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Surfing & Surf Legends in Portugal 20 – 24 October

Come and hang ten with us on an excellent adventure riding the waves along the beautiful coast of Ericeira and watching world class surfers in action at the 2017 World Surf League Men’s Championship Tour. Any level of surfer welcome from beginners to advanced. Take 3 days off work, get 5 days packed with adventure 

Photo credit (John John Florence): prweb.com

This trip is open to everyone and you don’t have to have any surfing experience at all! We expect the group to be mixed ability – so we’ve organised an optional beginner’s lesson with all surfing equipment and beach transfers included. If you’re a more experienced surfer feel free to bring your own equipment if you have it or if you want to hire it all we can arrange that for you too – bodacious!

The plan

We’ll arrive in Lisbon on Friday morning or lunchtime and meet our surfing instructors, who will drive us to the village of Ericeira, around 35 km from Lisbon. Ericeira is internationally recognised as Portugal’s ‘surfing paradise’ and in 2011 became the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe, attracting riders from all over Portugal and beyond because of its amazingly consistent surf. It’s a great place to learn – there are loads of beaches at hand ranging from beginner level to more gnarly for the thrill-seekers.

Ericeira town is also a great place to relax on land, offering a wide choice of local cuisines and beachside bars, and because it’s small everything we need is within walking distance. We’ll be staying at a beautiful little boutique hostel 5 minutes walk from town and 15 minutes walk from the beach, with free wifi and a long terrace with incredible ocean views. Once we’ve settled in there’ll be rest of the day to chill out, explore the town or if we’re keen grab some boards and spend a few hours on the surf.

The next morning our surfing instructors will pick us up and take us to a local beach for a two-hour beginner lesson, where we’ll learn safety procedures in and out of the water and all the basic manoeuvres we need to control the boards. We can hang on to our kit for the rest of the day, so after breaking for lunch we can go back out on the waves – after all, practise makes perfect! In the evening we can venture out into Ericeira town together to sample some local cuisine and maybe even a little bit of beach bar hopping – party on, dudes!

On Sunday we’ll head up north to the town of Peniche to bag a good viewing spot for an  action-packed day at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the penultimate stage of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour. We’ll see loads of professional surfers doing some rad moves through Peniche’s signature ‘super tube’ waves – previous competitions have seen appearances from Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and John John Florence, who won the title in 2016.

Check out last year's highlights:

We'll also have two free days – we can have more surf lessons and practise our new skills, try out some other watersports, play games on the beach or just walk around Ericeira’s promenades sampling local food and absorbing the culture! On Tuesday we can all meet up in the afternoon for a late lunch or early dinner together before sharing taxis back to the airport.

Please note that the order of the activities may change as the weather conditions will determine the best day to go and watch the WSL competition in Peniche.

If you've never come on an EC Adventure before, they're informal, friendly and great fun. We generally have singles, couples and small sets of friends coming along, from complete beginners to adventure professionals - what we all share is a love for adventure. Ages tend to range between mid 20s and mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome!

What’s included

  • Minibus airport transfer from Lisbon to the accommodation in Ericeira on Friday
  • Four nights’ shared accommodation in a modern boutique hostel 15 minutes from the beach, with free wifi and a fantastic ocean view (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
  • Four continental breakfasts at the hostel (Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
  • One beginner surf lesson with all equipment and beach transfers included
  • 10% off surfing equipment hire for any additional days of surfing
  • Free beach transfers for any additional days of surfing
  • Minibus transport to and from the WSL competition in Peniche with a drink and snack

What’s not included

  • Return flights to Lisbon from Bristol / London
  • International personal travel insurance
  • Lunches, dinners and any additional food and drinks
  • Additional surf lessons (€20 per person per lesson) or any other activities
  • Transport back to Lisbon airport

Useful flight information (correct as of 31 March)

EASYJET

Return flights Bristol to Lisbon (approx. £140)

Friday 20 October: departs 07:00, arrives at Lisbon 09:30

Tuesday 24 October: departs 17:05, arrives at Bristol 19:30

(please note these are the only flights available from Bristol on these days – we would advise you to book as soon as possible)

Return flights London Gatwick to Lisbon (approx £120)

Friday 20 October: departs 09:55, arrives at Lisbon 12:40

Tuesday 24 October: departs 20:35, arrives at London 23:10

(other flights are available from London airports)

Payment

  • Discounted earlybird price is £229 if £100 non-refundable deposit is paid on or before 20 July (although we cannot guarantee that there will still be spaces available as late as July) 
  • Standard price is £279 if £100 non-refundable deposit is paid after 20 July

Please note this adventure is only available to EC CLUB members and our system will only allow you to make a booking if you are an EC CLUB member.

If you haven't joined EC CLUB yet, then this is a great time to do so.  It’s only £40 per year to access to loads of free events, exclusive trips only open to CLUB members (like this one), great discounts with us and £100s discounts with loads of other adventure related brands. See http://www.explorersconnect.com/club for details.

Any questions please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com.

Exciting news: We have a new booking system.  It will save you time by remembering all of your important details.  It will also automatically recognise if you are booking during the earlybird discount period and if you are an EC CLUB Member so you'll never miss a discount. 

IMPORTANT: If you purchased EC CLUB Membership on our old system then we have already created an account for you, please sign in using the email address you asked us to contact you on when you bought membership.

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