Nomad Surf Camp - ALGARVE (Teens), Faro. Surf Camps in Portugal
Nomad Surf Camps has been organising this summer surf camp for teenagers in Portugal, in the Algarve, since 2000. And this is the first surf camp for children in Portugal.
Surfing is our passion and we want to share this with you. Our goal is to offer you the best summer holidays and surfing experience of your life, laughing and meeting people from all over the world who will become friends for life.
There is a maximum of 40 kids per week and the summer surf camp and is for boys and girls between 12 and 17. The accommodation for the teens is close to Vale Figueiras beach, a comfortable Surf house surrounded by nature, in the natural park of Algarve and only 1 hour from Faro International airport. The camps are 7 days although most kids stay for two weeks.
Surf Courses are split into three levels: total beginners who will learn the easiest way to surf and improve their technique, Intermediate surfers, and advanced surfers. Plenty of activities, prizes, gifts and lots of fun. We proud ourselves to be a multinational summer camp where English is mainly spoken. The children will be spoken to in English most of the time. We also offer English Language classes in the evenings (optional).
The team consists of qualified coaches, who speak several languages and all the elements are combined to provide kids with professional, pleasurable and efficient training. The Team has dedicated their life to surf and has over 15 years of experience in junior training.
Our Surf camp for Teenagers in Algarve
The surf house is located on the private property of 10,000 square meters in the Natural park of Alentejo. This friendly and safe summer surf camp for kids in Portugal can accommodate up to 40 teenagers. The surf camp consists of the main building with a big dining area and an outside area with swimming pool and skate ramp where the kids can play and have fun.
- Swimming pool
- Skate Ramp
- Chill out area
- Yoga wooden deck
Spacious living room
- Internet access
- Water and coffee always available
- Separate dorms for boys and for girls.
- Rooms can be of 4, 6 or 8 people.
- Prices include accommodation in shared dorms.
Eating is one of the best pleasures and we know how important this is. The food is abundant and delicious. If a kid doesn’t like the food for any particular reasons we will make sure to cook him or her something else something of their taste.
Breakfast: Served at the surf camp, a delicious breakfasts buffet with freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit, different hams, bacon, cheese, different cereal, etc. Freshly Baked breads and Croissants. Vegetables and fruits: Salad, tomatoes and more. It’s amazing and one of the highlights of this camp!
Lunch: Picnic Lunches are given to each kid to take to the beach. 2 delicious sandwiches, a fruit of the season, chocolate, juices, and some other surprises.
Dinner: Dinners are provided at the Surfcamp.
We are a flexible surf camp and our main objective is that children have a great time and feel at home, or better!
We don’t use plastic bags
We don’t use plastic cutlery
We don t use plastic plates
Our wax is bio-degradable
Our Sunscreen is vegan
We have dedicated many years to the practice and teaching of surfing as qualified instructors, so Nomad Surfers created the Summer Surf Camp Portugal in 2000 with great enthusiasm, specializing in minors.
We know the responsibility that this entails, that is why the boys/girls will be controlled at all the times both in the surf lessons and activities extras we developed for their free time, and also at all times by our monitors, and will be always accompanied by teachers graduates. They will be surfing, doing sports and having fun but with the maximum security for them.
The Surf coaching
This surf school in the Algarve is one of the best in Portugal and renowned for training junior surfers for many years. World Class beach beaks and probably the best and most consistent surf in Europe during summer.
The Summer surf camp courses are split into three levels:
My first time surfing, or I only surf few times a year
1st and 2nd Day.
Morning: Introduction to waves without surfboards, introduction with the surfboard always laying down. Afternoon: Practice balance, Timing, exercises to get up on the board in and out of the water.
Each participant will be recorded on video the first 2 days, and on the second day our coaches will sit with each person one on one to view the footage to identify the mistakes and discuss which things to work on during the remaining of the camp.
3rd and 4th Day.
Morning: Review the last part of the first days. Afternoon: Stand Up and Balance position.
5th and 6th Day.
Morning: Review the last part. Afternoon: Exercises of weight change from front leg to back leg, walking on board.
I can paddle on my own and stand up
Evaluation of each person to know in which level he or she has and which points to work on.
✔ Exercises on surf skate boards. Skate boards with front trucks that move laterally and specially designed to train rail to rail surfing.
