João offers in Porto/PT, accommodation, yoga, and personalized surf coaching, focused on sustained fast evolution, from total beginners to advanced surfers.
Yoga Retreats (2)
Joao is a local surfer from Porto with 30 years of experience surfing. More than a passion, surfing is his lifestyle. He is a traveled surfer, former international competitor, currently running is own surf coaching project. He is a certified surf trainer by the Portuguese Surfing Federation and has been teaching since 1998. He trains local surfers and teaches foreigners how to start and improve their surf skills. He is also a “World Surf League” approved surf guide, organizing surf trips in Portugal and worldwide. Besides that, he surfs every day ;)
Pedro, started practicing Yoga more than 18 years ago. Since then, he has been living it as a lifestyle. After 2013, he started teaching, and sharing his passion by helping people practicing more Yoga. Currently he runs his own studio in front of the beach and right next to the Porto city park. Besides that, he also surfs ;)
from Spain, May 2022
"Matosinhos City Surf Camp"
Probably the best surf teacher I will ever meet.
His knowledge of the ocean and his endless patience are outstanding.
Thanks a million, Joāo!
from Switzerland, April 2022
Surfing with João was so much fun!! He is an excellent teacher/motivator and really helps you develop based on your strengths. João also makes sure the groups are small enough so he can really focus on helping you making progress. On top of that the yoga sessions with Pedro, who does an excellent job teaching both English and Portuguese, in the evenings are such a nice way to tune into your body to feel refreshed for the next surf session in the mornings (+ the yoga studio is super nice!). Also the guesthouse is conveniently located surrounded by many shops/restaurants and clean. Thank you both to João and Pedro for making this stay unforgettable! :) I’ll be back!
from Switzerland, September 2021
"I highly recommend the yoga & surf retreat in Porto"
I truly enjoyed my 11 days in Porto (Matosinhos) and can highly recommend both instructors, Pedro (Yoga) and Joao (Surfing). Both of them were kind, supportive and professional and I enjoyed all the lessons with them.
Joao drove us students to different beaches depending on the waves and he adjusted his program accordingly.
Pedro also aligned his teaching when one was tired or injured etc., which I highly appreciated.
The hostel is very close to the beach, restaurants, public transport and one could easily walk everywhere.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay and can highly recommend this retreat.
from Italy, August 2021
"Super duper experience with the nicest people!"
Highly recommended instructors who help you to improve day by day. All the camp is well organized, and they always try to meet people needs. I will come back for sure!
from Finland, May 2021
This trip was one of the best experiences I've ever had! I felt very welcome and the atmosphere was always relaxed, caring and friendly - all the credit to João. Both João and Pedro are world class in their profession, and their enthusiasm and love for their work was evident from the first second. Not to mention how incredibly lovely persons they both are!
João revealed the secrets of surfing to me in a skilled, patient and safe way, without forgetting laughter and relaxing. His attention to detail is pristine, and I really felt the classes are just not another "tourist ride", but proper coaching with passion and goals (and always adjusted to the wishes of the client). His knowledge on the sport, as well as the constantly changing environment of the sea are amazing.
Pedro's yoga classes provided an excellent balance with the surf - both my body and mind were grateful after every single lesson. I have never received such individual attention and teaching in yoga lessons, and one's personal strengths and weaknesses were always taken into consideration. The windy weather did not allow training outdoors, but I didn't mind at all as the studio is beautiful, very clean and filled with good spirits.
My accommodation was next door to the Fishtail Sea House: a beautiful, tastefully decorated room with lots of light. The location is perfect - you can find everything you need effortlessly.
I wouldn't change a thing and would go straight back if only I could!
Thank you ever so much!!!
from Netherlands, September 2020
"The trip of a lifetime!"
This trip was honestly everything I could have wished for, and more. I did not know what to expect and was a bit nervous traveling on my own, but starting from the very first evening when I joined the group at a restaurant straight from the airport, I felt at home. João is such an amazing host, he is very caring, making sure you have everything you need, and providing you with the best experience ever. João's surf classes are top notch, I had zero experience before this trip and after those 11 days I spent in Porto I feel I have improved a great deal and definitely lost my heart to surfing. João brought us to the most amazing places, wonderful beaches, and secret spots, and it was just perfect! You are so wonderful, thank you João!
