Algarvewatersport | FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The Camp

How do I book?

Please send us a booking request trough our website to check if we have space available. We will always answer promptly usually within a couple hours.

To book a Camp we will need a prepayment of 100€ per person. For a course or activity it is 20€ per person. The prepayment can be done by bank transfer or paypal/credit card.

When do the camps start?

Our camp aktivity start always on Mondays. Arrival and departure is only possible on Saturdays or Sundays. We may be able to make some exceptions in low season on request.

I am a vegetarian and/or have food allergies

Please let us know when you book and at arrival if you have food allergies or are vegetarian or vegan. Our chefs will do their best to serve you according to your diet .

What is the average age in the camp?

The average age of our campers is between 25-35. Our group of guest is a sound mixture of single travelers, couples, families and friends.
Families with childeren are very welcome at the camp. But please understand that we do not offer child car seats in the camp busses. Families with small childeren need to rent a car for transport.
The camp is 18+, younger guest are also welcome but need a written consent from their parents or guardian.

Kite

Kiedy jest najlepszy sezon na kita w Algarve?
Zgodnie z danymi ze stacji pomiarowych czerwiec i lipiec to najbardziej wietrzne miesiące w Algarve. W ostatnich dwóch latach zaobserwowaliśmy jednak sporo wiatru także w sierpniu. W pozostałych miesiącach wiatr nie jest tak pewny, ponieważ nie działa już tak dobrze termika. Na bezwietrzne dni oferujemy zawsze różne możliwości na ciekawe spędzenie czasu.
Co jeżeli podczas mojego kitecampu zdarzy się bezwietrzny dzień?
Jeżeli warunki wiatrowe nie pozwolą nam na przeprowadzenie lekcji kita, wówczas zawsze proponujemy kursantom inne alternatywne atrakcje. Możemy zabrać cię na surfing, SUPa, wakeboarding czy na wycieczkę rowerową. Jesteśmy campem sportów wodnych i mamy naprawdę szeroki repertuar sportów do wyboru! Z tego również powodu zazwyczaj nie oferujemy jedynie zakwaterowania, a minimalny koszt pobytu u nas, to koszt naszego najtańszego campu, czyli surfcampu. W związku z tym, że lekcje poszczególnych sportów różnią się cenowo, na koniec Twojego pobytu rozliczamy ewentualną różnicę w cenie zajęć.
Czy po ukończonym kursie mogę otrzymać certyfikat?

Nasi instruktorzy kitesurfingu są licenjonowani przez IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation). Możesz wykupić certyfikat po ukończonym kursie. Posiadanie legitymacji IKO pozwala ci wypożyczać sprzęt kiteboardingowy na spotach całego świata.

Czy mogę korzystać ze sprżetu kitsurfingowego po zajęciach z instruktorem?

W związku z tym, że laguna na której szkolimy kita jest bardzo zmienna w zależności od pływów wody, a wiatr w okolicy Lagos wieje najlepiej popołudniami, zawsze wybieramy najlepszy, by nie powiedzieć idealny czas na nasze lekcje kita. Po 3-godzinnej sesji na wodzie z instruktorami na pewno maksymalnie skorzystacie z warunków i odpowiednio się zmęczycie

Surf

What are the waves like?

The Surf conditions

  • consistent all year Atlantic swells
  • lots of different beach and reef breaks
  • huge swell window at south and westcoast
  • wind protected surf spots

A great numbers of beaches and wind protected bays, the warm climate and the consistent Atlantic swells make it a perfect all-year surfing destination. The summer is great for beginners and intermediate surfers because the waves are not as powerful. The winter is the best time for seasoned surfers since the ocean delivers strong winter swells which result in wave faces regularly higher than 6-8 foot.

What happens if there are no waves?

No surfable waves on the Algarve is a very rare sight.
But if wave or weather conditions do not allow us to go surfing we seek to offer you the best alternative of our repertoire, according to our AAG (Always Action Guarantee). You can go kiting, windsurfing, SUP or wakeboarding.

As we are a watersport camp offering a wide range of watersport activities we aim to get our guests into the water as much as possible. Therefore we are not able to provide only accommodation and will charge minimum the price of our surf camp. Camp guest who decide not to participate in any of the offered activities will be also charged the surf camp price. As the prices of the different activities vary we will offset your balance at the end of your stay.

Can we use the surf equipment after the course?

You are welcome to use the equipment in your break at your own risk. We normally head back right after the course, but depending on what the majority of the group wants you might stay a bit longer on the surf beaches. 3h will be more than enough though :).

What time do the courses start? How long do they take? Is there a break?

Because of the always changing wave and tide conditions we only know the exact starting time, the evening before the course. We normally leave the camp between 8am – 10am and are usually back around 3pm -4pm. You will have 1,5h lesson in the morning and 1,5h lesson in the afternoon divided by a break where we serve a beach picnic (sandwiches, fruits, chocolate, water). The length of the break depends on the conditions and on how many other surfers use the spot. The Portuguese beaches are regulated, so that the beaches are not overcrowded with too many schools, therefore there is only a specific amount of pupils allowed in the water at the same time.

How many people are in the course? Can I have private lessons?

We are teaching group lessons with ISA (International Surf Association) standards of a maximum of 8 people per instructor. Due to the high demand our capacity does not allow us to give private lessons during high season.

Surfboard rental?

We are renting surfboards and equipment. You may choose from a wide range of different surfboard shapes and sizes. We don´t rent out soft surfboards. You can also choose if you would like to rent only the boards and have your own transport (15€/day)or if you would like to enjoy the comfort of being driven to the beach with the best conditions and join our group for a picnic at the beach (35€/day).

