Surfing is much more than just standing on the board. You´ll need not only the balance, but also the control - and that can only be achieved with strong basic technical skills. 

At International Surf School we don't just help you stand up on a board - we teach you how to surf. Whether it's a Group Lessons, to Private Lessons or Surf Courses, we have the right lesson to match your ability and improve your surfing.


We have so many amazing beaches to choose from. Each day we assess the local conditions and forecasts to choose the spot for the lessons. With access to the South and West coast and consistent Atlantic swell all year, we aim to find the beach with the best conditions - to make sure you get the best waves.


Our lessons will give you the technique and understanding to really improve your surfing. Our teachers give personal feedback and tailor the lesson, demonstrations, and exercises to help you step up to the next level - whether it's the basics of the take-off or carving out the perfect cutback.


Sagres is an amazing part of the world, blessed with an equally amazing coastline. You'll get to see some of the more spectacular beaches and surrounding areas in the search for the perfect waves. 

All our surf teachers are fully certified and very experienced in teaching students from absolute beginners to advanced surfers. They are enthusiastic, patient, and will always try to give you individual feedback according to your personal surfing skill.

​They will lead you through the first steps of how to stand up on a surfboard, teach you how to turn, tackle the green waves, and learn to manoeuvre - while focusing on any individual mistakes that you might make .

You can check out our price list by clicking here.

Fantastic Time Surfing

The perfect surf school for people of all abilities and ages. Myself and my partner stayed in the surf camp and did a three day course and have already thought about plans to return next year for at least a 5 day course.

The teaching was excellent - the knowledge of the environment was so reassuring due to being mainly local instructors and they also made every lesson fun and enjoyable.

The equipment was top notch and the morale was 10/10.

Although there were cheaper options around, this was definitely worth the money in terms of equipment, getting the best surf (if the waves weren't up to standard in one place, we would move to another), quality of teaching, feeling welcome and knowing some 'secret surf spots' so you get to avoid the crowds! 



The lessons are happening every day. Usually, we leave the surf house around 09:00am but, if needed, we might adapt the schedule to suit the best surf conditions available at the time.

Most of the times the surf lessons take place on wild beaches with no infrastructure so don’t forget your lunch box, some water, and sun protection.

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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.   

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    If you want to book lessons and stay with us, we've put together some packages to make it easier to get your trip sorted. You can add accommodation to your lessons or surf course and stay at our beautiful surf camp. You'll get your choice of room type, breakfast included to set you up for the days surf and you'll be met at the front door by your instructors when it's time for the lesson. What more could you want?

  • The Team

    The International Surf School team has seen a few changes since 2001 - and we continue to strive to offer the best tuition, experience, and accommodation that we can. Today, we're proud to have the team that we do and hope you're as excited about meeting them as we are to have them on board. They all live and breathe the ocean and love to share their passion for the waves and the local area with you. Check out The Team page to find out a little bit more about everybody.