A) Le Ponton

Located 5 minutes walk from the center, next to the wood jetty where all fishermen sell their catch of the day, the spot of Ponton offers small waves to be ridden right of the beach. If the left part of the spot (looking from the beach) has some rocks, and very little water at low tide, the right part, closer to the jetty, is perfect for people to paddle out, and get their first sensations on small waves breaking on a sandy bottom without any current. Totally safe, it is the locals favorite sunset spot too. Good atmosphere on the water. Ideal for beginners, especially at high tide, the waves remain nice even when the rest of the bay is windy. Works better from April to November (low season).

B) Punta Sino

Located 10 minutes walk downwind from the center alongside the beach, Punta Sino is a spot that combines great wave sailing on the left of the wreck (with a bit of current and rocks though), and a very special surfing spot right behind the point (right of the wreck, towards Ponta Preta. Why special ? Because this spot offers (not all the time), a nice beach break with a wave that allows you to surf very close and parallely to the beach, with a sandy bottom. There is sometimes a strong current at Sino, but it has the great advantage to push you alongside the beach, which implies some paddling to remain at the peak, but keeps people close to the shore at all time: once the wave is ridden, surfers get on the beach, and walk up to the peak, before entering the water again. According to level of waves and size of waves, we can use the center's rescue boat to bring people directly behind the wave. Top luxury!! Works most of the winter, from October till May.

c) Other spots

Without revealing all the local secret spots of the island, Sal's west coast is basically a succession of surfspots for advanced surfers. Mainly isolated and accessible only with 4WD cars, these spots are almost exclusively for people who want to rent equipment out and surf at their own risks, not places where we would offer more than safaris with Supervision, after having checked the participants level in one of the above mentionned spots first! Among other names: Mont Leon, Ali baba, Mordeira, ... and of course the mystical right of Punta Preta.

Surf Instruction

Group-, Semi-Private- and Private-Lessons


There are two kinds of surfers, the hunters and the hunted, and Spot X is what you are hunting. It's about paddling to the wave rather than just taking waves that come to you. It means you'll have a greater success rate when you try to catch waves and you'll always have priority on a busy day. It takes awareness and agility in the water but it's a skill you can practice right from the first day you paddle out the back.

Course Levels
Which course is suitable for which guest?

The following explanation is intended to help allocate guests to the appropriate courses according to the
skills they possess.
There are three skill steps for students.

• No or little surf experience
• Learning the safety rules
• Learning board position, paddling, stand-up (take off)
• Surfing white water waves

• some surf experience
• Can steer the board (Ieft/right)
• able to catch small, or white water waves

• some surfing experience and wants to improve
• Knows how duck dive/get out to the back
• Rides white water waves

Our courses offer something for everyone and for every skill level. Besides the practical element, we put high emphasis on surfing theory, such as safety rules, waves and the ocean and the surf equipment.

Discovery Lesson - 2 Hrs

The Discovery Lesson consists of one course unit (2 hours) in which guests are introduced to all relevant aspects of surfing. It is suited for all levels. Beginners get to know the important and basic steps, intermediates and advanced get a recap on their level and the lessons content gets adjusted to their skills.

Taster Lesson - 6 Hrs

Aside from general surfing skills, this course shows the students helpful techniques to improve their take off, standing and surfing abilities. Furthermore they learn important theory about surfing and rules on how to behave in the water.

Full On - 10 Hrs

In the Full On course, students will learn all the basic skills they need to know about surfing, including all techniques which will enable them to become a surfer. Apart from theory, they will also learn advanced skills such as making turns and will surf unbroken, green waves.

The Full On course is built onto the Taster course.

Private Lesson - Beginner to advanced

Private lessons are pre-bookable in I hr sessions. This is an excellent option for students who want to
have an intensive one-to-one-customised surf course, or work on a specific topic. Within the course
they are free to choose their topic.



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