THE BODYSURF SCHOOLConnecting with the ocean

WELCOME to
The Bodysurf School

The playful act of bodysurfing evolves into being comfortable with yourself in the ocean.

Hi, we’re The Bodysurf School. Nice to meet you!
Our aim is to help you connect with the ocean through bodysurfing.

Through bodysurfing you can get a better understanding of the ocean and the waves. It is such a pure way of surfing and we would love to share this experience with you.

We help you to be more comfortable in the ocean. If you love to surf, bodyboard or already love to be in the ocean we can work on your skills, strength and technique.

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BEGINNERS GROUP LESSONS

We offer beginners lessons throughout the week in Carcavelos and Costa de Caparica.

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ADVANCED GROUP LESSONS

We offer advaced lessons throughout the week in Carcavelos and Costa de Caparica.

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KIDS
LESSONS

The program introduces ‘carreirinha’  – the first technique of bodysurfing, and provides the first steps of autonomy in the water.

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PRIVATE
LESSONS

The lesson is completely tailored to your level. We focus on the techniques of bodysurfing to improve your skills.

THE BODYSURF SCHOOLWEEKLY SCHEDULE

SATURDAY
PRAIA DA SEREIA
KIDS
08:00 - 09:30
BEGINNERS
9:30 - 11:00
ADVANCED
11:00 - 12:30
BEGINNERS
12:30 - 14:00
THURSDAY
PRAIA DA SEREIA
KIDS
13:00 - 14:30
BEGINNERS
14:30 - 16:00
ADVANCED
16:00 - 17:30
BEGINNERS*
17:30 - 19:00

*summer time only

PRIVATE LESSONS
PRAIA DA SEREIA
MONDAY
07:00 - 17:00
TUESDAY
07:00 - 17:00
WEDNESDAY
07:00 - 13:00
THURSDAY
07:00 - 13:00
FRIDAY
07:00 - 13:00
SATURDAY
14:00 - 17:00

LESSONS

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BEGINNERS
GROUP LESSONS

Laugh while wiping out and lose your fear for the ocean

90 minutes – of which 15 minutes outside the water for a warm-up, explanation and specific exercises. Material is included – handplane, swim fins and wetsuit.

Are you new to bodysurfing?  We’ll start by focussing on how to catch a wave and how the ocean works (waves, currents and positioning). Basically in this level we will make sure you will laugh while whipping out, losing the fear for the ocean.

Single lesson € 35 / Pack of 5 € 140 / Pack of 10 € 250
Go to prices to find all our different options.

ADVANCED
GROUP LESSONS

Glide the wave and deal with heavier conditions

90 minutes – of which 15 minutes outside the water for a warm-up, explanation and specific exercises. Material is included – handplane, swim fins and wetsuit.

Dedicated to experienced surfers, bodysurfers and ocean lovers who want to test their limits. We teach new and different ways of gliding the wave and learn how to deal with heavier conditions. Some sessions we will coach you in the water and other sessions we will record and discuss your sessions.

Single lesson € 35 / Pack of 5 € 140 / Pack of 10 € 250
Go to prices to find all our different options.

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KIDS
LESSONS

Learn to surf like a dolphin!

45 minutes – of which 10 minutes outside the water for a warm-up, explanation and specific exercises. Material is included – handplane, swim fins and wetsuit.

The program introduces ‘carreirinha’  – the first technique of bodysurfing, and provides the first steps of autonomy in the water. Not only do the children gain an understanding of the waves and ocean, they also learn how to release their fears and to enjoy their time in the water.

Parents/caregivers are more than welcome to join these lessons – for free!!

Single lesson € 30 / Pack of 5 € 130 / Pack of 10 € 230
Go to prices to find all our different options.

PRIVATE LESSONS

The lesson is completely tailored to your level. We focus on the techniques of bodysurfing to improve your skills.

2 hour – of which 15 minutes outside the water for a warm-up, explanation and specific exercises. Material is included – handplane, swim fins and wetsuit. We can go to any beach, depending on the conditions and your level.

Single lesson € 60 / Pack of 3 € 150 / Pack of 5 € 230
Go to prices to find all the different options. We also offer private group lessons, you can contact us for more details

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PRICES

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BEGINNERS GROUP LESSONS

Single lesson € 35

Pack of 5 € 140

Pack of 10 € 230

Monthly 1x week 90

Monthly 2x week 150

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ADVANCED GROUP LESSONS

Single lesson € 35

Pack of 5 € 140

Pack of 10 € 230

Monthly 1x week 90

Monthly 2x week 150

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KIDS LESSONS

Single lesson € 30

Pack of 5 € 130

Pack of 10 € 220

Monthly 1x week 80

Monthly 2x week 140

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PRIVATE LESSONS

Single lesson € 60

Pack of 3 € 150

Pack of 5 € 230

Monthly 1x week 170

Monthly 2x week 320

ABOUT THE SPORT

Surfing: It can be everything, for almost everyone, around the elementary act of catching a wave. (Kampion, 1988)

Riding a wave using only the body as a planing surface; the original and purest form of surfing. Prior to the invention of the surf leash in the early 1970s, all surfers were adept bodysurfers, as nearly every wipeout was followed by a bodysurfing ride to the beach to pick up the lost board. In the 1990s, bodysurfing was being described as “the lost art,” but in the new century, following along with the sport’s neo-retro movement, it had a significant uptick in popularity. “It’s just so complimentary to what the wave is doing,” bodysurfing ace Mike Stewart said in 2009. “To me it’s the best interaction between man and nature that exists.”

Nothing factual is known about the origins of bodysurfing, but it’s possible that humans were inspired to emulate wave-riding sea animals such as dolphins and seals. Bodysurfing certainly predates board-surfing, which itself, University of Hawaii anthropologist Ben Finney suggests, may date as far back as 2000 B.C. 

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BODYSURF CLUBOUR TEAM

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FOUNDER & MAIN COACHHenrique Madeira

All round surfer started is journey on the waves since he was 9 years old. He studied sport science at FMH university and give surf/bodysurf lessons for 7 years.

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FOUNDER & MANAGERMaartje koning

Dutch entrepeneur has a passion for yoga and climbing and recently a love for surf sports, specially bodysurf.

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COACHJoana Gorgueira

Joana has been surfing since she was 15. She has been a surf coach for over 10 years and She is Project Manager at an Association. She believes that bodysurfing is the purest way to educate people in their relationship with the ocean.

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COACHAntonio Coutinho

António started surfing at the age of 10 in Costa da Caparica and at the age of 14 Henrique introduce him to bodysurf. Since then it’s his new passion and recently became part of the team.

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about the School

Get excited to catch your first wave and take that open and curious into your daily life.

We approach bodysurfing as an amazing tool for improving your surf, as well as gaining more understanding of this powerful thing that is the ocean. Being in the water organically evolves into a physical knowledge of the waves and into a more open and curious approach.

Taking you along in this process, the change in approach establishes a connection with the ocean.

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