Created in 2001, we are one of the first Surf Schools operating in this region and also one of the founders of the AESCV - Associação de Escolas de Surf da Costa Vicentina (Algarve's Surf Schools Association in the Natural Park).

We have a certification from FPS-Federação Portuguesa de Surf (Portuguese Surfing Federation), from ICNF-Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e Florestas (Nature Conservation Institute), from the Capitania do Porto de Lagos (Coast Guard) and we operate under the license nº 53/2008 from Turismo de Portugal, I.P. (Portuguese Tourism Institute).

International Surf School is based in Sagres, a place privileged by mother-nature, with coastlines facing both South and West. That is the reason why the area is known for having the highest swell consistency in all Continental Europe.

Check out our History page to find out more about the school throughout the years, and The Team page to get a closer look at our "beautiful" faces...

Epic Short Break

The surf instruction was excellent and I have taken away some excellent adjustments to help my surfing. The instructors Rafa, Gordo, Dave and Joao are an excellent bunch, approachable, funny, well organised and very good at providing first class instruction.

The accommodation was clean and comfortable and a great breakfast to see you through the day. I have made some great friends and will definitely come back, equally I would highly recommend you surf or learn to surf with these guys.



  • Surfing is much more than just standing on the board. You´ll need not only the balance, but also control. And that you can only achieve with strong basic technique skills. At International Surf School we don't just help you stand up on a board - we teach you how to surf. Whether its a group lesson, private lesson, or in depth surf course, we can help you progress.

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    Located just a few hundred metres from both of the main beaches in Sagres, our surf camp is the ideal place to stay. We don't want to be your typical hostel - our rooms have a maximum of 2/3 people, we've decorated with upcycled furniture and handmade artwork from staff and guests alike. We're working hard on becoming as eco friendly as possible - cutting out plastic waste, sourcing local food and ingredients for your breakfast, and using as many environmentally friendly alternative products as we can. A home away from home.