João offers in Porto/PT, accommodation, yoga, and personalized surf coaching, focused on sustained fast evolution, from total beginners to advanced surfers.

Surf Camps (5)

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5 Day Yoga and Surf Coaching Program in Porto

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7 Day Surf Coaching Program in Porto

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Instructors (3)

João Ferreira Gomes

Pedro Varela

Rui Carvas

Reviews (115)

Caroline Elise Andrea Caillot

from Switzerland, July 2024

"Amazing experience of both learning & relaxing! "

Great oceanside location close to Porto, in dream-like Matosinhos. It was very easy to reach, thanks to the transparent communication with João.

There are different spots close by available for surfing & the coaches expertly choose the best spot every day.

The Surf Coaching was very individualized & I felt accepted as a total beginner.

It was always friendly & fun, they have a very human & connected approach to the ocean, surfing, each participant's level and attitude. The coaches helped not only with Technique but with the human side, how learning to surf can affect a person emotionally and mentally.

The Yoga classes were very eye-opening, with 2 fantastic teachers who were positive, calm, very knowledgeable, challenging and also looked at every individual's process.

Overall super high quality of the activities & teaching styles, both on the mat and on the board.

I had 5 lessons of surfing & five yoga sessions.

I wish I could have stayed longer :)

And simply very nice people, I would do it again in a heartbeat! <3

Elvan Konukseven

from Switzerland, July 2024

The instructors were really good and the accommodation too. The place is nice in case you want to do other things than only surfing. Overall it was exactly what we were looking for, a nice trip to discover surfing!

Sofie Ammitzbøll

from Denmark, July 2024

"Im coming back"

Such high quality coach and experience. Will definately return. You feel completely safe in the water with Joao, and you see great progress in few days


from Germany, June 2024

Wir haben drei Tage surf und yoga camp gemacht und es hat riesen Spaß gemacht. João ist super und hat gute tipps beim surfen und Yoga bei Pedro war ein toller Ausgleich, auch er war total lieb. Die Unterkunft ist toll, extrem sauber und man fühlt sich wirklich wohl im Haus. Das Hostel ist nur wenige Meter vom Strand entfernt und auch zum Stadtzentrum von Porto ist es nicht allzu weit. Die Kommunikation mit João hat auch gut geklappt, er hat uns viele tipps für Porto und die Umgebung gegeben und uns vom Flughafen abgeholt. Also alles in allem eine tolle Erfahrung die ich weiterempfehlen kann!

Martina Welsch

from Germany, May 2024

"Yoga und Surfen "

Dieser Lehrer gingen ganz individuell auf jeden Teilnehmer ein, da ich selbst Yoga Lehrerin bin, fand ich die Yogastunden einzigartig, alle, beide Lehrer und der Yogalehrer waren mit ganzem Herzen bei der Sache.

Asia Golunska

from Netherlands, May 2024

"Overtreft de verwachtingen!"

Transfer van en naar het vliegveld. Een mooie locatie in een sfeervol herenhuis. Een uitstekende hygiene. De kamers worden elke dag schoongemaakt. Goede kwaliteit lessen met een persoonlijke aandacht. Een goed bereikbaar stadje dichtbij Porto. Makkelijk om citytrips te maken.

Ina De Quint

from Belgium, May 2024

"Uitstekende accommodatie en fantastische surf coaches"

Hele fijne accommodatie. Ruim, brandschoon en voorzien van alle luxe. Het personeel was super vriendelijk.

De surflessen werden gegeven door 2 ervaren en geduldige surf coaches. Intensief waren ze met ons bezig. De passie spatte er af. Veel aandacht voor elke leerling.

De yoga was top! Ashtanga yoga in een zeer verzorgd yoga centrum.

Ik kan het aanbevelen.


from Germany, May 2024

"Relaxed surf camp - we would come again!"

The camp had a very familiar and friendly atmosphere. We were always in contact with Joao via Whtasapp and were picked up from the airport as well as at our accommodation every morning before surfing. On some days we were a larger group of surfers, on other days we were alone with the surf instructor. He always took the time to help and give tips. After surfing, we had a relaxed chat and a coffee. Joao had a surfboard, wetsuit and poncho for everyone and was always well prepared. It didn't feel so much like you were surfing in an official camp that you were paying for, but as if you were traveling with a friend.

The accommodation (Eugenio's guesthouse) is also highly recommended. We had to change rooms once, but that was okay because the upper rooms are even nicer and bigger. Breakfast was sufficient and tasty, but nothing special.

In the afternoon or evening, we had the option of going to the center of Porto. It takes a good half hour by bus.