My experience would not have been the same if it wasn't for Pedro's yoga classes. I've been doing yoga for half of my life, but I haven't felt this way about it in a long time, the way I felt after Pedro's classes. He is such an amazing teacher, sharing his wonderful energy with all the students in his class, and being able to find a personal approach to everyone. The classes made me so, so, so happy. Obrigada, Pedro!
The guesthouse is a lovely place, the rooms are clean and you have everything you need for the stay. The location is amazing, Matosinhos is such a cool place to be, and the whole vacation was such a marvelous experience and I will never ever forget it. If you are hesitating - don't. This trip is the best gift you can give yourself.
from Germany, May 2022
"Nixe surf days near Porto "
Joao is very kind and friendly Coach. He is also very skilled and knows how to Teich. It Was my first time Surfing and after 5 hours spending with Him i am now confident abou5 the Essentials. He was also carrying about me After the surfing and prepared some City guides. And i really liked that He was always taking pictures to Show your mistakes and also progress.
The Hostel was quiet but also close to the beach.
I had a really good time there! Thanks a lot to Joao:))
from Great Britain, November 2021
"Fantastic experience, location, people and value!"
The surf and yoga coaching were amazing, João and Pedro were so generous and fun and made it such a warm experience. They gave us lots of tips for enjoying the city, and Matosinhos is a brilliant location with lots of great places to eat, cool shops and bars, right next to the beach with a nice chilled vibe, but just a very short and easy bus ride into central Porto. Their Instagram guides for things to see and do in Porto are really useful too. Overall a great mix of surfing and relaxing to see the city, and we felt really looked after for the whole week. Will definitely be visiting again. Thanks again guys!! xx
from Great Britain, October 2021
"Joāo was magic! "
This far exceeded my expectations and I will return as soon as I can. Joāo was amazing and pushed me outside my comfort zone which was exactly what I came for. I can’t thank him or this site enough for helping me find such an awesome set up.
from Czechia, September 2021
"Surfing in Porto its like 2in1, but in positives"
Beautifull city center near the corner and the best fish restaurants all around you. Sand Beach is excelent for beginners, easy to get in to the watter and also easy to rest if needed.
from Germany, September 2021
"Excellent! No more words needed "
It was a nice and funny time with great teaching. There was a huge progress in my surfing skills due to the good course!
from Netherlands, September 2021
Going to the best spot everyday, being pushed to give everything, flexible options to add yoga for example
from Italy, August 2021
"Enthusiastic and happy for everything! "
We had a great experience in Matosinhos with Joao! It was our first time surfing and we couldn't expect anything better. Joao is very friendly, patient and very passionate about teaching surfing even to the beginners. He taught us the basis, then helped us in the water in order to have fun but always taking care of our safety. Can't wait to practise again! 🧡
from Germany, August 2021
"Best surf school in Porto"
João , our teacher is super amazing.
He is very enthsiastic to teach surfing even for beginners. Also i like his way of teaching focused on real basic things.
The best part of his session is that he always looking for the best surf spot for the day which normal Matosinhos surf school is nor providing this kind of service.
I want to have next surf class with him again.
from Germany, August 2021
"Nice coaching, but..."
1. The schedule is pretty flexible, The coach had no problem letting me arrange my surfing lesson days based on my need.
2. Yoga in the big park is interesting.
3. The coach is good at finding your surfing bad habit and correct it
4. The coach is in general a nice person, most of the time the atmosphere was good.
5. The accommodation is close to the beach/Lidl and also quite convenient to go to Porto, and facility(kitchen/bathroom/balcony) is nice.
6. The surfing equipments have good quality.
============= A lot of good things, however... ============
I have tried to calm myself for a week so that I could give the fair comment, because I was full of negative emotion at the last day due to some conversation with the coach, here is what happened:
I had 3-days-surfing-lesson package, and everything went fine in the first 2 days. Thanks to the good coaching, I improved myself, I was happy and I wanted to try some different board on my last day. The coach double confirmed with me that he can offer me a different board, and fully at my own risk, and I surely agreed.
