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Intermediate Surf Camp Portugal

Intermediate difficulty
Instruction in English
All meals included
Airport transfer available

This intermediate surf camp by Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge is perfect for you in a surfing rut or looking to progress your surfing in time for winter adventures in the southern hemisphere. This camp is also for you who'd like to learn how to read forecasts and choose the best spot for your level. Also, if you’d like, you can learn more about surf etiquette so you can surf independently with confidence. This camp is yours to enjoy!

Highlights

  • 5 yoga sessions with Miri
  • Stand up paddleboard lesson
  • 5 full days of surfing with 10 lessons
  • 2 dedicated intermediate surf lessons per day
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • 5 days of board and wetsuit rental
  • 1 to 4 coach to student ratio
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$31 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi

Tiny Whale Surf Lodge hosts not only for surfers but also a wide selection of people from all over the world that share a common passion for getting active outside and trying something new. You never know who you're going to meet and which new passion you might fall in love with. Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge is set in the beautiful countryside offering a tranquil escape in nature voted as the world's best holiday destination in 2014. With fantastic restaurants and a great range of bars and lively nightlife, staying at Tiny Whales Surf Lodge truly gives you the best of both worlds.

The lodge has a beautiful pool and garden, vast orange groves, in-house bar, plenty of hammocks and communal spaces, free Wi-Fi, and a beautiful garden yoga studio. Fully run and managed by the Jah Shaka Team, you’ll enjoy the great social atmosphere they’re famous for and have a choice of private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, private rooms, luxury bell tents, and a shared dorm providing something for every budget.

Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge is ideal for couples, families, groups of friends, and solo travelers looking for a little more space but wanting to enjoy the type of social atmosphere of a surf camp venue with better quality service and accommodation.

Facilities

  • Orange grooves and apple orchards
  • Alfresco dining areas
  • Cactus pool-side bar
  • Hidden garden yoga studio
  • Fantastic en-suite bedrooms and luxury teepees
  • Extra beds and children's bunks available for a surcharge
  • Towels and crisp white linen
  • Use of all the lodge facilities
  • Surf lessons pick up and drop offs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Reception and activity desk

Program

During this retreat, you will be guided by Ines Tralha, a passionate surfer, and experienced surf coach. Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge limits the week to just 8 spots so that they can make sure you have plenty of one to one tuition. Before you book in, they'll chat about your surf level and experience. This means they can group you with other women of the same level, so you can all truly progress throughout the week.

You will start the week with a video coaching session. You’ll receive an individualized plan and targets for the week. With plenty of in-water tuition and further video coaching in the week, the proven training plan will fast-track your surfing in just one week. You will also have lessons in reading forecasts, choosing the right beach based on conditions and you’ll build the confidence to surf independently on future trips.

During this retreat, you will learn about surfing's positioning. The key is to understanding the correct position in the lineup to get great waves and abide by surf etiquette. Then, you will improve your paddling technique and learn how to spot channels for paddling out back. Through this camp, you will understand which waves to go for and riding down the line to perfecting your takeoff so you don't catch the wave straight into the shore.

The next thing is learning how to start working on top and bottom turns or improve your current technique. This camp will also help you to learn to read surf forecasts and choose the right spot for your level. With this surf camp, you will also understand about the cardio and strength training you can do to improve your surf sessions.

Teaching Methods

  • Structured step-by-step course
  • Personalized program for each surfer’s requirements
  • Surf theory classes
  • In-water coaching
  • High focus on video coaching
  • Muscle memory training
  • On land carving skate sessions

Week objectives

  • Get out back: How to spot and use channels and rips
  • Paddling: Technique, posture, speed, and control
  • Ride down the line: Angled take offs, going left and right
  • Turns: Top and bottom turns, cutbacks
  • Video coaching: Every day where possible
  • Ocean knowledge: Reading conditions, catch more waves
  • Surf forecasts: Reading surf reports
  • Boards: Design, try a range of different hard boards
  • Independence: Feel confident surfing on your own

Yoga

Compliment your surf tuition with daily yoga classes lead by Miri, Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge's highly experienced and well-loved yoga Instructor. The sunrise yoga session before breakfast is an energizing and power session, focusing on building strength, working on balance, and setting you up for a day of surfing.

The sunset sessions are all about unwinding. It is a gentle flow class, perfect for stretching out sore surf muscles. Optional guided meditation at the end of each session is also available. Miri’s yoga classes are dynamic and great for all levels.

Instructors

Ines Tralha
Ines is a passionate surfer with over 16 years of advanced surf coaching experience and she will guide the intermediate lessons.
Miri
Miri is Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge's highly experienced and well-loved yoga instructor.

Location

Bursting with the sunshine and known for it's laid-back lifestyle, the Western Algarve is the perfect holiday destination to unwind and recharge with some deserved rest and recuperation. Whether you achieve this by exploring the fantastic culture and unspoiled countryside, chilling out and catching some waves at some of Europe's most stunning beaches, or want to find adventure taking part in the endless outdoor activities on offer, the choice is yours.

Well away from the mainstream Eastern Algarve international tour operators, the West has largely stayed underdeveloped and still retains its natural charm. Traveling just half an hour from either the south or west coast up through the countryside to the Monchique mountain at 1000 meters, the whole area is speckled with small villages and towns with one foot in past. You can find traditional coffee shops, bakers, fresh produce from local producers and artisan craftsmen all selling their wares. Don't miss out on the local cuisine of this area either with a cataplana (fresh fish stew), barbecued sardines and a pastilla de nata for dessert.

Nearby places

  • Lagos - 5 minutes by car

Food

Daily delicious surfer breakfasts with pancakes, fresh fruit, muesli, and freshly baked bread, healthy beach lunches, and dinners in-house (two with wine) are all included in the package.

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:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Bom Dia trip
  • Booze cruise
  • Buggies riding
  • Climbing
  • Coasteering
  • Diving
  • Dolphin safari
  • Fishing
  • Flyboarding
  • Grotto tours
  • Horse riding
  • Inflatables
  • Jet skiing
  • Justing West surf coaching
  • Kayaking
  • Kids' surf lesson
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Paintballing
  • Papagio powerkite
  • Quad biking
  • Sailing
  • Skydiving
  • SUP lessons and tours along the south coast
  • Vagabundo tours
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water skiing
  • West Coast adventures
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 5 full days of surfing with 10 lessons from professional instructors
  • Surf theory lessons
  • Stand up paddleboard lesson
  • 5 yoga sessions with Miri in the yoga garden
  • Equipment needed throughout the trip
  • Tour of the local grottos and caves
  • Video coaching sessions and photo of the week to keep
  • 7 delicious breakfasts
  • 5 beach lunches
  • 5 delicious dinners in-house (2-course meals with wine)
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional yoga sessions
  • Transfers from Faro Airport (FAO)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airports are Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), Seville Airport (SVQ), and Faro Airport (FAO). Direct airport transfers are the easiest option to get to Tiny Whale and on the whole are only slightly more expensive than public transport.

Transfers are not included in the price, but it can be arranged before your travel date so you know someone will be there waiting for you at the airport. Tiny Whale Surf and Kite Lodge has a special discounted rate for their providers from Faro Airport (FAO) for 54 EUR (27 EUR each way for a shared shuttle).

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$31 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% 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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