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Start your surf trip right – 5 Tips to help you get the best out of your surf holiday

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It’s time! You finally decided to start surfing. For a long time you have thought: will this be the right thing for me? Is it fun at all? What if I get scared? And anyway – am I actually fit enough for surfing?

Or maybe you’ve been on the board a couple of times and you’re totally stoked. Your next surf trip is coming soon. But yes, there is still the nasty winter with the comfortable couch and especially the holidays between the last and the next surf trip. No matter which of the two scenarios applies to you. What is certain is that you will be on a holiday and you want to get the most out of this time.

Our everyday life sometimes makes it difficult for us to stay in shape. Especially when you learn a new sport, it’s completely different for your body and muscles, so it’s a bigger challenge. It has to get used to it first. If you are already a surfer, it takes a little time to reactivate the muscle memory of your body.

So, let’s not kid ourselves – besides the popular lifestyle-arguments, which mainly drew our attention in the media, surfing above all is one thing: physically very demanding. .

The main components of surfing are endurance, strength, agility and balance. Lying on your stomach makes it even more difficult for most beginners, as it’s unusual to move on your stomach like this for a long time. Breathing is more difficult and the neck and shoulder area are under tension. Especially with faulty execution. In a good surf school with certified surf instructors you will be taught correctly and it will help you to avoid mistakes and to constantly improve your surfing.

Before their surf trip many want to know what they can do to become fit for surfing and what they should bring with them. We have 5 tips for you, which prepare you optimally for your surfing holiday

1 Running

To train your endurance, it is best to simply put on your running shoes and start walking regularly for between 30 and 40 minutes. If you are an untrained runner, take it easy. It is important to stimulate the cardiovascular system accordingly. Running increases physical fitness and endurance enormously The positive effect for surfing: You are not running out of breath quite so fast and you will find your resting pulse back faster after intense effort.

2 Swimming

Generally, swimming also is one of the cardio-vascular sports – you train your endurance. But regular swimming before your surf trip is especially good to get familiar with the movement and coordination in the wet element. Swimming surely is not paddling on a surfboard. Nevertheless, you build up important shoulder and arm muscles when you crawl a few lanes from time to time. Fear of water is an obstacle for most to make real progress in surfing. Are you one of those people where water and the sea cause discomfort? Then use the indoor swimming pool as a chance to play in the water. Yes, heard right: play. Dive as long as you can, hold your breath and jump into the water. All this makes you familiar with yourself in the water and will later give you more self-confidence in the sea. If water doesn’t worry you train your endurance and lung power: hold your breath longer and longer, dive down and the next Wipe-Out will be easy!

3 Push ups, Burpees & Upper Body Lifts

THE fitness exercise that makes everyone feel a cold shiver running down their backs: the Burpee. Unbelievably exhausting, challenging and effective at the same time. A skillful set of burpees combines strength, endurance and agility. It’s perfectly okay if your burpee is still rather slothful – kinda slow. The steady drop hollows the stone. With every day you become better, more precise and faster. The surf take-off is basically a kind of burpee: with power in your arms you push yourself up and with an explosive push from the hip you jump forward. Agile, so you should be fast and precise (at some point) so you don’t lose your balance and fall off the board. You want to get as much out of the wave as possible. Back to the beginning. The burpee makes you strong. And to get a strong burpee, strong arms help. Strong arms help with paddling and your take-off – so get to these push ups. In all variations.

The Upper Body Lifts strengthen your middle and lower back. This area of your body is heavily stressed during surfing. You will lay a lot on your stomach and work with your shoulders. You lift your upper body to be able to paddle more efficiently. Strong torso and back muscles help you to paddle better and to avoid injuries in your back. With the Upper Body Lifts you lie flat on your stomach. Bend your arms and fold your hands at the back of your head. Your elbows push back. Press your pelvis into the floor and stretch your back by pressing into the middle back. Now lift and lower your upper body. Start with 5×3 repetitions and then rise slowly.

Try to integrate all three exercises into your everyday life: 10 minutes per day is enough. Start with small repetitions and increase step by step. Start with the push-ups, then move on to the upper body lifts and finish with the burpees. It’s perfectly okay to start with just two burpees. On YouTube you’ll find numerous instructions that will guide you safely through all three exercises.

4 Training Balance

In your first surf sessions you will learn how to stand on the board. Soon you will manage to do the take-off will and you will shoot forward to the beach in the white water. Or you can surf in the green waves already and take off on the shoulder of the wave. But then it happens: you lose your balance, then you lose control over your board and before you know it you fall and the wave is gone. We all lose balance and fall. Don’t put yourself under too much pressure here, because even the slightest bump on the water surface can throw you off track and there’s so much to consider once you’re on the board. Baby Steps are perfectly appropriate and you will see that the more stable your body center (see also point 3) and your balance are, the faster you make progress.

Ideal are Balance Boards. Here you stand on a wooden board which rests on a roll. It can be quite tricky, but it is a lot of fun. A few seconds quickly turn into minutes in which you stay on the board. If you don’t have any of these boards, you can balance on whatever is available to you. Stand on one leg while brushing your teeth. Just do everything one-legged :) Maybe you have some weights at home? Add these as well. Balance builds up quite fast and so you can increase quickly in your exercises. Okay, enough about exercise.

Okay, enough about exercise. You don’t have to become a fitness crack for your surf holiday and do sports 6 times a week from now on. Even if you only do one exercise on a regular basis, you will benefit from it while surfing.

5 Preparation is everything – bring the right things with you Cap, Zinc & Co.

Our last point tackles your surf trip packing list. When you go surfing for the first time, it’s hard to know what to expect. You will probably wonder what you should take with you and what is important. The most popular surf destinations in Europe are Portugal & Co. The summers are hot and the intermediate seasons are sunny and mild. Lot’s of sun is certainly on your wish list and according to that you have chosen your surf location.

Therefore Point number 1: Sun protection. Beside bringing the classic sun cream we recommend you to buy Surf Zinc. This special sun cream or zinc is a rather thick paste with a particularly high SPF, which does not run into your eyes in the water and cause a burn or infection. Zinc lasts very long on the skin and ideally you decide for a version with natural components to do your skin particularly well. P

Point number 2:Bring a cap/sun hat with you. The surf courses usually take place in several sessions throughout the day. So you spend most of the day on the beach, where the sun shines on your head. Protect yourself from a nasty sunstroke and bring a cap or sun hat with you.

Point number 3 : The surf poncho! The poncho is the ace in your sleeve when you’re standing on the beach or the surf van and it’s time to put on your wettie! You simply throw on the practical towelling cape and save yourself the acrobatics of changing with a towel that is too small. The same goes for the undressing of your wetsuit. The great thing about the poncho – after surfing, it’s directly cozy, especially on cloudy or windy days.

You can find ponchos in every well-assorted surf shop online and also in stationary surf shops. The keyword „Surf Poncho“ helps your search on Google.

Point number 4: The dry bag. Hot days and sunshine are almost guaranteed in Portugal. But still, bad weather is also common here and there. But the surf is still on and you will ask yourself – what to do with my stuff when suddenly the rain breaks over you. A Dry Bag is ideal for it. The waterproof backpack keeps everything dry and with different sizes it offers enough storage space for your stuff from poncho to changing clothes to room keys. Above all you will be thankful to have one when the tide coming in is faster at the towel than you :)

Point number 5: Your own water bottle. This one is for the love for our environment! The pollution of nature by plastic waste is no longer a secret and so it is a matter of responsibility of each individual to get involved. So even small things can make a big difference – a refillable drinking bottle, ideally made of metal. This way you keep the beach clean and don’t have to worry about buying a new water bottle all the time.

Now, these were our tips, which will let you start your next surf holiday well prepared. If you have questions or suggestions please leave a comment!

Take a look at Da Silva Surfcamp in Portugal for your next surf holiday. In the middle of a beautiful landscape in a rustic house you will find time to relax. The camp’s own surf school will get you on your board and ensure an unforgettable surf holiday.

 

Work in progress – What’s news with the tiny houses?

In one of our last blog posts we introduced you to THE new living trend – Tiny Houses.

Da Silva Surfcamp located in the small fishing village Praia Da Areia Branca now offers its guests to stay in their two brand new Tiny Houses. The houses are designed by Leopold Tomaschek and offer space for everything you need to live.

The design of the new camp houses is of course tailored to your needs as a surf holidaymaker. Cosiness and comfort are written in capital letters, so that couples as well as small families have enough space to relax after a long surfing day. The houses will be equipped with a double bed and a loft bed as well as a private bathroom. The terrace faces west and offers a magnificent view of the surrounding hills, fields and above all the bright blue Atlantic Ocean.

The camp also has a great launch offer for you at the start – so the first three surf camp bookings for the Tiny Homes get a 10% discount.

The building project is slowly taking shape and we would like you to participate in it. As you can see, beginnings are not so easy here either, and the work is done slowly and step by step – from the foundation to the walls and finally the insulation.

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Despite all the hard work, fun was never neglected by all the busy participants. There is always time for Super Bock!

IMG_2919And despite one or two drinks as a reward (who can blame them, because small milestones have to be rewarded) the two cottages increasingly take shape and the finish line seems to be almost in sight. Walls, roofs, insulation and exterior cladding are finished. The next steps are the interior work and soon the furnishing!

Collage_Blog_Tiny House_2We will definitely keep you posted on the progress! If you want to reserve your place at Da Silva Surfcamp and stay in one of the small cottages, then go this way. Don’t forget – the first three bookings get 10% discount*. *

1 week surf camp package

 

6 reasons to get you start surfing this summer

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Summer is coming and along with it the much longed-for summer holiday. You might even be one of the lucky ones who can look forward to a long summer break from university. In both cases it is already clear though – summer time is travel time. Throughout Europe you can rely on a wonderful climate and thanks to our cheap airline culture all European highlights are booked in no time at all.

But what if this time you’re not after a pool holiday, beach hangouts or a strenuous city and sightseeing trip?

Then surfing is the perfect alternative for you if you want to try something new this summer. It’s not easy to stay longer on the board at first – but learning is even more fun if you bring a little motivation and self-discipline.

Here are 6 reasons why learning to surf this summer is just right for you.

Number 1 – Live the moment!

Our lives are determined by our jobs, schedules, plans and commitments. Okay, that sounds a bit hard and much of it we are not necessarily aware of to this extent. That’s good! However, in today’s stressful time we lose perception for the moment, for the present. In our heads we are always one step ahead joggling worries, plans and expectations.

Doing so is not possible while surfing. Here you can only function in the current moment.

Your attention and your senses are sharpened for everything that happens. While in the water every wave is different, the tides change constantly and so do the currents and wave sizes. When you are not surfing (or trying to surf on a wave), you as a surfer are always busy observing the ocean to react to it. Surfing is your mental break from everyday life.surfermeditating

Number 2 – As a surfer you get to see the most beautiful places in the world

Once you’re fixed and have your first successes on the board, surfing is your ticket into the world. Surfers are always on the lookout for the perfect wave. This way your desire to travel is not neglected when surfing.From Asia to Australia, South America, Sri Lanka and Hawaii – everywhere you go you’ll find places with beautiful beaches to surf and explore with new cultures.

If it doesn’t drive you too far away, rest assured: Europe’s Atlantic coast is blessed with numerous world-class waves. How about learning to surf in Portugal, for example?

Number 3 – getting high and happy with the most legal drug in the world: surfing

There is hardly a feeling that can be compared to surfing and the well-known saying „only a surfer knows the feeling“ can make you curious about what’s so great about surfing. Although surfers get physically quite exhausted during a surf session they still come out of the water looking very satisfied and with a broad grin.

Why is that? Well, your brain releases a chemical cocktail of adrenaline, dopamine and endorphins with every wave: your heartbeat is accelerated and the satisfying dopamine kicks into your blood because you’re experiencing something great. The happiness hormones endorphin and serotonin make you feel happy and cheerful. You are enthusiastic and wonderfully rewarded for all the paddling. You will quickly realize that you need more of this: you are officially „stoked“! The best thing about it is that your stoke will last long after surfing.portugal_surfcamp_35_Snapseed

Number 4 – Surfing makes you fit

Surfing is a perfect whole body workout where you build up and define muscles and train endurance and agility. The great thing about it is that it happens automatically and as a side effect, because you don’t go surfing to train your body, but first and foremost to ride waves and get your stoke.

Already when paddling out you notice where your back, arms and shoulders are being used. On the board you train your balance, because such a ride on the wave does not work without body tension and balance. Be sure to feel each muscle individually the next day. You can read here in our blog post how you can get fit for your surfing holiday in order to get the best out of your trip.

Number 5You get to meet new people super fast

As a matter of fact: surfing is not a team sport. You are alone with yourself, the board and the full energy of the ocean. But the nice thing is that surfing and the stoke of surfing unite. With a good attitude in the line-up, you can quickly get into conversations with others, when paddling out or back together anyway. After surfing, you can have a well-deserved beer at the local beach bar and socialize about waves, wipe-outs and tides. Surfers are generally relaxed and so first acquaintances already start with paddling out.

