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8 Days Surf School and Yoga Retreat Portugal

  • Pura Vida Surf House, Alameda do Golfinho, 2530 - 211 Praia Da Lourinhã, Lisbon, Portugal

Overview

Relaxing Yoga and Surf Holiday Portugal

Live life and get connected to yourself and the nature. Alone, with friends, or with family, enjoy the fun of riding waves. Ripar Surf School team a.k.a “The Super Heroes” is made of local surfer dudes, who will introduce you to surfing life style and culture, in a fun and exciting way. Not only that, you will also have the chance to experience the peaceful and calming yoga classes taught by Carla Maria to complement your holiday experience. Feel free, fell active, feel relaxed, meet new and interesting people from several countries, enjoy beautiful sunsets and most important, have fun!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 5 days of guided surf lessons
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a surf camp
  • Daily delicious breakfast
  • Transfer to surf spots
  • 2 barbeques

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English, Portuguese
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You will be staying at Pura Vida Surf House. Recently renovated, the surf house is the perfect choice for living the "surf and beach" vibe. In the center of all the action, the house is located 25 meters from the surf school and 50 meters close to the beach. It offers:

  • Delicious breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped modern kitchen and living room
  • Shared or private double / triple bedrooms
  • Terrace area perfect for chilling and BBQ

Yoga

Ripar Surf School is combining surf and yoga since 2003. Surf and yoga are two disciplines which complement each other. Yoga can: intensify the experience in surfing and the relation with the ocean, take the participant in total harmony, clear and focus your mind, relax your body, find your balance, and stretch out your muscles. Yoga will calm you down when you are stressed and help strengthen your focus. These are things that you want to be doing while you are surfing and in your daily life.

Surf

The surf courses are given normally from Monday to Friday. You will surf twice a day, and each surf session last approximately 2 hours. So, if you spend your days behind the desk, don't forget to practice some sports before your surfing holidays.

The surf spot and class schedule choice are made according with the surf instructor's experience by considering safety, sea and weather conditions, participants skills (and sure, variety), splitting groups, determining whenever it seems convenient, and sending them to different spots that best match the skills of the corresponding group.

Depending on the conditions and on the level of the students, the lessons can take place at different surf spots within a range of 20 kilometers from the surf school (15 minutes by car). In this case you will be away for the lesson for a total of 5-6 hours.

It all starts at the surf school base, 2 minutes walking from the beach. There you find a dressing and chill out area, with shower. At the surf lessons, the ratio used is one surf instructor and one surf assistant for a group of 8 participants.

Surf lesson sample schedule

  • 09:50 Meeting point at Ripar Surf Camp
  • 10:00 Departure to the beach
  • 10:15 Lesson starts
  • 12:15 Lunch time
  • 13:00 On the water
  • 15:00 Return to the surf camp

Level of courses

Ripar Surf School offers surf lessons based on the participant’s skill of surfing. There are three levels of courses, which are beginner, intermediate, and advance. If you have done some surfing before, but are not sure which one is the right course level for you, just choose a beginner’s course and on the first day your instructor will evaluate your surfing skill.

Beginners class

  • A short history of surfing
  • Introduction to surf equipment
  • The local region geography / How to find the best spots
  • Introduction to ocean tides, currents and waves
  • How to position yourself on the board, how to paddle, sit and turn
  • How to go to the line-up and handle with the white water
  • Basic Techniques on the white water (first waves)
  • Take off (standing up on your board) practice on the sand
  • Take off practice on the white water
  • Turning on the white water
  • First approach on surfing unbroken waves

Intermediate class

  • First session as an evaluation of your surfing skill and stablish the best way to improve
  • How to choose the best surf equipment according with your level
  • Improving your paddling, and some beginners techniques
  • Understand the correct position in the line-up to surf unbroken waves
  • Priority rules
  • Shape, size and direction of the wave
  • Practicing paddling into the wave
  • Take-off on unbroken waves and turning
  • Front-side and back-side surfing
  • Maneuvers: trimming (how to get speed)
  • Approach to advanced surfing techniques

Advanced

To join Ripar Surf School’s advanced surfing lessons, you need to feel comfortable on the water, know the priority rules, be able to catch unbroken waves on your own and turn.

