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Surf Riders Ericeira

Surf School in Ericeira, Portugal

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About

We are the longest running surf school in Ericeira. We can pick you up from your accommodations or arrange to meet in the center of the villa from where we can take you to the best surfing locations according to your surfing level. We offer beginner, intermediate, advanced and private lessons for surf. We also have paddle boards for that days that the waves are to big to have safe surfing classes. We also have brand knew wetsuits for all levels and sizes.

Lessons:

Adults

Kids

Level:
  • Kids Surf
  • Beginner Surf
  • Intermediate Surf
  • Advanced Surf
  • Private Surf
  • SUP
Main Surf Beach:
Praia do Matadouro, Ribeira de Ilhas, Foz do Lizandro, São Julião and Praia Azul, Fisherman´s Beach,
Meet at:

Your accommodation

     
Reviews (24)
4.5 out of 5
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  • Due to changing tides exact surf lesson start times are not decided until the week of your lesson.
  • After you book we will contact you the week of your lesson to tell you your lessons start time.

Kids Surf

We offer lesson for kids. Each lesson is up to 2 hours per day and includes all the necessary equipment. The parents can be close by to watch the lesson if they want. We can pick the children form your accommodation or you can take them your self to the class location. Safety and fun are our main priorities.

Beginner Surf

Our beginner's lessons are 2 hours per day and includes all the necessary material. We can pick you up form your accommodations and take you to the beach.The students ratio is 1:6. The beginner's lessons are taught in waist deep water. Here you will learn everything from paddling, standing up techniques to turning and make an evolution to paddle outside and learning to catch unbroken waves.

Intermediate Surf

We can pick you up every morning or we can arrange a meeting point from where we go to the selected spot. Each day includes 2 hours surf per day, all the equipment necessary is included. You will be given the step by step guidance that will have ridding the waves in the fastest time. In this level we have a student ratio 1:6 for better surfing experience and a more focus lesson.

Advanced Surf

We can pick you up every morning or we can arrange a meeting point from where we go to find the best conditions for you level of surfing. Each day includes 3 hours surf per day, divided into 2 hours surf, and 1 hour to start learning the basics about how weather conditions create the surf and it will be given the step by step guidance that will have ridding the waves in the fastest time.

Private Surf

For the ones that prefer to learn even more fast we also provide private lessons with one teacher for one student. This service must be planned in advanced to find the best location to a private lesson.

Yoga

If you're looking to improve your strength, flexibility, and balance while reducing your stress level and have fun at the same time then our yoga class is perfect for you! Come join us for a yoga class that will not only give you a workout, but also leave you with a feeling of relaxation and accomplishment. What better way to end or start your day

SUP

Stand up paddle boarding lessons are a great alternative to surfing. Not only does stand up paddle boarding provide an upper body workout, it promotes core stability and trunk control. Many use SUP boarding as a cross-training activity, while others find it a tranquil way to spend the afternoon along the coast.

Prices from 01 January to 31 December


Group Rates

Prices per person 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days
Kids Surf Lessons €40 €80 €120 €160 €200
Beginner Surf Lessons €30 €60 €90 €120 €150
Intermediate Surf Lessons €30 €60 €90 €120 €150
Advanced Surf Lessons €60 €120 €170 €220 €260
SUP Lessons €35 €70 €110 €150 €170
Yoga €30 €60 €90 €120 €150

Private Rates

Private Surf Lessons
Prices per person
1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days
1 Person €100 €200 €300 €400 €500
2 People €150 €300 €350 €400 €450
3 People €200 €250 €400 €450 €500
  • We pick you up from your accommodation

24 REVIEWS
     

Iva
Wien, Austria
November 2019

How were the surf lessons?

     

We took surf lessons; we're surfing with Sami. Sami was the best teacher of them all!
Our kids loved the surfing a lot! All of the instructors took a good care about our 9 year old daughter. We felt very safe. Would do it again :-)

Amanda
Oxford, United Kingdom
October 2019
Travelled with friends

How were the surf lessons?

     

Activity Centre looked after us well, collected and dropped off each day. My son was a little frustrated as he wanted to do harder surfing but as we where with a 10 year old, the surf catered to more of her needs, which we understood. All in all a good surf school and would recommend them.

Ruben
Epalinges, Switzerland
September 2019
Travelled as a couple

How were the surf lessons?

     

Instructor was very good and he provided us a great first surf experience.

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Sebestyen
Dusseldorf, Germany
September 2019
Travelled solo
Nicholas
Newquay, United Kingdom
August 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

Sami and the crew at Surfriders we’re brilliant and we loved the lessons.
Matadouro beach was hard work and a bit rocky- we had good rideable surf for 5 days out of 6

Véronique
baie d urfe, Canada
August 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

They were great!!!
Very well situated (could walk)

Jeff
smallfield, United Kingdom
August 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

Sam and his team were excellent and went way beyond to make sure we had an incredible time.