There is surfing all over the world and as mentioned above, surfers are always looking for the perfect wave – so you meet people from all over the world.

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Especially if you learn surfing in a surf camp, you will grow quickly together with the group through the shared experience. It’s not uncommon for you to start a long and strong friendship here.

Number 6 – You are one with nature

“Nature is a healer”

So they say and also science proves that the power and the energy of the ocean have a healing effect on soul & spirit. Hardly any other element is as appealing as water. No wonder, since we ourselves consist of more than 70% water. A natural, so to speak innate feeling of connection with water is then only obvious.

In addition there is the magical interplay of nature, on which we as surfers are dependent – the state of the tides and thus the effect of the moon, the influence of the wind and the currents. And you are right in the middle – as a part of the whole.

Well, if it isn’t for the right reasons, this summer you might dare to get on the board! Okay – it is quite possible that you hesitate. Surfing seems dangerous and daring and especially when you listen to some conversations you hear one or the other horror story of horrible wipe-outs and washes, bruises and head injuries. Yes, surfing carries one or the other risk. But, most importantly, these risks can be avoided and if not, at least minimized enormously. Unfortunately, many surfers and beginners overestimate themselves.

But you don’t! Respect for Mother Nature protects you from many things. So don’t go out if it’s clearly above your comfort size or if you feel unfit. Surf spots with stony bottom only if there is enough water between you and the reef, and especially when you are ready. Don’t panic when you get properly washed becauseif you stay calm your breath will always be enough to get back to the surface. Always keep an eye on your surroundings and other surfers. All these things are important when learning to surf. A good surf school or a surf camp will teach you to surf 1×1 from the beginning – for example the Da Silva surf camp in Portugal.

Travelling solo – 7 reasons to convince you why

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Every one of us has been at this exact point before, maybe you are at the moment – the strong urge to travel, to learn something new or to discover the world. Just get out of here for a bit! Or simply the holiday is just around the corner. The catch: You are alone. Either you are single, your friends already have plans or do not share the same interest. Maybe your partner doesn’t fancy your long-awaited dream destination.

There are so many reasons and they always raise the question: should I travel alone?

Well. For some it’s not even worth thinking about, it’s crystal clear: yes, in any case! Others get anxious just from the thought: by no means! But why is that? In most cases it is fear and, if you belong to group 2, then you certainly know all the little excuses that arise in your head when it comes to the question of whether not you should just go and travel alone:

„I don’t know how it works, I can’t do it, I’m uncomfortable, but I want to share my experiences with someone, it’s not safe, I don’t know what I want“.

Certainly the spectrum of these thoughts is somewhat different between the inner desire to go on a world trip or to spend two weeks in Portugal on a surf holiday. In both scenarios, one needs to overcome them at the beginning in some way. We will show you how to get these under control with these 7 reasons:

Number 1 – Step out of your comfort zone

Everything exciting, new and better is on the opposite side of fear.

In your safe comfort zone, nothing really new happens except the things you already know. In our everyday lives we create this fluffy-soft environment of safety and comfort. Everyone. And to break out from it means for your environment to be different or that something is wrong. It conveys risk and danger. Outside of that zone, it can be uncomfortable and exhausting. But you will quickly see that this is complete nonsense and that you can grow here. Positive challenges await you here. You will see how many new options suddenly open up for you. Basically all other items on our list.

comfort zone_blog juni surfNumber 2 – No compromises

So the last city trip with museum visits was quite nice and informative. Secretly you would have rather gone surfing though. Well, never mind. It was still super nice to hang with your friend. Does that sound familiar to you? If yes, then that is a pity! To travel solo means to do only what you want to do and whenever you want to do it. You wanted to get up early and go hiking, but yesterday’s wine is still banging in your head. Keep sleeping – no one to commit to except yourself! Eat where you like, what you like and when you like.

Making your own experiences dependent on others is a waste of time. Travelling alone and not having to compromise is not selfish. It is the way to find and follow your inner compass.

Number 3 – You get to meet great people

As a matter of fact during a holiday with a friend or your partner you hardly get to know new people. On the one hand, because you don’t always want to. But above all, because you don’t have to. By travelling alone, you are open for new encounters. One is more easily addressed, invited or is also instructed to exchange and communicate. This way often deep friendships develop, because you suddenly find yourself with yesterdays strangers at a great party, sharing the stoke over amazing waves or in other adventures. These experiences will connect you forever.

neue Leute kennenlernen_blog juni surfNumber 4 – You are never alone when travelling

By myself I have traveled through the Arab world, Europe, Asia and North America. Meanwhile I was never ever really alone. Travelling solo or going on holiday by yourself is a situation that connects and you radiate that and attract it consequently. You always meet people on your trips or in your holiday resorts that will join you in some way – people who tell you about great places and destinations that you will want to see. Or of destinations that seem even more interesting to you because of the friendly acquaintance, so that you overturn your plans and travel along with them for a bit. All this happens naturally and you must and will learn to trust on it. The great thing about frequent travel companions – you’re both independent enough so that you can always follow your own compass and that’s perfectly okay.

Number 5 – Your self-confidence becomes stronger

Where you used to put your friend in front of you, you now have to go yourself – ask for directions, hotel or help in a foreign language, order food, pay and so on. That makes you nervous already? Here we are again at the comfort zone. What you don’t organize for yourself won’t happen either.

Surfen-LernenYou never thought you’d be on the board after a week of surfing lessons? A crazy feeling, right? But for that no one else was necessary except yourself and your surf instructor, you will smile and ask why it took 5 years to finally go surfing alone.

Number 6 – Get to know yourself better

All the points already mentioned will eventually lead you to learn a whole lot about yourself. keine kompromisse_blog juni surf Alone on vacation or while travelling you will often find yourself in completely new situations, which bring out sides in you that you were not aware of before. You can only profit from such personal growth and your loved ones around you anyway.

Number 7 – Look forward to home and appreciate your loved ones more

Only those who have been away really appreciate what they have at home – from their own bed to their loved ones. The warmth and security of your familiar surroundings cannot be replaced by anything – the rarely active perception of this special feeling is priceless!

As with most things, it is perfectly okay to approach new things slowly. Maybe start with a solo weekend trip. The best introduction to go solo is to join an unknown group, such as a surf camp. With this you can’t go wrong – you follow an interest and book your surf camp. You are on your way. Alone. Once arrived you’ll find other surfers on site and you get to know each other and still have enough space and time for yourself, but you are not completely on your own.

If you are in doubt, make yourself aware that you can always and always go back. To retrieve lost time is not possible. You can do it!

The Tiny Houses are ready!

They’ve sweated, they’ve cursed, screwed and sawed – after quite a few months of hard and dedicated work by many little helpers it is now done!

The two Tiny Houses at Da Silva Surfcamp in Portuguese Praia Da Areia Branca are now ready for occupancy. We have already kept you up to date with two blog posts about the project and the state of construction. Now Leopold Tomaschek’s small, cozy miracles of space finished and have been lovingly furnished in a typical Portuguese rustic style.

1The two houses are equipped with a small kitchenette and sitting area as well as a comfortable sleeping area for two persons and a bathroom. A ladder leads under the roof where there is also a bedroom – ideal for small families on a surf holiday.

The view leads outside where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding fields and hills. The Tiny Houses are nevertheless in the immediate vicinity of the camp, so that one is a little away from the hustle and bustle, but still not isolated from the action.

The first surf camp guests have already moved into the house and are enthusiastic:

So cozy! Ideal for relaxing after a good surf day. It’s great that you can simply retire to your own little kingdom for a while. It’s great to make a coffee here in the morning and enjoy the sunrise. We love it!

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The houses are bookable from now on. All information about prices and availability can be found on the website.

Why you should learn to surf in Portugal

Portugal has been at the top of the list of the most popular and most beautiful travel destinations for several years now – not only in Europe but worldwide. From being an insider tip to the must-see on the bucket list of international travel enthusiasts.

Stroll through Lisbon’s lively old town on warm summer nights – music plays on every corner, tourists and locals mingle in exuberant parties and the smell of classic grilled sardines is everywhere. The warm and brightly lit city by the Tejo exudes a magic that is hard to let go of. A magic that can only be understood if you look over the city and its colorful sea of roofs from one of the 7 hills of the city. But that’s not quite all. Portugal is more than Lisbon and the westernmost tip of Europe in charming Sagres.

Over the years, above all Portugal has become one thing – the surf Mecca of Europe. As a water and wave lover, you can’t get past Portugal’s Atlantic coast.

The coast offers a wide variety of waves from beginner-friendly beach breaks to point breaks to advanced shore and reef breaks. Meanwhile Supertubos in Peniche has become a fixed stop on the Surf World Tour championship. Every year in October the pros of the tour gather here in their fight for the world championship title. Supertubos has it all – especially when the big autumn swells roll towards Portugal, this wave keeps what its name promises – fast and big barrels. Not far from this world class wave is the Bay of Baleal. A playground for all levels and full of waves all year round.

As you can see, we are absolutely convinced of Portugal as a surf destination – or in other words: Believe the hype.

So why is Portugal so good for learning to surf? Well, not everyone is a pro surfer but many want to learn it. And so maybe you are also choosing destinations to start surfing

. Reliable waves

Portugal is wave safe. But what does that mean? Right – no matter when you go on holiday in Portugal you can basically surf every month of the year. Surely that depends a bit on how you handle cold water. But this is what a good wetsuit is made for :) As a rule of thumb you should go further south with the ongoing months. Swell and winds are ideal in the Lisbon area from March to October. When autumn and winter finally come, you’ll be good in the south around Lagos and Sagres. There is usually not enough swell in the summer. A good surf schoolknows its area very well and therefore always finds suitable spots for all levels. This is another reason why Portugal is so well suited for you as a beginner, as there are countless beach breaks with large sandbanks – the best playground to learn.

Forget la France

You might wonder if France or Portugal? We say quite clearly: que siiiim – Portugal! France certainly has many equally good arguments. There are a lot of great spots here, too. Nevertheless it is much more overcrowded. Huge sandbanks with masses of surf schools working on a piecework basis. France’s coast is now known for large tent camps with groups arriving in busses. Taught and entertained by German sports students. You have to like it. Or want it. But those who prefer it more authentic and familiar are better off in Portugal. Here the rate of local surf coaches is very high, the camps more private and the average age generally somewhat above the nevertheless quite young average of German-French mass youth tent camps.

An authentic surf trip

The surfers‘ hot spots are located in and around Peniche, north of Lisbon, as well as with Ericeira and Costa da Caparica around Lisbon and in the south near Sagres. Near these places you will find countless places and beaches with great waves that are not crowded and offer you a super authentic holiday experience. In small fishing villages off the beaten track you will find empty beaches, rustic charming restaurants and accommodation. For example, in the small village of Praia Da Areia Branca. Here you can spend your surfing holiday in a typical Portuguese country house and experience the flair and charm of Portugal between locals up close. The view reaches over beautiful hills up to the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is empty, the waves are suitable for all levels and the village consists of a friendly community of locals. This is especially true here when you walk along the promenade and spend the sunset with a mini (the smallest beer in the world) between cheerful locals. It’s not uncommon for this to end in a party at the local and popular beach bar. The Da Silva Surfcamp offers you weekly packages to learn surfing. Advanced surfers will also be coached.

Learn to surf with Locals

If it is important to you to get to know the country and its people during your holiday, this is the right place for you. Surfing is a national sport in Portugal and has therefore been part of the culture for a long time. Many locals run their own schools and surf camps. Recently established rules support local surfers to become specifically licensed surf instructors, helping them to find good jobs in the surf sector and making it harder for international seasonal coaches. Da Silva Surf School and Surfcamp has always been run by locals. They know the waves and spots best and always give you a piece of Portugal in their lessons.

There is so much to discover and experience

If you want to treat yourself to a day off or if Poseidon imposes his very own will, you certainly won’t get bored. The country has a lot to offer and there is a lot to discover. Wander through old castles and palaces, eat your way through the many local specialities and let yourself be blown away by the unique Portuguese melancholy (and good red wine) on a Fado night.

Those who like it active will get their money’s worth – snorkeling and diving on the Berlengas, boat tours, climbing or exploring the country and people on the mountain bike. At Da Silva Surfcamp you can for example book a Surf & MTB package. Ideal for surfers who want to start mountain biking. Or just for mountain bikers who also want to surf.

As you can see, Portugal is incredibly multifaceted and an absolute wave guarantor. Surely no insider tip anymore, but before many other European surf destinations still the number 1 and above all one thing: authentic!



Da Silva Surf Camp – my personal surf travel report

My last surf trip was only two months ago. But since my boyfriend is currently working for a surf camp in Portugal and as a landlocked surfer I’m always in the mood for waves, I took some time off and booked a flight to this wave promising country.

