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I Surf Portugal

Povoa de Varzim, Portugal
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About I Surf Portugal
I surf Portugal is a surf camp & surf school in Porto and Povoa de Varzim in Portugal. You can learn how to surf and improve your surfing, meet new friends and have a great time. We come and pick you up from your hotel in Porto for our surf lessons and take you to a wild and beautiful beach with clean water and sand dunes.
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Mandy K wrote a review Sep 2020
7 contributions1 helpful vote
I've stayed in the surf camp for 1 week and it was amazing. We were lucky with the weather and waves, however the camp itself was great. The staff is friendly, helpful and kind. The food is good and the surf lessons are amazing. I got some good tips which improved my surfing a lot. The surf theory lesson is helpful too wit lots of good info for me as a beginner surfer. It was a great week and I highly recommend this camp!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Nadja wrote a review Sep 2020
Lucerne, Switzerland11 contributions3 helpful votes
Book your stay at isurfportugal - it will be the best decision! I stayed there with a friend for one week and enjoyed every single moment. The surfcamp is based in a camping area just a little walk (about 3 minutes) from the beach. There we had really great surf classes. Additionally we were allowed to take the boards at any time to enjoy the waves by ourselfs (special recommendation: go surfing during sunset - awesome experience). As I needed a lot of energy for surfing, I was more than happy that the food was extremely delicious (btw they serve great vegetarian and vegan food). Another special was the lunch package, because they delivered it to the beach! Every evening the crew organised an activity, for example a theory lesson about surfing, a pub quiz, bonfires or a music night. Not only was the crew really talented, but also they have been very communicative and never said no to have a litte chat with us. And after a long day I loved to cuddle myself into my bed and continued dreaming about the waves (as you will be able to hear the ocean).
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Louisa K wrote a review Sep 2020
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My boyfriend and I stayed with two friends in the camp for 10 Days. We had a very good time and really enjoyed the surfing and the possibility that we could always take some boards and get into the water. The food was really good and sufficient and the catering for vegans was also pretty good. The only thing about the food was that there was just sugary cereals for breakfast and when I asked about oats (-> healthy options are promoted) I had to buy them for myself. But that also wasn’t a big problem. Nevertheless, there were also some not so perfect things: - The camp itself is a lot more rustic than on the pictures. The tents are comfy, wind- and rainproof and you can borrow brushes to clean them every once in a while. There is no indoor area, even the kitchen is kind of outside (with a roof though), so when the weather is not so good there is no place to get warm and dry. What I would recommend is put pillows and games in a tent over night and when it rains, so it stays dry and clean. - Leftover food was stored for stuff members, which is absolutely fine and I really appreciate it, but I still saw a lot of food going in the trash. So my recommendation here would be to have an eye on the food and when you see that noone will eat it until it’s bad you could offer it guests as a free lunch option (as long as it is still good of course) - Sadly we never saw the volleyball field +ball or beach tennis balls, card or board games, because the box with the games was all dirty and wet. - During our stay no trips to porto were organised, we had to organise for ourselves (and get the Uber for ourselves, which is not expensive though) and the trip to the local restaurant was more an act of friendship of one of the guys from staff for his friends. - There were also activities but we had the feeling that the stuff was not really motivated to keep great stuff going in the camp. it was half hearted and we had the feeling they could do so much better when they would be motivated. Also when there is a cocktail night as activity I would expect at least one welcome drink on the house. - For the surfcourse I can only compare with one I had in northern spain last year. There we got one theory lesson, for beginners hands-on help in the water, 5 surfer with one teacher max and for the advanced the teachers were with us IN the water to guide us from there and give us important tips. The two teachers here were kind of overstrained with two courses á 20 surfers from every level. No theory, which I think is very important and helpful. - Also there was just one functioning hard board. - We had the feeling that some of the stuff members haven’t had any contact with surfing or surfcamps before the camp, which I think is important for guests when they ask how the swell is, when it would be good to surf or even answer simple questions like what location I should put on magic seaweed to look up the conditions for yourself. As mentioned before with the activities, they were kind of unmotivated and not service orientated at all. - There was no proper wifi except for the restaurant which I enjoyed and needed A LOT but if wifi is important to you, you should know. What I absolutely loved on our stay was the atmosphere in the evenings, and on the whole camping lot, including the beach. That we could use surfboards from 7-21 and were the only surfers in the water. The internationality and remoteness gives you an absolute feeling of freedom and that the time runs somehow differently. Also the bathroom facilities were VERY clean and really good. The good thing about the simplicity of the camp was that you could really appreciate how you live at home. All in all we had a great stay but we saw a loooot unused potential. And one week MAX. We’d recommend to go only for 3-5 Days and then check out more surfspots in Portugal because it is such a beautiful country!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Amyawayadventuring wrote a review Sep 2019
Crouch End, United Kingdom18 contributions11 helpful votes
Jorge took me and 3 friends for 3 fab days in the surf. All beginners of some degree we stood, we fell, we paddled and generally had a great time. Jorge and the crew are patient and diligent teachers and we all came away thrilled by the progress we made. Thanks so much!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Jeany wrote a review Jun 2019
3 contributions7 helpful votes
I did come out more knowledgeable after my SUP lesson with George and certainly more confident in my balancing ability, but what was my biggest win was the amazing cultural exchange that George as an amazing guide and SUP instructor offered. I cannot recommend this enough. It really is an experience that makes you happy, teaches you a lot and makes your Portugal moments richer! Kudos to this surf school.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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