Incredibly green scenery, vibrant blue and green volcanic crater lakes
Incredibly green scenery, vibrant blue and green volcanic crater lakes

Azores Surf Camp

1-8 May 2021 2-9 Oct 2021

Overview

Surf on a secluded pirate island, discover unknown surf spots! Experience an unlikely mix of Iceland, Hawaii and New Zealand in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

DURATION

8 days / 7 nights*

DIFFICULTY

Easy - from total beginners to advanced surfers

MEETING POINT

São Miguel Island Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL)

LOCATION

Ribeira Grande, São Miguel Island, Azores

ACCOMMODATION

Private atlantic villa, super cozy rooms with 2-4 beds

PRICE

790 EUR

*The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at São Miguel Island Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) until the flight home from the same airport.

Description

Azores makes the ideal backdrop for the perfect Instagram post with its volcanic landscapes, fantastically green mountains, and deep blue Atlantic ocean. Nevertheless, it’s still not the kind of place where you’re overwhelmed by tourists and never catch a glimpse of a local.

It’s a surf paradise and a sublime blend of Iceland, Hawaii, and New Zealand. Because Azores isn’t yet on the world map when it comes to surfing and because the locals don’t really surf, we’re often the only ones hitting the waves. In the other half of each day, we’ll hike in the Jurassic Park-esque wilderness, bathe in thermal volcanic lakes, or grill a mouth-watering steak.

Azores is the kind of place where plan B is just as good as plan A.

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Surf Spots of São Miguel

Moisteros

A righthand pointbreak on the north side and a left on the south side of the bay. Off the northern headland of Praia dos Mosteiros there is another cruisey righthander.

BEST TIDE

Mid to high tide

SEABED

Uneven Reef

WIND DIRECTION

South Easterly

CHARACTER

Left-hand and Right-hand Pointbreaks

SWELL DIRECTION

SW-W

SWELL RANGE

4-10 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

RABO DE PEIXE

Vertical take-offs, powerful pockets and fast sections can change into easier drops and cutback shoulders.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Boulders

WIND DIRECTION

Southerly

CHARACTER

Left-hand Pointbreak

SWELL DIRECTION

W-NE

SWELL RANGE

6-15 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

SANTA BARBARA

Fast, hollow and bowly beachbreaks. The outer reef is part of an extinct volcano crater rim, causing wedging peaks to come in from different directions.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Sand

WIND DIRECTION

Southerly

CHARACTER

Peaky beachbreak

SWELL DIRECTION

SW-E

SWELL RANGE

2-12 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

SANTA CLARA

Heavy righthand reef off the southern tip of Ponta Delgada. Critical take-offs and high speed barrel sections are part of the challenge for experts only.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Uneven reef

WIND DIRECTION

Northerly

CHARACTER

Right-hand break over submerged reef

SWELL DIRECTION

SE-W

SWELL RANGE

10-30 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

SANTA IRIA

The only north-facing beachbreak in the Azores. Quality, black sand beachbreak that picks up a huge range of swells.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Uneven Reef

WIND DIRECTION

Southerly

CHARACTER

Left-hand pointbreak

SWELL DIRECTION

W-NE

SWELL RANGE

2-20 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

MONTE VERDE

The only north-facing beachbreak in the Azores. Quality, black sand beachbreak that picks up a huge range of swells.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Sand

WIND DIRECTION

South Easterly

CHARACTER

Peaky beachbreak

SWELL DIRECTION

SW-E

SWELL RANGE

1-10 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

POPULO

Extremely flexible city beachbreak with a massive swell window and many moods.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Uneven reef and sand

WIND DIRECTION

Northerly

CHARACTER

Peaky beachbreak

SWELL DIRECTION

NE-W

SWELL RANGE

1-18 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

SANTA CRUZ

Rocky left in the middle of town that needs a strong, clean S-SW swell. Short, fast and tubular ride over shallow reef.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Uneven reef

WIND DIRECTION

Northerly

CHARACTER

Left-hand break over submerged reef

SWELL DIRECTION

SE-W

SWELL RANGE

3-12 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

AGUA DE ALTO

Another south-facing beachbreak and the second option if Populo is too crowded. Good beginners spot with lots of peaks and plenty of room.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Sand

WIND DIRECTION

Northerly

CHARACTER

Peaky beachbreak

SWELL DIRECTION

NE-W

SWELL RANGE

2-8 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

RIBEIRA QUENTE

Heavy left peeling down side of large jetty construction.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Uneven Reef

WIND DIRECTION

Northerly

CHARACTER

Left off a Pier. Groyne or Jetty

SWELL DIRECTION

NE-W

SWELL RANGE

3-15 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

PONTA GARCA

East of the town of Ponta Garca is a stretch of rocky beaches below cliffs. It's a good place for learners who aren't afraid of a few rocks.

