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Surfguide Algarve

At the right spot at the right tide
with Surf Guide Algarve

Surf Guide Algarve

You can find surf in the Algarve year round, 360 days per year. Perhaps the waves are not always perfect, but they are there! For this reason it’s one of the most popular European surf destinations. Of course, the warm, sunny weather, stunning surroundings, friendly Portuguese locals and amazing food help as well.

The Algarve surf beaches are spread out over the south and west coast and navigating them can be tricky. Some people drive around all day but never arrive at the right spot, at the right time because they don’t have any local knowledge.

And that is where we come in.

Surf Guide Algarve

Surf Guide Algarve is founded by Niels Labruijère. He moved to the Algarve a few years back with three goals: surfing, surfing and more surfing. He paddles out almost every day of the year and knows the Algarve inside out. The tidal differences in this part of the world are huge. No wonder that it makes a big difference to surf a spot on a low or a higher tide. The sandbanks are changing all the time. You simply need local knowledge and a very good understanding from the different forecast models to score waves in the Algarve. 
Niels is here to help other surfers find their way and be at the right place, at the right time. Or: ‘ At the right spot at the right tide.’ 

Mr. Surfguide Algarve himself. Epic waves or just a fun little session, always stoked!
So there you are, your rental car is booked, you’ve managed to squeeze your board inside it and you downloaded Windguru and Magicseaweed to your phone. Time to go, but where? We have created pages for all the main surf beaches between Lagos and Aljezur to give you an idea of what to expect at which beach. You’ll still need to work out some things for yourself, because not everyone likes the same type of waves of course. But this will help you on you explorations for sure. Just go to ‘Algarve Surf’ and choose from our list of surf towns and beaches.

Surf Lessons

Beginner Lessons

Every (beginner) surfer should get surf lessons. There is nothing more important in surfing than getting the basics right from the start. Together with learning important things like the possible dangers of the ocean, rules in the water etc. The surfschool will teach you the right techniques and everything else you need to know in a fun and safe environment. Surfguide Algarve does not offer lessons but can ‘guide’ you to the best school for your desires and location. Click here for more information.

Advanced surf lessons

The basics of surfing are for most pretty quick to learn. Get a good few days of white water training and you’ll pop-up like a pro. At least, that’s what you think than. Once you made it past the white water, learned how to duckdive. Take waves front and backside. Know and respect the surf etiquettes. All off a sudden you are years in the game and your progress is only going up ever so slowly. Do you really want to take your surfing to the next level? Book an advanced surf lesson. With video analyses and the eye of an (qualified) experienced surf coach you will know how to improve your surfing. 
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Surfskate lessons​

‘The closest thing to the real deal’. Surfskating is proven to be very effective t improve your surfing. The big advantage is that the moves you do on the surfskate are the same as on the surfboard but you can practice the same move over and over again. (Where in the ocean every wave is slightly different and you only get a few chances every session.) Get your basics right on the surfskate. Built muscle memory and take that with you in the water. Click here for more information. 

Longboard lessons​

Do you want to learn how to cross step? Or do you want to know how the fin placement will change the feel of your longboard? High end surf coaching specially for longboarding. The coach will guide you from a gracefull glide-in take-off to how to walk to the nose. Please note that you need to have the basics sorted before you can attend one of these lessons. 
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Surfguidealgarve on TripAdvisor

  • star rating  I echo all the other positive reviews on this page with GUSTO! This is a ruddy fantastic way to find out where to surf in the algarve. Getting... read more

    eoin d
    June 1, 2021

    star rating  Super good choice for anyone who can surf independently but just wants to make the most out of a surf trip to the algarve. With the numerous spots around, it... read more

    December 1, 2020

    star rating  Neils is totally dedicated very enthusiastic surf guide who will simply find you the best waves available within say 30 minute drive of Vila do Bispo. He takes your... read more

    May 2, 2022
  • star rating  Best fit for those that don’t need surf school anymore but not pros or live in Algarve permanently. Niels will make sure you get your best waves every day... read more

    April 1, 2021

    star rating  I can only chime on on all the five star reviews before - Niels knows where to go, beating the crowds and even at the otherwise busy SW Algarve we... read more

    drifter t
    March 1, 2022

    star rating  Niels was a perfect guide. He picked up my group in Lagos with all of our equipment and took us to an incredible beach a short drive away. He knew... read more

    June 20, 2022
  • star rating  Going surfing with Niels is an absolute blast! He always manages to find the right spot for your abilities - great waves without the crowds. Moreover he is just brilliant... read more

    February 1, 2022

    star rating  Thanks for the photos Niels and thank you for some amazing days! So grateful for all the waves we scored, your awesome guiding and good company! And pastel de natas... read more

    Jens N
    October 4, 2022

    star rating  I can highly recommend to book Niels for surf guiding. I was in the Algarve with my family and didn’t want to spent hours with spot checks. That’s what you... read more

    avatar thumb Dominik D
    November 20, 2022
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