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Exhilarating Surf Camp Spain

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 55 participants
All meals included

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Where else in the world are your primary concerns a) the temperature of your beer and b) trying not to get too much sun? Wake up surrounded by verdant hills and coastal views, to the sound of rustling leaves and twittering birds at the surf house. This slice of paradise, just outside of San Sebastian, located in the natural reserve Pagoeta, is a combination of breathtaking landscapes (mountains and beaches), intriguing Basque culture, award-winning food, insane waves, and beautiful weather! What’s better than getting the best of both worlds, experiencing the amazing landscapes of the basque country and still heading to the beach every day?

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  • Introductory surf lesson
  • Daily wetsuit and board hire
  • Daily pickups to and from Zarautz
  • Daily surfing with experienced surf guides
  • Daily yoga class with a qualified instructor
  • Guided hikes in the Pagoeta national park
  • 7 nights dorm accommodation in the Stoke Surf House
  • Healthy homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 55 participants
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  • Horse riding
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

The lively hostel is a converted, three-story farmhouse in the hills of the Basque Country. There is one large dorm room, which is split internally by a separator, and three smaller rooms of five and six beds each.

Please note that during high season the hostel is very busy and accommodates up to 50 guests at a time, so if you have any requests for sleeping arrangements please get in touch prior to arrival and the team will endeavor to accommodate your needs.


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.

Each person will receive one surf introduction surf lesson, and from there on surf guiding with certified surf instructors will be provided.


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.


Nicolas Delforge


The camp is located in the town of Aia in the hills just behind the surf beach of Zarautz. 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. The home is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of San Sebastian city whilst still being easily accessible by train, bus or car.


  • San Sebastian City - 30 minutes
  • Zarautz - 10 minutes



  • Hiking
  • Surfing
  • Paragliding


  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio


  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance


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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • 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)

There’s a bunch of activities on offer, from cliff-jumping and hiking, for the adrenaline junkies, to pintxo tours through the Michelin-starred streets of San Sebastian for the foodies.

  • Bonfires
  • Meditation
  • Brewery tours
  • Cliff jumping
  • Hiking
  • Optional trips to France and other locations in Spain
  • Paragliding
  • Party nights in San Sebastian
  • Party nights in Zarautz
  • Pintxos tours
  • Spanish lessons
  • Spanish festivals e.g San Vino, San Fermin, Semana Grande in San Sebastian, Fete de Aia, Jazz Festival San Sebastian, Fete de Bayonne and more
  • Sunset barbecues
  • Traditional Basque Sidra House
  • Winery tours
  • Trivia nights and theme partys at the house

What's included

  • 7 nights dorm accommodation in the Stoke Surf House, located in the Pagoeta nature reserve (bedding included)
  • Healthy homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. All dietary requirements catered for on request!
  • Introductory surf lesson
  • Daily surfing with experienced surf guides
  • Daily wetsuit hire
  • Daily board hire
  • Daily yoga class with a qualified instructor
  • Daily pickups to and from Zarautz
  • Guided hikes in the Pagoeta national park
  • Local activities, Basque festivities, and party nights
  • Free access to onsite equipment incl. yoga mats, skimboards, slackline, beach games, and poi balls
  • Free Wifi
  • Free access to unlimited bar of beer, sangria, wine, and Basque sidra.

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Surfskate hire

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

If you plan to travel by airplane, arriving at Bilbao Airport (BIO) is the easiest option. There is Pesa Airport Bus Do50B that leaves every 30 minutes out front of the airport directly our pick up spot in San Pelaio Station Zarautz. You may ask the driver to alight at the station. Moreover, San Sebastian Surf Camp offers free pick ups from Zarautz (San Pelaio) at 09.00. and 13.00 and 19:00 on request.

Arrival by train

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 22.00, the trip costs 2 EUR and takes 20 minutes. Moreover, there is a free pick up from Zarautz (San Pelaio) at 09.00, 13.00, and 19.00.

Please note that San Sebastian Surf Camp provides free transfers from San Pelaio station in Zarautz at 09.00, 13.00, and 19.00. 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 19.00 free transfer, please call or email San Sebastian Surf Camp to arrange to pick up.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% 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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