THE HOMELAND OF EUROPEAN BODYBOARDING

Portugal

THE HOMELAND OF EUROPEAN BODYBOARDING

Portugal

  • Improve your riding in Europe’s best bodyboard waves

  • Our guides take care of everything in and out the water

  • Small group = More waves + faster progression

  • Share good times and create lifelong friendships

  • Improve your riding in Europe’s best bodyboard waves
  • Our guides take care of everything in and out the water
  • Small group = More waves + faster progression
  • Share good times and create lifelong friendships

Experience

Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

  • Our local team of passionate, fun and friendly instructors
  • Staying in a luxury villa
  • Small group
  • Southern Portugal: Mediterranean climate and consistent swell
  • Surf: 1ft – 8ft, perfect for all levels
  • An abundance of beaches and wedges
  • Water Temperature: 16°C to 19°C
  • Structured, personalised coaching
  • Inclusive video and photo
  • All logistics and planning catered for
  • Create a network of everlasting friendships
  • Unforgettable memories to take home with you

Why join a Bodyboard Holiday in Portugal?

Southern Portugal is home to endless swell, gorgeous weather, stunning coastline, incredible gastronomy, as well as super-friendly people, low costs, epic surf and the best thing? For our UK and Ireland customers it’s only 2 hours away…

What to expect?

Mave our lead instructor, who lives in Portugal, regards him and his team as bodyboarding butlers! He takes care of everything from the logistics, accommodation and guiding you to the best waves for your ability to personalised coaching and capturing all the bodyboarding on camera. You just need to bodyboard, eat, sleep, repeat!

Who is this trip for?

All abilities, novice to proficient riders, that haven’t the time to organise a trip, wish to switch off their brain for a week and be looked after in a luxury villa, sharing good times with likeminded people. Those also looking to improve their riding through personalised coaching or just intensive free surfing in Europe’s best bodyboarding waves. What are you waiting for?

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PRE-TRIP

  • A video call with trip leader – Here we’ll discuss how to book your flights, insurance and where you will be met on arrival. We’ll cover your objectives, pre-trip planning, dietary requirements, physical preparation, kit list, trip expectations and you’ll have the chance to ask any burning questions about the holiday or bodyboarding in general.
  • Upon completion of the call you will receive the trip leaders direct contact number so that you have a personal, immediate line of communication until arrival in the destination.
  • Bespoke Bodyboard-Holiday preparation fitness video.
  • Bespoke Bodyboard-Holiday preparation Yoga video geared toward bodyboarding flexibility and cramp reduction.
  • If you have footage of your riding, we can offer a pre-trip analysis.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE MEETING AND TRANSFERS

  • A member of our team will be waiting for you in arrivals at the airport, having tracked your flight. Your transfer to our accommodation will include an explanation of the weather and waves forecast for the week, a guide to the local area, useful Portuguese language and complimentary drinks. After a surf stoked week we will return you to the airport in good time for a stress-free check-in.

ACCOMMODATION

Our Portuguese bodyboard week comprises 7 nights accommodation in a handpicked, luxury villa in the historic seaside town of Lagos.  Think MTV Cribs… that’s the vibe. 

  • Private or twin room for each guest, some with en-suite or balcony.
  • Swimming pool, large outdoor spaces for chilling out + barbeque area.
  • Spacious, airy living area with pool table, table football, ping pong and 2 x large screen TVs hooked up to Wi-Fi and Netflix.
  • Daily cleaning
  • Quality towels and bed linen
  • Use of washing machine, dryer
  • Self-catering cooking facilities
  • Board/fin storage and wetsuit wash and hang facilities

FOOD

  • A continental breakfast of cereals, toast, fruit, yoghurts, cheeses, hams, fruit juice, tea and coffee. All dietary requirements catered for.
  • Lunch included – grab bag ‘sack lunch’ to keep you fuelled between breakfast, dinner and your surf sessions.
  • Water refills for your drinking bottles each day.

 

One of the advantages of visiting Portugal is the excellent yet affordable restaurant options. We take pride in choosing the best coastal eateries for us to enjoy on a nightly basis. Evening meal price not included. Budget 15 euro per day.  This flexibility allows us to eat at a vast selection of coastal locations, near to the surf spots that we will visit, allowing a full flavour of Portugal. Full self-catering option available at the villa.

