Whether this is your first time on a board or you are hoping to perfect your cut back or aerial moves, some professional coaching will assure that you achieve your aspirations. There’s nothing quite like the experience of catching one of nature’s forces, the breaking wave! ​

Where to go and when

Resort Best season for surf
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Lacanau                        
Port d'Albret                        
Essaouria            
         
Sagres                             
Peniche                          
Fuerteventura                        

​Types of Waves


1. Beach Breaks A beach break is where a wave has moved from deep to shallow water over a sandy seabed. These types of waves are the best type of waves for beginners and amateur surfers as they generally break with less force then a reef break and are a bit kinder to those trying to master riding them. Although the waves are usually short, the risk factor is much lower as you are falling onto sand.

2. Reef Breaks Reef breaks are where a wave breaks over a coral reef or rocky seabed. This type of wave is normally more suited to intermediate or advanced surfers as they often break quickly with more power than a beach break in shallower water. However depending on the shape of the reef and how quickly the depth of the water changes from deep to shallow they can produce waves of all shapes, sizes and power. Generally with most reef breaks, the waves will come from a deep in the ocean on to a shallow reef quickly creating a wave that requires a rather fast and butt clenching take off. 

3. Point Breaks A point break is when a wave breaks onto and along a rocky point, creating a wave that travels in just one direction. Point breaks are often some of the longest and user friendly waves. This is perfect for refining your surfing, as they usually create long rides with open wave faces, perfect for practicing turns and riding down the line. Point breaks are perfect for intermediates who have mastered the bottom turn and can ride on a waves face going sideways. 

For Beginners

What kit do you need?

UCPA provide surf boards for all levels (both short boards and long boards). Wetsuits are also provided but often it is too hot to wear them.

What you need to bring; swimwear, rash vest, suncream

How good at swimming do I need to be?

Basic swimming skills are a must. You must be confident to make it to the beach in whatever conditions you paddle out in and must be able to float and tread water for a couple of minutes.

What happens if it is raining?

You're already getting wet so of course you will still surf if it's raining! 

What will I be able to do by the end of the week?

Will know how to pop up on to the board and how to paddle. Good warm up techniques. Know when the time is right to pop up!



 


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For Improvers/Intermediates

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What skills should I already have?

Turning confidently in both directions, catching the waves at the peak, good stance. You should know how to read a surf report and be able to plan a session. 

I can stand up on the board, what else is there to learn?

It's undeniable that standing up is a very big part of surfing, but there are so many other components to get to grips with to become an advanced surfer! By the end of the week you will be able to consistently catch head high waves, generate your own speed, move your feet whilst on the board for different movements/turns. There may be a few manoeuvres to learn too like: Off-the-lip, cutbacks and floaters


For the more advanced surfers

What skills should I already have?

Consistent in catching most wave types, floaters, bottom turns, know what board suits you


What will I be able to do by the end of the week?

Perform committed maneuvers in the critical part of the wave, with speed power and flow. Smoother bottom turns and top turns

 

 

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