On the last day, I was excited to try the different surfboard but could not take off at all because I am too heavy or/and just not good enough. I went to the coach for some suggestion, and the only reply I got was: "I have no tips for you", "I told you, at your own risk", "I am not a magician, I can not make you good enough to surf the board in one day" in a very moody way.
from Portugal, August 2021
I'm very happy that i took my first surfing lessons here.João teaches with patience and really motivate students to surfing.
from France, August 2021
"An excellent experience! "
Joao is a very good teacher! You can clearly see his experience. If you really want to learn or improve, this is the place. For me, it was my first try but if I want to return, for sure I’ll choose the same surf camp!
from Denmark, August 2021
João has been an excellent instructor and was there for any help we needed during our trip. I highly recommend him and we will be happy to come back in the future! :)
from Switzerland, August 2021
"All great, great place, great folks and cool locations"
from France, July 2021
"If you really whant to lear take Joao lessons"
I enjoyed very much the surf lessons with Joao. He is an excellent instructor. We passed a lot of time in the water and we were a small group. Joao chooses the bests spots to surf. There was a very nice atmosphere all the time.
I also liked very much the yoga lesson that they propose as extra activity, it goes great after a surf day.
from Great Britain, June 2021
"A once-in-a-lifetime experience!"
Joao is not only a very experienced surf instructor, but also a great host that takes cares of his guests. The accommodation is located very close to the beach and has direct access to the city centre. Joao treated us as his friends and I would definitely recommend this experience to everyone! Thanks for everything!
from Netherlands, June 2021
"Top notch teaching"
If you are dedicated to truly learn give it your all to surf during your trip, than João can take your surf game to a new level. He will have constructive feedback on every wave you take, starting with the basics but as soon as you got a grip on that he will shift to understanding the waves, the timing and get more advanced understanding of surfing. From a beginner level all the way up to a pro level.
from Germany, June 2021
I made so much progress surfing in a short period of time. Joao is a great teacher! Also liked the yoga a lot, I am quite advanced and felt that I was challenged in the class which is always nice.
from Switzerland, June 2021
"100% recommendation for surfing in Porto"
I have joined for 5 days and had a wonderful time: as a beginner, I have been instructed and guided very well (position, do’s / don’ts, safety, etc) but was also given the courage to try it out myself - and succeeded! There was good communication, a lot of flexibility and was very happy it was just a small group of other people. Because of this, there was a nice, relaxed and personal ambiance + a tailored approach for everyone. I felt that João really monitored my every day progress very closely, gave me a lot of attention during the lesson in the water but also after each session gave a short summary of the things that went well / could be improved for the next day.
Next to the surfing, the additional service from Surf Coaching Porto was amazing: João recommended and showed a lot of local things to do and visit, arranged the transfers and was always reachable for questions.
Also the yoga lessons (that were scheduled in the evening) were very beneficial and were a good addition.
All with all a great experience I would highly recommend for everyone that wants to start or improve their surfing skills in Porto!
from Bulgaria, June 2021
"Nice spot, smooth organization"
I like that we had a daily routine and in this way we could experience different state of the tide every day. The group was always small, nice mix of foreigner and local women.
from Germany, May 2021
"one word - Amazing"
João Is the best coach anyone could ask for . I came with absolutely no surfing the experience and João laid down the bsciad for me so well that I'm sure that I can take it with me anywhere I go.
He is the right combination of uncompromising with the technique and not forgetting to let you have fun .
amazing experience and I will be back again to train under him.
worth every penny !
from Switzerland, May 2021
"The best in Porto!"
João is very professional and experienced coach. I felt very lucky to have his coaching and learn surfing with him. The accommodation and all of the overall experience was amazing and I am highly recommend it. Wouldn’t choose another option in Porto.
from Netherlands, October 2020
"When energies meet... "
My trip to Porto will always have a place in my heart. Being a big kite surf lover and a recent surf beginner in the Netherlands with not the best surf conditions, I doubted that I could ever become equally addicted to surfing. However, João’s passion totally rubbed off on me and has definitely made me become hooked to surfing. Every single day, he has a 100% focus on every single surfer in the group and tries to push everyone’s limit in a way the individual allows it. Whether I had challenging waves (Maceda), less energy (2nd session on the same day), João’s drive and motivation pushed me to the limits. I loved it.
The vibe in the group was always awesome.
In line with the conditions, we also discovered beautiful and more remote spots, which were totally worth the trip.
Next to surfing, João was a great host, inspired me to go to yoga classes (opening my eyes to a new world as well), showed us around in Porto and went to different restaurants with us.