✔ Sitting on the board,
✔ Turning direction while sitting
✔ Explosive paddling,
✔ Paddle to the outside,
✔ Techniques to pass the waves while paddling out (Eskimo roll, etc),
✔ Catching green waves with the help of the coach pushing,
✔ Timing and reading of waves to know in which direction to paddle and when to get up.
✔ Surf green waves going left, surf green waves going right.
✔ Video analysis.
I surf short boards and want to get better
Take your surfing to the next level.
Evaluation of each surfer to know exactly which level he or she has and which points to work on.
✔ Introduction to shortboards.
✔ Duck dives,
✔ Bottom turns,
✔ Turn on the top (re-entry),
✔ Understanding tides and currents
✔ Introduction to reefs,
✔ Getting in and out of the water,
✔ Reading swell charts
✔ Surfaris to secret spots.
The coach will be video recording and will correct you with an analysis at the beach and also at the surfcamp.
How are the waves?
If you are looking for the location in Europe with most consistent waves for surfing, stop searching. This is the place in Europe with most waves during summer (June, July, and August). Our beach (Vale Figueiras) is a beach break which offers the most ripplable waves. Doesn’t matter if its low, mid or high tide you will find a sand bank breaking. The best thing is that the beach is so big that you can always find yourself a wave to yourself with no crowd… all you need is to walk an extra 2 minutes along the coast.
A Typical Day
09:00 – Breakfast
09:45 – Vans to the beach
10:30 – 13:00 Training
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:00 Training
18:30 Back at the Surf Camp ( Video, shower, relax, play, or other activities.) Language course (optional)
- Surfboard Shaping Workshop: Once every 10 days there is a workshop where we teach the kids how to shape, sand, and glass surfboards. We do the same process as if they were real surfboards but in miniature surfboards so they can take with them as a souvenir. They have a little hole on it so they can be a key chain, a necklace or just a little sculpture.
- Beach Clean-Up: In between surf sessions, we organize a beach clean up, where the teenagers will have gloves and plastic bags to collect as much garbage as possible at the beach where we practice surfing. Every day the ocean throws thousand of kilos of plastics at many beaches around the world and this scenario is only getting worse. With this activity we try to show the kids how important it is to do our part and spread good practice to more and more people. We can not give up.
- Yoga sessions few days a week.
- Barbecue party at the camp.
- Touristic excursions.
- Nature Run once a week.
- Beach Volleyball Competition.
- Other fun activities at the beach
- Other optional activities for extra cost
Are you ready for our famous party?
The last night of the week we throw a wild Dj Party. The highlight of the week.
Close by to the property there are stables with horses, cows, pigs, dogs, and our orchard. Kids will be surfing, doing sports and having fun but with the maximum security for them.
The Nomad Surf camp in Portugal for kids offers optional Spanish and English Language courses. The classes are only one hour per day for five days from Monday to Friday in the morning before the surf lessons or in the afternoon so no one will miss out on any surfing. The classes are fun and most of the time they will be taught in the open air (Beach, fields, with the animals at the nearby farms, etc).
Certified and native teacher is Jane Hayward
Certified by Cambridge as an English language teacher (CELTA).
“Originally from Brighton and with 16 years of teaching experience, I provide fun and effective made-to-measure English lessons for kids, teens and adults. Passionate about teaching and language learning, I also have over two years of experience teaching French, Spanish and Portuguese.”
LOCATION & GETTING HERE
The Junior surf camp is 30 minutes north of Sagres by car. The Surfhouse is ideally located between nature and the wild Vale Figueiras Beach or Arrifana Beach where the surf courses take place. (hills, birds, cows and sheep). No houses, bars, or anywhere to walk to, apart from the beach. We have everything we need to keep our guest entertained at the camp.
The Algarve is situated on the most southern part of Portugal, stretching along the Atlantic between the Spanish border and Cabo Sao Vicente, Europe’s south western most point, enjoys a privileged climate all year round, in brightly colored and fertile surroundings covered with orange, fig, and almond groves.
The southern coastline is formed by a long stretch of fabulous beaches, only broken up by impressive reddish cliffs. The west coast is wilder and the sea rougher, with a string of solitary coves and beaches accessed through dirt tracks.
- 30 km. N of Sagres
- 30 km. NW of Lagos
- 110 km. from Faro
- 275 km. S of Lisbon (Portugal)
- 300 km. W of Sevilla (Spain)
Flying to Faro (FAO)
Direct Flights from major all European cities.