Wake

The Wakeboard Boat?

The X-1 was originally the first X-Star, created as the official towboat of the X-Games over 10 years ago, and is the boat that pulled world-, pro tour- and X Games champion Parks Bonifay to his first double half cab roll and his first 1080.

  • 350 horsepower V-8engin- gives you plenty of pull
  • Deep V-hull and electronic ballast system- produces a huge, firm wake for jumps and endless wakesurf rides (no need to hold on to the rope)
  • No-flex tower- gives you plenty of air
  • Perfect pass- keeps the speed steady for you to finally nail your first 180 or 1080
  • Bad Ass Sound system- delivers your favourite tunes while you ride
  • Custom graphics, trim and carpets- because style while riding and hanging out is essential!
What time do the Wake sessions start? How long do they take? Is there a break?

Since we are wakeboarding on the sea we have to leave the camp quite early to make sure we catch the best conditions on glassy water. Starting time is between 7 to 8 am. Depending on how many people will be on the boat you will be back around 9 am. Breakfast will be served after the wake set.
The cable park is open from 11am until sunset.

The Cable Park?

Beginners: It is the best way to learn to wakeboard, hands down. The System 2.0 can get any beginner up and riding within a matter of minutes. It is also the safest way to learn to wakeboard with accurate speed control and constant supervision. With the high pull, on-on-one instruction and perfect speed control by the operator, you cannot fail to get up!

Air Tricks: It is the best place to learn and practice air tricks! The carrier is supported by two vertically parallel cables, allowing for greater tension and a smooth pull. The riders rope length can be changed very quickly meaning you can use a short line to learn new air tricks. Unlike full size cables you can take advantage of the 180 degree turns and learn new tricks on the corner. There is almost an infinite amount of tricks to learn on a System 2.0. The best thing is that when you crash it picks you straight back up and within a few seconds you can try the trick again.

Features: Thanks to the continuous ride of the 2.0, you can hit the same feature every 20 seconds! This has unbeatable learning potential over boats, jet skis or full cable tows. And if you fall in, it picks you straight back up with no delay. It is quite simply the best tow for hitting features.

Should I start with the Boat or Cable ?

If you are trying wakeboarding for the first time we suggest the cable park. The 2.0 system is more forgiving and less intimidating than riding behind a 350 hp monster with a huge wake. On the 2.0 system, the handle will comes back to you after you fell (no standing in line or swimming back to the dock) allowing you to be back up on the board in seconds, the water is perfectly flat and the system controller will adjust the speed according to your level and riding position.
For advanced riders wakeboarding behind a boat like the X-Star is a stunning and awesome experience.

SUP

Nigdy nie próbowałem sportów wodnych, czy SUP jest da mnie?

Stand up Paddling to ciekawy sposób na aktywne zwiedzenie wybrzeża Algarve. Jest to sport zarówno dla młodszych jak i starszych osób, tych bardziej i mniej sprawnych fizycznie. Wycieczki SUPami mogą być dostosowywane do poziomu możliwości grupy. Dzięki licznym małym plażom, na których można zrobić przerwę i podziwiać widoki, nasze SUP tours są doskonałą rozrywką dla wszystkich.

Czy mogę wypożyczyć deskę SUPową i sam wybrać się na wycieczkę?

Niestety nie. Ze względu na wasze bezpieczeństwo nie oferujemy deskek SUPowych na wypożyczenie.

O której zaczynają się kursy? Jak długo trwają? Czy podczas zajęć jest przerwa?

Ze względu na to, że warunki na wodzie codziennie się zmieniają, jesteśmy w stanie potwierdzić godzinę wycieczek SUPowych dopiero rano w dzień kursu lub dzień wcześniej wieczorem. Aby uniknąć upałów, organizujemy wycieczki SUPami głównie w godzinach porannych 8-10 lub po południu 14-15.

Windsurf

What is the best time for good wind?

According to statistics June and July are the windiest months in the Algarve. The last 2 years the “Nortada” wind was also strong in August. During the other months wind is not as reliable due to unfavorable conditions for the thermals. We are offering other activities for non-windy days according our “Always Action Guarantee”. Click here for more infos.

What happens if there is not enough wind for windsurfing?

If wind, water or weather conditions do not allow us to teach kiteboarding we seek to offer you the best alternative of our repertoire, according to our AAG (Always Action Guarantee). You can go surfing, SUP,wakeboarding or mountain biking. As we are a watersport camp offering a wide range of watersport activities we aim to get our guests into the water as much as possible. Therefore we are not able to provide only accommodation and will charge minimum the price of our surf camp. As the prices of the different activities vary we will offset your balance at the end of your stay.

What time do the courses start? How long do they take? Is there a break?

The “Nortada” wind is a thermal wind which pops up mainly in the afternoon, further is the lagoon very tide dependent. We normally start the courses between 14:00-16:00, depending on the best conditions for kiting. You will be effectively 3h in the water but the whole trip takes around 5h, with driving down to the lagoon (10mins drive), setting up the kites etc. There is no break in between the course.

How many people are in the course? Can I have private lessons?

We are teaching in groups of maximum 8 people per instructor. Private lessons are only possible if we have availability and cost 100€/hour.

Can we use the equipment after the course?

Due to the fact that the lagoon is tide dependent and the thermal wind builds up in the afternoon, the time window for good learning conditions are during the time we are teaching. Also our experience showed that 95% of our students are to tired after the intensive training to practice more afterward.
We are only renting equipment to experienced independent windsurfer due to safety reasons.

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