The Arrival

I’m not really a fan of flying due to environmental reasons, but with only 18 days (14.5.-31.5.) on site I wanted to save myself the long journey by train/bus and decided to book the outrageously cheap flight from Berlin-Schönefeld to Lisbon.

After 3h on the plane dressed in a thick sweater and cap I was greeted by the merciless afternoon heat in Lisbon. I quickly took the shuttle to the bus station Sete Rios, got myself a cold drink and in the shade and waited for the next connection.

After another 1.5h on the bus I arrived in the north at Areia Branca, where Mareike (a coworker of the Camp) already waited for me at the bus stop of the small town. The 10 minute car drive marked my last trip for this day and I arrived at my final goal of the day – at Da Silva Surfcamp.

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A bed, a toilet with shower and a kitchen area so that you can prepare a hot meal after surfing. That’s all I expected.

Instead I got a small caravan, a magnificent view over the wild meadows, fields and villages up to the sea and a camp with so many lovingly arranged places, nice people and leisure activities, that I don’t know what to do first.

Playing table tennis, foosball in the in-house bar, bouncing in the pool on hot days, exploring the area by bike or longboard, daring to take a skateboard into the camp mini ramp (I learned a little with a lot of patience from my teacher) or grabbing one of the music instruments – there is so much this camp has to offer.

And in case that there is no waves you can make a day trip to the nearby cities of Òbidos, Sintra, Ericeira or Lisbon – boredom was definitely out of the equasion.

Though, I came here for the waves and they are for sure not lacking here.

Portugal is known for its steady wave conditions. The surf camp is located in the small village Areia Branca about 20min walk from the next spot, but the choice is big. If you have a car, you will always find a surf spot with great waves somewhere nearby, whether for beginners, advanced or pros.

People

What I especially like about surf camps are the people you get to know. Most of them share the same passion (surfing of course), which is a wonderful way to exchange different experiences with this sport. But whether you’re a surfing enthusiast or not, you always get to meet interesting people of all ages and backgrounds!

During my stay at Da Silva, for example, I met a wonderful family consisting of Daniela and Katharina with their two sons (4Y. & 1Y.) and their boxer bitch Emi, who have left their everyday life behind them and travel through Europe by bus for several months.

Or Leopold, who built two Tiny houses for Da Silva Surfcampat the age of 19 with the help of his buddy.

And not to forget Thomas, who felt he had seen half the world, always has an interesting story in store and was already swimming and jogging while I was still comfortably sipping my first cup of coffee in the morning.

But . also outside the camp life I have always met friendly people. For example, we were in a small surf shop called „Hangfive“ nearby, where we only wanted to see a board for sale, but we quickly got into a conversation with the friendly shop owner Luis. Our chat went from today’s surf scene, the local surf camps, the history of the shop (which used to be a corner shop) to living with children and an hour had gone by.

On my travels I simply notice again and again that with openness, a non-judgmental attitude and a little time that you can always take, you can have so many great conversations

Highlights

My absolute highlight was the first wave with my first own board!

Since I had been thinking about investing in a surfboard for some time anyway and the rental costs for a board for two weeks wouldn’t have been much cheaper, I looked for a second hand board in the Portuguese eBay („OLX“). The decision fell quite fast on a 6’8er Funboard, which turned out to have never touched the sea.

It felt a little strange at first on a supermarket parking lot with a bunch of cash in my pocket for a strange man to wait in a strange country, but not half an hour later I sat grinning with my first board next to me in the car.

When the first session with „Barbra“ came closer (the name we chose for the board since it turned out to be a little diva, just like Barbra Streisand) I was afraid that I wouldn’t even paddle properly into the line up (I’ve only surfed boards with much more volume before), let alone take a wave. But after my first wave ride on Barbra I knew that I still had to put on a lot of paddle muscles (match sleeves adé), but I can have a lot of fun with her and my surf skills will grow with this board!

Fails

Luckily nothing too serious happened!

The first faux pas was two Ding´s in my board, because someone dropped in on me (ironically my boyfriend) and our boards hit each other. Of course I was sad at first (first board, first ouch), but we brought it to the local shaper on the same day, who was so cool to fix it until the next day, so that I don’t miss a surf day.

So Not too much of a big deal luckily.

A real failure was that the four tires of the Camp Van were punctured, which was probably done by some local surfers because they don’t seem to want to share the waves.

I am always very divided on this subject, because on the one hand I can imagine that you can be pissed off when the holiday surfers come in droves, fill up the lineups and in the best case still get dropped into the waves, but no matter how big the anger may be; just because a person lives and surfs here doesn’t justify ignorance, unfriendliness, let alone violence.

But I don’t want to chew through this eternally discussed topic of localism here.

Such things unfortunately happen everywhere, but one should not be intimidated by them. In this case, not 20 minutes later the other van was organized to bring the people back to the camp and the next day the matter was settled with a shake of the head.

Apart from that no further negative experiences with the locals happened to me on this surf trip, because as long as you follow the rules of the way and greet the people, everything is really chic and you also get into conversation during a break between the sets.

Time to say goodbye

The journey home, like probably many people, is unfortunately very difficult for me.

Most of the time I quickly settle in to new surroundings and imagine again and again what it would be like to move away from Berlin and build up a new life abroad in order to escape from my tired mother city and be closer to the waves.

But I’m still young and have time to explore the world with small trips and maybe some day there will be a spot, who knows.

Until then I will go from my surf trips like the one to Portugal at Da Silva Surf Camp. It’s worth it in any case and will certainly be repeated soon. Best you have a look yourself.

My surf trip – packing essentials

Finally the time has come and your surf holiday is just around the corner – flights and surf camp are booked, your countdown on your desk is ready and your anticipation of sun, beach and waves is almost unbearable.

Still you are feeling a little stressed when you think about packing? Doesn’t matter if it is your first or another surf holiday – you want to think about everything or forget nothing. Sure, especially at surf spots in Europe you are not totally off the hook. So you can still find surf shops in the smallest villages of France, Spain or Portugal. Nevertheless – it’s better to have everything with you so you can concentrate on the essentials – your surf course. For this case we have put together a short list with the essentials for your suitcase so that you can concentrate on your wave anticipation.

#1 Your wet suit

The European summer is hot. Beach days and tanning are at the top of the list alongside surfing. Nevertheless, the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean should not be underestimated. Despite the hot outside temperatures, the moody Atlantic remains constantly refreshing. In the middle of the year you can expect a little over 20 degrees. In the months of the low season rather so around 17 degrees. Therefore you can’t avoid a wetsuit for surfing and you will quickly notice that a good Neo pays off. Mobility and flexibility, fit, warm fleece and fast drying material.

Best advise is you go find your local surf shop or sports shop and try out models of a few different brands. When buying a wetsuit, it’s a good idea not to buy online. Especially if it is your first wetsuit. A good one must be able to do a lot of things:

  • It has to be hard-wearing, because it is put on and taken off at least twice a day. It must fit perfectly and must not be too big or too small, especially at the neck, armpits and crotch. Otherwise, water will enter. This is not only cold, but also makes you heavier and more immobile. All reasons that exhaust you more quickly and possibly shorten your surfing session.
  • That brings us to the next point. The wettie has to keep you warm of course. In the Atlantic a 3’2 or 4’3 is enough in summer. The numbers indicate the thickness of the material in mm. Depending on how sensitive you are, it is advisable to choose a thicker or thinner one.
  • Helpful features are a nice plus. A warm fleece in the chest and back area, for example, keeps you warm and is especially great if you want to go surfing in cooler months.
  • The seams: When processing the seams, make sure that they are sealed at least from the inside and that the Neo consists of only a few elements. The seams are the weak point of the suit and have to endure the most – so the fewer the seams, the better.

If the neo-purchase is still too much for you at the beginning, don’t stress yourself with it. A good surf schoolwill provide you with the right wetsuit as part of your surf course.

#2 The Surf Poncho

The poncho is my absolute favourite on a surf trip. It is pretty much everything in one – beach towel, towel, changing aid and cuddly bathrobe beach style. Such a terry poncho is the ideal companion when you are on your way to the beach or looking for waves. You only want to put on the Neo at the last moment and usually have to do so in the company of many people on the beach. Forget all the towel tricks for changing. With the poncho nothing flashes and slides. After surfing it is an oversized towel and a cuddly blanket in one. Especially great on colder days!

You can get such a cape in every surf shop and in different designs and materials. Girls should make sure that they choose a poncho with slightly longer sleeves so that they can’t look into your side.

#3 Zinc and sunscreen

Taking sun protection with you on holiday is old news. Especially in the south the sun is more intense, you are more outdoors and therefore exposed to the sun longer. A high sun protection factor is therefore particularly relevant.

For extra protection in the water it is recommended to have Surf-Zink with you. Conventional sun cream often runs into the eye, burns and provides an oily film in the eye. In combination with small sand particles in the water, this can lead to inflammation. Zinc is waterproof and does not run. When buying, be sure to choose a paste made from natural components to do your skin extra good and not dry it out.

#4 Cap and Beanie

A surf day is usually divided into two surf sessions. Depending on the tide and wind you go into the water at different times of the day. Or you simply take a break in between.

Basically, the biggest part of the day you are on the beach. That’s why it’s advisable to have a cap with you so as not to get too much sun on your head. On the beach it can be windy or the weather can be a bit grumpier – then it is good if you also have a beanie with you so as not to catch a cold with wet hair. Despite beautiful weather it can get fresh after surfing – both cap and beanie contribute to your comfort.

#5 Drybag

The Drybag is your waterproof companion on your surf holiday – come rain or flood. The practical bag is available in various sizes, so that everything from room keys to purse, sunglasses and changing clothes always finds a safe and dry place. You will be especially thankful to have such a drybag when you come out of the water and the tide arrives at your towel faster than you thought.

With our 5 packing tips you are super prepared for your upcoming surf trip. These are essentials, things we think should be in your suitcase to have everything you need for your surfing holiday.

Happy Surfing!

3 Truths about your paddling

If there is one thing you have taken with you from your first surf holiday and lessons it is that surfing consists of incredibly many elements. Especially at the beginning they seem to be so many that it is difficult to make any progress at all. You can’t focus on everything at the same time. That goes for all of us. One thing is most important here to remember – patience and perseverance. Only those who stay at it consistently and with commitment will make progress. Tears, sweat and many bruises included.

Today we want to bring you closer to an essential part of surfing. And that is paddling. Because clearly, or not – without paddling there are no waves for you to surf. The hard part here – as in many other matters of life – is breaking bad habits and reshaping them. When we start surfing, we pay little attention to our paddling technique. In the foreground is the take-off and getting on the board. To hold on. Our muscle body is not used to working lying on its stomach and most surfers think surfing is done in the arms. Paddling, one thinks, is like swimming. And I can swim is what you will think. Just like a bad posture, which we have acquired over the years, a bad paddling technique works hand in hand to give you a hunchback, hanging shoulders and neck pain eventually.

All this is basically related to how your body and upper body-shoulder area move and function correctly. So if you are already a surfer, read on from here in any case. If you are just about to learn how to surf, then read on as well, in order to prevent memorizing a wrong technique right at the beginning.

3 Truths to the most common paddling mistakes.

#1 With your head down you will not paddle faster

Some people will tell you to lower your head if you want to paddle faster. So you do exactly that in your next surf session and you have the feeling of gliding through the water at turbo speed. Well. Your body played a trick on you and you fell for it. You have lengthened the end of your neck and your upper body. This relaxes the muscles that are supposed to work to lift your chest. In addition, your shoulders now fall forward, causing your pectoral muscles to become activated and are thereby forced to do all the hard work alone. In this position, you are not using any of the correct muscles that will help you paddle efficiently over the long term. Much rather the result is the rounded shoulders and back we mentioned above. A generally poor posture as well. Which muscles should you use and how can you simply train them?

The muscles that change your paddling are in your back. More precisely, the large back muscles, as well as the muscles in the lower back and buttocks. If these muscles are under tension, your upper body rises and your shoulder joints have room for your complete range of motion needed for good and safe paddle strokes. You also ensure balance and stability on the board so that your board can glide better

Lift your upper body and try to relax your shoulders and arms. Your arms only work under water – the moment your hands go into the water.

Imagine that to your fingertips are wooden strips along which you pull yourself forward. Try to reach these strips with your middle finger. Forget to bend your arms like crazy. Think of a rowing boat – your arms are the oars. Pull your hand back under the board, but not all the way to the back. Lift them out of the water, relax and then reach forward again to the wooden slats in front of you. Your upper body remains steady but slightly lifted. Voila!

#2 The key is in the back

As already indicated in #1, most of us believe that paddling only comes from the arms and shoulders. If you are one of them, then you rely on the rather small muscles in your body for your paddling success. Why though, if your giant Latissimus Dorsi is so close :)

It is one of the largest muscles in the body and excellent for paddling, good posture and to impress people with as many Chin-Ups as possible. Chin-ups are an excellent exercise to train this muscle group. Lie on your stomach. Tighten buttocks and body center so that you are stable in the pelvis. Move your hands to the back of the head and press your elbows backwards. Now lift and lower your upper body evenly. Raise your chin a little too – Chin up!