BEST TIDE

All tides

SEABED

Uneven Reef and Sand

WIND DIRECTION

Northerly

CHARACTER

Peaky Beachbreak

SWELL DIRECTION

NE-W

SWELL RANGE

2-10 ft

Surf Spots of São Miguel

VILA FRANCA

Reef peak in the shadow of Ilheu da Vila, but still picks up swell from many directions. Punchy and sucky, with good length of ride.

BEST TIDE

Mid to high tide

SEABED

Uneven reef

WIND DIRECTION

Northerly

CHARACTER

Submerges reef with peaky waves

SWELL DIRECTION

NE-W

SWELL RANGE

3-12 ft

Details

AZORES - SURF BREAK
1-8 May 2021 2-9 Oct 2021

The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at São Miguel Island Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) until the flight home from the same airport. The flight there and back might take an extra day, depending on where you are travelling from.

€ 790

Included in the price

  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Daily surf lessons and surf guiding
  • Surfboard and wetsuit rental
  • All transportation and organized activities
  • Airport transfer from and to Ponta Delgada
  • GoBeyond tour guide

Optional extras

  • Upon request, the GoBeyond team can handle & book visa, plane tickets, and insurance for 50 EUR.

Further expenses

  • Plane tickets to and from the meeting point – São Miguel Island Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches & dinners

Accommodation

Private atlantic villa in the heart of a small fishing village by the ocean with super cozy and stylish rooms with 2-4 beds.

Surf package

Surf will be instructed by Sergio, our professional local surf coach. Often we are the only surfers in the water, which makes learning much safer and more enjoyable. As we stay on a relatively small island, where basically everything is reachable within a 40 min ride, we can always choose the most suitable spot based on the swell and wind direction, tidal movements and the skill of the group.

Weather

Subtropical oceanic climate 18-25 °C, water temperature 17-23°C. Lots of sunshine with a possibility of rain and windy weather. Mostly shorts and T-shirts but carry a jacket with you.

Group

Maximum of 24 people usually mixed nationalities. Solo travelers, group of friends and couples with varying surfing skills and experience.

Photo & Video

All the photos and videos you see are from our previous camps. We produce high-quality content of all our camps, which you will receive after returning home to remember all the amazing memories.

Personal expenses

Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 250-500 EUR. For reference, a meal is between 5-25 EUR, entry to thermal bath 8 EUR.

Meals

Fresh and hearty buffet breakfast. Lunches by the sea and gourmet dinners at the best venues of the island, like the local steak house and organic farm restaurant. On some nights we will have a BBQ party or home made paella on the terrace of our villa.

Surf conditions

Excellent beach breaks and performance quality point breaks, both for beginners and advanced surfers. Due to the location of the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a great swell is always guaranteed and our local surf guide Sergio will make sure you will be able to enjoy every minute of it. Taking every relevant aspect of the weather into consideration he figures out every morning which is the best spot on the island to ride the waves.

Local transportation

Comfortable minivans with AC for transfers from airport, daily surf sessions and to all sights hiking trips and recreational activities.

Activities & sights

When not on the surfboards we will hike to some amazing peaks and bathe in volcanic thermal lakes, or explore stunning sights. As this wouldn’t be enough already in the rest of our free time we will explore pineapple and tea plantations while tasting some amazing local cuisine.

Travel insurance

You will need an insurance that covers surfing accidents. You can contact us and we are happy to recommend the most suitable one.

Program

DAY 1 - Arrival

Short transfer to the accommodation with our minivans, welcome get-together with local wines, cheeses and fish.

DAY 2 - First dip

Hearty buffet breakfast at the Volcanic Charming House followed by surf theory in Santa Barbara. Everyone gets their board and wetsuit and we split the group based on surf skills. First surf lesson on an easier beach break in Santa Barbara or Populo. After a quick lunch we’ll head for a small hike to Lagoa do Fogo. Local seafood dinner in Ribeira Grande.

