Your Lisbon Surfing Guide
Summer is here and if you are local or just visiting Lisbon, there isn't a better time of the year to learn how to surf in Portugal! So before you hit the waves, here is your surfing guide of Lisbon.
First thing's first - deciding which surfing style you wish to learn.
Kitesurfing is a wind powered surface watersport using a kite and a board to move across the water.
Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind through a large parachute type kite to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard).
Although the name includes surfing, kitesurfing does not need waves – wind is the only force needed to power you along. Flat water locations and windy areas such as Costa da Caparica are favored by riders looking to perform freestyle as the water is smooth, which makes it easier to take off and land. If you have previous experience and wish to surf in a more windy area, we recommend taking lessons at Guincho beach (just next to Cascais), which is known for it’s high waves and strong winds.
Prices: a 10 hours course (5 lessons of 2 hours) costs €350 at Katavento, and €330 at Boarder Club Portugal. A 2 hours lesson costs €60 at Katavento, and a three hours lesson, costs €100 at Boarder Club Portugal.
*Tip – different from surfing and paddle-surfing, Kitesurfing lessons start by learning how to control the kite and other technical details before going into the water. Booking a course is recommended.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a surfing style where the surfer stands on the board and uses a paddle to propel through the water or even to catch the waves. Best conditions for paddle board surfing is flat water, which you can find in Cascais most of the year, also in Costa da Caparica and Carcavelos when it’s less windy. The benefit of paddle-boarding is that you can start by practicing from step one.
New activity which has gained wide popularity is yoga on a paddle board, where surfers can practice balance with the challenges of the water movements.
Prices: one group sup lesson costs €20 at Gecko Surf School and €25 at Sup Portugal. Sup Portugal also offers you to take sup surfing course for flat water, or to learn how to do wave surfing with a paddle board. Both courses are 4 hours and costs €100.
Surfing here is very popular as Portugal is definitely one of Europe’s finest surfing countries. Around Lisbon, the hottest surfing destinations are Carcavelos, Guincho beach and Costa da Caparica.
Costa da Caparica
Go Surf Lisboa defines itself as the school which is located by the waves and not in one specific location. They will pick you up from the center of Lisbon (Marques de Pombal) and take you to the best beach to surf on the day.
Prices: two-hour surfing lessons including transportation will cost you €35. If you are already at the beach, they also offer a full day, where you can take one lesson in the morning and another one in the afternoon (5 hour lessons) at €55. If you wish to take a surfing course, the price is €150 for a three days course, 2.5 hours each day.
Don’t forget the sunscreen!
- August 1, 2018
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