#3 Heavy weights are not helpful for your paddling power

We are not saying that heavy weights aren’t any good for your paddling power. But light weights are just as good, if not better. Your rotator cuffs play an important role here. They are essential for shoulder movement and safe paddling. Above all they love light weights with many repetitions. The muscle fiber gets only small cracks, which heal fast and build up the muscle. The result is a stronger foundation in the shoulders for paddling. Work with elastic bands to strengthen your rotator cuffs. Stretch after surfing. Above all – pay attention to your paddling and be careful how you move.

All of this should in no way have you lose motivation! Because as I said in the beginning – surfing is terribly complex and you have to pay attention to so many things. So it is just perfectly normal that sometimes something falls under the table :) However, to pay attention to a correct paddling technique at the start will help you to surf faster and will prevent you from developing bad posture and injuries in the back and shoulders.

In a good surf school you learn everything correctly straight from the beginning. You will find yourself in good hands to ask as many questions as you want to get tips on good and safe technique. For now we wish you a lot of fun in your next surf. Maybe our tips have helped you? Then leave us a comment. Yeeew!

The universal remedy – take me to the beach, please!

Some of us feel it more, others less. No matter the intensity, everyone does feel it some way – the attraction and fascination of the ocean. Be it the vastness, the sound of the waves or the smell of the salty air. A visit to the sea works wonders and is good for mental and physical health and it’s scientifically approved.

This is not really fresh news for us surfers. When surfing you are one with one of the biggest, most powerful forces of nature ever. An energy that heals and immediately makes you happy. As a surfer you additionally spend a lot of time looking at the sea, watching its movement, reading the waves. The rhythm of your day is determined by the tides. When you tell others about this it sounds incredibly kitschy. And actually, that’s what it is – being away from the sea feels like a heartache and leads to great dissatisfaction.

Neurologists recommend spending as much time as possible on the beach or by water fronts – whether learning to surf on your surf holidays or on your short trip to the beach for sunbathing. City life stresses our body and soul enormously. Regular visits to the sea can help avoid stress-related health problems such as cardiovascular disease and depression. Beach and sea views offer the body even more restorative benefits than the gym. Older studies have shown that time spent in nature help calm and regenerate the soul, slow down the heart rate and improve mood and concentration – an all-round boost for general well-being and your own overall life satisfaction

. A natural way to happiness

A stay at the seaside has a stimulating effect on the brain. It stimulates the production of serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

These messenger substances play an important role for our general well-being and happiness. Marine landscapes stimulate those areas of the brain that are responsible for positive attitudes, beautiful memories and emotional balance. Well, if it doesn’t scream for your next surf holiday?

Improving your ability to concentrate

The sea not only promotes our recreation and relaxation, but also our ability to concentrate. An experiment shows a group of students who are presented with different pictures: the test persons who looked at pictures of the ocean achieved a higher score in a subsequent test than those who looked at pictures of urban landscapes. We think this justifies your surfing trip before the next exams, don’t you think? After all, it’s scientifically proven. So, how about Portugal?!

Relaxation for the organism

Marine landscapes have a calming effect. This is confirmed by many studies – blue in all its shades calms and relaxes the human mind. Perhaps that is why blue is the world’s favourite colour. What is your favorite color?

Healing effect on the respiratory tract

Good health makes you happy. The old Romans already knew that. The sea is also helpful here. The iodine preserved in the water and in the sea air is a natural remedy for the respiratory tract. It also stimulates sluggish metabolism.

The oceanic bio-climate with year-round high ultraviolet radiation and the constant, healing wind intensifies this effect.

Balanced in the rhythm of the waves

Waves give harmony to the human body. The constant sound in the recurring rhythm of the rolling waves has an extremely positive effect not only on the brain, but on the entire organism.

The „music of the waves“ succeeds in creating an optimal level of certain chemical substances – including dopamine and serotonin – that promote contentment and happiness. It’s definitely time to put these surf holidays on your playlist soon!

Vitamin D supply

Vitamin D is essential for our organism. It supports calcium absorption and healthy bones and is therefore important at every stage of life. However, only about 20% of the required vitamin D can be supplied through a balanced diet. Sufficient daylight and sunlight are therefore important – and where better to get this than by the sea?

We have already mentioned it above – for a surfer it is not only possible to look at the sea, but also to merge with it. Immerse yourself in it and connect with the rhythm and power of the waves. A feeling that only a surfer knows. Our bodies consist of more than 70% water – confirmation enough why a stay or immersion in this element causes such fascination and healing.

Learn to surf this summer in a surf course and experience for yourself what the sea will do for you. Or are you already a surfer and looking for a quick reason to take a holiday? Well, we would say – sorry, doctor’s order!

The challenge – a family surf trip

Just recently we highly praisedtraveling alone, encouraged you to screw everything and simply hit that road and travel alone. Today we dedicate ourselves to the exact opposite – traveling with your family. Surfing holidays with the kids – whether you are a single parent or a 5-person family – can be a hairy business both in planning and execution.

Where do cheap flights go, where is it not too expensive in the holiday season, is holiday time also wave season as well and generally – do the camps want to have children around at all?

Already during the research about surf camps in the well-known surf regions it becomes clear fast – beach, surfing, everything totally hip, the core target group is somewhere in their early 20s and partying is a must. If you can come with kids, you usually have to find out about an inquiry and that alone is answer enough. This is very annoying and can be frustrating, especially if spontaneity is rather a term from your childless past.

“Kids welcome“ or „not welcome“ has meanwhile become a solid selection criteria for surf camp guests. It’s also obvious, especially for those who don’t have one and/or want to simply rest during their holidays. The problem is that there are just very few child-friendly camps around – but here is one of them.

One of these few authentic camps is located in the beautiful Praia Da Areia Branca in Portugal. The camp operators of the Da Silva Surfcamp themselves are a happy, fun and exuberant family. The fact that children and families feel particularly at home here is a no-brainer.

What must a family friendly camp be able to offer?

Actually this is not so much. Above all it has to be communicated, so that all present guests don’t feel disturbed. The Da Silva Surfcamp for example promotes its „Kids welcome“ philosophy on all possible channels and exactly this point makes it so popular amongst all guests. Cordiality and warmth instead of posing and surfer attitude.

If this basis is given, the rest just comes smoothly. The kids are part of the surf group. So simple. Here you grow together through the common experience and time spent on the beach. Surfing connects – across all ages.

There should be enough space to discover, play and adventure in a safe environment. But also to be able to get out of each other’s way. Da Silva Surfcamp has mastered this balance excellently. In addition to all the options to play such as table tennis, table football, darts, pool and guitar, the camp is surrounded by wide fields and areas as well as many small places where you can get together or withdraw in peace.

Small families usually book the popular Tiny Houses a little bit further away from the camp centre. Here you have private space with your kids and your own room to be – for eating, sleeping, playing, reading or…crying and being stubborn (…oh, Kids!).

Tiny House in Portugal
Tiny Surf House in Portugal

Of course, on-site childcare is another plus. Because you want to get to surf as well. If the kids are still very young, then it is ideal if the camp organizes a sitter for you. At Da Silva Surfcampyou can do that and concentrate on your surf sessions. Or make a nice evening for two. After all, it’s a holiday.

Families with children save money

Holiday budget aka the neck breaker. Sometimes the family cash can get scarce. We all know that. But holidays should not have to be cancelled anyway. Even if the budget is not so tight at all, holidays with the family still make a big difference – especially if the children in the plane already have to pay in full. And you also want to have fun. Package prices are ideal here. One week accommodation, surf course for everyone, breakfast and 2 dinners are included in the Da Silva Surfcamp Surf Package and the best – for babies up to two years nothing is charged at all, baby beds are available free of charge and for children up to 12 years who sleep with their parents in the room on an extra bed, only half is charged. Kids from 6 years can take part in the surf course. As an extra surf instructor is employed, there is no discount here. Parents and children are still together in a course and parents with small children can share a surf course, so that always one of both can take care of the child. Alternatively the above mentioned childcare comes into play.

Activities outside the camp

If the little ones don’t feel like surfing, the weather is not good or the ocean is stormy, the mood can quickly change. Then distraction is the quick order of the day. And there are lots of them outside the camp and away from the beach – a visit to Lisbon or a trip to the new Dino Park in Lourinha, the popular Buddha Park or even better – the Water Park in Peniche or the go-kart track very close to the camp. Boredom does not arise here.

So, what is the key now?

Cordiality and openness are the main reasons to create a place for you as a family where you all feel at home and can spend a great surf holiday. If this mixture is combined with a service tailored to children, activities and an extra price offer, then what are you waiting for?

Da Silva Surfcamp is looking forward to your booking.

Why surfing makes us happy

Why does surfing make us happy a.k.a. „the stoke is real“.

Surfing is addictive and as we have already reported in one of our last blog posts, the proximity to water alone is a miracle cure for depression and is preventive against many diseases.. But what exactly makes surfing a happiness factor?

Fear, Happiness & Stoke – how surfing changes your life.

Our everyday life can be quite tough sometimes. Many of you may know the mental escape from the treadmill. Dreaming oneself into adventure, more courage and into a reality, in which one dares to live more courageously and more intensively – into a life, which every day feels like saying „yes“. Yes to Life! Surfing offers you this life, even if it is only from time to time. The intense experiences you have in the waves are ideal to clear your head and create space for new ideas. Endless thinking does not get you any further and even less the scrolling through of the vastness of the internet and your instagram feed. You can’t live and grow from the adventures of others. But what can help are intensive emotional experiences, whether positive or negative. They are your chance to act as a catalyst to initiate change.

It’s those magical moments you only know when you’re surfing. Riding on a wave. You see the open, smooth wave wall in front of you. Your board glides over the surface. It is loud and silent at the same time. You fly, you feel one with your board and the water and this incredible energy..

And suddenly it rattles, darkness around you, the air stays out but then you make it to the surface, the breath that means life – adrenalin and pure lust for life flow through you. Now you are in flow, feel yourself and are full of energy. It is electrifying and absolutely addictive. There is no going back from here. You are stoked.

Okay, admitted. Surfing doesn’t feel the same for everyone. And it’s also a long, hard journey to the first actual wave surfed. Surfing is damn hard. It’s a frustrating battle. The reward, however, is indescribable – if you understand the ocean and learn to use its powers for yourself. If you no longer fight against it, allowing the loss of control and when the fear disappears – if you feel nothing but pure joy of life.

Surfing is joy.

Fear and joy lie together this close very rarely. The rage when you simply don’t get to catch that wave even with the greatest effort. Surfing constantly forces you to overcome your limits a little bit. Be it the queasy feeling when you paddle out on a bigger day or the scare when you sit in a line-up and a this monster set rolls towards you.

But above all there is the indescribable feeling of gliding on a wave – this experience alone gives you new courage and self-confidence. This emotional roller coaster takes you on a ride every surfing session and lets you feel life to the fullest.

The golden analaogy? Great moments of happiness is often preceded by doubt and fear. If you overcome it, you will be greatly rewarded!

Surfing clears your mind

Surfing is like a meditation – only that you don’t concentrate on your breath, but on the wave movement all by yourself. This brings you straight into the present moment and closer to yourself. The monkey in your head finally gives you some peace of mind and can be defeated for a few moments.

No matter how negative or misleading your thoughts may be – after a good surf session you have a smile on your lips and your head is free of noise.

Surfing connects you with nature.

Our daily lives force us to spend most of our time indoors. We move from our apartment to work, from work to the supermarket, then maybe to a bar and then back home. Sports and fitness often take place indoors as well. The weekend only offers small compensation to spend more time in nature surrounded by fresh air. As a surfer you will live for the outdoor feeling. Time on the beach and in the water is worth its weight in gold. More and more you let yourself be driven by the rhythm of the tides. The physical connection, the immersion in water and waves connect you with the power of nature and learn to understand the ocean, to read waves. Pure happiness!

Surfing makes you dream

Surfing is a small way out of the Central European bourgeoisie. The call for freedom and adventure. A little more serenity. Most probably the reason why so many fall for this sport mercilessly. Reality Check: You work or study, you have all your friends and family in your city and surfing is your life in three weeks a year. Not everyone can just move to the sea or travel after the global swells and so you find yourself being a holiday surfer. Thus, the next ride on a wave becomes the stuff your dreams are made of – surfing invites you to dream and takes you away on a dreamy journey: in the class room, boring endless meetings or on the train.

Surfing heals the soul

Grief, heartache or worries. You name it. You name it. Life can rip us off faster than we want or think can neatly pull the floor under our feet..