DAY 3 - TEA & BBQ

Optional sunrise surf session for advanced surfers in Tuka Tula or Monte Verde. Breakfast, then surf lesson on a friendly beach break. After lunch we visit a tea plantation and do some hiking with amazing atlantic views. For dinner, we will throw a barbeque party in the garden of our villa.

DAY 4 - HOT SPRINGS

We will head to thermal baths in a Jurassic Park scenery and relax under hot waterfalls. After re-energizing at the pools optional sunset surf session. For dinner, we taste the best steaks of Portugal.

DAY 5 - HIDDEN BEACH

This day we will hike down to a hidden black sanded beach, where the best pointbreak of the island is located. After surf we’ll have lunch by the bonfire. The beach is only accessible in low-tide, so timing is important. Finishing our day in Ponta Delgada, checking out the old town and the harbour. We’ll make home made paella for dinner.

DAY 6 - AMAZING VIEWS

Rise and shine! Starting the morning with a sunrise surf session at Tuka Tula or Monte Verde, followed by breakfast and a hiking trip to Sete Cidades and Monte Palace. For lunch we’ll try the local specialty, Cozido de Furnas, followed by a visit to a thermal bath and botanic gardens. Dinner at a local organic Farm restaurant with ingredients grown exclusively on the island.

DAY 7 - MOSTEIROS

This day we’ll head to the Western tip of the island where intermediate and advanced surfers can surf on cool reef breaks with amazing scenery. After surf and lunch, we’ll visit a unique thermal bath where hot water meets cold seawater in volcanic pools. Beginners will surf on Tuka Tula in stronger beach breaks. Dinner in an organic sushi restaurant.

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE & LISBON

We start our final day with an early departure to catch our flights to Lisbon. We will leave the bags in the lockers at the airport and grab lunch at the famous Time Out Market in the city center. After lunch we will go on a walking tour along the Tejo river to Belem and back to Barrio Alto. We will head back to the airport and say goodbye to each other.

Downloadable itinerary

The program is subject to change at any times. The final itinerary depends on current weather conditions, swell, tidal movements, the group’s surfing skills and stamina.

Application

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AVAILABILITY CONFIRMATION
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BOOKING
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PLANE TICKETS & VISA ARRANGEMENT IF NEEDED
Typically 1-2 months before departure

5

SECOND INSTALMENT
30 days before departure

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GoBeyond ADVENTURE STARTS
We greet you at the meeting point

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    Q&A

    Obviously yes, at least half of the group always consists of beginners. We have found perfect conditions for beginners each year, and with the help of the professional instructors, you will be able to learn the basics very effectively.

    Subtropical oceanic climate 18-25 °C, water temperature 17-23°C. Lots of sunshine with a possibility of rain and windy weather. Mostly shorts and T-shirts but also bring some warm clothes, long pants and shoes for hiking and a raincoat or jacket.

    A BTS tour guide and professional local instructors with many years of experience.

    The Azores is every surfers paradise 360 degree swell window with more than a dozen of amazing surf spots with often empty lineups. Our surf guide Sergio will take us to the ideal spots with the best conditions every day. His main job is coaching professional surfers so we are sure he can help with improvement regardless of your level.

    When not on the surfboards we will hike to some amazing peaks and bathe in volcanic thermal lakes, or explore stunning sights. As this wouldn't be enough already in the rest of our free time we will explore pineapple and tea plantations while tasting some amazing local cuisine.

    Private atlantic villa in the heart of a small fishing village by the ocean with super cozy and stylish rooms with 2-4 beds.

    Not at all. There are always people who come alone, so you can be sure that you’ll make new friends!

    It really depends on spending habits. We recommend a budget range of 250-500 EUR. For reference, a meal is between 5-25 EUR, entry to thermal baths is approx. 8 EUR. Azores is tax free so local foods and souvenirs are cheaper than western european prices.

    The local currency is euro. There are plenty of exchange offices at the airport and also several ATMS close to our accommodation or in Ponta Delgada. You can pay by card almost everywhere we go.

    Azores is a part of Portugal so most nationalities don’t need a Visa.

    Delicious local cuisine with fresh and healthy ingredients, local steaks, tea, wine and cheese.

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