Enjoy a holiday which makes you feel like you are on a surftrip with friends! The retreat will take place in Costa da Caparica near Lisbon. The location will take your breath away - brilliant to go surfing and ideal to relax with yoga. You will have 20 hours of surf lessons, both theory and practice. In addition, you will also be practicing yoga three times a week - the yoga is especially targeted at surfers. This yoga and surfcamp will make your holiday spectacular!
You will spend your holiday in WaveSisters’ surf house, which is only a two-minute walk from the ocean, a great surf spot only a stone's throw away.
The house is right next the beach from Costa da Caparica. “Costa“, like it’s called by the Portuguese, is just south of Lisbon on the other side of the river Tejo. The house is for 10 WaveSisters with shared double or triple bedrooms. It is equipped with four bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, living room, mansard with chimney, terrace, and garden with grill.
Everybody will find space to chill out and share the experiences of the day. You can also enjoy the garden with the barbecue area or the terrace. Internet connection is available around the corner of the accommodation.
WaveSisters is a surf school for women, girls, and their kids only. Experience has shown that women and girls are able to pick up surfing more quickly and more easily in homogeneous groups - meaning, in a group consisting of females only - than in a mixed group, in which, due to physical strength, the boys are riding their first waves sooner.
The course participants’ physical and mental conditions are more alike and it is easier to empower each other. The self-imposed pressure to perform is considerably less, which increases the learning success and consequently surfing becomes more fun.
This surf and yoga program runs from Monday to Friday with arrival and departure days are Saturday or Sunday.
You will have 20 hours of theory and practice, including video correction. Surf material is always included and available for you to use outside of course hours as well.
The course hours depend on conditions, tides, and weather. WaveSisters also drives to other beaches, if needed, making sure that you are always in the best place at the best time. This makes WaveSisters unique in this service. It also increases learning conditions considerably! This is only possible thanks to the small group size. That’s why there’s no fixed time schedule. WaveSisters will come up with a rough timeline in the beginning of the week, which may change.
Yoga classes take place three times a week for one and a half hours with the schedule depending on the time of the surf course. The classes will be conducted outside. The type of yoga offered is designed for surfers making it a perfect balancing activity. It doesn’t matter if you have never done yoga before or if you practice regularly.
WaveSisters instructs all levels. Absolute beginners start at zero and WaveSisters will build up the surfing skills slowly and continuously from there. For all others, WaveSisters will assess your skills at the beginning of the week, checking where you are at, continuing individually from there, in regards to what you want to achieve and what’s up next.
Everything that gets you moving, that you enjoy, contributes to your surfing fitness! If you feel like it, go swimming, or work out your triceps, shoulders, and your upper body strength in general.
But if you don’t enjoy it and you might give it up straight away, you’re better off playing sports that you enjoy and keep doing, even if it doesn’t fit surfing ideally.
The location of WaveSisters’ new surf camp in Costa da Caparica, Portugal, will take your breath away - brilliant for surfing different spots nearby and ideal to relax with yoga. And Lisbon is just around the corner! It will only take you 30 minutes by public transport from the camp to go and explore the city.
Lisbon is about 25 minutes by car or 30-minute bus away and offers plenty of possibilities to go shopping and sightseeing. The 30 kilometers stretch of beach and the natural park at the south end are ideal for long walks. The beach is perfect for sunbathing and surfing.
The area around Lisbon is famous for its perfect waves. Because of the two coast lines with different directions, you can always find the perfect wave with all the different swell and wind directions. The beach of Costa da Caparica offers plenty of space and is perfect to learn and improve surfing.
For the advanced surfer girls and women, the area from Lisbon offers many different types of waves. Waves over sand, reef, and pointbreaks can all be accessed within 60 minutes by car. The famous wave Supertubos in Peniche forms perfect barrels right onto the beach and is about one and a half hours away.
Costa da Caparica, or now just called “Costa“ by the Portuguese, is becoming more and more popular and is considered the beach in Lisbon area. South of Costa, still the same beach, starts and has another 20 kilometers of beach and an unspoiled forest inland.
Best weather, perfect waves with relaxed atmosphere, plenty of space in stunning nature, and, on top of that, near to Lisbon are the reasons for WaveSisters to move their camp to Costa. The special flair of Costa also comes from the long promenade with plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants to have beautiful sunsets and chill outs.
There’s too much to tell about Lisbon to even start here. But just to give you a very quick overview: the city was built on seven hills. This capital of Portugal is rich in culture and sights. The oldest district, the Alfama, with its little streets and places is home to the famous Fado bars. The "barrio alto" is the center for young people and full of little shops, restaurants, and plenty of bars and night life. The "barrio baixa" the real center of the city invites to stroll, shop, and enjoy Portuguese traditions.
In this surf camp, you cater for yourselves. Usually, the participants buy groceries, cook, and sometimes go out to eat together, making for quite a few social hours.
Because the surfcamps are self-catering, WaveSisters always takes care that you find a fully equipped kitchen to prepare some nice meals together. Close by, you will find shopping facilities, cafes, restaurants, and bars.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). When you book your flight, please think about the time of your flight. Don't arrive to late and don't leave too early from the airport because the trip from the airport to Costa da Caparica takes only about one hour but public transport might not run that early or late.
Your journey to the camp is self-organized. From the airport, take the red metro line in the direction S. Sebastião until the stop in Saldanha. Continue on the yellow line with direction Limiar for the next stop Campo Pequeno. Follow the signs Campo Peqeno to the surface. The metro works from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and a one way journey costs about 1.40 EUR. You need to buy a travel card "viva viagem card" for 0.50 EUR and charge it with the ticket.
At Campo Pequeno, you take the bus 161 of the bus company TST to Costa da Caparica. The bus stop is in the Avenue Berna only 50 meters away. Unfortunately, there's no bus sign anymore for the 161. The bus runs every 20 to 30 minutes and costs 3.25 EUR (4.10 EUR at night) to be paid in the bus.
Because it's a different company, you can't pay with your "viva vaigem card". The bus runs from 6:00 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. So, make sure your flight does not arrive or leave too late or too early!
WaveSisters will pick you up from the bus station in Costa Caparica and bring you to the surf house, or you find the way alone. It’s only five minutes by foot. WaveSisters will provide more details with your booking. Please let them know when you will arrive and if you need help.
If you decide to go from Porto, you have to take the train from the station Porto - Campanha to Lissabon - Oriente. To get to Sintra, you have to go to the station Rossio in Lisbon and take another train from there to Sintra.