Surfing is not a substitute for mental help & support among your close friends and family. But what surfing can do is to produce endorphins. Something that we lack in times of depression and makes our condition more bearable. Surfing doesn’t solve your problems. A wave, the energy of the ocean and a big serving of endorphins (legal and without physical side effects) will make you laugh, take on new courage and give you a little break of light to see clearly in times of darkness.

Surfing sends you into the sweetest sleep

Oh yeah! Say your goodbyes to counting sheep. Anyone who is on a surf trip and falls into bed after a long surf day sees and feels nothing but rolling waves. This is not only pleasant, but also gives you the best sleep ever! How good is it to start the day relaxed and well rested?

Surfing makes you fit

I have never met anyone who starts surfing or is a surfer to lose weight or build strength. Well, surfing clearly is considered a sport. A very strenuous sport actually. Nevertheless, no surfer would talk about sport when he surfs. It is a passion. Different from your weekly Spinning Class, Fitness Studio, Dumbbells & Co. In the water you are busy with many things – but definitely not with your glutes, abs and biceps

Your body starts to become fit by itself while surfing. Quite a pleasant side effect, so to speak.

Your full-body workout in the waves with the goal „Stoke“ instead of „beach figure“ is just as effective because you don’t have to force yourself to do it – a fit and healthy surf body makes you happy in any case.

Surfing opens up a new travel world for you

Travelling makes you happy. Surf travels make you happier. Take the best of both worlds – adventure, foreign languages, exploring new people and cultures and surfing the best waves. With the surf fire in your blood, you start to see the world map for your next holiday with different eyes. You start researching wave seasons, exploring monsoon and dry seasons and suddenly acquiring knowledge on global weather phenomena with pleasure and ease. Some would say that surfing restricts your travels. As surfers we say quite clearly – it takes you to the greatest places in the world.

Were we able to convince you? Then it’s time for you to finally book your surf camp and get on that surf board. Where to you may ask yourself? Well, the world is wide open. Good things though often lie so close – in Portugal the late summer shines with the best waves and hot beach days.

Surf holidays in Portugal at Da Silva Surfcamp currently start at 360 Euro – Daniel & Co attract you in September with 20% on your surf stay. Have a look!

The first time surfing with your child

Going on a surf holiday with your child – is that simply stressful without any time in the line-up for yourself? Is it really possible and how does it actually work with a surf course? Are there any surf courses for children at all? So many questions to which you will hopefully find satisfactory answers after our blog post.

On my surf trips and travels abroad I meet many young families with more or less small children, who are on vacation or on a longer journey and don’t want to put their own passion for surfing to rest. I often ask myself, how can this actually work? How do you reconcile the time-consuming learning to surf with the kiddies? Does the child take part in a special children’s course? Where are the kids when the parents are in the water themselves? Does all this end in stress or is there enough room for fun and stoke in the water?

It’s a fact that you have to adjust to such things once you have a baby. But it is all the more refreshing to meet people who don’t want to change completely and see that there are a lot of offers that meet your needs. I was able to talk about this with my good friend Monika, who is a surfer herself and who was now on a surf holiday with her little son for the first time.

Read in this blog post about her experience mixed with our tips for your surf holiday with your kids.

Beach towel, kid and sun cream

In July Monika went surfing together with her son Nils (7 years old) for the first time. It was logical that both could hardly stand the anticipation and excitement. With a little research on family-friendly surf camps in Europe, Moni had booked a double room for both of them at Da Silva Surfcamp in Portugal – she has been to Peniche for surfing often in the past and knows that there are many great spots off the busy surf hotspots. She says that this was great, because she was able to plan well in advance and was well advised with many questions about her surf package. The surf week with surf course included breakfast, 2 BBQs and the surf course on 5 days. Great. For Moni food and nutrition is very important and everyone with child knows – it is not always easy to satisfy the little mouths tastefully and so she likes to be able to cook it herself. In the surf camp there is a large, fully equipped kitchen and the Tiny House, which you and Nils would move into, is also equipped with a small, own cooking nieche. Perfect.

The journey was easy and not much has to be thought of. A cheap flight to Lisbon was easy to find and because she likes to show Nils a lot, she decided to take the bus from Lisbon to the small village Praia Da Areia Branca.

How did it go, Moni? Super easy and relaxed! We got off the plane after 3h, from the airport only two stops with the metro to the bus station and another hour with the express bus through beautiful scenery. Nils was super enthusiastic! Daniel, the owner of the camp picked us up at the local bus stop and explained in advance how we get to the camp. But for the departure we take the camp shuttle :)

The planning

If you are planning your first surf holiday including a surf course with a child, you should answer three questions for yourself in advance that will help you in the organization:

  1. Do we all do one course or only my child/children?
  2. What does my Kiddo do if only I take a surf course?
  3. Is there an extra children’s surf course?

With that in mind you are already a big step further and closer to your goal: the actual surf spot. Further hints will also help you to plan your family surf holiday including a surf course:

  • What standard is important to me?
  • What is my budget?
  • Are there any reviews?
  • Is the surf spot suited for families?
  • Where do I want to go?
  • How long should the journey take?
  • What kind of food is served?
  • What accommodation options are available?
  • Is the surf camp close to the surf spot?
  • What do I want from my surf trip – just learn how to surf and tanning! Or sightseeing as well?

Organization is everything

Moni felt well advised directly by the surf camp owner Daniel, who helped her with all questions concerning her journey

Monika: We arrived super fast and stress-free at the destination. If we’d had one suitcase less, we would certainly have made it to the city centre. At the bus we met a mom with 4 children, who sent all her stuff to Peniche in advance to spend 7 weeks in her holiday appartment. Organization is everything :)

And off we go

When you arrive at the camp you will be checked in friendly, taken to your room and informed about the course of the coming week. The evening starts with a delicious BBQ and all guests get to know each other.

Moni and Nils are lucky – the people are not only super nice, but there are two more children of the same age at the start. Sunday is still a rest day and Moni says:

That was also very dear to me. Shopping, a nice coffee at the beach and getting some sun after a long time at work. After all, it’s a holiday. Nils and the other two boys were immediately Buddies and made the wide area in and around the camp unsafe. It would have been a bit much for me to start the surf course on Sunday, even if I couldn’t wait to get on the board.

Children’s surf course – this is what you need to know

How one wants to spend the common time in thesurf vacation with child or how one arranges this, should be well clear to one beforehand. Have a look at these points that might play a role for you:

  • The whole family learns to surf
    • This also means more costs
  • The child is taken care of
    • But what if it’s not fun?
  • Common hobby also after the surf course!
    • The choice of suitable camps is limited here.

Finding the right surf camp

As you can read from Moni so far, she was lucky with the choice of the surf camp for herself and Nils. For families who want to take a surf course during their holiday, certain conditions have to be met so that it will be a great experience for everyone. Some of these have already been described in one of our last postings. You can find more here:

Surf instructors and teamers

These are basically the people in whose hands you and the kids enter. When choosing the camp, make sure that the teachers are certified. Ratings via Tripadvisor, Google & Co give information about the satisfaction and the standard. Find out how old the teamers, camp leaders and surf instructors are and how much experience they have.

That’s what Moni tells me about teamers and surf instructors at Da Silva Camp:

The beauty for Nils and me was that the camp is very familiar. That’s what I took into account when I made my choice. I didn’t want to attend a typical big kids/teen camp in France. Here with Daniel and Ana it is like with friends. The two have a small family of their own and so it is always lively and active. The parents are sitting together and the kids have room to do their own thing. Also the teamer was so relaxed, warm and open. At the beginning I was worried that the course in English would become a problem. But this is our adult brain. The surf instructor was patient, funny and dedicated. I had the feeling that you didn’t have to talk at all. When I was in the water, I could surf relaxed because Nils was together with the other kids and that is already a quite independent age. But I also know that the camp offers childcare if you wish.

The food

Food is always an exciting point during vacation. This can determine the entire vacation really. Especially if you’re travelling with children who, well, are often rather choosy. A good selection is therefore important and here too evaluation portals give a good direction. When I wanted to know this point from Monika, she only got into a rage about the delicious BBQs with local meat, fish and veggies as well as many salads – Ana is the queen of the BBQs and conjures up a Portuguese style feast twice a week. Also the breakfast offers a huge choice and is wonderfully arranged with everything you need – muesli, yogurt, bread and cold cuts, fruit, eggs and coffee.

Moni says I went shopping locally on the days when there was no BBQ and cooked something delicious for myself and Nils. Often we all cooked together with the others and went out for a delicious meal. I think that’s the best way to enjoy a surf trip – you want to be close to everything. All-inclusive doesn’t fit there.

Conclusion

Surfing with your kid/kids is different. But it’s not worse in any way, it just needs a bit more organization. Meanwhile there are so many great offers for surf camps with children that you will always get your money’s worth in the line-up. In any case we want to give you on your way that you don’t have to be scared off or that having children keeps you from surfing – quite the opposite.

The surf etiquette – Rules for surfing

If you are just starting out in surfing, you have a lot of other worries at the beginning than caring about the rules of conduct when surfing. Fair enough. At the very beginning this is tolerated by the fellow surfers around you. However, this kind of puppy protection does not last very long in the line-up and you will quickly notice: okay! There seem to be rules out there. These rules, you will soon learn to understand, exist for two reasons:

  1. For your own safety and that of the other surfers
  2. Everyone should have as much fun and waves as possible, so respect these rules.

Oh man! Snore, how bourgeois – you are thinking now. After all, surfing has something rule-free, rebellious about it and now you’re reading about rules here. Let’s put it this way: actually they are not „rules“ but rather logical behaviour – like common sense. But, because unfortunately many simply are not blessed with it – or much worse – weren’t thought any etiquette in their surf courses, we dedicate ourselves to this very important topic today!

The Line-Up is the totality of all surfers in the water at a certain spot, where the waves break and everyone sits on his board, waiting for waves to roll in to surf or try it. For us surfers, however, this magical place of attraction is so much more. Almost indescribable. That’s why all of us surfers, including you and me, are invited to make the line-up a good place, no matter if beginner or pro.

The surf etiquette for surfing are unwritten, internationally known rules. A good surf school or a surf camp will teach you these rules in the surf theory lesson of the course – this is, by the way, a quality feature of a surf camp – so don’t hesitate to ask! The rules are always extended, redefined and rewritten from spot to spot and the local surfers individually. We have tried hard to write down 12 rules so that you can get through and into waves everywhere.

Rule #01 – Arriving at the spot

The surf spots of this world are getting fuller and fuller. That’s nice, as more and more people discover their love for surfing and – in line ups – share it with each other.

When you arrive at a new spot, do not show up with a large troop. Rather two or three of you. The locals in the water have nothing against sharing their wave with 2/3 surfers. But if a large group arrives, the fun will pass quickly.

Take your time to observe the wave and the spot for a while: where is the peak, how do the waves break? Are there sections of the wave? Where is the entrance and a channel? Where do I paddle out? Does the wave break left or right? And, and, and… That shouldn’t unsettle you and, if much of it sounds Chinese to you, take one step after the other. Start by watching other people going in and out and surfing the spot. It doesn’t make such a good impression if you ask around in the line-up how best to get back to the beach.

Rule #02 – Beach etiquette

Be pretty chill! Be nice to the people around you, do not make on thick pants and don’t yell around being a dork. Feel the vibe and, if it is good, go with it. Don’t leave any garbage or cigarette butts and maybe collect garbage on your way back. After all, we are all just guests here and want to make sure that our beaches are well preserved.

Rule #03 – Reality Check

After looking at the water for a while and watching the waves, go deep inside yourself and check with yourself if you are ready for the current conditions – your board, the currents and the prevailing wave size. You only grow beyond yourself when you leave your surf comfort zone. That’s true. But overestimating yourself or underestimating Mother Nature can fall straight onto your feet and become dangerous – for you and for others.

Rule #04 – Paddling into the line-up

Greetings, greetings and always beautiful greetings – on the way to the line-up past other surfers this often works wonders. Friendly faces are always welcome. When you paddle out, you should know, as described in #01, where there is a channel and where the Impact Zone is – the place where the wave breaks full. Paddle around from the outside into the line-up and not straight in. You want to avoid getting in the way of other surfers surfing. If you’re in the line-up, don’t sit right in the middle of the peak. This only upsets your fellow surfers.

Rule #05 – The Duck Dive and the Turtle Roll

On the way out to the line-up you will meet some waves. Rule number 1 is here: know to keep your board under control. If you can’t duck dive, so if you can’t dive under the wave with your board. Then you should at least master the Turtle Roll/Eskimo Roll. If that still doesn’t work, it’s essential to keep a close eye on your surroundings before releasing your board to dive: is someone behind you or right next to you? Is anyone in front of you? Paddle always to the still unbroken part of the wave. If someone is on the wave and very close, paddle to the broken part / white water.

But be positively aware that if you can’t control your board, you shouldn’t be in the back of the line-up yet – and that’s not bad at all. Better practice a few more days in the white wash. See also rule #03. The Turtle Roll is one of the first basics you learn in your surf course in a good surf camp.