Amin Uzdenov

from Germany, May 2024

"Insgesamt sehr zufrieden!"

Alles top gelaufen! Kommunikation war super, João war immer erreichbar. Transport vom und zum Flughafen war reibungslos. Unterkunft war sehr sauber und ruhig, unter 15 weg zum Strand und gute Anbingung mit den Öffis zum Zentrum.

Surfspots und Equipment auch alles super gewesen. War an einem der Surftage krank und mir wurde auch ohne Aufforderung angeboten die Surfeinheit auf einen anderen Termin zu verschieben.

Sehr entgegenkommendes Team, Coaches sind leidenschaftlich bei der Sache!


from Germany, April 2024

"Great destination for surfing around Porto"

Hostel has a great location, just few minutes walk from the beach.

surfing classes can be taken also at another beach, but trainer will organize a transfer. Joao is a great and experienced trainer. He WILL make you stand on the board for sure! I'm very happy I booked exactly this surfing school.

Dominik Liedtke

from Germany, April 2024

"Yoga & Surf 5 days"

João is a great surf coach. Gave me a lot of advice and checked my stance and positioning. Took pictures of me surfing what helps to improve. Highly recommend him.

Pedro is a great yoga instructor. He corrected me and gave good advice. He helped me to improve.

I would definitely go again! I might go for another trip this year.

The hostel was clean and cozy. I stayed in the dorm.

Qi Zhang

from United Kingdom, April 2024

" Taste of the sea"

Enthusiastic coach, small class teaching, brand-new board

Zita Burrion

from Belgium, April 2024


great teacher,


sea expert,

wave expert,

surf expert,




perfect coach,


Joaquin Corpus Maestre

from Spain, March 2024

"An amazing way to learn surfing in a beautiful city"

The instructor Joao is super cool and very dedicated to your progress.

Helena Lang

from Denmark, October 2023

"The most amazing surf camp!"

My surf coach Joao told me he could get me to stand up on my first wave, even though I had only tried surfing once before, and he was actually right! Best surf instructor ever! Can't wait to come back again one day


from Italy, October 2023

"Muito melhor que esperei…"

Vila tranquila porém com excelentes opções de gastronomia e cafés. Tem tudo que uma cidade grande oferece. Pessoal local simpático. Ondas na praia principal, a 5min dos hotéis. Grupos pequenos de Surf garantem um coaching quase particular!

Tina Jakoby

from Germany, October 2023

"Perfekt organisiert- schön kleine Gruppe"

Wir waren nur zu viert in der Gruppe was natürlich klasse für intensives Lernen war. João war mit und im Wasser und Rui hat vom Strand aus Fotos und Videos gemacht damit man am Abend seine Position auf dem Brett sehen konnte und für den nächsten Tag davon profitieren konnte (Änderung Fußstellung etc). Top Hostel mit toller, zentraler Lage - sauber und angenehm. Abhol- und Bringservice zum Flughafen :)

Sara Ünlü

from Germany, October 2023

The Surf camp was awesome. The coaches were super nice. I will go again for sure.

Halyna Remeniak

from Germany, September 2023

A great experience to remember, higly recommend to anyone who still doubts. Really enjoyed yoga too, thanks to the instructors!

Daniela Lüdeke

from Germany, September 2023

"Looking forward to coming back!"

Pick up at the airport, lessons, accommodations, breakfast, course members - everything was even better than I imagined!

From the cleaning staff, to our host Eugénio, to generally all people we met and talked to in Portugal - they all made us feel so welcome. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

Thanks for everything to our coaches João and Rui for this amazing experience. We'll be back for sure!

Sandra Keller

from Germany, September 2023

"Unvergessliche Erfahrung "

Das Hostel war super schön und sauber. Die Inhaberin war sehr nett.

João hat sich total viel Mühe gegeben und alles super gut erklärt. Das Surfen hat mir sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Er war jederzeit erreichbar für Fragen etc.

Die Yoga Stunden waren echt ein Highlight für mich. Ich liebe Yoga und ich hab dort sehr viel gelernt und hatte super viel Spaß. Martha (Urlaubsvertretung) ist wirklich eine Perle. Danke!!!

Gloria Yu

from United Kingdom, September 2023

"I had an incredible time!!"

Both João and Rui were very friendly and approachable and I just had thee best time! They were very specific with instructions which was helpful and supportive and encouraging. Will be back!!!

Kris Lindner

from Netherlands, August 2023

"Awesome surf experience!"

This was my first time ever on a surfing vocation. It definitely will not be my last time. It felt way to short!

