Exciting Surf Camp in Portugal

Join The Surf Experience family on an exciting surf camp in Portugal! Combining a kickass rock and roll surf holiday, you can meet other like-minded individuals and enjoy a soulful break mixed with yoga and other activities. The Surf Experience will bring you to explore Portugal's southwestern surfing Mecca and offer you the best waves on any given day for whatever level you are, from beginner to advanced, with or without equipment. Have the best surfing break of your life with The Surf Experience!

Highlights

  • Surfing lessons
  • Board hire including wetsuits
  • Complimentary yoga and surfari weeks on certain dates
  • Beach transfers in 4x4 vehicle
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Homemade lunches
  • Breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, English
The maximum participants in the group is 7

Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$70 per person)

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Accommodation

The Surf House

The Surf House is an adapted townhouse in the heart of beautiful, exciting Lagos. The house is social, full of features, and has cool decor. The property offers comfortable rooms, large modern kitchen, daily maid service, large lounge, free Wi-Fi, digital entertainment system, stylish decor, boardroom, and two huge terraces with barbecue area.

Traditional Pensäo

Traditional Pensäo is 90 seconds away from The Surf House in a centrally located, quiet street. The property offers private rooms, en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, daily maid service, and use of all Surf House facilities.

The Surf Experience Portugal Surf Camp Program

Normally, everyone will be eating breakfast from around 09:00 and the first trucks will start to drive out from 09:15. The Surf Experience aims to get classes two times a day for two hours, each either side of lunch. Surf safari is a little more ad-lib. The usual meeting time is around 19:30 for you all to go for dinner.

Yoga

The Surf Experience regards both Igor and Jenny and their friends are lucky to have two such distinguished yoga masters giving you their time. They run very specific yoga weeks for healing, classic, and private retreats but in true Surf Experience style, The Surf Experience has requested a more relaxed style to appeal to both first-timers and experienced - bringing all the crew together in a different environment. This is also adapted to the end-of-the-day work down after a great day of surfing. Igor himself surfs and knows the benefits and vibe for all you surf exxers. The outdoor sessions are reserved for the Mad to Live Retreat weeks but all regular free weeks are taken around the corner from all accommodation at Lagos's classic old theatre house.

Surfari

The Surf Experience will have selected weeks either side of summer whereby one Land Rover heads out with only one target - score the best waves possible. Although The Surf Experience does their very best to separate surfers, intermediates, and beginners whenever possible throughout the year, sometimes it becomes a little challenging. So, these weeks are created for you as a surfer to aim for as an absolute guarantee you will have a dedicated driver and guide to go surf with for every day of a specific week. There is no extra charge on these weeks and loaded separately with the same amazing trademark surf ex-lunches.

You will be filmed at least three times over the week and can view at your pleasure after the day. Basic pointers are given and also a great way for you to grade yourselves on the Iambands scales. This could bring you to the ultimate week The Surf Experience has created alongside Lamiroy Surf Academy at the end of the year. On request, The Surf Experience can bring a professional surf photographer on one of the days, which is highly recommended.

Instructors

Millie Wilkins
Millie grew up landlocked but Cornwall has been home for the last few years. She stopped off at Surf Ex during a road trip and by the time she made it home, she was pretty much booking her flight back out for the season. She learned to surf in St Agnes when she was 15 years old. Millie has been working as an instructor in Portugal for a year and a half.
Mark Windsor
Mark Windsor was from Cornwall and he came to Lagos on a surf holiday and came again a few times and decided the sun and heat are better than the clouds and cold.
Sarah Hardie
Sarah Hardie was from Swansea, South Wales. She had a surf holiday here in Lagos back in 2012, and she thought ten days just was not enough. Sarah learned to surf at Llangennith beach when she was 18 years old. She has been working as an instructor in Portugal for three years.
Sophie Everard
Sophie Everard is a fitness instructor, lifestyle expert, Roxy ambassador, free-surfer, and adventure-nut. She is the host for The Surf Experience.
Rui
Rui is a surf instructor for The Surf Experience.
Igor
Igor has always been fascinated by big words, freedom, and goodness especially. What does it mean to be free and be a good person? He now knows that while the answer to those two questions cannot be known but must be felt, the questioning itself is a powerful force that gives his life meaning and direction. Being able to question life without anxiety opens him to meet the experience with a child’s curiosity and keeps him present.
Jenny
Jenny did her first meditation retreat when she was 22 and she understood that she was not alone in her pain, that she was ultimately responsible for her own happiness. Many years later, she has chewed, swallowed, and occasionally spit out many teachings and ideas but she is still fascinated by what, why, and how she does it and what happens next.
Aaron
Aaron is a surf coach.