Paul
Scarborough, United Kingdom
August 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf part of the holiday was fantastic. We had the same instructor who cared and I think that made it special. The area could not have been better and the organising was up to date using whatsapp to talk and make any time changes. They got everyone to standup.

Stefan, Nyla and Talice
Geneva
August 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

We are beginners on surfing and enjoyed the lessons and the crews at the beach of Ribeira d'Ilhash and the Activity Surf Center! The instructors are very nice and well organised at Ribeira d'Ilhas!

Dale
Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
July 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

We had lessons with 'Surfriders'. English was spoken excellently and all of the equipment provided was new. Couldn't fault the quality of the teaching or the waves.

Tommy
Ericeira
July 2019
Travelled with friends

How were the surf lessons?

     

Catching a wave is the best feeling in the world and only a surfer knows the feeling, it’s the most fun you can have with your friends/ or even alone, it’s a magical experience,
Surfing is the perfect work out it makes you strong and healthy, surfing helps you to get allot of new friends across the world.
Surfing its for everyone,
surf to me makes me happy and makes me feel sow good with my life I don’t have words to express ,you have to try/ only than you will fully understand the feeling.

Vanessa

How were the surf lessons?

     

Sami & his friend were great! I am afraid of the ocean, but with the help and instructions from those two I felt safe and it was a magical experience! Thank you so much you guys! I can recommend them to everyone! ✌️ join this guys

John

How were the surf lessons?

     

Excellent week getting taken to great spots - finding the waves when things were small and some shelter when things were big. Great coaching, hints and tips and generally hanging around!

Kimmo

How were the surf lessons?

     

Sami has only received 5 star reviews and there's a reason for that! I had the privilege of surfing with him a couple of weeks ago and he was always on time, was really nice and patient (that was needed ;)) and lets you do your thing, but is always there to help too. I've been lucky enough to only have good surfing instructors so far but Sami is by far my favourite! Really hope to meet you again dude! smile emoticon

Daniel

How were the surf lessons?

     

My family recently took surfing lessons from Surf Riders. They work incredibly hard and always provided a first class service. They took considerable care of everyone learning to surf. Our two children were quite proficient at the end of 5 lessons. Neither my wife or I got very far, but this was due to other factors. The focus of lessons is getting from lying on the board to standing. The staff demonstrate a couple of techniques but when observing people who achieved it, most used their own modified methods, often going through a nealing stage. I think I would have done better if I hadn't tried so hard to follow the technique taught. My children both successfully used an entirely different movement. If I did this again I would just rent the board and wetsuit and play around to teach myself.

Nina
Peterborough, United Kingdom
June 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

Surf lessons great for my family. I felt some instructors better than others in beginners, I could have done with more encouragement as I lacked confidence (and ability!). Very nice people tho.

Andy
London, United Kingdom
June 2019
Travelled with friends

How were the surf lessons?

     

Surf lessons good. Very friendly instructor. Waves weren't great so lots of paddling to catch them waves (Matadouro beach). Some rocks so need to be careful as tide goes out.

andrew
morecambe, United Kingdom
June 2019
Travelled with friends

How were the surf lessons?

     

Lessons changed the game for me , the instructors were friendly and gave me confidence to surf bigger waves .
Beaches were amazing

Jaqueline
Galway, Ireland
June 2019
Travelled solo

How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf lessons were amazing! I got waves in the first day! I tried to learn before but it was successful as with surf riders! All equipment was completely new, wetsuit, board, shoes, everything in perfect condition. Sammy was really good instructor, he was all the time teaching me something new so I could improve a lot just in 3 days. We were only in one beach but it doesn't bother me coz praia do matadouro is such an amazing place!

Mark
Heathfield, United Kingdom
June 2019

How were the surf lessons?

     

The lessons were great. Expert surfers they may be, but these guys are teachers first and foremost. We were a group of eight and Sami and his team were amazing at identifying how each of us could improve. Their focus on the individual was remarkable. They turned up at our accommodation bang on time every time and had us kitted out and in the surf, with a minimum of fuss. Couldn't fault it. If you're looking for a great surf school, you've found it.

Maria Regina Oakes
boulder, United States of America
June 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

Great group of instructors

Sophie
CROWTHORNE, United Kingdom
April 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

The children and husband had surf lessons every day with Sami and they absolutely LOVED IT! Sami and his team were simply fantastic, great fun and the kids improved greatly thanks to Sami and his team. His team were patient and attentive and made the whole experience brilliant!