The Fishtail hostel-Deluxe suit: I loved the pretty, cozy &clean room immediately. Bruno & Paula are very nice, easy going hosts.

The Yoga: This was my first yoga experience and it was great. Huge thanks to Pedro, the instructor, who is not just a very patient and nice teacher but also likes to challenge his students, so it never got boring. The yoga helped also with dissolving the little muscles pains from surfing & calmed down the mind.

The surfing: I read all the great reviews João got here about his coaching and I can just agree to all the positive remarks. The group was small-mostly around 6 people but if bigger there was an extra coach: Rui. João and Rui are both very passionate coaches. They got lots of patience and focus for individual progress and they also teach in a fun way. You feel that they enjoy to teach what they love- the surfing- to others. And they really care about you learning it! Doesn’t matter if basic skills or advanced. Rui has a calm&serene way of explaining and speaking, he loves to be in the water and to share his passion for surfing. João is the glue that keeps the group together, he includes everybody and looks out that everyone has a good time. Not just with surfing but also with exploring the beaches and the city of Porto. In the water he constantly nugdes you to keep improving and also makes it fun to be there.

Thank you guys!!

Hanna Engemann

from Germany, August 2023

"Jederzeit wieder "

Die Unterkunft hatte eine super Lage. Die Coaches waren mit Leidenschaft und Liebe zum Detail dabei. Die Gruppe war super. Es hat total viel Spaß gemacht!

German Herzog

from Germany, May 2023

"Perfekte für Anfänger"

-umfangreiche Erläuterungen beim Surfen

-wir hatten viel Spaß

-netter/nette Surflehrer (super freundlich, witzig, hilfsbereit)

-João machte auch viele Fotos während dem Surfen

-immer nur sehr kleine Gruppen

-qualitative Wetsuits und Surfbretter

-Gegebenheiten am Strand ideal für Anfänger

-João war auch für unser Wohl außerhalb des Unterrichts bedacht: Man ging als Gruppe öfters mal Essen, viele Empfehlungen für Restaurants etc.


from Germany, May 2023

"Alles super"

Die Trainer nehmen sich Zeit und sind bemüht, es hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht

Laura Kussin

from Germany, April 2023

"Sehr gut, wenn man wirklich etwas lernen möchte. "

Bei Joao erhält man intensives Training und kann wirklich viel lernen. Es sind sehr kleine Gruppen, man wird gepushed und kommt auf jeden Fall auf seine Kosten. Keine Massenabfertigung wie evtl. in anderen Schulen. Man ist lange im Wasser. Wer was lernen will, ist hier richtig. Joao kümmt sich sehr gut und vor allem persönlich um einen und ist immer super hilfsbereit.

Ich bin froh mich für Joao entschieden zu haben und nicht für eine andere Schule! :)

Auch Pedro ist ein sehr guter Yoga Lehrer, kompetent und freundlich.

Maggie Bryan

from United Kingdom, March 2023

"BOOK IT ! "

What an awesome experience! João isn’t just running your average surfing camp. This is a super personal, chill but successful experience. So much kindness and knowledge and he will get you surfing! It’s worth every cent so just ask less questions and book it. You will love it !

Milosz Leciej

from Poland, October 2022

"It was a great time! I'm going back for sure."

Joao is a great, easygoing guy. He was always there for us, as a surfing intructor and as a host as well. He picked us up from the airport and dropped us off at the end, and in between he gave us all the tips about Porto that we needed. He creates a friendly atmosphere that spreads among the group of strangers that he is teacing. All in all I've felt as if I was visiting a group of friends and picked up surfing on the way. And city of Porto is a cherry on top of the whole experience -very underrated tourist destination.


from Germany, October 2022

Die Lage, die Kombination mit yoga, der guide

Fabien Bender

from Switzerland, October 2022

"João = simply the best"

João is a diamond. His coaching is very adapted to everyone's skills. His group are not to crowed, because he's rather providing quality then quantity. If you feel like you want to progress, learn how to surf properly (beginner or advanced), then he will be the best choice that you can make. I have been through many surf schools in 20 years, but he was the best coach ever. The organisation suites perfect (guest house, picking up, yoga...and if the spirit is there then even i dinner in nice local restaurants...). He is the guy to know and has always motivation for new project. And...he knows all the best beaches around Porto...

So follow him and you wan't be desappointed ...

João = simply the best

Joz and Fab


from Bulgaria, September 2022

"Taking off"

Great location for beginners, near the city centre - one gets the feeling that one is on vacation rather calm and peaceful place. For such a short period we did give our best but in the end we were on the board. The lessons are done in small groups so everyone gets enough attention from the instructor. In the end of the day you have the opportunity to shake off the stress with a nice session vinyasa yoga...just amazing!

