F.A.Q.

How is the weather in the Algarve?
What should I wear?
How is the water temperature?
What kind of wetsuit should I have for the surfing days?
What are the waves usually like throughout the year?
When is the best surf season to surf in the Algarve? What is the best time of the year for me / us to go on a surf holiday?
How crowded can it get?
How do I get there?
Are your courses for beginners and people who have never surfed before?
Which is the nearest airport?
What kind of rooms do you have?
Is the equipment included?
What is Future surfing School?
What do Future Surfing School offer?
Where are your surf teachers from?
Why should I choose this Surf School?
On what beaches do the surf lessons take place?
How do the students get to the beach?
How long does a surf day take?
How long does it take to get to the surf spots?
How far will I get with a week surf course?
Are there any prerequisites for the surf course participation?
I would like to do the surf course but my companion/partner doesn´t, can she/he integrate the group as well, if so what are the conditions?
What happens in case of bad weather?
What is the average age of the Future Surf School students?
Do we surf everyday?
Can I also just book a surf course (without lodging)?

Questions about bookings:

How far in advance do I have to book to assure my place?
What are the booking conditions?
What happens in the case of a cancellation?

How is the weather in the Algarve?
The weather is quite warm almost all year around except for the December to February period where you can expect some colder days (where the minimum temperatures never go bellow the 7ºC (44,6ºF) degrees on the coldest winter nights and the maximum temperatures will be at least 14ºC (57,2ºF) degrees on the coldest days) and some rain that usually don´t last for a long time.
Spring and Fall have really nice temperatures and lots of sunny days… the Algarve is quite known for having more then 300 sunny days a year!!!
In Summer the temperatures usually go from 20ºC (68ºF) to 35 (95ºF) degrees.
Mind that even in the Algarve the temperatures can change considerably in short distances, for example from where we are located – Praia da Rocha / Portimão in the South Coast of the Algarve to the Cape of Sagres ( where the West Atlantic Coast starts ) the average temperatures are usually 5ºC (41ºF) less and it´s only 40 km´s away, due to the ocean breeze.

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What should I wear?
Around summer all you need is a pair of trunks or a bikini, sunglasses, lots of sun screen, beach towel, sandals, cap, light clothes and a sweater just in case for any windy afternoon / evenings. If you come on Spring or Autumn a pair of jeans is quite enough for the mornings and evenings, during the day a t-shirt will be perfect. Hot clothes or rainy clothes will be just for the coldest days of the December – March period.

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How is the water temperature?
The lowest temperatures goes from 14ºC (57,2ºF) at the West Coast and 16ºC (60,8ºF) at the South Coast in winter to maximum temperatures in Summer of 20ºC (68ºF) at the West Coast and 24ºC (75,2ºF) at the South Coast.

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What kind of wetsuit should I have for the surfing days?
You can have a 3/2 mm wetsuit all year around but in August and September you can surf some days with a short sleeved wetsuit or even in shorts and in the December – February period you might need a 4/3 mm and booties if you usually get really cold in the water.

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What are the waves usually like throughout the year?
The waves are here all year round no doubts about that, so a complete flat surfing day will be quite difficult to happen, specially because we have two coast lines that receive different swell directions, which means that in one or other coast the waves will be there for you! Even knowing this in July / August the waves are usually small ( 2 to 3 feet high ) but it´s really consistent… in the rest of the year you have lots of waves on both coasts, which gives you much more to choose from… small to big and from crowded to just by yourself!
In the period of December to February big winter swells are quite usual so the west coast isn´t usually a good choice but lots of surfing spots on the south coast get really classic and consistent!

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When is the best surf season to surf in the Algarve? What is the best time of the year for me / us to go on a surf holiday ?
Like you probably understood so far, you can surf two different coast lines that work with different swell sizes and directions as well as predominant winds, so it really depends on your skills and goals, for example for small to medium size waves and sunny / wormy days you can come anywhere between April and October ; for all size of waves but not as warm or crowded the rest of the year is just perfect!

