What sets these surf schools apart is a commitment to excellence when it comes to tuition, which will help you to catch a wave from Portugal to Hawaii, South Africa to Norway
Surf camps provide a taste of the surfing lifestyle and include accommodation and transport, as well as social activities where you can meet other surfers. One company offering this is Lapoint, which has camps in six countries, including the Portuguese fishing town of Ericeira, 50km north-west of Lisbon – where there is a vibrant surf scene. Head coach João Durão began teaching at 19 and believes the quality of the instruction is as important as having fun, so there are theory lessons, fitness training and one instructor for every six students.
• Seven-night break from €499, includes five lessons, accommodation, breakfast and yoga, two- and three-week packages available, lapointcamps.com. Flights extra, as with all the schools mentioned here