Svetlana Enache

from France, September 2022

"Joy and happiness "

I had a great time, João is a great coach, takes the time with each student, explaining so well the techniques, really friendly and joyful! Pedro is a great yoga teacher, really helping me discover the Vinyasa practice, just wonderful!

So grateful for the week I spent with them!

Can’t wait to come back!


from Italy, August 2022

"Best surf learning experience!"

I attended the 7 day surf camp and I can absolutely say that it met and exceeded my expectations. I strongly recommend this camp to anyone who is looking to start surfing or to progress his surfing level. No matter how high that is.

João is a top class surfer, and, most of all, he is a great instructor.

His groups are usually small (around 4 people), and he provides top notch equipment, including boards, wetsuit and even a poncho. During the class, he will give customized feedback to each person. He will push you to improve your technique, showing you what is your next goal. If he thinks you are ready, he will start teaching you new skills, moving you on different boards and so on. João will push you in the waves if needed, teach you how to catch them on your own and, at the occurrence, he will demonstrate - and it is powerful. He will show you what you were supposed to do, surfing the waves with the same board you had, exactly how he teaches you to do it.

I had several surfing classes before and I can say with confidence that João is the best surf instructor I came across, and by far.

On top of that, João is very friendly and approachable both inside and outside the water. He suggested some places to eat and he even took time to hang out with us to have a Francesinha all together.

I could not have been more happy with this surf camp!!

Erin Pickard

from United Kingdom, August 2022

"The best trip ever "

Joãs is the most kind, funny and caring person, he is an amazing surf teacher and goes above and beyond to make the trip as best as possible.

Joãs is outstanding at what he does and I feel very lucky to have been able to surf with him. It’s a trip of a life time which I would encourage everyone to go on.

Yoga with Pedro was a delight, both in the park and in the studio. Pedro explains the purpose of yoga so passionately, his positive energy is reflected in the practice. The best yoga instructor I have ever had, I can’t wait to continue practising now I am home.

Tommaso Freda

from Italy, August 2022

"The best to start surfing with"

An excellent instructor and friend when needed. Joao turned out to be a rare form of human being to be preserved.

Max Griesbaum

from Netherlands, August 2022

"7 days that went by way too fast"

The surfing was always very close to where we lived, everyone we were in contact with (Joao, Eugenio, Monica, Pedro) were super nice. The surfing was more like coaching, very personal and I could really learn a lot of technique from it. We always had top notch equipment and the other people who joined were also super nice.

Zwenneken Harbers

from Netherlands, July 2022

"Great experience to learn how to surf"

We stayed with João for one week and had 6 days of surfing booked. The whole experience was great! The guesthouse we stayed in was clean with great beds, a large modern bathroom and a fridge to store food/drinks. The breakfast was also good. In addition, the surfing experience was great! I had never surfed before this but João is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher. He will really point out how you should work on your technique and will show you what you are doing right and wrong. If you are looking for an honest and passionate teacher, then João is the one! He will also take you to beaches that are not so busy and looks for the best waves rather than staying in one spot. Also, he is very accommodating and will help you out with anything you need - he showed us 2 lovely restaurants where we had dinner with the whole group and we all went into Porto together.

Overall, the experience was amazing and we would definitely come back again for some more lessons and fun!

Larissa Zweigle

from Germany, July 2022

"It was great!!! "

The Surf Camp was an absolutely great experience and i would always come back! Can highly recommend! João and Pedro are both great teacher and are really nice 😊

Carolin Chorzelewski

from Germany, July 2022

"Awesome couple of days"

My friends and I had a fantastic time with Joao and Pedro. Joao really goes above and beyond for his guests, trying to make them feel as comfortable as possible. He is an amazing surf teacher, we saw improvements right away. The yoga sessions with Pedro in the evenings were bliss. He pushes you to challenge yourself in every class, and you will leave feeling super calm and grounded. All in all, we can highly recommend staying with Joao and Pedro!

David Marton

from United Kingdom, June 2022

"Amazing experience"

This was my second time surfing with João but definitely not the last one. Just like before it was an amazing experience. He takes warmup seriously and makes sure everyone is familiar enough with the basic technique before going to the water. He pays attention to everyone, points out things to improve and also makes sure to help out if somone is stuck or not feeling that they're progressing. Accommodation is very close to the beach and I really liked that I didn't have to carry any keys on me.

I hope I'll have a chance to come back and surf with João again soon. :)


from Slovenia, June 2022

The surfing lessons were amazing.