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How crowded can it get?
Not that much, but we are talking about some serious quality surf breaks in some cases and in some breathtaking surfing spots so it´s getting quite famous to surf in the Algarve, specially in July and August where many people are in vacations from school and work and motivated by the sun and warm temperatures to go for a surfing day or surfing holidays… anyway if you are a beginner you will be on a surfing area of ours of around 50 meters long where you will find lots of space for a great time!!! If not, and even in the summer peak, if you avoid the rush hours of mid morning and mid afternoon you will find many waves breaking with nobody surfing them!
The Algarve West Coast have more then 10 great surfing spots that work all year and the South Coast have more then 150 km´s where surf can easily be found between October and May, so the crowd have lots of options where to go, besides that there is no real big city in the Algarve, specially in the west coast so crowd will not be much or difficult to avoid.

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Are your courses for beginners and people who have never surfed before?
The courses are organized for two specific publics: One is for people that never had a surf lesson or just had a short experience in surfing so far – beginners level, and the other for intermediate level surfers that already have the basic knowledge of surfing and are looking to improve skills in paddling out , choosing / catching waves by themselves and develop the basic maneuvers such as trimming, cut-back, floaters…
With our experience of years now we can tell you that around 80% of the people that come on the surf courses are at the beginner stage while the others 20% are the intermedium stage.

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How do I get there?
Check on our website at contacts, clicking at the map. We are located in Praia da Rocha / Portimão, you can get here by car ( on a national road or by highway ), train or Bus.

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Which is the nearest airport?
Faro, it’s about 65 km from our Surf Club, it´s 50 minutes drive or 1 hour by bus or 1h30 min if you come by train. Lisbon is about 300 km away and it takes around 3 hours to come here by bus or train from there.

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What kind of rooms do you have?
Check out our Surf Package options, in there you will find various different options… there will be for sure the accommodation conditions you are looking for.

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Is the equipment included?
Yes,in each class price all the material is already included: the leash, the board and the wetsuit. In fact, as long as long as the instructor sees no harm done to your improvement you can even ask for different material like a shorter board. You can also bring your own equipment, but that might mean extra costs, depending on your transportation to get here. Pay close attention to the prices charged by the airplanes companies.

Due to organizational and didactic reasons the minimum period to take a full surf course with Future Surfing School on the surf package way is of 3 surfing days.  Nevertheless, Future Surfing School accepts participants to do single day experience, or two days surfing, but not based on the surf package prices and conditions, where are just two options: 5 days accommodation + 3 days surfing or 7 days accommodation + 5 days surfing.

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What is Future surfing School?
Future surfing School is an experienced and completely certified Surf School that has a great pleasure in teaching, it´s managed by two experienced teachers and surfers ( one of them was Portuguese Champion in 2001 and Top European surfer during some years ) that have as much pleasure teaching as surfing and that is not that common unfortunately…

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What does Future Surfing School offer?
Surf and Bodyboard lessons, courses, packages, rental, surfaris, local beach guiding, competition training… half day and full day lessons, private and group lessons, corporate activities…

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Where are your surf teachers from?
Future Surfing School is proud to say that has a team of surf teachers who are all experienced and with large knowledge of the surf spots. We think it´s quite important for the one´s that are travelling from abroad to be guided by genuine people that besides surf can give you all the information you need related with local traditions, history, behaviors.

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Why should I choose this Surf School?
Because we love what we do, and we are happy when our students/friends are happy and successfully surfing. We can assure that we´ll be a “ pain in the… ” persisting until you accomplish your goals on surfing. We´ll not be looking to you from the beach with our arms crossed while you try and try without being well succeed… we´ll be in the water with you because our success depends on your success! We are proud to hear many times people coming to us and say you guys are so different from the others surf schools! You really put a big effort helping your students in the water!

