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8 Days Green Wave Week Intermediate and Advanced Surf Camp in Bensafrim, Portugal

Tiny Whale Surf Lodge, Lot 276 and 279, Colinas Verdes, Bensafrim, Lagos, Portugal

Intermediate and Advanced Surf Camp in Portugal

Intermediate difficulty
Maximum 12 participants
All meals included

This is a course designed to make you a more complete all round surfer, this is a week where surfing comes first. Strategically placed in April, May, and October, the Green Wave weeks take place right when Portugal's best waves hit. If you can pop up and ride unbroken waves without being guided, you are definitely ready for this course!

Highlights

  • 2 surf-inspired yoga sessions
  • 5 carefully structured surfing days
  • Daily video coaching, surf and ocean theory
  • Pool technique lessons and surf-skate sessions
  • ISA Level Two coaching based on your individual surfing goals
  • Transport to the best beaches each day and all the surf equipment you'll need
  • 7 healthy breakfasts, 5 beach picnics, and 5 delicious three-course dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Free Wi-Fi

Something Tiny Whale Surf's long list of happy returning customers can vouch for is their mission to have you feeling at home and as comfortable as possible during your stay. Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple, family, or with a group of friends Tiny Whale Surf has plenty of options to suit.

Rooms

All Tiny Whale Surf's room options, which include shared, private and private ensuite all come with everything you’ll need to be comfortable during your stay. All options include fresh linen and towels along with a few finishing touches like cozy blankets, extra cushions and candles for that homely feel.

Facilities

The lodge is set in a peaceful rural setting. Its large gardens offer an outdoor pool, jacuzzi, secluded yoga space, dining area, table tennis table, bar and lounge area with fire pit.

The right hand border of the garden is home to the board & wetsuit shack as well as the lodge chickens, a firm favourite of pretty much every Tiny Whale guest!

Program

Who's the week for

If you can pop up and ride unbroken waves without being guided, you’re ready for this course. Build your water confidence, read surf forecasts well, understand trimming, and learn your first proper turns and cutbacks. Greenwave weeks are all about progressing and learning new skills to help you get the most out of surfing.

High level coaching

Coaching is broken down into easy to digest detailed chunks. Learning and progression are the goals, and you can expect a variety of teaching methods, including theory lessons, carving skate sessions, muscle memory exercises, in water instruction, and a large chunk of video coaching.

Teaching methods

  • Structured step-by-step course
  • Personalized program for each surfer's individual 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

Conditions and waves

Spring and autumn bring better swell, less wind, and quiet beaches in the Algarve, meaning great wave conditions. Tiny Whale Surf Lodge is located close to a large range of beaches on both the South Coast - with swell from the Gulf of Cádiz - and the South-West coast - with swell from the North Atlantic Ocean.

All of the above, combined with Tariq’s (our Head Surf Coach) intricate knowledge of local surf spots and his dedication to get you out at peak condition times each day mean that you will experience the best waves possible on your course.

Typical day

The tide is looking just right later in the day, so you will start with a leisurely breakfast before getting into theory sessions. Next, you will have a forecasting lesson and review the previous day’s video footage while Tariq dishes out advice and tips for the session ahead.

Then, you will be off to put your video feedback into practice. After making the most of the waves, you will go back to the lodge for warm showers and a healthy dinner before settling down for a well deserved drink by the fire.

Location

The lodge is situated in a unique peaceful countryside setting near Lagos town, Portugal. The Algarve is slowly being recognized as one of the world's top five SUP destinations. Boasting two unbeatable coastlines, plus a variety of lakes, rivers, and lagoons, there's something to please everyone. Jaw dropping flat water paddling locations, perfect teaching conditions, and world-class surf make this an unforgettable spot.

Bursting with the sunshine and known for its 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 the past.

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Algarve

Monthly wave size

Best months for beginner surfers

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Best months for intermediate surfers

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Best months for advanced surfers

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Monthly water temperature

Monthly recommended wetsuit

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Sauna
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting
  • Windsurfing

General

  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Poolside bar

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with seven healthy breakfasts, five beach picnics for your surf days at the beach, and five delicious three-course evening meals at the lodge, cooked by the in-house chef utilizing fresh, local produce.

All diets can be catered for with prior arrangement. When you need to unwind, they also have their outdoor bar open in the evening with snacks and drinks available to purchase at the bar for a small cost.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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)

Enjoy an extra level of pampering with a massage from one of Tiny Whale's recommended massage practitioners or a complete spa day. Massages can take place at the lodge or within a trip to the stunning Monchique Spar, whether you need to ease out stubborn knots, love to be pampered, or simply need that extra relaxation to refresh from a busy work life.

Monchique Spar

Choose from a range of wellness packs to enhance your well-being. Treatments from the exclusive range on offer include: Vichy showers, a thermal relaxation circuit, nutrient rich mud therapy, and a Turkish bath.

Shiatsu massage

Indulge in this Japanese treatment to reinvigorate chi and energy lines within the body. Often explained as acupuncture using thumbs instead of needles, fantastic results have been seen in terms of well-being, using Tiny Whale's chosen practitioners.

Swedish massage

Also known as classic massage, Swedish massage can be relaxing and gentle, or powerful and bracing, depending on your needs. Reduce pain, relieve joint stiffness, and improve muscle flexibility with this traditional style massage.

Other activities

  • Bom Dia trip
  • Buggies
  • Coasteering
  • Diving
  • Dolphin safari
  • Flyboarding
  • Grotto tours
  • Horse riding
  • Inflatables
  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Papagio powerkiting
  • Paintballing
  • Quad biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skydiving
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water skiing
  • West Coast adventures
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 5 carefully structured surfing days
  • ISA Level Two coaching based on your individual surfing goals
  • Small group coaching with 1:3 coach to student ratio
  • Daily video coaching
  • Surf and ocean theory
  • Pool technique lessons
  • Surf-Skate sessions
  • All the surf equipment you'll need
  • Transport to the best beaches each day
  • 2 surf inspired yoga sessions
  • 7 healthy breakfasts, 5 beach picnics, and 5 delicious three-course dinners
  • Transport to the best beaches each day
  • All the surf equipment you'll need
  • Wi-Fi available in all bedrooms
  • Use of all surf lodge facilities including pool and jacuzzi
  • Tiny Whale's experienced team on hand
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 optional evening meals during the week where we visit a local restaurant
  • Drinks are available to purchase at the lodge bar for a small cost.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to this airport is not included in the package, but can be arranged for an extra cost.

Transportation from and to this airport has the following options:

  • Private taxi (up to a group of four people): 88 EUR each way
  • Private mini bus (up to a group of eight people): 96 EUR each way

Please take notice that if you bring your own board, you will be required to book a spot for the private mini bus.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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