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Intermediate Surf Camp Portugal

Intermediate difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 12 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer available

For you who want to improve your water confidence, this eight-day surf camp will be a good answer. You can learn how to paddle your waves without being pushed and develop your surfing skills. You will have plenty of effective times with your instructor to make sure you get the attention you need. Then, you will get home feeling confident enough to surf independently. So, be ready for this retreat!

Highlights

  • 5 full days of surfing
  • 1 to 4 coach to student ratio
  • 5 surf-inspired yoga sessions
  • Surf theory lessons to make you a more complete surfer
  • Board and wetsuit rental
  • 7 nights’ lodging
  • Delicious meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12

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

During this surf camp, you will be staying in a shared room at Tiny Whale Surf Lodge for seven nights. Tiny Whale Surf Lodge is set in the beautiful countryside offering a tranquil escape in nature, located only a five-minute drive away from Lagos, 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 Whale 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, communal spaces, free Wi-Fi, and a beautiful garden yoga studio.

The Tiny Whale 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

  • Fantastic en-suite bedrooms and luxury teepees
  • Extra beds and children's bunks (available with surcharges)
  • Towels and crisp white linen
  • Beautiful landscaped gardens
  • Large swimming pool
  • Orange groves and apple orchards
  • Plenty of hammocks and sun loungers
  • Alfresco dining areas
  • Cactus poolside bar
  • Hidden garden yoga studio
  • In-house dinners available
  • Use of all the surf lodge facilities
  • Surf lessons pick up and drop offs
  • Reception and activities desk

Program

This course is designed to give students the best possible chance of learning real tangible skills and enhance on their own. The week will be started with assessing your personal level and goals. Then, with a variety of teaching techniques including theory lessons, direct feedback in the water, and video coaching, the coach will be sure to leave students at the end of the week looking at the real progress of the students. Moreover, there are also five surf-inspired yoga sessions and stand up paddleboard lesson.

You will have plenty of 1-2-1 time with the instructor throughout the week whilst surfing and learning to make sure that you get all the lesson you need. There is a maximum of 12 people in the course, all intermediate and at the same level to catch green waves. By the end of the week, you will feel confident enough to surf independently, read the wave forecasts, and head out on your own surf trips.

Main Objectives

  • Getting out back: Spotting channels and rips and understanding how to use them safely, making for an easier paddle out back
  • Paddling technique: Improving paddling quality, and it means more waves
  • Positioning: Understanding where you should be sitting and surf etiquette
  • Riding down the line: Perfecting angled take offs and understanding left and right-hand breaks
  • Turns: Introduction to bottom and top turns, perfecting and fine tuning with video analysis
  • Video coaching: Video sessions every day where possible during the week, attention to detail coaching with individual aims for the week
  • Ocean knowledge: An in-depth tuition on surf conditions, reading the waves, using channels, and understanding safe conditions to get in
  • Surf forecasts: Understanding how to read surf reports so you can find waves independently on your next trip
  • Boards: Getting you off the soft top and riding your first hardboard

Instructors

Jan
Jan is one of the best instructors at Tiny Whale. He has over 10 years of teaching experience and he will guide the intermediate class during this retreat.

Location

Western Algarve

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 want to explore the fantastic culture and unspoiled countryside, chill out and catch 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.

Away from the mainstream Eastern Algarve international tour operators, the western Algarve 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. 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

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
  • Climbing
  • Coasteering
  • Diving
  • Dolphin safari
  • Flyboarding
  • Grotto tours
  • Horse riding
  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Quad biking
  • Sailing
  • Skydiving
  • Vagabundo tours
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 5 full days of intermediate surfing courses
  • 5 surf-inspired yoga sessions
  • Stand up paddleboard lesson
  • 10 lessons with a dedicated coach
  • Surf theory lessons to make you a more complete surfer
  • Equipment needed throughout the trip
  • Tour of the local grottos and caves
  • Video coaching and photo of the week to keep
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 delicious breakfasts
  • 5 healthy beach lunches
  • 5 delicious dinners in-house, 2-course meals with wine

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Other meals
  • Transfers (extra fee)

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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