Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience
- Small group
- Duration: 1.5 hours
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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.
Absolutely amazing! Joao is super experience, patient and talented trainer. We've booked together with my girlfriend, both of us had lots of fun (actually we liked surfing so much that we've immidietly booked another lesson for next day :)) and made some good progress - a lots of rides with the wave already during the first hour. Joao is not only a good instructor but is also well prepared, so do not be afraid of cold water - with the wetsuits you can stay there easily for more than 2 hours and you can be sure that the board will be well selected to fit your needs. You can also count on some amazing picruters that will be made directly from the water that will be avaliable for you to download directly after the lesson. Last but not least, Joao is super cool guy and time soent together was a pure pleasure. We will be definately back!
I planned this activity on a solo trip to Portugal. I had never surfed before, but with João as my instructor I was able to stand up on the board and catch some waves by mid-morning. Joãs was very kind and patient and you can tell he’s passionate about what he does. He wants you to succeed and will encourage you to try until you do. I would recommend this lesson to anyone who is a beginner surfer and wants to give it a try, or anyone who simply wants to have a fun morning in Porto. Thank you Joãs!
It was the first time surfing for my friends and I. João was an excellent coach! He explained everything very well and took the time to make sure we knew how to behave on the board once in the water. He also coached us individually, to make sure everyone got the chance of improving, while the rest of us could practice on our own. We would recommend this experience, we couldn't imagine it being any better. We will definitely keep surfing!
We had the 1 day surfing lesson and it was amazing! The meetup point was really crowded and our coach Joao took us to a more secluded beach with better waves. He was extremely patient with us, very friendly and very knowledgeable. He even gave us tips for the reminder of our trip in Portugal. We will definitely take up surfing again. Would recommend!