EQUIPMENT STORE

  • Free use of a varied selection of hand-picked bodyboards that include a broad size range, materials, tail shapes, contours, and channel systems. These will be introduced to some sessions to help expand your knowledge of equipment.
  • A variety of fins to try throughout the trip to establish if you can benefit from a different shape, style, or brand.

GUIDING

  • Every day throughout the week our expert trip leaders will draw upon their collective 40+ years of experience to find the best waves for your ability. This includes all fuel, tolls and parking.
  • Each day we’ll have one long 3 to 4-hour session or this may be split in to two shorter sessions. We work around the tides and daily conditions to guarantee the best waves for our guests.

COACHING

  • With such a small group we can ensure personalised one-to-one coaching
  • We will find the waves that suit your objectives discussed in pre-trip zoom call
  • Using the Bodyboard-Holidays Tree of Knowledge, for those with the desire to really improve their riding, we will plot your progression and sign post you through each stage of your bodyboarding development
  • Using our bespoke resource bank of explainer videos we will help you to overcome your bodyboarding challenges
  • Coaching can be optional, if it’s not for you we can focus more on free surfing, photography and good times. It’s your trip, we will facilitate your fun!
  • Max of 8 pupils on the course

PHOTO AND VIDEO ANALYSIS

  • Land and in water photo and video package to take home with you
  • Daily analysis sessions of the footage to see you improve fast
  • New split screen analysis to break down your riding step by step

BODYBOARDING WORKSHOPS

Throughout the week we will run several bodyboarding related workshops that are optional to attend.

  • Surf forecasting & travel
  • Equipment and latest tech
  • Duck diving and paddling efficiency
  • The secret to dropknee
  • 360 and roll workshop
  • Yoga, stretching and nutrition session
  • Ask Me Anything session (a workshop tailored to your burning questions)

FREE TIME

We spend a lot of time bodyboarding, but when it is finished for the day, people’s time is then their own to visit local tourist attractions, surf shops, walk to one of the many beachside cafes or explore Lagos’ old town and marina. We guide you to the areas of local interest.

EVENING ACTIVITIES

The evenings are for kicking back, hanging out and eating together.  Watching a stunning sunset at the beach with some cool drinks, or playing pool, table tennis, using the swimming pool or catching the latest bodyboarding film on the TV.

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FAQs

We Offer 3 Easy Ways To Pay!

  1. Pay In Full – Pay the full amount in one, that’s it your done! (Available online)
  2. 50/50 – Pay 50% deposit and then 5 weeks later pay the remaining 50%. (Available online)
  3. Payment Plan – Pay an initial deposit of as little as £100 to save your place and the rest in instalments!  (Contact us using our online chat for this option)

 

We can’t guarantee your place until we have received a payment from you.

Once you have made a payment, you’ll then be sent a trip confirmation email with all details on.

Yes definitely! We pride ourselves on being super welcoming and friendly. Most of our guests arrive solo and leave with a host of new bodyboarding buddies.

Due to this trip being in high demand and having limited spaces, we can only hold your space for up to 24 hours without payment.

You are welcome to attend for a shorter period to suit your personal schedule, however the package price will remain the same.

Group booking discounts are available, please contact us for more information.

ASAP! These holidays fill up quickly and, with limited spaces available, sell out fast. We operate on a first come first serve basis. If you want to secure your place on the trip, it is advised that you pay as soon as you can.

If you are based outside of the UK and would like to book or chat through the holiday details, we can be contacted through our online chat.

If you wish to bring a non-bodyboarding partner with you, that is absolutely fine, however, the price stays the same.

We have a great mix of all ages from young whipper-snappers to silver surfers.

The gender ratio at the moment is around 60% men to 40% women. However, this is constantly changing and Bodyboard Holidays is inclusive to all.

Nearly all International mobile networks work in Portugal. For internet calls, there’s WiFi access at the villa with a decent connection.

Yes, a strong connection throughout the villa.

You’ll be asked to fill in an enrolment form as part of the booking process. You’ll signify which level of bodyboarder you are. You may be in a different group suited to your ability, however, there will be plenty of time to see each other back at the villa and during our social evening meals.

