Learning to Surf in Algarve Portugal, a Week with Kate

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 10:27:14 +0000

Wondered what Learning to Surf in Algarve Portugal is like? We asked one of our lovely guests Kate to write about her experience with us.

I’ve joined Ride on Retreats on several of their Surf and Yoga Retreats in Portugal. I decided a few years ago that I wanted to Learn to Surf and so joined Ride on Retreats on one of their early Spring Retreats in the Algarve.

On the first morning we were collected by the brilliant Surf Instructors in our own private minibus. Before the session we had a delicious coffee at a local Portuguese café on the way to the beach. Over coffee the instructors explained that each day they would plan where we were going to surf that day depending on the wind direction, swell size and timings for the high or low tides and gave us information about the beach we were visiting that day.

Once we got to our beautiful beach, we set up our base for the day. Seb our lead instructor took us through a full beach warm up so that our muscles were ready to learn to surf. Theory and safety was covered by the instructors on the beach so that we felt confident and had some good knowledge of the beach and the rips and wind before we got into the water.

There was only 6 guests on these weeks with two fully qualified surf instructors (who are also trained as beach lifeguards) so you get plenty of coaching and in water assistance to ensure you get the most out of the surf lessons. At first we were practising catching waves on our front and riding into the shore to get a feel for how the board reacts and the force of the waves. This was really fun and helped me get an understanding of how to control the board. After each exercise specifically designed to teach us the principles of learning to surf we would have an opportunity to re-cap out of the water, ask any questions, perfect techniques and try again in the water.

Learning to surf with so few guests was absolutely brilliant as we got plenty of support from our instructors, they were right next to us in the water which made me feel very confident and helped me to progress. We also had plenty of space for when we had our wipe outs which was all part of the fun of learning.

After a morning’s fun in the sea we then enjoyed a fabulous lunch on the beach prepared by the retreat chef Elise, this was just what was needed to fuel us up ready for our second surf session in the afternoon.

After more tuition and practice we were ready to try getting to our feet on the surf boards. The instructors took us through several methods that could suit us when trying to stand up. Ways of learning to surf is different for everyone and some in the group found they were able to stand by doing a downward dog style push up and bringing their legs through, others preferred to use their knee for initial stability and others were able to push off their back foot first. By the end of our second surf lesson of the day everyone was having go at popping up to their feet, it was great fun and I even managed to stand up for a few seconds!

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It was the perfect week with a combination of Surf, Yoga, delicious food and a friendly host who took care of everything so that I could focus on Learning to Surf.

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