Selina Pun

from United Kingdom, June 2022

"Highly recommend "

Had an amazing time in Porto. I booked the surf camp where I had 3 surf lessons in the morning and yoga in the evening. Joao is an amazing instructor. He’s so encouraging and always push you to do your best. He is also very accommodating with your requests and helps you with any of your query not only just surf related but anything else to do in and around Porto.

If you are planning to go surf I highly recommend yoga with Pedro as well. After such a hard and tiring surfing you need yoga and Pedro is a perfect yoga instructor. He’s ever so calm with so much patience. He’s very attentive and it is also worth mentioning that even his soothing voice will make your body feel relaxed.

Arne Schoenmaker

from Netherlands, June 2022

"Really passionate people"

If you want to learn how surf properly and in a small group, this suits you!

Sleeping in a dorm, early surfing and chill and yoga afterwards. I loved it.

Banita Ramchurun

from United Kingdom, May 2022

"A wonderful experience!"

Joao was an excellent host and instructor. He made me feel very welcome and was extremely helpful to provide me with all of the information I needed for my trip. He is one of the best surf instructors I have been with as he is patient and expertly skilled, giving context and feedback to improve my development. He also provided useful information and great tips for places to eat and visit while in Porto, and went over and beyond to make everything as smooth as possible. Highly recommend!

Jessica Krahl

from Germany, May 2022

"Nixe surf days near Porto "

Joao is very kind and friendly Coach. He is also very skilled and knows how to Teich. It Was my first time Surfing and after 5 hours spending with Him i am now confident abou5 the Essentials. He was also carrying about me After the surfing and prepared some City guides. And i really liked that He was always taking pictures to Show your mistakes and also progress.

The Hostel was quiet but also close to the beach.

I had a really good time there! Thanks a lot to Joao:))

Frank Robbers

from Spain, May 2022

"Matosinhos City Surf Camp"

Probably the best surf teacher I will ever meet.

His knowledge of the ocean and his endless patience are outstanding.

Thanks a million, Joāo!

Vanessa Reber

from Switzerland, April 2022

Surfing with João was so much fun!! He is an excellent teacher/motivator and really helps you develop based on your strengths. João also makes sure the groups are small enough so he can really focus on helping you making progress. On top of that the yoga sessions with Pedro, who does an excellent job teaching both English and Portuguese, in the evenings are such a nice way to tune into your body to feel refreshed for the next surf session in the mornings (+ the yoga studio is super nice!). Also the guesthouse is conveniently located surrounded by many shops/restaurants and clean. Thank you both to João and Pedro for making this stay unforgettable! :) I’ll be back!

Janine Steba

from Netherlands, April 2022

"Formidabele dagen in Porto!"

Veel plussen voor zowel de surf- als de yoga docent. Beiden hebben geduld, gaven persoonlijke aandacht en kunnen op een mooie manier coachen en motiveren. De betrokkenheid is zeer groot van beide heren. Ze zijn respectvolle en warme mensen en kunnen goed meedenken.

Mooie combo surfen en yoga. Het onderbouwt elkaar.

Dikke 10+ voor Pedro, João, Bruno (beheerder locatie Fishtail) en Paula!

Maddie Wake

from United Kingdom, November 2021

"Fantastic experience, location, people and value!"

The surf and yoga coaching were amazing, João and Pedro were so generous and fun and made it such a warm experience. They gave us lots of tips for enjoying the city, and Matosinhos is a brilliant location with lots of great places to eat, cool shops and bars, right next to the beach with a nice chilled vibe, but just a very short and easy bus ride into central Porto. Their Instagram guides for things to see and do in Porto are really useful too. Overall a great mix of surfing and relaxing to see the city, and we felt really looked after for the whole week. Will definitely be visiting again. Thanks again guys!! xx

Jessica Gordon

from United Kingdom, October 2021

"Joāo was magic! "

This far exceeded my expectations and I will return as soon as I can. Joāo was amazing and pushed me outside my comfort zone which was exactly what I came for. I can’t thank him or this site enough for helping me find such an awesome set up.

Melinda Stucki

from Switzerland, September 2021

"I highly recommend the yoga & surf retreat in Porto"

I truly enjoyed my 11 days in Porto (Matosinhos) and can highly recommend both instructors, Pedro (Yoga) and Joao (Surfing). Both of them were kind, supportive and professional and I enjoyed all the lessons with them.

Joao drove us students to different beaches depending on the waves and he adjusted his program accordingly.

Pedro also aligned his teaching when one was tired or injured etc., which I highly appreciated.

The hostel is very close to the beach, restaurants, public transport and one could easily walk everywhere.

