Get the good feeling
We’ve chosen to return to this corner of the Iberian Peninsula in Portugal because of the concentration of waves and conditions for all abilities, all within easy reach of our base near Burgau.
No matter if you are a seasoned, salty sea dog or a first-time beginner gliding into your first waves, the SW Algarve has it all. Both the west and south coasts are littered with beach breaks, point breaks and the occasional reef, all positioned to make the most of the wide swell window of Cape St-Vincent.
Whenever we pop-up we like to work with a local operator wherever possible. This was even more important for our first Pop-Up to Portugal as they have strict licensing laws on who can provide lessons on the beaches in the Algarve. We are really pleased that we will once again be teaming up with The Good Feeling to help us to deliver our surf sessions. They will be joining us and sharing their local knowledge. They will pick us up each morning and we’ll
The Good feeling will be working alongside Rachel and Adam to offer absolute beginners and early improvers surf lessons. They will get you up to your feet and help progress you onto green waves and to practise basic manoeuvres.
For those who are confident catching unbroken waves and are starting to trim both left and right, we will take you to the break, give you any local beach knowledge necessary and be on hand for tips and advice throughout the session. Your hosts will work with the Good Feeling to decide the best location to you to a spot that meets everybody’s needs whilst escaping crowds as best we can.
Let’s face it, this is the Atlantic so we will still be at the mercy of Mother Nature. But it is not the middle of winter, the crazy storms will be over, it’s not mid-summer so it shouldn’t be flat. We have chosen May to find the right balance between waves and weather.
With the right wind and the right conditions, you could expect to find nicely groomed 2-3 ft waves hitting the shores. Portugal receives consistent swell year-round and Burgau is perfectly positioned to make the most of both the West and the South coasts and to maximise our chances of finding some sheltered waves. We may even be lucky enough to get some waves to ourselves.