SPAIN: Direct flight Madrid to Faro. Iberia
ITALY: 1 Conextion Milan to Faro. Easyjet / Ryanair / Veiling
FRANCE: Direct flight to Faro – Easyjet/Transavia /Ryanair
GERMANY: Ryanair /Tui Fly/Munich Transavia / air Berlin
We offer Transfers to/ from Faro international airport 40 EUR per person per way
By Train or Bus
There is Buses from Madrid to Lagos
We offer Transfers to/ from Faro international airport and Lagos train and Aljezur bus stations.
By Train or Bus
You can also take a train from Madrid to Lagos
Closest Train Station is LAGOS, 30 km.
Closest Bus Station ALJEZUR 7 km
Buses from Lisbon to Aljezur
Buses from Lisbon to Aljezur
What to bring
What to bring - Checklist
We have prepared a checklist to make sure your kid has everything he/she needs to have an awesome time at the camp!
✔ Underwear for 10 days
✔ Socks for closed shoes
✔ Summer t-shirts and shorts
✔ Long pants and sweater
✔ A raincoat
✔ Sports Shoes for Skate classes
✔ Flipflops/ Sandals
✔ Swimsuit / bikini
✔ Beach towel
✔ Small backpack to carry things to the beach
✔ Toiletry kit (Toothpaste and toothbrush, champoo, gel, etc.)
✔ Hat or visor
✔ The mobile phone is optional, the idea is that are disconnected from the electronics.
✔ Pocket money (all meals are included but it is good to have a little extra money to buy some ice cream or drink on the beach or during excursions, or extra optional activities).
PRICES & PACKAGES
Book early !!! Limited availability !!!
|Camp 1||24 June – 1 Jul||7 Nights|
|Camp 2||1 – 8 July||7 Nights|
|Camp 3||8 – 15 July||7 Nights|
|Camp 4||15 – 22 July||7 Nights|
|Camp 5||22 – 29 July||7 Nights|
|1 week||775 EUR|
|2 weeks||1475 EUR|
|3 weeks||2125 EUR|
✔ Shared room accommodation at Surf House
✔ Full Board (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
✔ Surf lessons and all necessary equipment
✔ English Language classes (optional)
✔ Lagos Pick up and drop off. Train/Bus station (free)
✔ Faro Airport Pick up and drop off (extra cost)
✔ Lisbon Airport transfers (Extra cost)
✔ Other activities. (Skate board, games etc)
✔ Goody Bag
✔ Last night party and lots of fun
5 days of English Language classes 100 EUR. The classes are only 1 hour long. The objective is that children learn at least a handful of few important phrases of words per day.
FARO AIRPORT – TRANSFERS
Faro Airport Pick up – 40 Eur per pereson per way.
Pickups from Faro with a bus at 13:30 and 19:00
Drop-offs at Airport on check out day at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
We accompany kids that come and leave to FARO airport only, on the official dates of the camps. The responsible person going to be at he airport since 10:30 till 19:00 to meet kids on arrival and help on check in / leave kids at departure.
TRANSFERS ON DIFFERENT DATES OR AFTERHOURS
The pick up and drop off out of dates, out of time (too early or too late), or in Lisbon airport is possible, but it will be provided by the transfers company. The driver will be waiting on the arrivals for pick ups and drop off kids at the departure, without making a check in with the kids. Only for the kids older than 14 years old.*
*Please verify with the airline company what is the allowed age to make check in without an accompanying by the adult.
Faro Airport Pick up or Drop off for kids of 14 years old or older, transfer is by taxi and not include the accompanying at the airport (via check in, etc.)
Faro – 1 to 3 pax – 180€ per way per car
Faro – 4 to 8 pax – 205€ per way per car
Lisbon Airport Pick up – 570 EUR per van 1 to 4 people per way,
660 EUR per van 5 to 8 persons per way (pickups and drop-offs from 11 am to 4 pm official dates),
The Surfcamp for children in the Algarve starts in the afternoon. Check-in after 4 PM
CHECK OUT TIME
On check out day, the departures in the mornings after breakfast, although we can drop off at a later time if necessary.
The lunch on Arrival / Departure dates is included for children, that stays with us for the next camp / prolong the stay. Cost of extra lunch is 10EUR.