Rule #06 – Arriving in the Line-up

Also here a friendly smile or a greeting breaks the ice and makes a good first impression. A good mood in the line-up makes your good surfing even better. Once you have reached the other surfers in the line-up, keep your distance and don’t sit directly in the take-off zone. It may well be that the dude next to you has been waiting for the set for 15 minutes. He doesn’t think it’s funny at all. Which brings us to the most important point for rule #06: don’t arrive and take directly the first wave. Oops, that gets you in trouble. Even if you don’t even do it intentionally. Have a look at everything for a few minutes/sets and then feel your way forward.

Rule #07 – Rules of right of way

The most hated and worst punished rule violation is the so-called „drop in“. It causes many fights in the Line-Ups of this world. Drop-in means that you take the wave from a surfer who has priority on the wave and surf in it as well. The right of way is who sits closer to the breaking wave, i.e. at the peak, or who is earlier in the wave. It can get complex at the beginning, especially at a beach break, where the waves break sometimes to the right and sometimes to the left. Being able to read the waves and understand the spot is therefore of great importance – see also rule #01. When learning to surf in a surf camp you will learn this surf theory point. It also requires a lot of practice and time in the water. So on your way into the wave always try to look to the side, if someone is already in the wave or paddles for it.

The little, evil brother of the Drop In and just as frowned upon: paddling in front of the surfer who is actually at the Peak to steal his right of way. Nobody likes such „snakes“!

If you dropped someone in – and that will happen – paddle back and apologize. If you are in the wave and see that someone is behind you, go back over the wave and leave it. Unwanted drop-ins happen quite often! You don’t have to worry about that – it is important to behave correctly when you fall. A soul surfer will probably be happy for your wave and will be happy to share it with you unless it is your standard behavior in the line-up.

Rule #08 – Line-Up etiquette

Frustration is a loyal companion for the surfer. Keep him for yourself and don’t curse or roar around if you don’t get your waves. The most relaxed surfer gets the most waves.

Rule #09 – Wave Selection and Right of Wave

Choose your waves wisely and don’t paddle like crazy for every wave that arrives – no matter what the chances are of getting them or (rather) not. Committee you to get a wave. You want the wave, commit to get it. and go for it. You sat in the perfect spot but still didn’t get the wave? That happens to all of us. Anyway, the next one is now – so don’t paddle the next wave right away. The same is true for your return to the line-up after you have just surfed a wave: don’t sit directly back in the take-off zone and take the first wave of the set. This move of wave greed makes you enemies very fast.

Rule #10 – Always take one step at a time

That’s basically our point #09. Let others step forward every now and then and join you. Of course this doesn’t apply if the wave has clearly „come to you“ and no other surfer has a chance to catch it.

Rule #11 – Communication is key

Aggressions and fisticuffs in the water lead to nothing and everyone should be under control here. If you see a surfer in the water constantly messing up, dropping in and/or putting other surfers in danger, talk to him/her about it. Unfortunately many surfers don’t know the rules at all and are often glad that someone explains it to them. It’s more relaxed for everyone. The key words are respect and tolerance – for everyone, no matter if shortboard, longboard, bodyboarder, good or bad surfer. Talk to the locals, tell them how beautiful their wave and beach are. You will be surprised how open most of them are to foreign surfers.

Rule #12 – Make & share waves!

Nothing brings better vibes than sharing waves or giving them to others. Often there are enough waves for everyone. So just give a few waves – although you sit better or can paddle better or have been waiting for a while. Karma will thank you for it!

So that’s what they were – our or THE 12 rules of surfing etiquette for surfing. They all make a lot of sense – don’t they? It’s not difficult to observe them at all and comes with time all by itself.

Especially if you have fun in the water and surfing, most of it is already done. So – Hang Loose!

7 Reasons why – Learn surfing in a Surf Camp

If you have decided to learn how to surf but you don’t want to have a go at the waves on your own and you always like to meet new travel friends, then a surf camp is the best place for you.

Surfing has been very popular for a few years now – no wonder since this water sport not only exudes a damn cool lifestyle. All of this also takes place in some of the most beautiful spots in the world. This way your active holiday can be perfectly combined with relaxation on beautiful sandy beaches in great surroundings. Here are 7 of our ultimate reasons why you should take spend your next vacation to a surf camp:

Reason 1: Waves, waves & waves

In the surf camp everything revolves around the wet element surf dreams are made. If you love the salt on your skin and the breeze in your hair, if you are a little mermaid, a soul surfer if or want to become one, and if water is your element, now is the time to get on the board and learn how to surf – the perfect place to start is simply a surf camp.

Here you will spend a lot of time in and by the water, you have the possibility to do several sessions a day and you will learn everything about water, waves and surfing.

Reason 2: You have a big variety of boards

Surf camps are always equipped well with a wide range of surfboards – the heaven on earth for all surfers and those who want to become one.

You don’t have to keep renting, you can simply decide free, experiment and try out different boards. A plus for all advanced surfers who want to find a new board. Ideal for beginners, so you can try different boards without stress and find out what you can do best. Most surf camps have their own huge board garage or a surf school that provides a huge selection of boards for you. The best – included in the price!

Reason 3: Everyone can benefit from surf lessons

It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out in a surf course for beginners or if you already have surfing experience and skills and are doing an advanced course/surf guiding. Surfing is hard to learn, very complex and requires a lot of input and practice. Improving yourself according to your level requires a teacher or coach on quite a regular basis.

Especially when you’re at a new spot, you have to find your way around before it really starts. But if you are in the surf camp you can start your adventure right away, because surf lessons or surf guiding are provided and the transport to the surf beaches and surf spots is included.

The groups are divided according to the different levels, so that everyone gets the waves they want and can make great progress in a short time. At the same time you will be taken to the most beautiful beaches and you will discover some secret bays.

Reason 4: You meet like-minded people

People you meet in the surf quickly become good friends. After all, you got to know each other through a shared passion. When you go on holiday, it’s not just about the great places you’ve visited, but above all about the people you’ve met. . When surfing in a surf camp you can assume that you are surrounded by like-minded people who all want the same thing: to be in the water and have a good time

By the end you will not only share waves, but also common memories. Travel friendships for life and relationships have already developed from here. No matter if you are travelling alone or with friends, you will definitely find a connection here.

Reason 6: You save money

This of course always depends on what your requirements are and what your budget is. There is always room upwards – even for surf camps there are now glamour and luxury alternatives. Especially when it comes to tropical destinations like the Maldives or the Mentawis. That aside! Even if you not suspect – surf camps are not so expensive and a stay usually fits into a tight travel budget. Mostly there are multi-bed rooms as an option for small money or package prices, with which the majority is inclusive. So, apart from the costs for the camp, you hardly have any other holiday expenses. And you don’t have to go to Asia or South America to surf. Flights to surf camps in Europe are much cheaper. For example, 1 week surf camp in Portugal at Da Silva Surf Camp is already available for 340 EUR – in a shared room, with breakfast, 2 BBQs and surf lessons as well as equipment. You want to book? Then let’s go!

Reason 6: Just like at Mum’s

Just don’t worry about anything for once. That sounds like a package tour or just like your well-deserved holiday. And you don’t have to go to an all-inclusive hotel. Even on your hotly longed-for active holiday, you can put your legs up safely if you book into a surf camp to learn how to surf. The advantage is that you don’t have to worry about anything, because everything is taken care of.

There will be food, you will be brought/driven everywhere, you will be told what the surf forecast says, the best spot will be chosen, you will get boards, wax, there will be entertainment, drinks, you can often do yogaand book masses and take part in many other organized activities.

Reason 7: unforgettable moments guaranteed at first hand

Surf camp owners have many years of experience with what they do, they are passionate surfers themselves, often locals and know the area with all the spots and activities in the area inside out. They love their place and the culture around it and want to give you this special feeling, this love.

You will profit from this and come to places you might never have discovered otherwise and experience unforgettable moments that you will never forget again.

Daniel at Da Silva Surf camp, for example, conveys the „Portuguese Spirit of Surfing“, as he calls it, to his guests like no other. Getting to know Portugal with all its facets and tastes is part of the agenda in this surf camp. The locals come and go, join the guests, sing Fado, laugh together, drink wine and taste the best local cuisine. At sunrise they go surf empty spots and at sunset you can dream out to sea with a cool beer in our hands in a popular local bar. Best holiday ever and surfing learned: CHECK!

Your 1:1 Guide to find the right Surf School

Once you have decided to dedicate your holidays to surfing, everyone finds themselves in the same dilemma – how do I find the right surf schoolfor me when I want to learn how to surf? Surfing has become more and more popular in the last few years and you can see this in the selection of the countless surf schools and surf camps, which now exist alone along the Portuguese coast. The many surf spots make it possible to provide good offers for beginners as well as for advanced surfers. Tendency: rising!

So there are a lot of spots and schools to choose from. It becomes quite a challenge to find the right surf school for you – a surf camp where you feel comfortable and where you can have confidence that you will be taught surfing correctly and comprehensively.

We have put together a checklist of characteristics to help you choose the right surf camp for you. Let’s go!

Accommodation

Ideally, you will find a surf school that also offers or arranges your own accommodation. Basically it also functions as a surf camp. To go to a surf camp as a surf beginner offers you many advantages. We have already described some of them here. At the top of the list is the complete 360 degree surfing experience – in and out of the water.

You can meet like-minded people and exchange ideas. Especially if you are travelling alone, this is a great opportunity to get in touch with others more easily. Often accommodation of this kind is cheaper than the surf school with lessons and accommodation to be booked separately.

Ratings on Tripadvisor, Google & Co.

A great website with good descriptions of the surf schooland the surf camp are helpful to compare where you might like it. However, this is always a bit one-sided. Get more opinions and browse Tripadvisor and Google Reviews and see what other guests have for impressions. These are neutral rating platforms that are designed to give customers as neutral a picture as possible. There are always people who have something to complain about. But what does that look like in relation to positive ratings? So you will be able to make a quicker choice of the right surf school.

Equipment

Good and intact surf equipment is essential when learning how to surf, to improve and especially if you are a surf school or a surf camp. Surfboards for all skill levels should be in good to very good condition and not be deficient. The equipment should also be maintained well and replaced regularly.

In Portugal, where the water can get quite fresh, this is especially true for the wetsuits given to you by the surf camp and the surf school. If you have found a surf school that you would like to visit – don’t hesitate and just ask in advance for the equipment.

Qualified Surf Instructors & Certificates

In Portugal it is a requirement to be officially certified to teach surfing. Until recently, this was the ISA, where surfers could get certified as teachers. Now it is also the FPS – the Portuguese Surf Federation. Certificates by the ISA and the FPS speak for the uniform quality of the teachers. You should pay attention to this, because in a big market there are often black sheep without the proper documents of qualification and not everyone is equally suitable to be a surf instructor.

It requires a lot of experience in the water and knowledge about the sea, waves and currents. It also always speaks for a surf school to work with local guides – they know the waves and spots best. A good instructor does not leave your side, supports you, is happy with you and shares your frustration.

Regular Guests

This is also a bit like one of our first points „reviews“. Just like feedback from former guests, returning guests are an equally good, almost even better feature for a great surf camp. For example, these guests leave good reviews and you can be sure that they speak from the heart – find out why some come back again and again.

Do you share their motive for coming back or don’t you find yourself in it at all? Perfect – your decision cannot be made easier. People who always return to a surf camp feel comfortable, in good hands and above all well looked after. That’s what you want too!

Location

Location ist key! A good location for surf school and surf camp is for most people one of the most important factors for deciding where to go. Also here it plays an important role what is important to you: Proximity to nightlife, bars and restaurants, directly on the beach or rather a little quieter but not too far away from everything. Especially the location should be about one thing – surfing. Is there a local surf community, do you meet other surfers and are there good wave and weather conditions most of the year? Research what the area is like in terms of surfing and make your decision.

Packages

As mentioned above, you will usually get away cheaper if you book a surf camp instead of a surf school + accommodation or if you find a surf school that also offers its own accommodation for guests. The advantage here is the price and the all-round carefree feeling: Accommodation, surf course, equipment, breakfast and meals are all included in one package price. You will also be able to compare different offers better and save tiresome calculations – more time to focus on your surfing!

A week at the surf camp in Portugal with course, spot transport, breakfast and BBQ evenings is available from 340 Euro.

These are a few good tips and hints to help you find the right surf school or surf camp for your upcoming surf holiday. We wish you a lot of fun in the water learning how to surf.

Hang Loose

Surf Safety – 4 essential rules for Beginners

Once you’ve really learned it, surfing is the most exciting, satisfying and, above all, calming thing you can imagine. We can’t think of anything that comes close to the feeling of seeing a set of a set of waves rolling in at the horizon, then positioning ourselves correctly, paddling for the wave and finally surfing it from start to finish. Safety first, that’s clear.

If you’re just about to take your first steps towards learning how to surf, you’ll be in for a treat to see where this amazing journey will take you.