Rebecca
Luxembourg
April 2019
Travelled with family

How were the surf lessons?

     

We took surf lessons with Activity Surf Center, which meant we could meet them right outside the Villa each time, get out wetsuits and boards, and walk down the stairs to the beach.

The first day we were lucky that it was only me and our son with the teacher - but there were other schools out at the same time, so we didn't have the waves to ourselves. My husband and I took turns going in on different days so one of us could stay with our youngest child, and on some of the days our 11 year old son would join the lesson also.

We found the teachers to be knowledgeable, and patient, and they were able to cater for all different levels. They were good at going over the basics, and checking before we got in the water that we had our stance right, and did a warm up.

Ruben
Lisboa, Portugal
December 2018
Travelled with friends

How were the surf lessons?

     

Everything 5 stars

+ More Reviews
Ribeira de Ilhas

Ribeira de Ilhas

Level: All Levels

A very versatile set of reefs that normally have something worth getting wet for and it can be a superb long right. It can handle a bit of wind, most swell sizes if NW, and breaks throughout the tide.

Coxos

Coxos

Level: Advanced

This European point/reefbreak gem peels down a series of rocky shelves and outcrops into a small bay. Coxos is long, fast and hollow when it hits the slabs just right. Power is the key word as swells unload out of deep water. It can handle big waves if the swells are clean and from the NW. When all the conditions come together you will see why this is Portugal’s best wave. Entry and exit is tricky, getting caught inside is harrowing, the rips are brutal and urchins love the place as do the large local crew. Respect.

Reef

Reef

Level: Advanced

Cave (also called Sete Bafos/Seven Spits because of the huge spray spiting from the hollow barrels) is one of the heaviest waves in Ericeira. A right wave breaking in a shallow reef. This is not a spot for beginners.

São Lourenço

São Lourenço

Level: Intermediate

Reef break with multiple peaks but the most consistent is a right hand on the right of the beach. Slow and long wave just works with big swell. Not for beginners.

Praia do Norte (Algodio)

Praia do Norte (Algodio)

Level: Intermediate

To the north of Furnas Beach, on the other side of the Ericeira jetty but still accessed from the centre of town, is North beach, also known as "Algodio" or just plain Ericeira beach. This is a popular and busy beach and attracts a crowd of regulars. Lifeguards are on duty in season and conditions are suitable for surfing and body boarding.

Parai do Matadouro

Parai do Matadouro

Level: All Levels

Perfect spot for beginners, Matadouro is located just north of Praia do Norte (and Ericeira) in front of the skate park. It consists of multiple peaks. The main break is a right hander on the north side of the bay. More to the south, you are also able to find some good lefts.

pedra branca

pedra branca

Level: Advanced

Advanced

South beach

South beach

Level: All Levels

Beach bottom rock, where breaks a fun wave, quite often throughout the year. It is a wave that is usually surfed when other peaks in Ericeira, are very popular or really big waves, Good for surfers of all levels.

Fishermans Beach

Fishermans Beach

Level: All Levels

Beach bottom, where breaks a fun wave,Good to surf when is really big waves. It is a wave that is usually surfed in the winter time. Good surfers of all levels.

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Season

Best time to go depends on your level above. July, August & September are the peak tourist months.


This is where you surf Europe's best coast line and let the fun begin.There are over 12 surf breaks along the Ericeira coast, with different options for all standards. With so much choice you'll feel like a kid in a sweet shop! The area was introduced in the Stormriders Surf Guide to Europe with the heading "Enter the Heartland".

World Surf Reserve
In 2011 it was awarded the title of 'World Surf Reserve', there are only 2 other places in the world that share the title: Santa Cruz, US and Manly, Australia.

If it is your first surfing holiday to Ericeira then head straight to Foz do Lizandro and Sao Juliao beaches south of town, they are perfect beginner and intermediate surf spots. Closer to town is Praia do Sul. Another great beginner beach breaks. All best at mid tide but surfable at high and low tide also.

For Intermediates you have the reliable and safe reef break Ribeira d'Ilhas, which host the WSL World qualifying series surf championships every year. And for the more adventurous you have the world class Coxos. That's just naming a few, there are too many surf breaks to mention here!

Don't forget to explore further up the coast - 25 minutes away is Santa Cruz and an hour away is Peniche, home to the World renowned Supertubos and host of the Rip Curl Pro since 2009. 30 minutes south of Lisbon is the Cascais coast with the famous Praia do Guincho surf beach. And when north winds are blowing you can venture further south towards Carcevelos beach and the other surf spots along the Lisbon coast.

Come Surf Ericeira with us…

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  • Your balance is due when you arrive at the beach.

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