Learn to surf in beautiful Ericeira, capital of Portugal’s surf scene and home to some of the best waves in the world. Located only 35 km (22 mi) to the northwest of Lisbon, Ericeira is the perfect spot for surf lessons Portugal. Our surf school is located in a stunning natural environment, far from the hustle and bustle of the cities, but conveniently within reach of numerous world-class surf spots.
Ericeira is the only dedicated World Surfing Reserve in Europe, an honour bestowed upon this pristine coastal region for its cultural, environmental, economic and civic value. There are reef and beach breaks; and small, medium and large-wave surf spots, all within easy reach of the surfcamp. This means that no matter what your skill level is (beginner, intermediate or expert) you’ll have access to a decent choice of breaks.
Our surf lessons Portugal are taught by experienced instructors who have earned their licenses either in Europe or Australia. They have a deep knowledge of local conditions and surf spots, and are always ready to lend a helping hand.
Combine your surf lessons Portugal with a cultural holiday by visiting Lisbon and other surrounding towns like Mafra.
Just starting out? Here’s what you can expect to learn from our surf lessons Portugal:
Position — Where to put yourself on the board for paddling out to surf. Keep your stomach down and feet at the board’s tail with your board level with the water.
Paddling — Paddle out on your board as if you were doing a forward crawl swim stroke but with arms out sideways and rotating in smaller circles. Cup your hands to push yourself forward.
Stance — Discover if your stance is natural or “goofy foot” and get yourself standing comfortably on the board.
Finding waves — After you’ve paddled out, turn around and paddle in the direction of the shore, timing your entry so you are one with the force of the wave. When you catch a wave pop up into standing position with feet shoulder length apart and knees a bit bent. Keep your back foot parallel with the width of the board and your front foot pointing diagonally forward at a 45-degree angle. Steer and balance yourself with your arms out.
Surf lessons Portugal example schedule:
Lesson 1 — Safety intro, beach awareness, surfing equipment explained, paddling, catching waves, standing up, controlling your board
Lesson 2 — Standing up tutorial, catching a wave towards shore, stalling and accelerating, “popping up” class, improving your stance
Lesson 3 — Turning, back and forehand technique, surf awareness, developing your own style
Lesson 4 — Refining technique, linking turns
Lesson 5 — How to link top and bottom turns, techniques for paddling out, how to go through white water and go over “out of depth” waves, coming out the back of a wave
Lesson 6 — How to surf unbroken waves, make angled take-offs, how to sit on your board, timing and selecting waves
Lesson 7 — Back and forehand turns on the wave’s face, using rip currents, surfing with hardboards, refining timing and selecting waves
Lesson 8 — Try to stay on your board hhahha