We are open all year round and offer lessons for all levels and ages (kids starting from 7  years), private or in a group. All you need to do is contact us and book your surf course! Come and experience the thrill of riding the waves!

group surf lessons

Group lessons

For a fun and social experience

Maximum 8 students per instructor

Bring your friends and family and start your own group or meet new friends surfing together. Our instructors have wide experience in teaching mixed groups of different ages and levels, knowing how to distribute attention in a group making everybody surfing.

Private lessons

For one-on-one attention

Maximum 3 students per instructor

Individual surf lessons are designed for those who require personal attention during the lesson, making them ideal for small kids or individuals who prefer to focus on the learning process. Our instructors will tailor lessons to your level, assist you in correcting mistakes, and provide continuous attention throughout your surf lesson.

1 day 60 €
2 days 115 €
3 days “Basic course” 165 €
4 Days 215 €
5 days “Gold course” 250 €
Extra day 50 €

The package price is valid only if you pay the whole amount on the first day. If you pay day by day, the price wil be 60€ per class.

Private class 140 €

Included in all our classes

Transfer to the beach and back

3-hours class (theory and practice)

Board, wetsuit, leash and rash guard

Sports insurance

 A surf lesson with us

a surf lesson with us
What to bring to the class?

Come already wearing your swimsuit and bring a towel, water and snacks. Don't forget waterproof sunscreen (SPF 50), sunglasses, and a hat but also bring a sweater in case the weather changes.


Where do we meet?

We pick you up from your accommodation in Lagos or Praia da Luz or from the nearest meeting point (if access to your place is difficult due to traffic or narrow streets). You can also meet us directly on the beach if you prefer! We will let you know the meeting details after your booking is done.

1. To the beach

We start pickups around 9-10 am (time may vary due to tide and swell conditions). We'll pick you up from your accommodation in Lagos or Praia da Luz, or from the nearest meeting point. The drive to the surf spot takes approximately 15 to 40 minutes, depending on the beach we choose.

2. Getting ready

We observe the conditions, give you the equipment, and prepare for the lesson. We do the theoretical part, safety rules and warm-up!

3. Let's surf

 We surf in total 3 hours. The sessions can last equal or different times. As we adjust to the conditions and always choose the best time for you to surf, be ready to have a small or a big break in between the sessions or even surf straight 2 surf sessions without a break.

4. Back to Lagos

We finish around 13-15 pm. While we are packing and organising the cars and equipment you can relax and enjoy some drinks in local beach cafes. We are back in Lagos around 14-16 pm.

Our equipment


Softboards are constructed of an EPS core, with dual stringers for strength, and an XEPE sandwich deck, and include soft molded fins for safety. These boards offer increased floatation and durability. Softboards in our school are available in lengths from 6’0 – 9’0. We use modern epoxy soft boards that are light, easy to handle, have good floatation, safe for beginner surfers and people around. These boards are really similar to regular hard boards with the only difference of soft coverage outside. We use soft boards from well-known brands such as "Ocean&Earth", "Rip Curl", and "Mick Fanning".  If you require a hard board, be aware that we don‘t give hard boards on the first surf lesson due to safety reasons. After the first surf lesson, the instructors can make a decision about giving you a hardboard or not. The size and type of a surf board are determined by our instructors due to your height/weight and level of surfing.


We use wax on surfboards to create a grippy surface, helping surfers maintain better traction while riding waves. The wax provides a non-slip layer, enhancing foot grip and stability, which is essential for balance and control during surfing. In our school the instructors put wax on the surfboards. If you feel slippery on a board while surfing you can always ask an instructor to put some wax on your board.


