Since SurfMilfontes is one of the most ancient Surf schools in Portugal, our learning experience has grown with hundreds of students that, year after year, attend our lessons. Hence, classes are organised according to certain goals that enable students to have a clear perception of their level of Surf and their potential to flourish.
By providing a set of goals (each with specific content), students can better evaluate themselves, manage their challenges and expectations and, along with their instructor, learn, improve and thrive.
Goal: take-off in foam and keeping balance.
- Equipment introduction and explanation;
- Defining positioning (inside – after the waves break);
- Basic safety rules (appropriate way of falling off the board, head protection techniques, handling the board inside and outside the water, watching out for other surfers);
- Take-off demonstration (standing up on the board);
- Paddling and take-off exercises in the sand and transition to the sea.
Goal: strengthening the take-off in foam with paddling.
- Reviewing safety rules;
- Perfecting the take-off (with precision and speed);
- Techniques on how to keep the balance;
- Improving the paddling technique.
Goal: take-off in a “green wave” (before it breaks).
- Outside introduction (before the waves break – “green wave”);
- Wave selection, learning how to catch a good wave to surf;
- Additional safety rules (deep waters and currents introduction; head and body protection in case of a wipeout or fall);
- Practicing the sitting position and turning the board;
- Take-off technique with vertical drop;
- Paddling technique and timing.
Goal: take-off in a “green wave” with turning.
- Reviewing safety rules;
- Perfecting the take-off with drop;
- Line-up positioning;
- Turning introduction with two variations (diagonal cut and bottom-turn);
- Analysing sea conditions.
Goal: strengthening the drop and bottom-turn, and introducing the duck dive.
- Surfers’ priority and safety rules;
- Surf etiquete;
- Duck dive technique;
- Improving sea analysis and learning how to read and interpret the tide and wind;
- Approaching waves in beach break and point break.
What awaits you
Regardless of the experience level, every lesson (group and private) have a duration of 2 hours: the theoretical part is in the first 20 – 30 minutes, immediately followed by the warm-up, and then it’s 1 hour and 30 – 40 minutes of practice in the water.
The role of the instructor adapts to the experience and progress of the student, always encouraging his/her autonomy and stepping in to suggest, correct and criticise through a thorough analysis and continuous feedback.