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Nestled in the green hills of The Basque Country in a national park, San Sebastian Surf Camp offers a unique experience to immerse yourself in all the amazing things the Basque Region has to offer such as breathtaking hiking trails, Pintxos tours through the world famous San Sebastian, and surfing at Zarautz surf beach just to mention a few things. Here you will find an instant family of like-minded internationals you can share stories with around the fire. San Sebastian Surf Camps caters for everyone, from the super relaxed yogi to the die-hard surfer or the fiesta warrior. Come and experience Spain to the fullest.
What was once an active traditional farmhouse is now transformed into a surfer's haven. The Surf House is uniquely situated in one of Europe's most stunning nature reserves - Pagoeta, with panoramic views overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean and Basque countryside. The new surf house offers a hub for like-minded travelers from all around the world to surf the picture-perfect summer waves of Playa Zarautz. Your accommodation will be in a dorm room of San Sebastian Surf Camp Surf House.
This is a guide itinerary, but not like a school camp itinerary - quite the contrary. This will give you an idea of what a day might look like for you at San Sebastian Surf Camp. There’s always something for you to do, but it's your holiday so feel free to lay on the beach, have a beer or go on an adventure with your new campmates instead. Plans are always subject to change. They find the best time to surf during the day, depending on swell and tide, you can be surfing anytime. If the swell is not right, they can postpone it for another time or find a new activity participate in.
Morning yoga or an optional hike followed by a homely cooked breakfast down in the chill out area and exchange stories from last night’s antics, read the surf report, and get excited to head out surfing.
Jump in the surf bus and enjoy the ride down through the national park to the beach, grab your board and either scout out the best banks on the beach or head into your lesson with one of the surf instructors.
When your all surfed out, you’ll either have lunch in the sunshine at the beach together or head back up to the house for a hot lunch and a cold sangria. If you’re feeling bendy, join a yoga class on the yoga deck, you could head out hiking, go into town and explore, join in on a Spanish class, head back down to the beach for another surf (non-supervised), or just relax!
In the afternoon, you will most likely find yourself hanging out at the house watching the sun go down and sharing stories or becoming lord of the ping pong table.
If you’re the sensible type, you can get in a good night’s sleep and be up bright and early for sunset yoga and breathtaking views out over the valley. If some drinks, music, and exploring sound more like you, then either join us on a pintxos tour in Zarautz or San Sebastian, a trip to a traditional Basque cider house, or maybe even one of the many festivals that may be on during your stay.
San Sebastian Surf Camp will explain the dynamics of the ocean and analyze the current conditions you will be surfing in. They will explain surf safety and the correct techniques used in entering the ocean, paddling, catching waves, and standing up. They will assist you in getting your first waves and give feedback on your surfing techniques.
The San Sebastian Surf Camp instructors are all fully certified and carry their first aid and ocean safety award. supervision from a certified surf instructor is only during the surf lessons included in the package. Please always reach out to your surf instructors to find out if the conditions are fitting to your level when you are surfing by yourself.
One daily 1-hour yoga class is included in the price and is optional for guests. The instructors teach Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga yoga. The yoga sessions can be anytime during the day depending on the surf conditions and tide. You will either perform yoga in the morning before the surf or after the surf lesson in the afternoon.
The camp is located in Pagoeta Nature Reserve in the town of Aia, in the hills behind Zarautz surf beach. The location provides the best of both worlds with close proximity to beautiful San Sebastian town and the beach with the freedom to retreat to the surf house in the hills for some peace and quiet as well. The home is just a short deviation from the beaten track, only 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of San Sebastian city and easily accessible by train or San Sebastian Surf Camp’s private daily shuttle.
You will get three meals per day during this retreat. San Sebastian Surf Camp can cater for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies, and other food preferences.
Transfer not provided
If you plan to travel by airplane, arriving at Bilbao Airport (BIO) is the easiest option. There is a bus straight from the airport to San Pelaio station. Moreover, there is Pesa Airport Bus that leaves every 30 minutes out front of the airport direct to San Pelaio Station Zarautz as well. You may ask the driver to alight at the station. Moreover, San Sebastian Surf Camp offers free pick up from Zarautz (San Pelaio) at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
If you arrive at Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ), you can take the train changing at Hendaye or bus directly to San Sebastian central station.
If you arrive at San Sebastián Airport (EAS), there are buses from the airport to San Sebastian town. Although this is the closest airport but not the easiest to get from.
The Regional and International trains will arrive at Donostia Station in San Sebastian. You will need to head over to Amara Station (Euskotren), then jump on any train headed towards Bilbao and get off at San Pelaio Station in Zarautz. The journey is approximately 20 minutes.
In order to get from San Sebastion and Bilbao to the surf house, you can board the local train called Euskotren, it is a good way to get there. The trains run from San Sebastian (Amara) to Zarautz (San Pelaio) from the early morning until about 10 p.m, the trip costs 2 EUR and takes 20 minutes. Moreover, there is a free pick up from Zarautz (San Pelaio) at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Please note that San Sebastian Surf Camp provides free transfers from San Pelaio station in Zarautz at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. It is important to inform them which one you would like to jump on ahead of time, make sure to send San Sebastian Surf Camp an inquiry when booking. If you are unable to make it for the last 7 p.m. free transfer, please call or email San Sebastian Surf Camp to arrange to pick up.
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