Beginners Aboard

Some of the group, with me waiting for the next set (Photo by Matt H-B)

By Steph- 10/11/2015 

After 10 awesome days with Sven we have welcomed our next group of guests! Not our usual customers as they are a mix of beginners to intermediate surfers, which I’ve been excited about, as I consider myself more of a novice, and have been looking forward to finding some smaller, mellower breaks which are good for longboarding. We tailored our weeks plan to best suit our guest: a mix of sightseeing, surfing and beach hopping!

Camp fire surf ericeiraCamp fire time in Ericeira on the first night. (Photo by Matt H-B)

We spent our first day in Ericeria checking out the beaches and taking the guests for their first surf at Ribiera D’Ilhas ending with beach fire in the evening, beers and stargazing. Then on to beautiful Sintra where we first explored the coastline and then into the old town to see the many palaces and to try some delicious pastel de natas from the local bakery which were the best i’ve had (so far!). Sintra is an epic area located just north of Lisbon. It’s got some epic old palaces and castles to see and a really unique town.

surf camp sintra visitThe group in the town centre of Sintra (photo by Hungi)

Next we travelled north towards Peniche to get our surf on! We turned up to perfect clean and mellow weaves at Cantenio, in Baleal. We all had an amazing second surf, we got all the beginners riding green waves and managed to get a party wave yeeew! I always love having beginners around because they are never short of stoke and are always having fun which is what it is all about for me. We spent all of Thursday chilling in the sunshine with our beach set up and everyone getting lots of surf in even better conditions than the day before, we came to our secluded secret sport in the evening for a beachside dinner and sunset. Beautiful!

Carol learn surf portugalCarol enjoying some nice waves near Peniche (Photo by Matt H-B)

Viv learn surf portugalViv, loving life in the Ocean and feeling stoked! (Photo by Matt H-B)

Hungi beginner surf PortugalHungi, styling it on the waves. (Photo by Matt H-B)

Julia surf portugalJulia catching a green wave and learning to trip on her frontside (Photo by Matt H-B)

We are heading to north a little bit today to make the most of a nice cliff top, secluded beach and uncrowded surf. Oh, and of course it’s BBQ night!

Next week is set to be a corker too. We have a full Wagon and a film crew with us to shoot some professional footage for us.  🙂

steph surf portugalMe, catching some small waves and loooooving it! (Photo by Matt H-B)