But before you even start, it is important that you learn to respect the ocean. If you believe the studies, then surfing is not a dangerous sport at all:

For every 1,000 days in the water, a surfer injures himself only about 2.2 times.

But it is important to know the risks and to minimize them accordingly. A good mix of common sense, good surf equipment and some basic safety tips will help you avoid the typical pitfalls of learning to surf. A good surf school or surf camp will help you learn how to surf safely – without hurting yourself or your fellow surfers.

You should always consider these 4 elementary surf safety tips:

1. Protect yourself and your fellow surfers in the line-up

Face one fact in particular: you will fall. No master has fallen from the sky yet and so you should be prepared to fall from the surfboard in many different ways. All this is part of your learning curve and we were all at that point. The less you can control WHEN or HOW OFTEN you are going to wipe out the more you can control HOW.

The first priority should always be to protect your head. You don’t know what is underneath you and if it is deep enough and so your first movement in a fall should be to put your arms over your head protecting yourself. The main dangers are your own board, the bottom of the lake, stones/reef and other surfers.

You have to be particularly careful in shallow white water, as this is where most other surf beginners stay.

The second important point is the control over your surfboard. Always have a leash on and try to hold the board in any situation. One mistake many beginners make is not to carry the board sideways when going into the water. That’s how you break your nose! If a wave or a gust of wind comes up the board and hits you directly in the face – surf holiday is over.

2. Bring a certain level of basic fitness with you

Surfing is physically challenging. You need strong chest muscles to push yourself up and get on the board. The take-off itself is a complex movement that needs to be done quickly and requires a lot of practice and fitness. A strong back and strong arms are indispensable for paddling and you need a good endurance to paddle back after every wave or attempt – against the waves and currents. Surfing is not for non-swimmers! You have to do that a lot at the beginning and it is also very important for your self-confidence in the water.

You don’t have to be a top athlete to learn to surf. But you should do it and start getting fitter. You’ll see, it’s guaranteed to get you on quickly.

3. Plan where you enter and exit the water

That may sound like a no-brainer. Straight ahead – you think. But that’s not necessarily right and it’s all the more important that you take your time at the beginning (especially when you’re at a new spot) to observe where the other surfers go into the water and where they go out again. That can differ from each other. With your surf group in the surf camp you stay together and the coach will show you where to go and keep an eye on you. But if you decide to try it on your own, think about it!

With many beaches and spots it is clear. Others have special characteristics: certain currents, large, distinctive stones under water or tidal movements that you have to be aware of. Look out for these entry and exit points and stick to them. If necessary, ask local surfers around you.

Also note if there are warning signs or flags on the beach indicating certain conditions or dangers.

4. Know the rules of Surfing

We don’t want to go that far with this point and you may want to have a read on it in our blog post again. Part of these 12 surf rules, also called surf etiquette, are hints on how to paddle into the line-up and how to behave when paddling – especially not to hurt yourself or others.

Well, now this was short & sweet! Always remember that in order to learn to surf you want to get as much as you can from your surfing holiday. So risking your health or safety for this can be fatal and, in the worst case, result in injury and a surf stop. As always – all this sounds like a lot once you start. But soon you will get it right and your skilled surf instructors will be at your side.

How to tame your surf bug in winter

Some of us use the winter to retreat to tropical climes after a nice European surf summer to enjoy the benefits of warm water. Or how we like to call it – the Endless Summer.

Besides the money needed for it, you most of all need the time – before you even arrive at the other side of the world, at least one full day is wasted. That makes two full days including arrival and departure. The jet-lag also gives you five hard days of suffering. Then you’ve just adapted to the heat, overcame the bad stomach and then it’s usually already time to pack up again.

And so the rest of us is left with beautiful Europe. But there are also numerous spots and waves here that run excellently in winter – France, Portugal and Spain then lure with endless, deserted beaches and line-ups.

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The catch: surf fun in winter is like an exciting poker game. Weather and swell are unstable and difficult to predict. So you can either reach deep into the honeypot and find mild temperatures, off-shore winds and perfect waves – or wait out the storm of the century with three blankets in front of the oven.

So you have to wait until next spring or summer. This long time of waiting can become unbearable and so we have collected a few tips for bridging the gap.

Surf Movies

It gets melancholic – watching surf movies day in and out can seem like a dagger in the chest. But, above all, it will give you warm thoughts and keeps the stoke of your last surfing holiday fresh. The best thing about surf movies is a completely different fact – it’s learning material. Watching the pros surfing gives you the opportunity to be inspired in style, technique and equipment. Not to forget all the great places & spots to see and maybe explore in the future.

The best way is to watch together on the couch, or at screenings of new movies in the cinema or at events like the Surf Film Night.

Swimming & Surf Training

The best thing you can do is to keep yourself fit throughout the winter and not have fitness gaps that you will feel and regret during your first surfing holiday of the year – before you reach the level of the previous year, your holiday is over. Go swimming to maintain mobility and strength in shoulders, chest and back. Find a surf training in your city and train the agility and strength you need for surfing. Such offers exists in many German cities by now. The great thing about it – you meet new, potential surf buddies and you can exchange experiences.

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For that special kick – grab your board, your wetsuit and go on a paddle round on the nearest lake or river.

But the classic is and remains gold forever: dry pop-ups. Every day. Every.Day.

The Balance Board

The balance board has experienced a renaissance recently. It is known from functional training and was made to strengthen the secondary muscles – the muscles that sit deeper and give stability. It was used as well to train balance, as balancing your body strengthens these types of mucscles well. And your core also benefits from this when surfing. Balance on the wave is essential for your progress and so there are many different suppliers on the market who produce special surf balance boards. With these boards you can imitate the movement of the wave even better and you get the feeling of surfing even more.

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Surfing requires three different types of balance, all of which are trained when training with a balance board.

Dynamic balance: This is your balance in motion and is particularly challenging when surfing.

Temporary balance: This balance is important for your flow of movement.

Predictive Balance: It helps you to prepare your body for the appropriate surfing movements.

Because of the shaky surface you stand on, your muscles have to compensate for this instability during the entire training. As a further side effect, you will also improve your coordination and responsiveness, as you will need to be extremely attentive during training.

Skating & Longboarding

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Okay, longboarding & skating are not necessarily easy in winter – with rain, snow and slippery surfaces, it’s a bit tricky. But let’s assume the ideal situation on a clear winter day – the sun is shining and you want to move a little outside in the fresh cold air. Grab your longboard and go for a little roll. Maybe you can even try to integrate the board into your daily (dry) ways and routines. The advantages are the same as the training on the Balance Board – only that you do something for your endurance and leg muscles as well.

Your surfing plan

Think hard about everything you took from your last surfing season. Good and bad: what went well, what did you improve, what was fun and what do you notice you need to work on. What tips did you get and what do you like about other surfers? It’s important to find the balance between realistic goals and the wish where you want to go as a surfer. Surfing is fun and that is why we do it. But it is only fun because we are getting better and that is hard work and needs determination. With a clear structure in your head and a reflected view on your skills you will be able to get even more out of your next surfing holiday.

Book your surf camp & surf holiday now

To ensure that all the points from above are actually going to be effective, you should start to plan right now on where you want to go next year. Location, surf stay, surf house or Surf Camp – at the end of the year, many camps offer juicy discounts for early birds. And they are often really worth it – so, the time to book is now, really.

Da Silva Surf Camp Portugal, for example, offers you 15% off your booking from 1 week on until 31.12. 15% auf Eure Buchung ab 1 einer Woche.

For now, we wish you a happy winter and cozy holidays. We hope you get to apply a few of our tips to help you get through a surfless winter smoothly.

Conquer your fear of surfing

The fear of the ocean and water or surfing itself is something quite natural. For the sole reason that water is a foreign element to us that can basically kill us (hand on heart) – k, that’s a bit drastic and only semi-helpful for the anxious reading this – sorry :)

But the bottom line is: blockages, fear and panic around surfing and learning to surf are normal even though nobody really talks about it. Everybody around you only talks about all the awesome waves they had, but not about the fear during a longer hold down or heavy wipe-out. Then, most of the people who lament loudly are the guys. And that intimidates the girls or automatically makes them the group that is naturally scared since it’s much rather girls opening up about it.

But that’s bullshit. We all are scared. Maybe different facets of fear, but everybody knows it. Talking openly about it and standing by it is the first point in learning how to deal with it and overcome.

Know your fears. Know your limits.

Fear is a good thing, because it protects us. After all, nature put it in place for a reason and so you get scared when you are in a situation of uncertainty. When surfing it is very important to know your own limits and to respect them. It is too big for you? Then don’t paddle out if you don’t fully trust yourself to be ready for such conditions. Moving out of your comfort zone to improve is very different than being unreasonable or reckless.

Most times it is an evil mixture of different fears – fear of big waves, fear of injuries, fear of not being good enough or not looking pretty and fit enough in your surfwear. These insecurities can be so overwhelming that you can quickly come up with excuses not to surf:

  • Conditions are not so good today/at the moment
  • I’m tired today
  • I hurt my shoulder yesterday
  • I’ll go later

Once you get caught up in this carousel of excuses, your long-awaited surf course or surf holiday can quickly turn into a boring beach holiday with an extra dose of frustration. Because all those fired up negative voices will make your self-esteem shrink very quickly. It is exactly this negative self-talk will keep you from becoming a better surfer.

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Even more important it is that you have helpful tools at hand to get a grip on your fear and insecurities. Never forget: you want to get on the board!

1 Analyze your fear(s)

One of two points we have already mentioned. Sometimes fears are diffuse. Take time to think carefully about what it is that scares you. Find clear words. Take a close look at these fears and then just send it into the desert. The better you know what it is, the sooner you can work to turn the fear into a positive belief.

For example, often times the root of all fears when surfing is the fear of not being able to do it or be good enough (too weak, too fat, too rarely in the water, too unfit). Problems are only solved when facing them – not when you guys to see them on the horizon. The fear of not being able to do it can only be solved if you start to learn it – no matter where you stand. When this is the focus, everything else collapses by itself.

2 Talk about your fear

Part of the analysis from point 1 is the mentally structured formulating (be honest) and in the end also the openly spoken word. To communicate and exchange openly about fears gives self-confidence and allows you to be recognized quickly: You are not alone. A domino effect sets in here – as soon as an unpleasant thing has been mentioned, it motivates others to join in and open up. The exchange then shows you ways and means how others deal with their fear or how they could perhaps overcome it.

3 Knowledge is key

Ignorance is fear’s favorite food. And why is that? Your negative voices in your head get a big platform to answer all your questions. Safety while surfing is an absolute priority. (Read about it in one of our last blog posts.) This includes knowing how to behave in the water under certain conditions, how to handle your board or what you should know when you are at a new spot. You can learn all this in a good surf school or by learning to surf in a surf camp.

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Exchange ideas with others and ask open questions. It is always best to find out from the locals what is important and what has to be considered. In the process itself, you will then notice that the more you know, the safer you feel. In the process itself, you will then notice that the more you know, the safer you feel.

4 Physical fitness will make you mentally strong

Paddling makes you tired and is even more strenuous, especially if you are untrained. If there is a stronger current or a set rolling in on the horizon, you want to be able to rely on the turbo to get you out of the water quickly. Surfing is scary when you feel exposed to the power of the ocean. Your physical fitness is crucial to how safe you really feel in the water: poor endurance will quickly make you out of breath and being underwater will be even more strenuous or can lead to panic.

Time that you invest in your fitness is never lost. Before a surf trip you should definitely work on your endurance as well as on your core and back muscles.

5 The steady drop kills fear

Practice, practice and more practice. Actually, the key word for this post. All the points I’ve already mentioned come together in this one. The more you are in the water, the more waves you surf or don’t surf and the more often you are exposed to different conditions, the smaller your fears become. Step by step in a process. With experience comes knowledge, with fitness comes self-confidence. How you think about surfing in your first summer surfing or surfing course or how you look at the sea is completely different the following year or almost forward in three years. The good thing is that once the stoke has got you after your first wave, you won’t be able to get rid of it that quickly. In short, you have plenty of time to recognize your fears and work on minimizing them.

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6 Calm breathing inhibits fear

Yoga is considered one of the best mind-body methods to complement surfing. Yoga helps you to build up muscles and balance, to improve your body awareness and above all to work with your breathing and feel effective effects. Deep abdominal breathing has a quick calming effect and brings you back to the moment – which is worth its weight in gold when you are overcome by fear in the water.

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Regular breathing exercises expand your lung volume and provide relaxation. Very helpful when you are held under water.

7 Do not take surfing too seriously

Last but not least, a tip in my own right. Remind yourself why you would like to learn to surf or why you started. That should always be in the foreground – not the hip (often much too small) board, the chic bikini or general lifestyle that is sold to us. It is the priceless feeling of gliding over the water. This honest and genuine connection with nature. Most of us will most probably not become professionals :) What does it matter what kind of stress you put yourself under about how good or bad you (still) are. None! Your fun comes first – start with a smile in the line-up and remember: everyone out there with you has somehow been or is at the same point as you.