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On what beaches do the surf lessons take place?
We teach in the best surfing place of each day, which changes according to winds, tides, swell size and direction, sandbar, and students level. We give classes in the south and west coast of the Algarve, we usually go to 10 main spots ( 8 of them inside a wild and preserved National Park area, where the surfing schools require a special license to be able to teach ) but once in a while we go and check out some different surfing spots that are used only by experts surfers…

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How do the students get to the beach?
For the transport of our students we have the surf vans that every day take the students to and from the surf spot. We´ll pick up people from the hotels if they are close to our city area or if they surf with us through the “ Surf Package ”, we can also get our students further from our Surf Club but we charge a small fee according to the distance.

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How long does a surf day take?
Our surf day starts around 9 A.M and goes until 6 P.M

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How long does it take to get to the surf spots?
It depends according to the different spots, but the maximum it takes is one hour, and if south coast is working it will take no time at all.

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How far will I get with a week surf course?
If you never surfed before, you will be about able to paddle for middle size mellow waves, stand up in the right moment, in safety and finish the wave with the feet in the right position still on the top of the board (Longboard or Malibu). Afterwards, and depending in your evolution, you will be able to surf down the wave and control tip and tail keeping the board permanently gliding and also turning the board to the direction the wave permits. You will also learn a lot about safety rules and behaviour, wind, waves, tides, surfing picks, priority rules, etiquette, surf gear, etc.

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Are there any prerequisites for the surf course participation?
We accept students of both sex and any age. The students should know how to swim and we would appreciate that you inform us about any health restrictions that you may have.

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I would like to do the surf course but my companion/partner doesn´t, can she/he integrate the group as well, if so what are the conditions?
Yes, your companion/partner is welcome to join the surfing group to make sure that there is a place available everyday at the surfing van we charge half of the amount that we usually charge for a common surfing student. If you and your non surfer companion are coming in the “ Surf Package ” conditions them he/she has already the transportation included.
The person that goes in this conditions have all the time that we stay at the beach free to do whatever he/she fells like.

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What happens in case of bad weather?
Due to the nature of this sport, there may have to be changes to the planned surf courses. In case of bad weather or dangerous conditions for surf practicing, the organizer can offer a suitable alternative program. However, these kinds of situations very rarely happen, and if so they will probably take place between January and February… but even then it´s very unusual cause storm in the west coast for example means really nice waves and wind at many surf spots at the south coast, so don´t worry about this…

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What is the average age of the Future Surf School students?
The average age of our participants is approximately between 25 and 35 years old, but we have successfully taught people with ages ranging from 6 – 70 years. Future Surf School participants come from all over the world and almost half our students are women.

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Do we surf everyday?
The surf School works everyday, so yes you can surf with us every day.
The surf packages for one week start normally on Mondays or Wednesdays and end on Fridays
If you book an single surfing day, instead of a surfing pack you can surf in any day that fits best in your vacation schedule.

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Can I also just book a surf course (without lodging)?
Yes, you can book just a surf course and take care of lodging yourself. Future Surf School offers daily surf lessons and packs including transport to the beach.

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Questions about bookings:

How far in advance do I have to book to assure my place?
We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance, otherwise vacancies might book up before you reserve your space.

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What are the booking conditions?
If you book in advance ( more then 1 month from the first hotel night or surf lesson depending on the program ) you can pay just 30% of the total amount and them you pay the rest of the amount (70%) maximum 1 week ( 7 normal days ) before the first hotel night or surf lesson.

Changes on the bookings
If you do any changes on the booking after any payment is done ( reservation or total payment ) we´ll do the changes as per your request but will charge you 20€ for each time you ask us to change things.

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What happens in the case of a cancellation?
If after the payment is done ( reservation or total payment ) you cancel the booking and we are still more then one month away from the first hotel night or surf lesson, then we´ll refund you with 90% of the total amount paid, if we are between 3 weeks and one week from the first hotel night or surf lesson we´ll refund you with 50% of the total amount, if the cancellation takes place less than one week from the first hotel night or surf lesson we are sorry but we´ll not be able to refund you at all.

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