Portugal

Portugal

Portugal Bodyboarding Holiday | The homeland of European Bodyboarding

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

Enjoy the best waves Portugal has to offer during early summer and autumn. Where European culture combines perfectly with an awesome beach lifestyle.

 


Our Aim

We’re heading to Praia do Guincho west of Lisbon for an epic bodyboarding trip.

Polish up your act, make some real progression or simply enjoy waves in the sun. From cheap flights to luxury accommodation, our aim is to set you up for a week of awesome coaching and fun in the water, alongside soaking up the coastal delights Portugal has to offer.

The Portuguese coastline is littered with a variety of breaks suitable for riders of all abilities. From points, reefs and beachies, to wedges, river mouths and shories, you can find every type of wave here. Well, pretty much.

The private villa we stay in is bang in the middle of the action, overlooking Praia do Guincho, a stunning 800m beach that’s exposed to the ferocity of the Atlantic Ocean. This makes it ideal for surfers, bodyboarders and those hunting for adventure. Located within the Serra de Sintra national park, its remote and wild setting is packed with rugged ambience.

We’re just 15 minutes from Praia da Adraga a beach and reef break that offers superb rights and lefts, and Praia Grande where the World Bodyboard Championships – The Sintra Pro – stops every September.

Guincho is just a 30 minute drive from the infamous reefs of Ericeira, which is now classified as a World Surfing Reserve, and 25 minutes from Praia de Carcavelos which is home to a fantastic exposed beach break. Journey 35 minutes further south and you hit the punchy beach breaks of Costa de Caparica. We also visit plenty of amazing secret spots in between.

You’ll pick up some game changing tips from Rob Barber’s Bodyboarding School. Their coaches and trained lifeguards organise group sessions and one to one in-water teaching, all trained by ex European number one and British team coach, Rob Barber. Or simply come along and bust your own moves with us in the glassy splendour of the Atlantic.

Don’t worry if you’re used to waves of a smaller size or you’re a complete beginner there’s something for you. You’ll be blown away by how fast you learn to paddle out and catch some good ones. We never throw people straight in at the deep end, we’ve got your back whatever your ability, and that’s a promise.

The type of people you meet on these trips want to score waves, enjoy the beach life style and sunsets, travel and improve their riding – a recipe of interests that make a great group vibe. So come along, we guarantee you’ll make new bodyboarding friends and contacts you’ll surf with in the future.

The Waves

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ll know bodyboarding has taken off in Portugal. It’s buzzing with local bodyboarding talent. With so many awesome shorie barrels and sections to learn their trade, it’s no wonder the IBA world tour has seen an influx of Portuguese riders stake their claim in recent years.

North of Praia do Guincho lays Nazare, a beach break rapidly gaining notoriety as one of the best and most powerful in Portugal, with hollow rights and lefts that were made for bodyboarding. To the south you’ll find the Portuguese Pipeline, Supertubes which breaks over a perfect sandbank and can deliver incredible fast, hollow barrels.

Even during the summer months, while other beaches to the east of Cascais become crowded there’s always ample room to surf at Guincho. There are also great amenities here including public showers, beach bars and restaurants.

Whichever direction we travel in on our surfaris, there’s a great mix of technical waves for the aspiring pro and mellow waves for developing riders. During the holiday we cruise the coast each day to find the best waves, so expect super fun conditions.

Climate

Swell season is year round – perfect for our trip! Expect reliably dry, sunny weather with temperatures around 27°C, falling to 18°C on average overnight. The water temperature is between 14-25°c in September so bring a 3/2 wetsuit and a shortie for the warm days if you have one.

Accommodation

Our luxury bodyboard villa is nestled in a valley below the Sintra Mountains high above Guincho beach. It’s a pretty palatial affair, housing masses of living space and a private driveway with automatic gates; we’re neighbouring Sven-GÖran Eriksson, Benfica footballers and Portuguese heads of state on this stunning part of the coastline.

