Ripar Surf School

Ripar Surf School is a surf school based in Praia da Areia Branca, close to Peniche and Baleal. It offers surf lessons and yoga classes with a different concept.

  • Lourinhã, Portugal

Speaks English

from US$547

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews
from US$547
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews

Speaks English

from US$291

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews
from US$291
Price for:

4 days / 3 nights

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews

Speaks English

from US$466

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews
from US$466
Price for:

6 days / 5 nights

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews

Speaks English

from US$836

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews
from US$836
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews

Speaks English

from US$671

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews
from US$671
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews

Speaks English

from US$433

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews
from US$433
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.7/10

Based on 12 reviews

Carla

Yoga is Carla’s philosophy of life, her discipline, and consciousness. In 2002, she began the journey as a yoga instructor. It's not been an easy road. It has been a constant challenge for her and for others, but always a very pleasurable journey.

Xico

Xico is one of the best local surfers while also being an incredible father of three small children. He is patient and careful with all his surfing students. He lives under the influence of permaculture and believes that relationships can be found in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation.

Miguel Contreras

An openhearted human, that smiles through life. He is graduated in Medicine, since 2012, from de University of Salamanca and has been working as a General Practice trainee doctor in Nazaré until this year, when he realized he needed to explore new ways to approach health and life. He is a certified Yoga Sámkhya Instructor from the Portuguese Confederation of Yoga and a surfer with more than 10 years of experience which allows him to merge this two fulfilling activities into a practice than can enhance your surfing and promote your connection to yourself, in nature.

Pipas

Pipas is a local surfer and has been a surf instructor since 2005. Teaching most of the times at the "improvers" surfing lessons, he will help you enjoying the ride of your life.

Rafael

Rafael is a surf instructor. He's a local surfer with more than 20 years of experience with classic style and is always chasing some tubes. He's also known as the Big Rider of Areia Branca. He has an amazing knowledge of the ocean and is always in tune with nature.

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    Review by Joke Le Comte from Belgium
    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jul-17 16:13:47

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    Review by Tom Knox from Denmark

    Surfing is brutal

    CONS Cons: Just minor things not worth mentioning. Nothing is perfect.

    PROS Pros: If you're a beginner surfer combining it with yoga is perhaps not optimal. Until you've mastered popping up the body takes a lot of physical punishment. Yoga is complicated if your body is extremely sore and bruised. But otherwise great. The yoga teacher is great. Very attentive and adapts the classes as needed. I stayed at the Native hostel. The owner JP is a bit of a character. But his heart is in the right place. It seemed to attract the most fun surfing young people. I had a great time there. If you're on a budget it's perfect. The beach bar Solmar has the best sea food IMHO. Go there for the sunset

    10 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    2017-Jul-16 22:11:54

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    Review by Karin Fleming from Belgium

    Great time!

    CONS Cons: Sometimes the schedule was tight, and timings of activities weren't always communicated quickly or far in advance, which made it difficult to plan things. But this is partially unavoidable, since the surf classes were based on the tide and conditions and this changes from day to day.

    PROS Pros: While the focus of my stay was more on surfing and less about the yoga, I really enjoyed myself. The instructors were all very knowledgeable, friendly and open to questions. Overall a great experience.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jul-16 11:13:39

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    Review by Anonymous
    7.5 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jul-10 19:31:04

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    Review by Jack Witts from United Kingdom

    Perfect Trip

    PROS Pros: The accommodation and surf school was amazing, I can not find a bad thing to say.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jul-04 10:44:03

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    Review by Vanessa Graf from United States

    Great Experience

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: Community feel

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jul-04 07:15:42

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    Review by Angela Laube from Switzerland
    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-29 18:19:54

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    Review by Anonymous

    Was absolutely perfect!;)

    CONS Cons: Doors were too laud;)

