

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Best months for intermediate surfers

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Best months for advanced surfers

Jan/Feb
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Monthly recommended wetsuit

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Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis

General

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Board rental
  • Child care
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

You will be served seven home-baked breakfast buffets, six individual lunch packages for the beach, six tasty dinners from Grandma-chef, and a welcome drink included in the price. Russo Surf Camp - Vale Figueiras prepares healthy and good quality food for their guests. Vegetarians and pescetarians are very welcome.

  • Professional chef
  • Homemade bread
  • Fresh orange juice every morning
  • Tea and coffee during the day
  • Traditional homemade desserts
  • Local fruits and vegetables
  • Homemade “Medronho” - strong alcohol made from the local Medronho fruit
  • Barbecue night
  • Gluten-free menu available

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. Nice special extras: different milks (soy milk, oat milk), dried fruits (cashews, raisins, walnuts, etc.)

Big basket of fruits and seasonally watermelons, grapes, etc.

Lunch

Before leaving for 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 Resort and Yoga Retreat - Vale Figueiras has its own kitchen and the chef cook, preparing healthy and tasty food for the guests. Our usual dinners are: famous Portuguese Squids, traditional Cataplana, tasty meat and fish dishes. Ones a week our Chef cooks Lasagne, that all the guests ask for:)) The staff often go fishing and collecting sea food, so get ready for tasty dinners. Legendary BBQ on Fridays with Live Music to celebrate the week!

We reckon that half of returned guests of Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras come back because of their Friday barbecue! It is one of the favourite part of the week for everyone, when guests and surf coaches and the rest of the staff chill together. Grilled Meat, grilled veggies, vegetarian pasta, turkey baked in the oven, brucheta bread, salads and soup - Yes, Yes, Yes - All of it is waiting for you!!

Ah, and freshy icy Sangria to celebrate the end of the week!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Massage and therapy treatments

If you have any muscle tenses or just feel for a good relaxing massage, it is time for 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 ergonomic analyses of people's physical body problems. Solving any ailments possible by giving strengthening and/or stretching exercises plus muscular treatment.

Jesper will with your explanation and his experience, 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, and legs. It is all dependent on your need and wishes. The massage always leaves you relaxed, rejuvenated, and well.

Other extra activities

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

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation (shared or private)
  • Full board (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners)
  • Tasty dinners from Grandma-chef
  • Home baked breakfast buffet - Individual lunch packages for the beach
  • Friday evening BBQ and live music night
  • Welcome drink
  • Surf course with the team of Luis Marreiros - the most recognizable surf coach of Algarve
  • Surf course from Monday to Friday (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • 5 days surf material all day (surfboard, lycra, and wetsuit)
  • Free surf on Saturday *optional
  • 2 sessions per day - 1 hour 30 minutes each, free surf in between the lessons
  • Professional photo session (all season 2023)
  • Video sessions of surf lessons
  • Rip Curl wetsuits and surfboards
  • Hiking track till the hidden lake - optionally (on Saturday or Sunday)
  • Transport to the beach
  • Transfers (pick-up / drop-off): Free Local bus stop on weekdays, Aljezur on weekend

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Pick up and drop off in Lagos during the weekend (20 EUR)
  • Yoga sessions (extra 90 EUR for 5 lessons)
  • Extra activities
  • Equipment rentals and transfers to the beach on Saturday for Free surf (20EUR)
  • Cost of dinner out (on Thursday night)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 one to three people and 165 EUR for four to five people. A one-way transfer from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) costs 280 EUR for a maximum of four people. Alternatively, you can get from Faro by bus or train to Lagos or Aljezur. From Lisbon by bus to Aljezur or train to Lagos. At Aljezur and Lagos, Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras can pick you up or you can get a bus, a taxi, or an Uber.

Arrival by bus

From Faro, the bus is available from the centre of faro or from faro airport, at an approximate cost of 7 to 15 EUR. From Lisbon, the bus approximate cost of 8 to 20 EUR. On a weekday, Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras provides free transfer to or from the local bus stop “Monte Novo, Vale Figueiras, and Cha Bouco” timetable. The bus stop is on the way from Lagos to Aljezur (Odeceixe), a bus stop named "Monte Ruivo".

Monday to Friday's usual schedule: 12:35 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 7:15 p.m. (from Lagos), and 11:04 a.m. (to Lagos). Let Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras know about the time of your arrival, Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras offer free pick up at 6:20 p.m. or at 7:15 p.m., also let them know if you confused about the times, and they will help you to find the right bus. Russo Surfcamp-Vale Figueiras surf camp provides transfers to Aljezur (free transfer) and Lagos (20 EUR per person per ride) on weekends. Pick-up and drop-off times for transfers from Lagos and Aljezur:

  • Pick-up time in Lagos: 7:00 p.m.
  • Pick up time in Aljezur: 7:40 p.m.
  • Drop off time to Aljezur (leaving from the surf camp): 11:00 a.m.

During the high season months (June to September), pick up and drop off for Lagos and Aljezur are available on Sundays.

Arrival by train

From Faro, the train timetable is available at an approximate cost is 7 to 10 EUR. From Lisbon, the train timetable is available at an approximate cost of 24 EUR.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$ 136 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$ 304 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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Availability

This vacation is available until November 10, 2024, and after that they are closed until March 23, 2025. Please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • March 24 - June 30
  • September 30 - November 10

 

 

High season
  • July 1 - September 29

 

Check in day’s recommendation:

  • Private rooms: May to October - on Sunday. Other times - any day, except Thursday

  • Shared dorms: July to September - on Sunday. Other times - any day, except Thursday.

 

 

Retreat information

In case of bad weather conditions that leads to cancellation on surf activities, other activities will be offered or if it allows; surf activities will be offered on a different day.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

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