We provide you with a "Rip Curl" wetsuit. We have all sizes of wetsuits with us in the van, so you don‘t need to worry about your size. If you have your own suit you are welcome to use it. The average annual water temperature in the Algarve is around 18.5°C. For surfing for at least 2 hours and not getting cold you need a wetsuit. We provide our students with 3/2 Ripcurl wetsuits, which means that 3 mm thickness is found for the core of the wetsuit, and 2 mm thickness is placed in the arms and legs. So less thickness in the arms and legs gives you more flexibility to paddle and maneuver, while 3mm thickness in the core allows you to stay warmer longer. This type of wetsuit is ideal for active surfing for 3 hours. We don't use thicker wetsuits as they are more tough and restrain your movements in the water. All the wetsuits are thoroughly washed after each use.


Leashes help keep you attached to your surfboard. Your leash allows you to fall on a wave, or bail your board when you’re in a difficult position in the impact zone. After you fall down, you are then able to recover your board and get back out into the line-up. Without a leash, you’re forced to swim and retrieve your board wherever it ends up. Besides that, losing your board can also be dangerous to other swimmers and surfers. The basic formula to grab the right one for you is to make sure that the leash is at least the length of your board. The less experience you have, the longer your leash should be. In our school the instructors choose leashes for you and teach you how to use them properly.

Useful information

Please contact us via email info@filsurf.com or WhatsApp and we will book lessons for you replying to any questions and concerns. Bookings must be made 24 hours prior to the lesson day. You need to make a pre-payment to reserve your spot in the lesson. If you don't make a pre-payment, the school can't guarantee you a spot. Also, if you don't want to make the pre-payment, the price will not be discounted. Payment of the month has to be done at the beginning of every month (on the first lesson of the month). We do not give discounts to students who bring their own equipment or drive to the beach by themselves.
The consumption of food or drink in the van is strictly forbidden. We wish to keep the vans clean for all our students. It is forbidden to enter the van with wet wetsuits or boots. The students should leave their personal belongings tidily and safely within the van. Please check that you have all your personal belongings with you when you leave the van. Passengers must wear seatbelts.
Cancellations must be done 24 hours before the day of the lesson. Students who do not attend lessons without warning or important reason will lose the right to the lesson day and the school won't refund money for the missed lessons. Lessons can be refunded only in the case of sickness with medical approval or in the case of important reasons.
Kids 8-12 years old can be a part of a group lesson only if an adult (father for example), takes part in the lesson as well and helps the kid. The attention of a surf instructor should be spread equally among all the students in the group. Small kids require constant supervision, that‘s why a responsible adult should accompany a kid. Otherwise, you can choose a private lesson for your kid.
First of all the instructors should see you in the water with a soft board. After that, you can discuss the options of surfboards for you and follow the recommendations of the surfing instructor.
We don‘t rent our equipment, we use it only at our surf lessons to be sure that it is treated properly.
You need to be able to swim with your head above water and must be able to swim to shore. Smaller kids and weak swimmers will be kept in shallow waters.
Some beaches have restrooms and bars and some of them do not. Normally we do surfing lessons on the beaches that have these facilities. Take into account that the bars can be closed during low season or because of bad weather. That‘s why we recommend to take some water and snacks with you and wearing your bathing suit underneath your clothing for a quick change.
FilSurf School provides individual sports insurance during the surf course. All students, the school, and any school activity are covered by €50.000,00 liability insurance and a €28.000,00 medical coverage plan. In any case, we advise you to take travel insurance covering all risks of your trip.
We are located near Lagos, Algarve, Portugal. While we don't operate from a fixed physical address, we reserve lessons for you through phone, email, and WhatsApp and arrange pick-ups for students in Lagos, Praia da Luz driving to a surf spot that we decide on the day of a lesson or we can meet directly on the beach if you prefer to drive by yourself.
If you have never surfed before, or if you've only surfed a few times, you are a complete beginner. If you've been surfing for a while, had some surf trips, experienced different surf conditions, can stand up on the board, and catch small waves, you're still a beginner. If you've been surfing for some time, can read surf conditions, position yourself on the lineup, distinguish between right and left waves, catch waves, and ride them, you are an intermediate surfer. Please don't be too focused on your level. Many times, starting from the basics with us can help you correct initial mistakes and bad habits, facilitating faster and more efficient progress.