Overall, I enjoyed my stay and can highly recommend this retreat.

Peter Mamojka

from Czechia, September 2021

"Surfing in Porto its like 2in1, but in positives"

Beautifull city center near the corner and the best fish restaurants all around you. Sand Beach is excelent for beginners, easy to get in to the watter and also easy to rest if needed.


from Germany, September 2021

"Excellent! No more words needed "

It was a nice and funny time with great teaching. There was a huge progress in my surfing skills due to the good course!


from Netherlands, September 2021

Going to the best spot everyday, being pushed to give everything, flexible options to add yoga for example

Philipp Maas

from Germany, September 2021

"Perfekter Einstieg in die Surfwelt"

Jao ist ein perfekter Surflehrer, welcher einen fordert. Die Lage des Apartments ist perfekt!

Eneri Abeti

from Italy, August 2021

"Enthusiastic and happy for everything! "

We had a great experience in Matosinhos with Joao! It was our first time surfing and we couldn't expect anything better. Joao is very friendly, patient and very passionate about teaching surfing even to the beginners. He taught us the basis, then helped us in the water in order to have fun but always taking care of our safety. Can't wait to practise again! 🧡


from Germany, August 2021

"Best surf school in Porto"

João , our teacher is super amazing.

He is very enthsiastic to teach surfing even for beginners. Also i like his way of teaching focused on real basic things.

The best part of his session is that he always looking for the best surf spot for the day which normal Matosinhos surf school is nor providing this kind of service.

I want to have next surf class with him again.

Allegra Marini

from Italy, August 2021

"Super duper experience with the nicest people!"

Highly recommended instructors who help you to improve day by day. All the camp is well organized, and they always try to meet people needs. I will come back for sure!

Nan Nan

from Germany, August 2021

"Nice coaching, but..."

1. The schedule is pretty flexible, The coach had no problem letting me arrange my surfing lesson days based on my need.

2. Yoga in the big park is interesting.

3. The coach is good at finding your surfing bad habit and correct it

4. The coach is in general a nice person, most of the time the atmosphere was good.

5. The accommodation is close to the beach/Lidl and also quite convenient to go to Porto, and facility(kitchen/bathroom/balcony) is nice.

6. The surfing equipments have good quality.

============= A lot of good things, however... ============

I have tried to calm myself for a week so that I could give the fair comment, because I was full of negative emotion at the last day due to some conversation with the coach, here is what happened:

I had 3-days-surfing-lesson package, and everything went fine in the first 2 days. Thanks to the good coaching, I improved myself, I was happy and I wanted to try some different board on my last day. The coach double confirmed with me that he can offer me a different board, and fully at my own risk, and I surely agreed.

On the last day, I was excited to try the different surfboard but could not take off at all because I am too heavy or/and just not good enough. I went to the coach for some suggestion, and the only reply I got was: "I have no tips for you", "I told you, at your own risk", "I am not a magician, I can not make you good enough to surf the board in one day" in a very moody way.

Natalia Wiśniewska

from Portugal, August 2021

I'm very happy that i took my first surfing lessons here.João teaches with patience and really motivate students to surfing.


from France, August 2021

"An excellent experience! "

Joao is a very good teacher! You can clearly see his experience. If you really want to learn or improve, this is the place. For me, it was my first try but if I want to return, for sure I’ll choose the same surf camp!

Agata Silvan

from Denmark, August 2021

"Excellent experience!"

João has been an excellent instructor and was there for any help we needed during our trip. I highly recommend him and we will be happy to come back in the future! :)


from Switzerland, August 2021

"All great, great place, great folks and cool locations"

All great


from France, July 2021

"If you really whant to lear take Joao lessons"

I enjoyed very much the surf lessons with Joao. He is an excellent instructor. We passed a lot of time in the water and we were a small group. Joao chooses the bests spots to surf. There was a very nice atmosphere all the time.

I also liked very much the yoga lesson that they propose as extra activity, it goes great after a surf day.

Angelos Vlatakis

from United Kingdom, June 2021

"A once-in-a-lifetime experience!"

Joao is not only a very experienced surf instructor, but also a great host that takes cares of his guests. The accommodation is located very close to the beach and has direct access to the city centre. Joao treated us as his friends and I would definitely recommend this experience to everyone! Thanks for everything!


from Netherlands, June 2021

"Top notch teaching"

If you are dedicated to truly learn give it your all to surf during your trip, than João can take your surf game to a new level. He will have constructive feedback on every wave you take, starting with the basics but as soon as you got a grip on that he will shift to understanding the waves, the timing and get more advanced understanding of surfing. From a beginner level all the way up to a pro level.

