There aren’t as many surf schools in Alentejo as in the Algarve, but the level is higher. The instructors at Surfmilfontes have a passion for the sport and for the ocean, and on the website is a comprehensive guide to all the surf spots in the area.
Surfmilfontes, Vila Nova de Milfontes
I was sitting on a bench in Ericeira when Oscar Schenk’s dog came up to me with his tail wagging. A chat and three surf lessons later, I knew that Oscar was the best longboard coach in Ericeira, or anywhere else for that matter. His dog, Meneer Janssen, is a surfer too – and has his own profile on social media.
You can find surf instructors anywhere, but the good ones stand out. My paddling technique suddenly improved after one lesson from Pedro Santos. And this is a man with big plans: he is aiming to introduce Wavegarden (the artificial wave system developed in Spain and used at Surf Snowdonia) to Portugal in 2019.
Owner Rui Enes has been living by the beach for as long as he can remember. Before he started the camp, he worked in several schools in Portugal and in Brazil and Mexico. Finding a good surf school as an adult is not always easy. Rui and his team will make you feel welcome no matter your age. He’s a salty soul, and before you know it, you’ll be sharing sea stories.