    PROS Pros: Was waaay better than i expected. People were super nice and friendly. Instructors were very good. Cake baked everyday:) movie nights, hospitality. Oh my goodness i absolutely love it:) the people And energy of this place. And i really like that they have an offer just for 3 Nights. For sure i will come back there this year:) thanks for all people working there (e.g. Christina) for making this place wonderful;)

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-29 05:07:31

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    Review by Torge Froehlich from Netherlands
    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-28 09:20:50

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    Review by Lisa Jody Manser from Turks and Caicos Islands

    Fabulous,,,,

    CONS Cons: Nothing,,, as much as I wasn't aware that the hostel was separate from the surf school - not that it mattered as they work hand-in-hand,,,,

    PROS Pros: Lemon Tree Hostel was fantastic,,, great energy, clean and so friendly,, Ripar - just fabulous!! The instructors - amazing, surf spot was great,, everything was excellent!! I couldn't have asked for a better long weekend,,

    7.5 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    5 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-27 18:16:39

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    Review by Muriel De Hondt from Belgium
    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-21 21:52:27

  • Review by Dima
    10 out of 10

    "I have only one word to describe my experience with Ripar School it was awesome! Accommodation and surf courses were awesome! Surf instructor team awesome! Hosts awesome! Weather awesome! Food awesome! The whole place of Praia Da Areia Branca is awesome! Strongly recommend to all people going for active vacation!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Greig Thomson
    10 out of 10

    "My children and I had an absolutely fantastic time! Great staff and instructors meant there were always friendly, helpful people around and they were always there to give you feedback and tips during the session. Additionally, they were always there to make sure everything was both fun and safe. Outstanding!"

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  • Review by Jonas O.
    10 out of 10

    "Ripar Surf School is simply amazing! Well organized, welcoming, friendly, helpful, and just a great atmosphere. We learned a lot and had fun doing it. All the best recommendations from us!"

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  • Review by Sabine Becht from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Probably the best surf school with a passionate and professional team. I am so lucky to get recommended to this surf school. It was definitely the best idea! Were a small group with three great teachers and had lots of fun and found our new passion. I can't wait to get back into the water to catch the next waves. It was definitely not the last time with Ripar!! Thank you very much guys!"

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  • Review by Christine M. from Frankfurt, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "In my opinion, Ripar is the best surf school for both beginners and advanced surfers for several reasons. The course is very intensive; you will be in the water four hours a day for at least five days per week. Price is around 200 Euros, so 10 Euros per hour for teaching and rental. The teachers are very patient with beginners. They explain everything very thoroughly and pay special attention to you once you hit the water the first time by being with you in the water and pushing you when needed. At the end of the week, it should be possible to have surfed a few green waves already. When I came there for the first time I had already surfed a few times but I don't really count those times as the other surf schools taught me wrong and I spent three days to unlearn my take-off with a knee. The classes are also good for advanced surfers. The teachers are locals and know the spots very well. I had some very good guiding sessions where we went out in a small group, surfed, relaxed and got very good hints and tips in between from the teachers. The teachers themselves complement each other very well. Xico is the best teacher I know - he has been surfing his whole life and it is a joy to watch him surf. He can spot very well where you can improve. His younger brother Pipas can give very good pointers on how to watch the waves and be in the right spot and so on. Both can relate very well what to watch out for when coming to a new place as a surfer and also what it means to experience the spirit of surfing. Raffa knows everything about the ocean and will share with you an abundance of knowledge. The other teachers I have not met yet. Also, I feel completely safe when I am in the water with them. I know that if something happens and I drown they will fish me out quickly as they are so fast and always have an eye on everyone. The spot Areia Branca has perfect waves, both left and rights. Numerous times I came out of the water completely stoked only to quickly paddle back in. It is so much fun. Everyone has a great sense of humor, both the teachers and the other guests who are very cool and international. I remember so many days where we cheered for each other to catch the waves and laughed until my belly hurt. The groups are not so big: When you see the other surf camps in Peniche, you see 20 to 30 people in one group and wonder how everyone can get the attention they need. To be fair, I have never been with Ripar during the main season (the largest group was around 15 people I think). This time it was the first time that I saw them teaching a larger group and it really doesn't matter how big the group is, I was astonished to see Xico paddle quickly from the far left to the far right, pushing someone into the green waves on the way and giving advice to many others and all during one set! I have been to many other surf schools in and on Fuerteventura, Dominican Republic, France, the Philippines, Peru, Sri Lanka, India, USA and Indonesia, but nowhere I have found such dedicated teachers and such an amazing atmosphere. Needless to say, I can really recommend surfing with Ripar! :)."