Here, the class will focus on:

  • Ocean knowledge
  • Surf equipment knowledge
  • Choose the best schedules and surf spots in order to practice advanced techniques with less crowd on the water
  • Ability to catch and ride unbroken waves
  • Practice the classic surfing line: trimming, bottom turn, top turn
  • Advanced maneuvers: tube ridding, cut back, off the lip and floater.
  • 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.

Ripar Surf Camp is located in the best surf coast of Europe, which stretches from Peniche to Ericeira, in the center of Portugal. The beach village offers amazing conditions for learning or for advanced surfing. If the waves are not good on the beach, Ripar Surf School’s van will take you to other surf spots all within a maximum of 10 minutes’ drive.

Praia da Areia Branca is located 65 kilometers distance from Lisbon. It still holds its natural beauty and has not been affected by mass tourism. It has something magical that is difficult to describe by words. You can easily fall in love for this small paradise. Everything necessary for a perfect holiday and you can walk everywhere!

Nearby places

  • Hospital and pharmacies, 3 kilometers
  • The beach, 50 meters

You will be served delicious breakfast every morning as well as 2 barbeque parties per week. For barbeque, Ripar Surf School also offers vegetarian menu on request.

Praia da Areia Branca is a small beach village but it has everything you may need. Supermarkets, local market with fresh fish and fruits, restaurants, bars, snack-bars, ATM machines, and places to chill including the famous Barraca Bar in a very close range. So, you can walk everywhere! Just next to the surf base, you can also find Backdoor Surf Shop where you can shop for some surfing equipment.

Ripar Surf School offers a special massage therapy which helps alleviate physical exhaustion, tensions and other minor conditions that the surf students may experience after an intensive surf session. The objective of the therapy is to restore the flexibility of the joints by loosening minor muscle contractions and correcting mechanical imbalances caused by the unusual exercise. This treatment is available on request with extra cost. The cost for 45 minutes of Shiatsu with a therapist, Inês Oliveira, is 35 EUR (full body).

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a surf camp
  • 20 hours of surf lessons per week / 5 days / 2 sessions per day / 2 hours each (beginner, intermediate, and advanced level)
  • Barbeque parties per week (also vegetarian menu on request)
  • Board and wetsuit for the whole course day
  • Certified surf instructors
  • Daily breakfast
  • Discount on Backdoor Surf Shop
  • Free equipment during weekends
  • Sport insurance (on course days)
  • Transfer from the surf base to other surf spots
  • Video feedback (Intermediate / Advanced level)
  • Shiatsu massage is not included in the price

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

If you're coming from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), the cheapest option to reach Ripar Surf School is by bus. In this case, you need to take the metro or a taxi to the Rodoviária bus station, in Sete Rios (Metro Station), near the Lisbon Zoo. There, you look for the Express Bus to Peniche (schedule), and buy ticket to Praia Da Areia Branca (9 EUR). The journey takes about 50 minutes. Other option is to take a taxi from the Lisbon Airport directly to Praia da Areia Branca. It should cost around 70 EUR. Ripar Surf School also offers transfer services on request with extra cost.

Distances

  • Lisbon, 65 kilometers
  • Peniche, 15 kilometers
  • Lourinhã, 3 kilometers

For information about the booking conditions, please send Ripar Surf School an inquiry.
  • 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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  • 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!"

    Ripar Surf School Facebook page, edited

Lisbon, Portugal

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.

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8 days / 7 nights

Low season
  • November 1 - April 30

 

Normal season
  • May 1 - June 30, and October 1 - 30
 
High season
  • July 1 - September 30

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