Kia Hampel

from Germany, June 2021

"Loved it!"

I made so much progress surfing in a short period of time. Joao is a great teacher! Also liked the yoga a lot, I am quite advanced and felt that I was challenged in the class which is always nice.

Amber Lakeman

from Switzerland, June 2021

"100% recommendation for surfing in Porto"

I have joined for 5 days and had a wonderful time: as a beginner, I have been instructed and guided very well (position, do’s / don’ts, safety, etc) but was also given the courage to try it out myself - and succeeded! There was good communication, a lot of flexibility and was very happy it was just a small group of other people. Because of this, there was a nice, relaxed and personal ambiance + a tailored approach for everyone. I felt that João really monitored my every day progress very closely, gave me a lot of attention during the lesson in the water but also after each session gave a short summary of the things that went well / could be improved for the next day.

Next to the surfing, the additional service from Surf Coaching Porto was amazing: João recommended and showed a lot of local things to do and visit, arranged the transfers and was always reachable for questions.

Also the yoga lessons (that were scheduled in the evening) were very beneficial and were a good addition.

All with all a great experience I would highly recommend for everyone that wants to start or improve their surfing skills in Porto!

Maria Hristova

from Bulgaria, June 2021

"Nice spot, smooth organization"

I like that we had a daily routine and in this way we could experience different state of the tide every day. The group was always small, nice mix of foreigner and local women.

Minna Mustikka

from Finland, May 2021


This trip was one of the best experiences I've ever had! I felt very welcome and the atmosphere was always relaxed, caring and friendly - all the credit to João. Both João and Pedro are world class in their profession, and their enthusiasm and love for their work was evident from the first second. Not to mention how incredibly lovely persons they both are!

João revealed the secrets of surfing to me in a skilled, patient and safe way, without forgetting laughter and relaxing. His attention to detail is pristine, and I really felt the classes are just not another "tourist ride", but proper coaching with passion and goals (and always adjusted to the wishes of the client). His knowledge on the sport, as well as the constantly changing environment of the sea are amazing.

Pedro's yoga classes provided an excellent balance with the surf - both my body and mind were grateful after every single lesson. I have never received such individual attention and teaching in yoga lessons, and one's personal strengths and weaknesses were always taken into consideration. The windy weather did not allow training outdoors, but I didn't mind at all as the studio is beautiful, very clean and filled with good spirits.

My accommodation was next door to the Fishtail Sea House: a beautiful, tastefully decorated room with lots of light. The location is perfect - you can find everything you need effortlessly.

I wouldn't change a thing and would go straight back if only I could!

Thank you ever so much!!!

Amal Mathew

from Germany, May 2021

"one word - Amazing"

João Is the best coach anyone could ask for . I came with absolutely no surfing the experience and João laid down the bsciad for me so well that I'm sure that I can take it with me anywhere I go.

He is the right combination of uncompromising with the technique and not forgetting to let you have fun .

amazing experience and I will be back again to train under him.

worth every penny !

Reut Nahum

from Switzerland, May 2021

"The best in Porto!"

João is very professional and experienced coach. I felt very lucky to have his coaching and learn surfing with him. The accommodation and all of the overall experience was amazing and I am highly recommend it. Wouldn’t choose another option in Porto.

Meike Bernert

from Netherlands, October 2020

"When energies meet... "

My trip to Porto will always have a place in my heart. Being a big kite surf lover and a recent surf beginner in the Netherlands with not the best surf conditions, I doubted that I could ever become equally addicted to surfing. However, João’s passion totally rubbed off on me and has definitely made me become hooked to surfing. Every single day, he has a 100% focus on every single surfer in the group and tries to push everyone’s limit in a way the individual allows it. Whether I had challenging waves (Maceda), less energy (2nd session on the same day), João’s drive and motivation pushed me to the limits. I loved it.

The vibe in the group was always awesome.

In line with the conditions, we also discovered beautiful and more remote spots, which were totally worth the trip.

Next to surfing, João was a great host, inspired me to go to yoga classes (opening my eyes to a new world as well), showed us around in Porto and went to different restaurants with us.

The accommodation is a really nice place; friendly staff, clean rooms and very central.

One recommendation: it’d be great to offer separate groups for beginners and intermediaries.

Katja Bekasova

from Netherlands, September 2020

"The trip of a lifetime!"