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  • Review by Ola Marysia from Russia
    10 out of 10

    "I've chosen the Ripar School after very long hours searching where to surf in Portugal. This school stands out among all others cause, the teachers are not only true masters of surfing but also great instructors. They are the ones who inspire us, tell us our mistakes and how to improve them, motivate us to try again and again till the time when we can stand on the board and finally surf. Surfing is a really tough sport. Thanks to our teachers we had fun! The group is also small. For five students we had two teachers. Personal approach to everyone. You will get more hours of surfing for the same price than other schools. The School has a great location. Two minutes walk to the beach where we had lessons. If the wind was not good on the beach, our teachers drove us to another beach (10 to 15 minutes by car). Everyday we had lessons without excuses. I've stayed at the hostel which is one minute walk from the school. It was very comfortable, cause after lessons I just wanted to eat and sleep. Ripar School is the BEST school ever! Five stars."

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  • Review by Olga S.
    10 out of 10

    "I have chosen the Ripar School after very long hours searching where to surf in Portugal. This school stands out among all others because the teachers are not only true masters of surfing but also great instructors. They are the ones who inspire us, tell us our mistakes, and how to improve them, motivate us to try again and again till the time when we can stand on the board and finally surf. Surfing is a really tough sport. Thanks to our teachers we had fun! The group is small. For five students we had two teachers. Personal approach to everyone. You will get more hours of surfing for the same price than other schools. The School has a great location. Two minutes walk to the beach where we had lessons. If the wind was not good on the beach, our teachers drove us to another beach (10 to 15 minutes by car). Everyday we have lessons without excuses. I have stayed at the hostel which is a 1-minute walk from the school. It was very comfortable because after lessons I just wanted to eat and sleep. Ripar School is the best school ever! 5-star!"

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  • Review by a traveller from Inverness, UK
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I were lucky enough to spend one week learning to surf with the family run Ripar Surf school. Set in an amazing location, the week couldn't have been better, mostly down to the warm, friendly and immensely knowledgeable guys at Ripar. From their first contact arranging pick up from Lisbon airport to the actual lessons, the guys were brilliant. As complete novices, we weren't sure how we would progress, but thanks to the patience and gentle encouragement from Fernando, Pipas and Xico, we have come home to Scotland ready to ride green waves with confidence and huge smiles on our faces. An amazing experience all round, we will definitely be taking some friends along and booking in again next year. Their website says it all - they really are surfing dude super heroes! Thanks guys, we had a brilliant time! :)"

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  • Review by Samira
    9 out of 10

    "Lovely people, great atmosphere, fun, and professional teachers. Ripar Surf School exceeded my expectations massively. Keep it going and thanks!"

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  • Review by Phil Bailey
    9 out of 10

    "We had two lessons whilst on holiday, the last being today. The whole set up was fantastic, each of our boys (8 and 11) were both lucky enough to have an instructor with them throughout. In no time at all they were standing proud on their boards. The instructors were great, very patient, clearly explained what we needed to do, and always very friendly. We will most certainly come back and book more lessons the next time we return to Portugal. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Theresa Rauchberger from Graz, Austria
    9 out of 10

    "Best surf teachers ever! Areia Branca feels like a second hometown for me now. I loved it!"

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