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8 Days Intermediate and Advanced Coaching Surf Camp in Bensafrim, Portugal

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

Thrilling Surf Camp in Portugal

Intermediate difficulty
Maximum 12 participants
All meals included

Do you share Tiny Whale's passion and dedication to surfing? Want to build your repertoire? This is an intensive, tailored surf course. Assess your current abilities, set new goals, and advance with the fundamentals of good surfing during a week of tailored sessions for ambitious intermediate and advanced surfers looking to master new goals. Find and catch the best possible waves in beautiful locations whilst receiving expert coaching.

Meet the instructors

Jan
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Highlights

  • 3 surf inspired yoga sessions
  • 5 carefully structured surfing days
  • ISA Level Two coaches based around your individual surfing goals
  • Your own surf coach, teaching in a one to three coach to student teaching ratio
  • All the surf equipment you'll need and transport to the best beaches each day
  • 7 healthy breakfasts, five beach picnics, and five delicious dinners
  • Daily video coaching or surf theory sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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

Their guests are the center of what they do at Tiny Whale. That's why this year, they've moved to a stunning new lodge with lots of luxurious extras and made huge improvements to make sure they're one of the best surf holiday providers in Europe.

At their brand new surf lodge with fewer guests, they can now offer a higher level of service in every aspect of your holiday. Yes, Tiny Whale has taken a leap forward to the world of luxury and they can't wait to put even bigger smiles on faces this year.

The surf lodge is set in the peaceful countryside. Its large gardens are home to an outdoor pool, dining area, bar, lounge area with fire pit, yoga space, board and wetsuit areas, an orange orchard, and plenty of hammocks.

Depending on the time of year, you may be able to pick your own lemons, avocados, oranges, clementines, pears, limes, and even almonds. Inside you will find the games room, breakfast area, lounge, and reception area where you can request any additional bookings or equipment rental during your stay.

All the room options 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 really homely feel.

Program

Who's the week for

This is a week of tailored sessions for ambitious intermediate and advanced surfers looking to master new goals. Find and catch the best possible waves in beautiful locations whilst receiving expert coaching. Anyone joining must be able to surf unbroken waves, go right and left, and demonstrate basic turns in waves up to shoulder high.

About the week

Tiny Whale want you to get the best possible sessions, whether that’s at sunrise or sunset, at river mouth, point, or beach breaks. At this level, sessions will be tailored to target your individual personal goals.

After an assessment on the first day, each surfer will receive a personal development plan for the week. Your water skills will be fast tracked, with a combination of video coaching supported by practical theory, forecasting, location selection, and equipment analysis sessions.

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

  • Paddling: Technique, posture, efficiency
  • Body position: At every stage of riding the wave
  • Cut backs: When and where to initiate on the wave
  • Floaters: Timing, clearing sections
  • Video coaching: Every day where possible
  • Ocean knowledge: Reading conditions and finding the best waves at the right time
  • Surf forecasts: Mastering the art of predicting where the best waves will be
  • Boards: Understanding board design and exploring a range of different styles and shapes of hard boards

Conditions and waves

Spring and autumn bring great swell, low wind, and quiet beaches, meaning great sessions for you. 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.

A variety of breaks at a variety of angles, including beach, point, and river mouth breaks, combined with Jan’s intricate knowledge of the area and dedication to getting you out at peak condition times each day, mean you’ll get the best possible sessions.

Typical day

On your first day, you hit the surf early to catch the best conditions. Jan will take you through the first session, finding out each person’s aims for the week and catching video footage to analyse later. You will be back at the lodge in time for a well deserved hearty breakfast before your theory session.

Jan will take you through the morning’s video footage, breaking down each technical element to create a clear route forward for the week. Afterwards, you will head out for a skateboard session testing out position and balance theory. The day will wrap up with time by the pool followed by a delicious three-course meal and time to relax around the fire.

Instructors

Jan

Location

Western Algarve

Bursting with the sunshine and known for its laid back lifestyle, 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, Western Algarve has largely stayed underdeveloped and still retains its natural charm. Traveling just half an hour from either the South or West coasts 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 desert.

Distances

  • Lagos - 5 minutes

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Algarve

Monthly wave size

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Best months for advanced surfers

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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, from the in-house chef. Tiny Whale’s professional in-house chef prepares home cooked food predominantly from 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.

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)

  • 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 carefully structured surfing days
  • ISA Level Two coaches based around your individual surfing goals
  • Your own surf coach for the week, teaching in a one to three coach to student teaching ratio or less
  • Daily video coaching or surf theory sessions
  • All the surf equipment you'll need
  • Transport to the best beaches each day
  • 3 surf inspired yoga sessions
  • Wi-Fi available in all bedrooms
  • Use of all surf lodge facilities including the pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna
  • Tiny Whale's experienced team on hand
  • 7 healthy breakfasts
  • 5 beach picnics on your days at the beach
  • 5 delicious three-course evening meals at the lodge from the in-house chef
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare

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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8 days / 7 nights
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Special discount

Reserve two weeks in a row and receive a discount of 10% on your second week.

Saturday April 25, 2020
(8 days / 7 nights)

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