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Best Surf Camps for Beginners

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Best Surf Camps for Beginners

Always wanted to get in on the surf action? Want to learn a new skill? Why not try one of Errants awesome beginner surf camps. Whether surfing is something you have done a handful of times or never before we have a surf camp to suit you. Below your will find some surf holidays that certainly appear on our list with best surf camps for beginners.

What is a surf camp?

Surf camps you will find all over the world. There are many surf accommodations that call themselves a surf camp. To us the most important is that an experience is being offered. Because it’s not just booking a room and get your surf lessons. A surf camp is about the vibe, getting to know new people, knowing how it is to be a surfer, both in and outside the water. 

What’s this article focused on?

In this article, we’ve focused on the surf camps where you actually stay in a tent. To us, that’s the real meaning of the word  camp in surf camp. However, throughout you will find links to surf camps taking place in houses and you are always more than welcome to check-out the entire overview with surf holidays.

Surf Camps for Beginners in Europa

Europe hosts many surf spots, ranging from ideal spots for novice surfers to the highest waves in the world around Nazaré. We’ve listed a number of spots in France, Spain and Portugal where you can go to enjoy a surf camp for beginners while emerging in the real surf-vibe.


Every year, many novice surfers make their way to the South-West of France, to enjoy a week or two at the amazing Star Surf Camp Moliets. This is a great beginner surf camp that isn’t too far from home. Nestled amongst traditional French Pine forest this surf camp is perfect for beginner surfers. This international surf camp is definitely what you would expect from a surf holiday: comfy bell-tent accommodation, communal eating areas, skate ramp, yoga deck, hammocks and all this within walking distance to the beach.

4.4 / 5 – 35 reviews

Star Surf Camp Moliets

Moliets, France
Avg. 22 – 30 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners only
May – Sep
From € 219,- per person, incl. meals

The surf lessons themselves consist of both a theory aspect, as well as the actual surfing – obviously – and each lesson is a progression from the previous one. With groups no bigger than 8 to ensure each person gets the attention and advice, they need to make sure they get the most out of their lessons. This surf camp is truly a magical place full of fun, laughter, parties and good vibes. With other activities such as yoga, skating, ping pong, wine and cheese night and much more this is a surf camp not to be missed.

People that are seeking a similar vibe but love to be surrounded in a bit more of a luxurious atmosphere, the Deluxe Surf Camp in Moliets (200m away from the other camp) is your top-choice. Imagine, the same bell-tent with more space, comfy beds, electricity and lightning and the yoga-deck just seconds away. How great is that?!

You can also take a look at our total overview with surf holidays in France.


The North of Spain is one of the best spots, certainly within Europe, for beginning surfers. The waves are perfectly consistent, without a lot of current and not too strong. With the unpredictable weather being the only slightly negative feature of this location, it’s highly recommendable. The nature surrounding this surf camp, the food that’s being served, the international crowd and the many activities involving the guests are all reasons why you should come and try the Star Surf Camp in Oyambre

Most guests are attracted by the fact this accommodation is one of the best for a surf camp for beginners but there’s much more. Think about the yoga, where the beautiful green surroundings make the experience super beautiful and intense. The beautiful views you have while overlooking the bays of Oyambre and San Vicente de la Barquera, especially when the sun is setting, are more than worth it. And in the area where this surf camp is located you can undertake many activities.

Just across the boarder from France, we will find the typically Spanish surf town of Zarautz, home to the famous Zarautz Surf Camp. Especially youngers of 18 – 25 years will spend a 1 or 2 week period her during the summer where they learn to surf and party – the Spanish way!

4.7 / 5 – 350 reviews

Surf Camp Zarautz

Zarautz, Spain
Avg. 19 – 25 years old. (Min. 18)
Beginners & intermediate
Jun – Sep
From € 199,- per person, book extras

You can also take a look at our total overview with surf holidays in Spain.


In the beautiful Porto, in the North of Portugal, we would like to recommend you the Circle Surf Camp. This amazing surf camp is hosted by an amazing team of local surfers, where you will get to surf at the amazing Matosinhos Beach, one of Europe’s best surf spots for beginning surfers. Click the link above to get to know much more about this surf camp in Portugal. 

However, Circle is a surf house. The surf camps we are writing about here are where you actually stay in a tent. The option below does meet that criteria, so might be well worth checking out.

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Best Surf Camps for Beginners

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And in case you like to know everything about surfing and the best surf spots in Portugal, we invite you to check out the surf guide. You can also take a look at our total overview with the best surf holidays in Portugal.

Surf Camps for Beginners outside of Europa

The world has so many surf spots ideal for novice surfers, as well as dozens of surf camps ideal for beginners. We’ve listed a couple, but you can always reach out to us to get to know more options as there are numerous surf camps around. On you’ll find more, as well as our overview with surf holidays outside of Europe.

Sri Lanka Surf Camp

If you are looking for something a bit more exotic, our partners in Sri Lanka is ideal. Many beginners in surfing make their way to this beautiful, beach-front surf camp for a week or two in which they learn how to surf while exploring this exotic island.

4.4 / 5 – reviews

Surf Camp Sri Lanka

Ahangama, Sri Lanka
Avg. 23 – 38 years old. (Min. 18)
All surf levels, incl. beginners
All year round
From € 599,- per person, incl. surf lessons & meals

If you are looking for your next beginner surf camp please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at 

Hans van Mourik

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