This trip was honestly everything I could have wished for, and more. I did not know what to expect and was a bit nervous traveling on my own, but starting from the very first evening when I joined the group at a restaurant straight from the airport, I felt at home. João is such an amazing host, he is very caring, making sure you have everything you need, and providing you with the best experience ever. João's surf classes are top notch, I had zero experience before this trip and after those 11 days I spent in Porto I feel I have improved a great deal and definitely lost my heart to surfing. João brought us to the most amazing places, wonderful beaches, and secret spots, and it was just perfect! You are so wonderful, thank you João!

My experience would not have been the same if it wasn't for Pedro's yoga classes. I've been doing yoga for half of my life, but I haven't felt this way about it in a long time, the way I felt after Pedro's classes. He is such an amazing teacher, sharing his wonderful energy with all the students in his class, and being able to find a personal approach to everyone. The classes made me so, so, so happy. Obrigada, Pedro!

The guesthouse is a lovely place, the rooms are clean and you have everything you need for the stay. The location is amazing, Matosinhos is such a cool place to be, and the whole vacation was such a marvelous experience and I will never ever forget it. If you are hesitating - don't. This trip is the best gift you can give yourself.

Mihir Parekh

from United Kingdom, September 2020

"A laid back experience with lots of time on the water!"

João was a great instructor. He's laid back but will push you to make the most of the lessons so you have the best experience. He also kindly drove us into Porto to try the local francesinha and was a great way to get to know the other surfers. The hostel was also clean and a short walk from the beach.

Jiuting Sun

from Germany, September 2020

"Excellent surfing experience "

João is such a good coach and friend. Always in small groups and he will drive you to amazing and local surfing spots rather than the tourist popular beaches. He also takes good care of everyone, introduces local restaurants, pick-up and sends me from and to the airport. I'm looking forward to joining this next summer as well.

Nicolo Maranzana

from Italy, September 2020

I decided to get the package: 4 nights/ 3 Lessons....after the first Lesson with Joao i immediately asked him to add more lessons! Joao is a great teacher for every level of surfing: perfect if you want to start for the first time, perfect if you want to reach the next level! Very helpful with us. He also picked me up from/to the Airport and suggested the best places to visit and restaurants. Thanks Joao!! About the Guest house: clean and close the beach for surfing and chilling! Modern and comfortable beds. About Yoga lessons: very good after surfing. I really suggest the Experience with surf coaching Porto!

Lizzy T

August 2020

I enjoyed the yoga and the surfing. Pedro and Joao are both great and enthusiastic teachers.

Marco Barbarossa

from Italy, August 2020


I couldn't have made a better choice than to spend a week with João to learn surfing and have a great time!

The Surf House - which is a nice hostel with also other customers not related to the surf coaching experience - is located in Matosinhos, very close to the beautiful city of Porto. Every morning João will come outside the hostel to bring you in the best spots for surfing, not crowded and with good waves. The afternoon is free for doing what you like: lay down in the really close beach, or explore the sorrounding Porto area. Also Yoga classes are available every day and more experiences as well, such us having a dinner with the surf crew in some of the best local restaurants!

I have found the experience better than expected and João the best coach you could possibly have!! If you are reading this and you are in doubt if to book or not, my reccomandation is to not think twice! This experience is absolutelly worth the price and you'll have the possibility to really learn well how to surf with João, beside having a great time in his company.

Tetiana Leshchuk

from Ireland, August 2020

"Surf and yoga is an amazing mix!"

First of all, I want to express my gratitude for Pedro's yoga sessions here, they literally made me the happiest!

It was a great experience, and I'm sure I'll continue learning surfing after these 3 days. Coach João was trying to do everything to make sure we enjoy our time and I'm thankful for his patience especially!

Every surfing and yoga session was right on time, the commute was efficient and we were provided with all needed stuff like wetsuits, ponchos, etc.

Oxana Trebuch

from Germany, July 2020


We had the most amazing time at the surf lessons and in the beautiful guest house. João is a great and experienced teacher, who wants you to do your best every day. He was always available, told us the best places to visit and drove us to amazing surf and food spots.

Katja Caspers

from Germany, June 2020

"High-level surf experience"

After having daily surf lessons with Joao for almost a week he put my surfing skills and perspective on a whole new level.

I went from beginner, who liked to surf in white waves, to intermediate, who is more comfortable with green waves. He took me out of my comfort zone and made me push myself harder. Joao is a high-level coach, who is professional from the second you meet him. He paid attention to every detail and analyzed my style of surfing to understand each of my moves and give me the best advice to improve. In the water he was always by my side helping me to catch the waves, motivate me and take great pictures with his GoPro. :)

Thank you for putting so much work into me, I´ll be back for sure!


from Portugal, June 2019

"Nice stay for those who want to explore on their own"

The rooms and decor were absolutely gorgeous!