Location

The Surf Experience is located in the beautiful old Portuguese town of Lagos, Portugal with a lot to offer. The Surf House is located in the heart of town, so whatever you are in the mood for is just outside your door. You can enjoy delicious food served in a massive choice of restaurants, great nightlife until late in the many bars and clubs, chill and get a tan on the beautiful beaches, or relax and watch the world go by in the cafes.

Nearby locations

  • Batata Beach - 5 minutes
  • Meia Praia - 10 minutes
  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 45 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room
  • Room cleaning

Food

The Surf Experience has always had a massive emphasis on food, but Rachel Snow has taken this to a stratospheric level. The Surf Experience and you, as a guest, are super lucky to have her on board. She has real dedication to create the food, find local produce, local support, plus nutrition. The everyday lunches and surf house dinners twice a week are beyond restaurant level and all part of any surf experience. People often ask about the most important thing a surf camp can provide. The answer is food.

The Surf Experience can cater for special diets upon request. Veggies and vegans can be catered for lunch. The Surf Experience also does their best to work around food allergies, such as nuts or seafood, etc. Again, please remind The Surf Experience when you get here. Please remind about this on arrival and be sure to have any emergency treatments on hand if you ingest the wrong food type. If you want specialty foods like soya / almond milk, gluten-free bread, etc., there is a mini market close by that has a section selling those kinds of items.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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)

  • Diving
  • Dolphin watching
  • Horseriding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage therapy
  • Mountain biking
  • Stand up paddleboarding

What's included

  • Surfing lessons / tuition / tips
  • Board hire including wetsuits
  • Complimentary yoga and surfari weeks on certain dates
  • 4 x 4 beach transfer
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Homemade lunches

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Evening dinners

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Please forward your flight details, and The Surf Experience will happily pick you up from the airport, then drive you to Lagos into the awaiting arms of The Surf Experience! The cost is 60 EUR for one person each way. If there are two of you, it costs 40 EUR per person each way. If you are traveling in a group of three or more people, the transfer costs 30 EUR per person each way.

Due to the current condition of Faro Airport (FAO), there is a new meeting place. This year, The Surf Experience would like to get you to the beach as soon as possible so upon arrival, look out for Ross as you come through arrivals. He will be holding a 'Surf Experience' sign next to the bathrooms. The Surf Experience normally can anticipate any early or late arrivals, but in any eventuality, please wait around in that area.

For a group of four or more, you can book via the Lagos Portugal website. When booking through the Lagos website, four people can be transferred for just 78 EUR. That is just 19.50 EUR each. With even more people, the price comes right down to 10 EUR each.

Arrival by bus

You can book a minibus transfer with Resorthoppa. The transfers vary in price throughout the year. Their online booking system will give you a quote.

Arrival by train

This is the cheapest option with the train, fair at 7 EUR each way. You will need a taxi from the airport to the train station at about 5-6 EUR.

Arrival by taxi

You can catch a taxi directly from Faro Airport (FAO). But at 110 - 140 EUR, this is not a cheap option. Alternatively, you can use your Uber app to get a ride. It will be a bunch cheaper than a taxi.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$70 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% 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 all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season
  • November 1 - March 31
Mid season
  • April 1 - June 30
  • October 1 - 31
High season
  • July 1 - September 30

You can do yoga for free on the following dates:

  • February 26 - March 2
  • March 17 - 21
  • April 16 - 20
  • May 21 - 25
  • June 11 - 15
  • July 16 - 20
  • August 13 - 17
  • September 10 - 14
  • September 17 - 21
  • October 1 - 5
  • October 22 - 26

You can join surfari for free on the following dates:

    • March 17 - 24
    • April 21 - 28
    • May 12 - 19
    • June 16 - 23
    • September 8 - 15
    • October 20 - 27

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