Surfing with friends, like-minded people or in groups is certainly the best way to get many of your surfing fears under control. Surfing at a new spot will be easy. You can exchange ideas, you are not alone and you get many tips. Don’t let your fear decide whether you want to start learning to surf or not and book your surf camp today! How about Portugal in spring, for example?

Learn Surfing as an adult

Surfing is everywhere these days and has been more popular than ever for several years now. No wonder – after all, many major brands have discovered the trend around this casual lifestyle for themselves and have made use of it.

The result is that more and more people want to see what surfing is all about. And by „people“ I mean the young at heart group that is open to learn and try out new things, maybe a bit adventurous but also already a little bit stiffer and rusty. Okay, the latter sounds too harsh – lets say: the group for whom a new sport is not so easy to learn.

This can already be anyone older than 25!

Surfing is represented within every age group, actually.

There is the toddler who can hardly walk but is already being gently pushed into the first wave by his mum or dad. Or the cheeky groms who rip the waves with their board as if they had never done anything else in their whole life – which is probably the case. Then of course, the group of teenagers and young adults between 15 and 25, who really live the surf lifestyle and enjoy it to the fullest, is also represented.

But even the somewhat older generations are not letting themselves be fooled by the young in the water and teach many Groms a little lesson.

Your heard it – even the older ones rip! In many 35+ surfers you simply see that surfing has long been an integral part of their lives. Those who were lucky enough to grow up by the sea were usually able to start surfing at a young age – just like the groms mentioned above.

The big advantage – as a child you learn new movements quickly and above all free of fear – as a child you are usually a little more willing to take risks and a lot less afraid than in adulthood. We have just recently put together some helpful tips about overcoming fears of surfing in our last blog post – have a look if this is a topic for you.

As an adult city dweller with an office job wanting to learn to surf, then this is a lot more tedious – but not impossible.

Starting to learn surfing is much more than just a sport. It is the start of a passion.

Being a beginner can suck big time! For some people, there’s nothing worse. Unfortunately, the fun of learning is often lost on the way to becoming an adult!

As a child, you learn something new almost every day and usually pretty easily and with enthusiasm – surfing as well.

Children are often not afraid of failure their bodies are more agile and they go fearlessly into the waves, like little super-heroes!

Awaken your inner child! Be playful again!

If so far the article is not enough to really get you out of your shell to book your surf camp and surf course, then I have a few reasons as some extra motivation to help you.

Harmony

Water has been proven to have a calming and harmonizing effect on body and mind. It makes us feel safe and protected.

Surfing is a tough physical activity but also very relaxing – you reduce stress and you can forget your problems.

While in the water everything is reduced: you concentrate only on the essentials, search the horizon for the perfect wave, breathe and feel the sun on your skin.

After your surf session everything feels lighter and you will strongly long for the next time.

Travels

Once the surf bug has bitten you, the world is opening up to you In search of the perfect wave for you, you’ll get to see the greatest places on earth, meet new people and learn new languages.

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Challenges

If you only know the calmer North-, Baltic Sea or the Mediterranean Sea, a powerful Atlantic Ocean can be quite intimidating. Especially when you are part of the ocean as a surfer, you realize its unbridled – and frightening – power and energy. The ocean always challenges you. To feel up to it again and again is the big challenge when surfing and that will be happening for a lifetime.

But these challenges will also let you grow physically and mentally and make you stronger for the tasks that lie ahead. Embrace it. Mother Ocean is a great teacher.

Inner wealth & energy

Surfing in itself is quite minimalistic. It only needs you and your board. During your surfing holidays you will often feel that you don’t need much to be happy. You realize that what you are doing out there in the ocean – playing and dancing with the waves – is something so magical. A learning and energy that nobody can take away from you and that will enrich you inwardly infinitely.

The positive energy from surfing will seep into other areas of your life and make you happier and more satisfied. And these vibrations are like waves – they roll in inexorably. This power comes from within yourself – make use of it!

I hope now you are really enthusiastic and motivated to book your first surf course. Let me summarize:

  • Yeah, it’s gonna be frustrating.
  • But it’s so worth it – and that’s a promise!
  • Don’t be intimidated by the big, wide surfing world out there. The good places are so close
    • Portugal, Spain & Co offer excellent surf spots and surf camps for surf beginners

Many surf camps have already recognized the trend of the +30 surfers and have adapted their offers in such a way that you won’t find yourself in a party/tent surf camp but in a good atmosphere with like-minded people.

So for example also in the Da Silva Surfcamp in Portugal

Here you will chill out in a typical Portuguese country house, surrounded by beautiful nature with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. You surf together and in the evening you cook together and sit around the campfire. The spacious grounds offer every room for retreat.

The camp owners live with their children in the camp and so „Kids welcome“ is a philosophy they truly live by. Families and parents with children feel just as comfortable here as the single surfing fanatic A relaxed and enriching mixture. Have a look! Come have a look.

So – what’s stopping you now? But be careful, it probably changes your life.

Know you’re in good hands at Da Silva Surfcamp

After we made big announcements in our last post what you can expect in the surf season 2020 at Da Silva Surfcamp, we want to use this post today to talk about post-Corona crisis surfing.

Despite lockdown and travel bans – in the meantime many of us have mainly overcome the great shock and collectively understood the seriousness of the situation and the responsibility of each individual. And so most people are also optimistic that Corona will be surrendered and we all start to learn to deal with it slowly for now.

In a way this also means that with good common sense and self-discipline we will soon be able to travel and – oh yes – surf again.

And that is why we came up with a couple of thoughts about that. Obviously we not only want all our guests to feel comfortable at our place but also safe to book their surf holiday 2020 with us in good conscience.

#1 Unique idyllically remote location

Self-isolation, qurantine and social distancing are all things that will not be difficult for you at our camp. Okay. Da Silva Surf Camp is a fun and social place of course. Nevertheless, both the location and the size of our surf camp offer the very best conditions to keep a lot of space at a distance and to be a little (in the most positive sense) isolated from the outside world.

Da Silva Surfcamp is a typical Portuguese country house in the middle of beautiful nature, surrounded by hills, flocks of sheep and wide views of the surroundings and the Atlantic Ocean.

#2 Keep a distance easily in our Tiny Houses

In addition to the accommodation in shared/double rooms in our main house you have the possibility to book our cosy and super comfortable Tiny Houses. They are equipped with everything you need, there is even a small kitchen. And if you feel more comfortable with it, we also offer to serve our included breakfast to your door step separately.

#3 Private airport shuttle

Arriving at the surf camp is possible on many ways. The preferred option is certainly the popular Express Bus. But sometimes it can get quite packed and that’s why we offer you a private airport shuttle in a comfortable and empty mini-van. You can get more information on our booking page or when you book.

#4 Surfing empty beaches

It certainly gives you a better feeling in times of social distancing to choose a place for your surf holiday that is not exactly a tourist mecca. Surfing at empty beaches and spots is anyway the dream of all surfers even without Corona. At Da Silva Surfcamp we always try to teach our surf students the “Portuguese spirit of surfing” – that also means surfing on empty beaches and without other surf schools. You could hardly be more distant!

#5 Cheap rental cars

We understand that not everyone feels super comfortable these days joining a mini van with others to drive to the beach for surf lessons. Fair enough. With our local partner you have the possibility to rent a car for a reasonable price. So you can come to the course separately and relaxed.

#6 Book and surf flexibly

The best way to get through a crisis is to look forward to something in the near future or to something after the crisis. A booked holiday not only makes you look forward to be at the sea, surfing and the regained freedom, but also offers you a firm anchor and a view of reward. Okay – the threat of flight cancellations and travel warnings can put a spanner in the works. Nevertheless and especially for this case you should make use of our “Surf Flexible” offer. Book now and have the chance to flexibly change dates until the end of 2021 free of charge – absolutely stress-free booking.

Part of “Surf Flexible” is also the transfer of your booked surf trip to us to an outsider as a voucher.

#7 The best travel time for surfing is still to come

If you have planned your holiday for spring, then you should not be angry about having missed your chance for great waves. In our region we are generally blessed with very good and constant surfing conditions. Nevertheless, late summer and autumn are sometimes the best months to stop by for surfing – only few tourists, great weather with lots of sun and warm temperatures and ideal beginner waves. So take advantage of our “Surf Flexible” offer and book your surf holiday in September/October.

#8 In winter the advanced surfers get their money’s worth

The same applies to the advanced surfers among you. The winter holds the absolute gold nuggets of the surf season in store. The Winter Swells roll in and delight us with powerful waves. Okay, the weather can be harsher and wilder, but also just as sunny and clear. The perfect winter dream with perfect surfing and cozy evenings in the fireplace room. A heating is included in the price in all rooms!

At Da Silva Surfcamp it is very important to us to give you a good time and get you on the board to the best waves. The good thing about these times is that we are all in the same boat. And as surfers, we all share the same anticipation of the time when we are finally one again, Mother Nature. With us you can rely on being able to adhere to all safety measures without any problems and without further ado.

We are looking forward to your booking! Until then – Hang Loose

With the catamaran towards the sunset

At Da Silva Surfcamp it is very important to us to give you the best and unforgettable time. To introduce you to the culture and spirit of Portugal and to show you places you can’t get to easily, is as important to us as teaching you how to surf.

That’s why we are even more excited to offer you a very special event every Thursday from now on – the SUNSET BOAT TRIP.

Make the most of your holiday and go on board with us! The catamaran departs from the harbour of Peniche and heads towards Cabo Carvoerio first – from there you will have a breathtaking view of the popular Berlengas Islands.

As soon as we throw the anchor here, the fun can begin. And what that is is for you to decide. Chill out and enjoy the sun with your partner on deck or with your buddies. Jump into the clear water, grab your snorkeling gear and dive into the exciting underwater world off the coast. You can also explore with the SUP and enjoy drinks and snacks on deck afterwards.

We have taken care of everything for you, your comfort and fun on board – the focus is the relaxed exuberance and the experience for you as a group.

At the end of the trip we will sail back over the blue Atlantic Ocean towards Consolacao along the scenic coast, past the world famous surf spot „Supertubos“ back to the safe harbour of Peniche.

Duration of the trip is 4 hours and with 28 EUR per person you are on board.

You can book the Sunset Boat Trip with us in advance or contact the camp manager directly at the beginning of your stay.

What’s new for you in 2020 at Da Silva Surfcamp

The Portugal Surf Season 2020 is just around the corner and like we do every year at Da Silva Surfcamp we also used this winter season at to prepare and top your surf stay with new highlights.

At camp and heart we have a strong family atmosphere, kids and families are very welcome and we always place great value on a relaxed atmosphere for everyone. And so the Surfcamp year 2020 is also all about families and surfing with kids. We want you, as parents, to be able to enjoy surfing in a relaxed way and that everyone gets their money’s worth.

The family highlights this year

We offer surf courses for children starting at the age of 6. With our certified surf coaches your youngsters are in the best and most safe hands. In most cases the courses take place at the same spots so that it becomes a great family experience. Kids are usually the glue to any group and so the kids quickly find their way, make friends and have the best time.

There is also a new sand pit and a wooden swing for the little ones.

But the biggest highlight is our new riding stable with two horses. The kids can spend time with the gentle animals and learn to horseback ride during their holidays!

The Family Special in May and June

Why not spend Easter or Whitsun time surfing with the family? For all surfing families we have the Family Special in May and June – there is a 50% discount for children up to 12 years and the second child joins for free if you come for 1 week to surf with us.

More Highlights in 2020

During your surfing holiday with us in our surf camp you can participate in a very special experience on Thursdays. From now on we offer an exclusive SUNSET BOAT TRIP – no matter if you travel alone, with friends or with the whole family. Relax on deck, go snorkeling or explore the blue expanse on the SUP. Just do whatever you feel like doing – fun and relaxation are the main focus.

The catamaran departs from the port of Peniche and heads towards Cabo Carvoerio – from there you have a breathtaking view of the popular Berlengas Islands.

As soon as we throw the anchor here, the fun can begin. And what that is is for you to decide. Chill out and enjoy the sun with your partner on deck or with your buddies. Jump into the clear water, grab your snorkeling gear and dive into the exciting underwater world off the coast. You can also explore with the SUP and enjoy drinks and snacks on deck afterwards.

At the end of the trip, you’ll return across the blue Atlantic to Consolacao along the scenic coast, past the world-famous surf spot „Supertubos“ back to the safe harbour of Peniche.

Duration of the trip is 4 hours and with 28 EUR per person you are on board.

You can book the Sunset Boat Trip with us in advance or contact the camp manager directly at the beginning of your stay.

We are very much looking forward to another season with great guests, old and new faces, lots of wave time and hours of fun in our camp. For booking click here: https://da-silva-bike-surf-camp.bookinglayer.io/frontoffice/#/