CLIFF Surf School is the perfect place for everyone who wants to surf better and experience the stoke of surfing at its MAXIMUM. Whether it’s your first rendezvous with the magic surf lifestyle, or you are already “hooked”, our team cannot wait to greet you on board!

From Monday to Sunday, CLIFF goes surfing non-stop, yay! CLIFF offers group and private surf lessons as well as surf guiding. The experience and qualifications of our surf instructors allow to teach effectively people of all levels: from the very beginners to advanced riders.

The class’ schedules vary from day to day as they depend on ocean tides and weather conditions, but our team will always keep you updated. We give lessons at our home spot, Praia Da Vigia, or travel along the West Coast in search of the best waves for our guests.

CLIFF SURF lessons

In CLIFF surf school, surf lessons are composed in a way that enables joyful, step-by-step and easy-to-follow learning process. While every surf session is unique when it comes to feeling and content, there are core principles that form a solid basis of our surf teaching philosophy:

  • Uncompromised safety
  • 100% individual approach
  • Experienced and certified instructors
  • Long-term orientation
  • Appropriate equipment
  • Entertainment & Fun

From CLIFF surf school you will get the best surf education and with its academic diploma you will enjoy travelling the surf world freely and fully prepared.

Throughout surf sessions with us, you will learn how to:

  • understand the ocean
  • prepare yourself mentally & physically for surfing and being in the ocean
  • enter the water in right place and right time
  • choose waves
  • paddle efficiently and manage breath
  • stand up on board, hold balance and turn
  • behave in the water according to safety rules and surf etiquette
  • and many-many more things (we just don’t like listing!)

Every surf session, therefore, becomes a balanced mix of theory and practice, learning and entertainment, exercise and relaxation.

Group Sessions

Learning to surf in a group is probably the most affordable and fun way to master the art of walking on water. Groups are formed according to surf level and never exceed 6 people per surf coach to assure safety and sufficient attention to every participant.

You will enjoy a surf lesson of about 3 hours per day. It includes a warm-up, all necessary theory, surfing, a short snack break, and an after-surf stretching. Traveling to a surf spot may add up to 2 hours in case the conditions do not allow running a surf session at our home break.

Our goal is not just to get you stand on board, but pass on all the essential knowledge and skills that you can take away with you and use to progress further on your own.

Private Lessons

One-on-one tuition is a perfect option for anyone seeking even more in-depth and intensive learning process or feeling the need in a teaching that would focus 100% on him/her. Having a surf instructor only for you equals an utmost personalized approach and faster progress.

Contrary to popular belief, private lessons are not only suitable for beginners. Intermediate and advanced surfers can also greatly benefit from the guidance by an experienced surf instructor. With the help of video recordings, you will analyze your surfing in a great detail, discuss and correct mistakes, and define future goals.

Surf Guide

While you can be a confident rider, surfing at a home beach or at an unknown spot are whole different stories, and even like that you still have to find that unknown spot in the first place. This is why surf guiding is a treasure offer for any intermediate or advanced surfer.

Taking a “surf tour” with a local savvy surfer, who on top of that is a certified surf instructor, is the surest way to maximize your surf experiences in a new destination. The surf guide will take you to the best and most appropriate spots, explain how they work and how to surf them.

Hence, the time you would otherwise spend searching for waves, you will actually spend in the water, enjoying the best existing conditions. Moreover, sessions with a surf guide result in a higher safety, emptier line-ups and a deeper understanding of a destination surf profile.

Surfing is not just a sport, it’s a whole lifestyle and attitude towards life. So whatever your expectations are pre-arrival….forget them! Get ready to get your mind blown away!

We have the pleasure to introduce to you our surf coaches:

Francisco Maya

surf coach


[the grumpy] receptionist

Stefan Inácio

Camp Owner and Manager