Surf Camp Portugal

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Russo Surf Resort - Vale Figueiras is a unique destination, where you would be surrounded by pure nature! Stay in a breathtaking location with view over the ocean and natural park. The Resort was created by local surf pioneers, who made up a special surf course program to help students to learn the right technique and progress at a faster rate. Lessons are structured with a warm-up, theoretical exercises on the beach, and practical part in the water. Do not miss it!

Highlights

  • Surfing instruction
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transport on Friday party nights to Lagos or Sagre
  • Surf instructors with coaching experience over ten years
  • Lagos pick-up / drop-off, bus or train station
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • 6 days surf material all day
  • Welcome drink

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 40

Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$146 per person)

Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$409 per person)

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Accommodation

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.

  • 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!

Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras Surf School Portugal Program

Russo-Vale Figueiras Surf Camp made up a special surf course program to help students to learn the right technique and progress at a faster rate. It includes three 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. Lessons are structured with a warm-up, theoretical exercises on the beach, and a practical part in the water.

Vale Figueiras Surf Camp suggest to start 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 / advanced surfers are available. Vale Figueiras 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 introduction to surfboard inside the water.
  • Tuesday: Learning how to position correctly the feet 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: 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. Video analysis.

Advanced

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

Included excursions

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 habitant life. The Algarve is a year-round surf destination, famous for its constant swells, uncrowded beaches, crystal-clear water, and sunny weather.

Nearby places

  • Faro Airport (FAO), 110 kilometers
  • Lagos, 30 kilometers
  • Lisbon, 275 kilometers
  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), 300 kilometers
  • Sagres, 30 kilometers
  • Seville, 300 kilometers
  • Seville Airport (SVQ), 300 kilometers

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

Russo Surf Camp - Vale Figueiras prepare healthy and good quality food for guests.

  • 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
  • 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 kind 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 good old Chef “Pedrinho”. The staff often go fishing and collecting seafood. Three-course dinners, entrees, soup, main course, wine, and sangria. On day of arrival, dinner is served before 19:00 p.m.
  • Monday BBQ
  • Gluten-free menu available
  • Vegetarian menu

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
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)

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

What's included

  • Welcome drink
  • Ripcurl wetsuits
  • Saturday BBQ party
  • Transport to the beach
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Huge selection of surfboards
  • Lagos pick-up / drop-off, bus or train station
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, and 6 dinners)
  • Trip to the dinner on Friday at best local restaurant (cost of dinner is not included)
  • 6 surf days (surf course from Monday to Friday, practice under surf coach supervision on Saturday)
  • Surf course program for beginners, intermediates, advanced
  • 6 days surf material all day (surfboards, rashguards, and wetsuits)
  • Transport on Fridays party nights to Lagos or Sagres

What's not included

  • Aiport transport

How to get there

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 4 persons. A one-way transfer from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) costs 350 EUR for a maximum of 4 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 on 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$146 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$409 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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round. High season arrival is on Sundays.

 

Low season
  • January 1 - June 16
  • September 3 - December 31
 
High season
  • June 17 - September 2

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