Portugal / One To One

Portugal / One To One

A bodyboarding holiday in Portugal with your own personal guide and instructor

Ability: All abilities welcome, from new bodyboarders to experienced shredders

Are you eager to get away, score sick waves, sky rocket your bodyboarding performance, have fun in the sun and get a real feel for Portugal’s bohemian lifestyle but all your mates are tied up with work or lacking the funds? If yes, then this is the perfect trip for you!

Our Aim

Our man on the ground in Portugal Matt ‘Mave’ Davies will host, coach and guide you to the best breaks his adopted home has to offer.

He rips both prone and dropknee and knows the place better than any local.

The Waves

If Carlsberg built bodyboarding destinations I’m sure they’d base their blue print on Portugal. Portugal has such a variety of bodyboarding spots it’s ridiculous. It’s no coincidence that Pierre Louis Costes, IBA World champion chose to move here in 2010.

Within just a 35 minute radius of Matt’s place there are breakwall wedges, harbour wall wedges, flat bottomed sandbars, grinding point breaks (for those DK lovers), bowly skatepark like beachies and heavy shorebreaks. 90minutes to the North you have the famed Supertubos, that does exactly what it says on the tin, and the notorious big wave spot Praia do Norte in Nazare. So whatever your taste in waves Portugal has it all!



The water temperature fluctuates from 14°C to 18°C and air temps between 14°C in winter and 35+°C in summer, which means this place is never too hot or too cold, in or out the water.


Take a step back in time, you’ll be staying in the historic and picturesque village of Colares with stunning views of the Serra de Sintra and just 5 minutes from the beach. Matt has a clean and comfortable two-bedroom apartment with kitchen, dining area, living room, bathroom and WiFi throughout. The apartment overlooks a charming square that boasts cafés a local bakery, grocery store and hardware store.


Matt will deliver daily tuition tailored to your ability. He is lifeguard qualified and has some twenty years of surfing experience and fifteen years of worldwide travel experience. He was personally trained by British team coach, Rob Barber.

Intermediate and advanced level coaching is tailored towards the individual.

Beginner coaching includes:

  • Oceanography class at the start of the week to understand breaks, rips and currents
  • Bodyboarding safety, beach awareness and how to catch waves
  • How to paddle out, gain speed, duck dive and wipe out safely
  • Learning moves such as cutbacks, barrel rolls and three-sixty spins
  • How to get the most from your equipment while having heaps of fun
  • Pro standard bodyboard kit available to hire at great prices

In order to book, follow these steps.
1. Fill in the form on the right hand side of this page
2. You will then be emailed an information pack and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet.
3. Read the information and follow the instructions to contact us to pay.
4. Remember we have limited numbers on each trip so please book early for the best price.
5. If you want to hear what other bodyboarders have thought of the holidays, read our Trip Advisor reviews here.
6. Once you have paid you will receive an online enrolment form, when you have completed and returned this you will be confirmed on the trip.

We don’t book your air travel but super-cheap flights are always on offer through budget airlines to Lisbon. It’s only 2.5 hours from the UK with fantastic air links with the rest of Europe and the States. 

You can fly to Lisbon Airport (LIS) from London, Manchester, Birmingham and London airports with Easyjet and Ryanair. Check out Sky Scanner to find the nearest flights to your location. When booking, make sure you check airline baggage charges by weight and bag number so you don’t discover any nasty hidden fees and you pack accordingly. 

Remember that we hire equipment, which works out cheaper than paying for your board bag and also saves you carrying your bag!

Matt’s place has a fully equipped kitchen and conveniently located above a grocery store if you wish to prepare your own meals. Alternatively, you may want to explore the local village and its variety of great yet affordable restaurants. The choice is yours!

All of our bespoke packages include:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days guiding and coaching to the best bodyboarding waves in Portugal.  (You may be joined by other boogers during some coaching sessions)
  • Video / photo coaching and analysis
  • Airport transfers

Bodyboarding equipment not included in the price. Please contact us if you would like to hire or buy equipment for the trip.


High Season: June 15 – September 15

No. Of DaysNo. Of GuestsPrice (£)Price Per Person (£)Accommodation
One To One71799799Matt’s Place

Low Season: September 15 – June 15

No. Of DaysNo. Of GuestsPrice (£)Price Per Person (£)Accommodation
One To One71799799Matt’s Place

Holiday Extras

ActivitiesPrice (€)
Yoga50 for 1h15m session
Massage45 for 1hr session
Photo Package*60 per week
Video Package*30 per week
Board & Leash40 per week
Wetsuit & Rash Top40 per week
Fins, Socks & Savers20 per week

* By purchasing the photo and/or video package, families will be able to take home all the photos and video imagery gathered and edited during the holiday. This will include awesome surfing actions shots and a selection of family holiday/lifestyle photos.

Available all year round just £799

The Lifestyle

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The Accommodation


You Organise Your Flights

We work closely with Dial A Flight, if you’re departing from the UK, they can organise all of your flights. Just give them a call and ask to speak to our agent, Lee.