We choose the time of year and location for our holidays based on local knowledge and historical swell data. In the event of flat waves or stormy conditions, we will offer alternative activities and day trips to help you get the most out of your holiday.

Please take a look at our Area section for more information. We may also adjust the format of the week, for example, choosing to run more bodyboard sessions on the days that the waves are at their best.

Please visit our Terms & Conditions for more information.

The area that we visit is blessed with constant surf, you can expect great conditions most days of the trip. To give you a clearer idea, the videos on this webpage were all filmed during previous bodyboard holiday trips.

Please refer to the Waves section for more details.

We do not offer a discount for bringing your own equipment.

Remember to check the baggage size and weight allowance with your airline, as well as reading their guidance for carrying bodyboards. Baggage handlers can be unforgiving, so a tough bag and intelligent packing are a must.

Firstly, pack your board(s) in a protective, padded board bag, and write FRAGILE and TOP LOAD ONLY on it with a permanent marker. Make sure you wrap your towel and clothes around your board inside the bag for added protection. Place your shampoo and other wet toiletries in a separate sealed bag in case of leakage. We also recommend locking the zips on your bag with a padlock.

Visas are not required for British and European passport holders for stays under 90 days. Passports must be valid for three months from the date of entry into Portugal. Non-European travellers should seek advice about visa requirements from their travel agent.

If you’re not a British national, please check international travel requirements for your nationality.

Please contact your travel agent or airline if you have any further questions. It’s a good idea to carry photocopies of your important documents and guide books and pack them separately. We also suggest scanning copies and emailing them to yourself for extra reassurance.

If you are under 18, we will need to chat to you on the phone and you will need to be accompanied on the trip by a parent or guardian throughout the holiday. If you are 60 or over we’d love to chat with you about the trip before you book. Please contact us via our online chat.

On the day you travel please keep your mobile phone handy so we can stay in touch in case of delays and flight changes. Please inform us if you’re early or delayed for any reason.

If you need help booking your flight then just drop us a line or read our helpful blog post about booking flights.

If you can’t find our representative at the airport, stay there and wait, they won’t be far away. Our transfer representatives will have access to your arrival details. However, if you’re having difficulties finding them follow the instructions in your pre-arrival email. One of the team will locate you.

As with any holiday, full travel insurance is a requirement for all guests booking a trip with the company. 

Please also ensure that your policy covers you for ‘disruption to travel’ and ‘cover for cancellations’ as standard.

For further help please read our helpful blog post about travel insurance.

You may need to add additional cover for surfing or bodyboarding, it is essential that your insurance policy covers you for all activities during your stay. Failure to take out travel insurance breaks the contract between Bodyboard Holidays and the client.

If you are joining one of our trips and you are native to the country of its location (i.e you live in Lisbon and are joining our Portugal trip) you do not need to take out medical travel insurance. This is as long as you have your own personal health-care plan or are covered by your country’s National Health Service. Although, we kindly request that you still take out trip disruption and cancellation insurance to cover all possible eventualities.

Visit your government’s travel advisory website for the latest Portugal health advice. Here’s a link to the UK government Portugal travel advice page.

The currency in Portugal is the Euro which you can pick up from travel agencies, banks or post offices. There are exchange facilities in airports as well as ATMs.

Please get your money changed before the trip or bring a valid card to withdraw from an ATM in Lagos. This is within walking distance from the villa. We plan to be surfing and chilling as much as possible, so please don’t bring currency other than Euros. It’s your responsibility to organise your currency in your own time.

Please refer to the “What to budget for?” section.

We are a UK based company that delivers trips all over the world welcoming travellers of all nationalities.

If your circumstances change and you can’t join the trip, please let us know as soon as possible via email. Your cancellation notice will start from the date we receive it.

Cancellation terms:

We hold part or full costs, depending on when you cancel:

  • If you cancel 12 weeks or more before the trip we retain one-third of the total trip price
  • If you cancel between 36 days to 12 weeks before the trip it’s 50% of the total cost
  • If you cancel between 21-35 days, we retain 75% of the total cost
  • Under 20 days – we keep 100% of the total cost.

 

Cancellation may fall under the terms and conditions of your holiday insurance policy and you may be able to claim.

Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions videos.