Surf Camp Guide 2011


Autumn is a great time to head off to warmer climes, here’s our guide to the best surf camps in Europe and a bit beyond.


Two great places to visit in Portugal are the Algarve and Peniche, both have a relaxed atmosphere and the surf’s great. The Algarve is often an overlooked surf destination but has loads of great surf spots (mainly beach breaks) on its west and south facing beaches. Peniche, north of Lisbon and home to the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, is a peninsula with beaches either side of a fishing town. To the north there are breaks that pick up lots of swell, there’s a great sheltered beach in the middle, and there’s the famous Supertubes to the south.

The Surf Experience

The Surf Experience started it all and continues to set the standard in Surf Camp, Surf School, training/boot camps and specialist weeks.

They run 12 months a year and are always there with open arms and a cold beer. The best time you’ll ever have – swear to god!



The original Portuguese surf camp, since 1993. Unique beach front location. Surf Centre with surf school, surf camp, surf rentals, beach bar and disco.

Hostel or apartments type of accommodation all within walking distance to the beach. The place to be in Peniche – check it out!


Maximum Surfcamp Peniche

The Maximum Surfcamp was founded in 1996 by Max Reuter, former member of the National Surf Team Germany.

Centrally located and within walking distance of some of the greatest surf spots in Portugal, the Maximum Surfcamp offers comfortable apartments, top-quality surf classes and the best equipment.




Big Friday in association with Oakley run surf coaching holidays and adventures throughout the year in the UK, France, Portugal, and Morocco.

Each experience is different, from Cycle Surfaris to Surf and Yoga camps, and we cater to all abilities from beginners to experienced surfers. Quality tuition, amazing locations and good times guaranteed, come and join us!

Booking a holiday after summer is a great way of avoiding post summer blues. Travelling to Europe and Africa is a good option as the good surf spots tend to be on the tourist routes which makes flights relatively cheap.

With warm temperatures and good surf there’s a lot to be said to taking a sneaky week out of season. The only downside to this is it can be daunting surfing in a foreign country when you don’t know where, when and how! This is where surf camps come in.





Lanzarote is a classic surf destination and one of the easiest places to get to. It’s a warm water destination with a good variety of breaks around its coastline. Waves range from the Pipeline-esque El Quemao, through to the uncrowded beach breaks of Famara. Most of the time you will be surfing in the north, so Famara makes a great base.


Situated on the beautiful island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Surf School Lanzarote is the leading surf school and surf camp in Europe and regarded as one of the best worldwide.

We provide high quality surf coaching for all levels from beginner to advanced levels and with excellent accommodation.



Morocco is one of very few destinations where surfers of all abilities can all find something to get stuck in to. Most people head to Taghazout, and there are world class waves right up the coast and throughout the year. A good guide will get you out in perfect uncrowded surf!


We’ve put serious thought into your surfing experience. The surf camp has a great Moroccan feel and with 14 en-suite rooms and no bunk beds, you’ll have some privacy.

Our range of beginner boards and the latest from Surftech will make you look good, feel good, and surf good. So, you’re all sorted…just bring sun cream.



Surf Maroc have the most knowledgeable local guides who will take you to epic uncrowded waves. Points, reefs, slabs, beaches you just have to choose.

What ever your ability and whatever you want from your surf trip we’ve got accommodation and packages perfect for you. Coming soon- purpose built luxury surf resort overlooking Anchor Point, book now for a brand new ultimate surf trip experience, opening this winter.




In Fuerteventura, Corralejo is the main tourist town in the north where you want to stay. It’s pretty busy without being too full on, and is within reach of a plethora of breaks which range from ‘fun’ to ‘world class’.


Sunshine, uncrowded waves and a personalised, friendly service. Our comfortable camp, right by the sea and the world-class Harbour Wall wave, offers dorms (2-4 people) or self-catering apartments around a swimming pool.

Daily 4×4 transport to the best surf-spots, with highly experienced BSA level 2 instructors. Included: Video analysis, Wi-Fi, breakfast & lunch.



A fun surfing holiday in Fuerteventura is only four hours flight from London and offers world-class winter waves and year-round sunshine for all surfers.

Errant Surf offer various surfing holidays in Fuerteventura for all surfers and non-surfers and this is an amazing destination for families, couples and independent travellers.


OTRO MODO Surfschool and Surfcamp supported by Billabong

Fuerteventura has the reputation of being the European Hawaii. OTRO MODO offers surf camps, lessons and surf guides on Fuerteventura year-round.

Every day we go in groups of six surf students per instructor in our 4×4 to whichever beach provides the best waves for the surfing ability of our students.Tel: 00351 933 240 472