The accommodation is a really nice place; friendly staff, clean rooms and very central.
One recommendation: it’d be great to offer separate groups for beginners and intermediaries.
from Great Britain, September 2020
"A laid back experience with lots of time on the water!"
João was a great instructor. He's laid back but will push you to make the most of the lessons so you have the best experience. He also kindly drove us into Porto to try the local francesinha and was a great way to get to know the other surfers. The hostel was also clean and a short walk from the beach.
from Germany, September 2020
"Excellent surfing experience "
João is such a good coach and friend. Always in small groups and he will drive you to amazing and local surfing spots rather than the tourist popular beaches. He also takes good care of everyone, introduces local restaurants, pick-up and sends me from and to the airport. I'm looking forward to joining this next summer as well.
from Italy, September 2020
I decided to get the package: 4 nights/ 3 Lessons....after the first Lesson with Joao i immediately asked him to add more lessons! Joao is a great teacher for every level of surfing: perfect if you want to start for the first time, perfect if you want to reach the next level! Very helpful with us. He also picked me up from/to the Airport and suggested the best places to visit and restaurants. Thanks Joao!! About the Guest house: clean and close the beach for surfing and chilling! Modern and comfortable beds. About Yoga lessons: very good after surfing. I really suggest the Experience with surf coaching Porto!
I enjoyed the yoga and the surfing. Pedro and Joao are both great and enthusiastic teachers.
from Italy, August 2020
I couldn't have made a better choice than to spend a week with João to learn surfing and have a great time!
The Surf House - which is a nice hostel with also other customers not related to the surf coaching experience - is located in Matosinhos, very close to the beautiful city of Porto. Every morning João will come outside the hostel to bring you in the best spots for surfing, not crowded and with good waves. The afternoon is free for doing what you like: lay down in the really close beach, or explore the sorrounding Porto area. Also Yoga classes are available every day and more experiences as well, such us having a dinner with the surf crew in some of the best local restaurants!
I have found the experience better than expected and João the best coach you could possibly have!! If you are reading this and you are in doubt if to book or not, my reccomandation is to not think twice! This experience is absolutelly worth the price and you'll have the possibility to really learn well how to surf with João, beside having a great time in his company.
from Ireland, August 2020
"Surf and yoga is an amazing mix!"
First of all, I want to express my gratitude for Pedro's yoga sessions here, they literally made me the happiest!
It was a great experience, and I'm sure I'll continue learning surfing after these 3 days. Coach João was trying to do everything to make sure we enjoy our time and I'm thankful for his patience especially!
Every surfing and yoga session was right on time, the commute was efficient and we were provided with all needed stuff like wetsuits, ponchos, etc.
from Germany, July 2020
We had the most amazing time at the surf lessons and in the beautiful guest house. João is a great and experienced teacher, who wants you to do your best every day. He was always available, told us the best places to visit and drove us to amazing surf and food spots.
from Germany, June 2020
"High-level surf experience"
After having daily surf lessons with Joao for almost a week he put my surfing skills and perspective on a whole new level.
I went from beginner, who liked to surf in white waves, to intermediate, who is more comfortable with green waves. He took me out of my comfort zone and made me push myself harder. Joao is a high-level coach, who is professional from the second you meet him. He paid attention to every detail and analyzed my style of surfing to understand each of my moves and give me the best advice to improve. In the water he was always by my side helping me to catch the waves, motivate me and take great pictures with his GoPro. :)
Thank you for putting so much work into me, I´ll be back for sure!
from Portugal, June 2019
"Nice stay for those who want to explore on their own"
The rooms and decor were absolutely gorgeous!
from Netherlands, April 2022
"Formidabele dagen in Porto!"
Veel plussen voor zowel de surf- als de yoga docent. Beiden hebben geduld, gaven persoonlijke aandacht en kunnen op een mooie manier coachen en motiveren. De betrokkenheid is zeer groot van beide heren. Ze zijn respectvolle en warme mensen en kunnen goed meedenken.
Mooie combo surfen en yoga. Het onderbouwt elkaar.
Dikke 10+ voor Pedro, João, Bruno (beheerder locatie Fishtail) en Paula!
from Germany, September 2021
"Perfekter Einstieg in die Surfwelt"
Jao ist ein perfekter Surflehrer, welcher einen fordert. Die Lage des Apartments ist perfekt!