Our exclusive three-story villa contains:

  • Six en-suite bedrooms with terraced sea views and two beds in the library
  • Fresh bed linen and towels
  • A fully equipped kitchen and outdoor BBQ area
  • Huge dining rooms and epic sea view terraces
  • Exquisitely furnished living/chilling areas
  • Secluded garden with lush shady palm trees and a private swimming pool
  • An awesome (fully stocked) bar and wifi
  • Daily housekeeping on weekdays
  • Beautiful surroundings and views over Guincho Beach

By far the best accommodation we provide on any of our trips, this pink mansion-like villa is perfect for kicking back in luxury after a top day of bodyboarding. It’s also in walking distance from the small, quaint village of Malveira de Serra which has a supermarket, bakery, pizzeria, surf shop, bars, pharmacy and restaurants. Just a short drive from the villa, Sintra is also a great destination for culture vultures and foodie fanatics.

Coaching

The coaching team offer daily tuition tailored to your ability with coaches that are experienced, lifeguard qualified and fully insured.  Some have twenty years of surfing experience and fifteen years of worldwide travel experience all staff are 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 
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We accept debit card, credit card, online transfers and paypal payments. Simply email us for an information pack for further details. Payment plans can be set up if required.

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!  

IMPORTANT FLIGHT INFORMATION

You should plan to arrive no earlier than 16.00 on the first day of your trip. On the last day of the trip you should plan your flight to leave by 10am. As a result,  we recommend that those flying over from the UK take the flights that we recommend in the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ sheet that we send out to you when you enquire to come on the trip. This makes logistics easier for everyone (please note though, you can choose your own flight if you want too!). 

For flight bookings you need to arrive in Portugal on the first day of the trip where we’ll meet you in the arrivals hall. We have access to the luxury villa from 1600 hours only so please don’t book your flights earlier than 1500 hours on the same day. We can’t move into the accommodation before this time so if you arrive early we will have a short wait and can grab some food in the mean time.

On the last day of the trip we’ll make sure you return to the airport in good time to catch your flight home. If you prefer to make your own transfer arrangements or you can’t make the whole week just let us know. Please note: on the last day, villa check out time is 10.00 hours so we’ll need to depart first thing in the morning so the earlier your flight, the better. Make sure you choose a return flight that leaves before or around midday.

However, if there are no alternatives we will get you to the airport around lunch time and you can wait for your flight there. There are good restaurants and free wifi at the airport.

If your dates don’t match

Do you want to arrive a few days earlier or stay on for a little longer? Then contact us with your dates and we will create a bespoke package and price that fits your schedule.

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You can choose to explore the local villages and towns to eat out in the morning and evening or purchase food from nearby stores and prepare it back at the luxury villa. Alternatively, you can choose our half-board catering option.

Half board includes healthy breakfasts and all evening meals. Portuguese food is Mediterranean so you’ll probably be familiar with most things on our menu. There will be meat or fish dishes and vegetarian options created by our personal chef. Lunch will be eaten while out and about at one of the many beachside cafes, bars and restaurants so make sure you take cash out with you every day.

We have an awesome fully stocked bar in our luxury villa with local beer on tap for just a few Euros. However, you’re welcome to bring duty free alcohol from the airport, we can also stop off at supermarkets to pick up other refreshments. Generally, most people take early-ish nights so they’re fresh for any dawn raids the following morning. If you fancy a night out, Sintra is only a short taxi ride away.

Included in your bodyboarding holiday

Our host will supply the following:

  • 7 or 14 nights’ accommodation in a luxury villa
  • Delicious, healthy breakfast and evening meal catering (optional)
  • Arrival and departure meetings at Lisbon Airport
  • Bodyboard guidance by locals to the best waves for your ability
  • Pro standard bodyboard kit available to hire at great prices 
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13 May 2017 > 20 May 2017
Portugal
£599
16 Sep 2017 > 23 Sep 2017
Portugal
£599
21 Oct 2017 > 28 Oct 2017
Portugal
£599
19 May 2018 > 26 May 2018
Portugal
£599

If your dates don’t match…

Do you want to arrive a few days earlier or stay on for a little longer? Then contact us with your dates and we will create a bespoke package and price that fits your schedule.


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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.


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