Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience
- Small group
- Duration: 1.5 hours
Per group up to 4
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We arrived to find the shop had no record of our booking or payment, luckily we were able join the lesson. The staff were great and sized us up for wetsuits. Our instructor was great, he gave us a quick warm up & safety briefing then got us practising jumping up on the board before we went in the water. It was a mixed group (language, ages & ability) but he did really well to look after everyone (especially us beginners) and give one-on-one instruction and encouragement, holding the board steady and telling us when to paddle so we could get a feel for it and build up a bit of confidence before we had a go on our own. The waves were pretty big but he took us down to the sea wall where it was calmest. It's worth noting the lessons are run out of a retail unit so facilities are basic, there's a small communal changing area with one tiny private(ish!) cubicle with a curtain across. There is a cold shower to rinse off on the beach and access to a toilet block.
Paulo, the owner/operator was a very nice guy and definitely made us feel welcome once we got on board. We got lost going there and ended up being a half hour late, but he was kind enough to extend our time to make up for it. Brought us some breakfast, waters and beers for the trip. We got to actually 'sail' ourselves for a bit out into the Atlantic, which was pretty cool. Once we were up river we were right on top of the Ribiera and there were some gorgeous views. Would totally do this again!
This was an absolutely amazing experience and our guide was awesome.. So passionate about his country and his knowledge and info that he shared was so interesting.. I would definitely advise to do this tour in the beginning of your stay in Porto as you get an amazing overview of what Porto has to offer... Our guide made this tour!!
Our guide Antonio was great! Very enthusiastic with the whole group and passionate about Porto & Portugal. He shown to us exposed and hidden beauties of Porto & Gaia. Very nice experience!
Our guide Antonio was friendly and knowledgeable! The best way to get to know Porto in a snapshot - alongside the river and through local areas and parks. A great work out too!