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“Great surf holiday” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Freeride Surfcamp & School

Freeride Surfcamp & School
Hotel Memmo Baleeira, Sagres 8650-357, Portugal
+351 916089005
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Ranked #7 of 19 Attractions in Sagres
Type: Surf Camps, Adventure
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Owner description: Freeride Surfcamp & School is located at Hotel Memmo Baleeira in Sagres. Our surf school works only with small groups and private surf teaching. Taylor made surf vacations are allso available. Our experienced and qualified surf instructors will take you to the next level on surfing. We love to teach as much as touring you to the most authentic areas around Sagres either for a surf guide or to the best local restaurant and bar.
Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great surf holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Our main purpose for booking a surf holiday was to entice our 12 year old son into surfing, so my husband booked himself and our son onto a one week surf package with Memmo Baleeira Hotel and Freeride surfcamp. However, in the end I had to step in and take the lessons as my husband was recovering from a broken ankle. So 6 days of surf lessons were foisted on me, and I was more of an anxious, than an eager student.

Staff were friendly, engaging and supportive. Nadine was our main point of contact and she was terrific - really positive, energetic and helpful. Our instructor, Rodrigo was patient and encouraging as we were complete beginners. He even volunteered to teach our 7 year old son, who was not signed up, but got a free lesson. They lent him a boogie board to use for the week. And, when we travelled to different surf sites, they took my husband and son along too. I think that even the non-surfers can enjoy hanging out on the beaches, as there is usually a bar/cafe to duck into, and lots of sand for castle building.

The lessons ran from about 10am-1 or 2pm. They allowed us to keep our wetsuits and if we wanted, our boards to use in the afternoon, but we were too exhausted to do any additional surfing beyond lesson hours. Instead we used the afternoons to explore other beaches or villages in the region.

We enjoyed meeting the other surfers in our group (our group size ranged from 2-7, with two instructors when we were 6-7 people). It was quite diverse in nationality and age, but it made the experience more fun, too, as we could lend each other moral support. I noticed that the instructors had different approaches - some do longer warmups on the beach, or phase the surfing techniques in more quickly or slowly. However, I think that Rodrigo's approach worked for us and our ability level. We both went from nothing to being able to ride some gentle waves (my son doing so more ably than I).

This ended up being one of the best holidays that we've experienced. The surf course met its objective: My son is now motivated to continue dabbling in surfing. And surprisingly, so am I! Thank you to Rodrigo and Nadine for inspiring us!

Visited April 2013
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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Simply fantastic team who take you to the best surf”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

if you looking for surf lessons these are the guys to go to. Really friendly, good instructors, and you get to surf at the best beach in the area. Our teenage kids loved it, and so did I, even managing to stand a few times!

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Friendly and helpful with decent kit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Two of our children had a 3 day course with Freeride and thoroughly enjoyed it. Friendly and helpful and nice location at Cordama.

Visited August 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very efficient and safe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

For a first ride on the wave, their explanations were clear and easy to follow.
Team is knowledgeable and friendly.

Visited July 2012
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Scarsdale, New York
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“Personal attention, good value and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Marta and Nadine ran a professional and inspiring outfit that made everyone feel comfortable and have fun. Teens and mature adults improved their skills and developed an appetite for the sport. At ~50€ for 3 hours (not including the 1 hour break for lunch ), it seemed a rare bargain in this resort town.

Visited July 2012
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