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SURFING

The Silver Coast has miles and miles of endless beaches, many of which are deserted even in the height of summer. The coast line in this area is also a mecca for surfers and sun worshipers alike. Our properties at  Lourinha and Praia del Rei are 5-15 minutes drive from a number of surf schools.   Nazare – the home of the world’s biggest waves – this is just 45 mins drive from both locations.
 
The Silver Coast is widely acknowledged as being one of the best spots for surfing in Portugal. The surfing action is centred on this stretch of Silver Coast between Ericeira and Peniche, where the coastline offers great surfing almost every day of the year regardless of the swell and wind direction. The twists and turns of the Peniche coastline mean it has beaches facing in most directions so there is almost always somewhere with good surfing waves.
 
Some of the best surfers come to the Silver Coast Region take part in the Rip Curl Pro surfing championships in October each year.  In  Ericeira the  World Qualifying Surf Championships at Riberia d'llhas are a regular annual event, and there many other top surfing events like the Ocean Spirit festival that bring the stars of the sport to the Silver Coast during the year.
 
The climate is very mild although the sea is cold and wetsuits are a year-round necessity which the local surf schools all provide.  The region is ideal for surfers of all abilities - professionals come for the winter waves and in summer the ocean is calmer making it ideal conditions for those wanting to learn.
 
Learn to Surf with certified Surf Instructors at one of the most beautiful beaches in our area.
We are delighted introduce our partner for all surfing activity.
 
Ripar Surf School

Get Up! Stand Up!

Ripar Surf School is a local well respected family run business, founded by Rui Pedro in 2001. As a local surfer, his dream was to share his passion for surfing and the Portuguese culture. Ripar Surf School was born! With years of experience, RIPAR have developed superior and unique teaching techniques to help improve all levels of surfers from beginner to advanced.
 
Located just 2 minutes from the beach in Praia da Areia Branca, walking distance from Silver Coast Residence and Heights, they offers a full range of surfing equipment, boards, and most importantly tuition from qulified instructors. 

The school focus on 5 key areas to help you surf with confidence and style:
 
  1. 1. Fully qualified instructors, local surfers, that are in the water with you assisting every step of the way. 
  2. 2. Ripar only surf on the best beaches to suit your ability. They are mobile and flexible to customise the trip to get the best surf.
  3. 3. Offer the best equipment to assist your surfing experience.
  4. 4. Surf safety and ocean awareness is our highest priority which our instructors will ensure you become well trained in.
  5. 5. Fun! Having a good time all-round is the cornerstone to the success of our surf school.
 
EQUIPMENT
At RIPAR you can find the best learner specific boards and warm wetsuits in all different sizes, weights and body shapes.  They upgrade equipment every year, which means the surf gear will be your best friend.  As you improve, Ripar can also supply more advanced boards for the intermediate and advanced surfer.
Boards available in; soft boards, epoxy, fibre glass and NEW polycarbonate surf boards.
 
CERTIFICATION
RIPAR, as one of the first surf school and surf camp in the region, and has always been ahead in terms of licences, surf insurances and certifications. They proactively meet with the Portuguese Surfing Federation, the Portuguese Government and local City Hall, to develop the best strategy in terms of licences and certifications for the surf schools. They are PROUD of this!
 
SURF LESSONS
(Each surf lesson last 1h30m and includes surf equipment and insurance)
 
Group Lessons:
Single Lesson  - 30 €
Full Day      - 50 € (2 Lessons)
Wet Weekend    - 75€  (includes 2 surf lessons on Saturday and 1 on Sunday)
Pack 5 Lessons  -120€
Pack 10 Lessons-210€

Private Lessons:
                                                      
- 1 person  -   50€
- 2 persons -   85€
- 3 persons - 130€

BEGINNERS
Theory
- A short history of surfing
- Introduction to Surf equipment
- The local region geography / How to find the best spots
- Introduction to ocean tides, currents and wave techniques
- How to position yourself on the board, how to paddle, sit and turn
- How to go to the line-up and handle with the white water
- Basic Techniques on the white water (first waves)
- Take off (standing up on your board) practice on the sand
- Take off practice on the white water
- Turning on the white water
- First approach on surfing unbroken waves


INTERMIDIATE
- First session as an evaluation of your surfing skill and stablish the best way to improve
- How to choose the best surf equipment according with your level
- Improving your paddling, and some beginners techniques
- Understand the correct position in the line-up to surf unbroken waves
- Priority rules
- Shape, size and direction of the wave
- Practicing paddling into the wave
- Take-off on unbroken waves and turning
- Front-side and back-side surfing
- Manoeuvres: trimming (how to get speed)
- Approach to advanced surfing techniques 


ADVANCED
To join our advanced surfing lessons, you need to feel confortable on the water, 
know the priority rules, be able to catch unbroken waves on your own and turn.
Here, we are focus on:
- Ocean knowledge
- Surf equipment knowledge
- Choose the best schedules and surf spots in order to practice advanced 
techniques with less crowd on the water
- Ability to catch and ride unbroken waves
- Practice the classic surfing line: trimming, bottom turn, top turn
- Advanced manoeuvres: tube ridding, cut back, off the lip and floater.
 

Contact Ripar
Fernando Antunes
Bookings
Email: info@riparsurfschool.com
Mobile: 00351 910693559