I came two years ago for the first time to Surfer's Camp to learn how to surf. I loved it and felt immediatly like coming to a friends house. It's such a cozy place with many hang out arears (love the hanging chairs!) and Rui and his team are just amazing. One year later I saw that Rui is searching for some help. I didn't hesitate even a second to apply for the job as "the breakfast girl". The following year I came again, even earlier and I helped Rui to prepare the camp for the new season. We fixed everything that was bothering us, did a lot of painting work to refresh the walls, fixed stuff, changed the whole living room and renovated the bathrooms. It was quite a lot of work but it payed off. I'm happy that the surf camp is improving and growing every year. Rui did a great job! I have to recommend this nice, cozy place for everyone who wants to learn how to surf and have fun doing it.
Surfer's camp is more than a surf experience, is a gorgeous life experience.
I was there for first time in september of 2014 with a friend and I been In love with all Surfer's camp: The great village of Esmoriz, the fantastic people of the Surfer's camp and also the wonderful city Porto.
The atmosphere in the camp is one of the best things that I most liked. All is about positive vibes and happines. The workers make complementary activities like barbecues, excursions, nights out for try and discover typical restaurants zone, turism in Porto, boat partys, and more of lot of activites...
Also they have the best surf teachers I have ever know. The Surfer's camp owners take us to diferent beaches. My favourite was the beach call Espinho, a small fishing beach. There I surf the best waves. But also I liked the forest beach, a big big bigggg and looooong beach with lots of trees around. Like a paradise.
The surf teachers give me some advices for improve my surf and for learn how the sea works. And then I had more courage to catch bigger waves. So that was a really good point for me, because without they help I had never dared to surf biggest waves.
They also have longboards and bikes that I taked for go a walk and discover the magnific villages around.
The house is so welcoming, I feeled like home, all so familiar and nice. I slept in a private room with my friend and we had de privacity that we wanted. But at the same time, we share lots of good moments with the other house guest.
I liked so much experience that in summer of 2015 I returned alone. And i feel it again like home. It was a wonderful experience.
This summer of 2016 I'm planing to going back with three friends who are willing to know the place and live that experience.
I have to thank the whole team that makes this possible, the teachers and the team and the owner Rui who makes me feel so good and who give me good advices for improve my surf and also make me to have really nice times and who makes that I feel in love with Portugal!
And also all the people that I meet there, of around the world. Begginers and experts of surfs who shared good vives.
Definitly Surfer's camp is one of the best experiencies of my life!
We`ve been at the surfer`s camp in sep 2015 and left very disappointed and with the feeling been cheated. We choose the camp for the good critiques and as it was described to be very small and familiar - but failed, because it was overbooked!
We booked a private double room which was located in the attic and neither me (I`m just 1,65m) nor my bf were able to stand straight in any place in the room... The room wasn`t even cleaned at time of arrival and it didn`t get during the whole week; the "double bed" was 140cm.
Also the shared bathrooms were really dirty all the time and didn´t get cleaned up.
The package price included surf-lessons, transfer and material for 6 days - finally it had just been possible to go to the sea for 3 days, but we didn`t get any money back though Rui didn`t have to pay the surf-teachers or have any costs for the transfer.
The "surfing-lessons" themselfes don`t even deserve this term: warming up in the group, theoretical instructions at the beach for 10 min is definitely too less for bloody beginners as we were. We applied ourselfes as "total beginners" so we expected Rui would plan the teacher-learners-ratio according to the levels - but no! 3 teachers for about 13 people who needed help and instructions at different levels. I really had problems with the streaming, because the sea is very harsh in this area, and asked teachers for help - I was sent 3 times to the beach and asked to wait (until the end of the surfin`day). That`s not what I`d call "lessons" or instructions.
Though I have to admit that some young single girls did get much more attention of the teachers than I (on holidays with my bf) or some other grown-up girls got.
Because of its outstanding positive ratings and its small size, we chose Surfers Camp for our surf holidays for 1 week (2 bloody beginners). Regarding to the homepage, the camp offers a relaxing, comfy surrounding and a maximum of 12 people to host. (2 rooms for 4 people each, and 2 private room for couples)
As we arrived at the camp on Saturday eve we found out that already 15 people were there, partly due to expansion of another floor. The booked double room we got was more a small chamber under the rooftop than a room, in which I couldn’t stand at all (am 1m79 tall) with a bed about 120 cm and a smaller additional camp bed. Because of that we accepted it.
The surf lesson on the first day consisted of a brief 5 min instruction how to stand up on the board. In the waves then we got some partial advice.
Next 2 days it was stormy and rainy with no possibility to do anything outside, or to use the inner yard of the camp. As it is just a normal sized house, 2 floors, with a kitchen, a living room, and a balcony the problem of 15 people been stuck in too small area became obviously.
When we returned on Wednesday night (weather was still too windy to surf) of a daytrip to Porto we found out that the additional camp bed of our room was removed to host 2 more guests, without informing us in any way. We just been told it was necessary afterwards. The camp was completely overbooked at least since that.
Rui offered us to watch another house of him to host us, as I talked with him, after spending the night at the couch in the living room.
We were not interested in such mismanagement and ignorance anymore and decided to leave the camp two days earlier after another night on the couch.
Maybe it worked properly with fewer guests. The impression leftover is the purpose of getting bigger and expanding business at the cost of appropriate quality, without providing the necessary facilities and management for that.
Spent 5 nights/4 days here and took a package which included a private room, breakfast, all surf lessons and gear. Fantastic value for money, especially for the level of tuition we received. Rui really runs a great little place, with fantastic areas to surf within easy driving distance, and the opportunity to go wake boarding (which is something I absolutely loved!!) Everything about this place was top notch, and I would definitely recommend and consider going again!