The most personal and professional surf school in the Azores

The Azores Surf Center provides surf lessons, surf equipment rental and accommodation.
We are here to help with any of your surfing needs!

Fully Insured

Our surf school is affiliated by the Portuguese Federation of Surfing and is licensed by the Azores Tourist Board.

Certified Instructors

All instructors are certified by the Portuguese Federation of Surfing or the International Surfing Association.

Great Location

Excellent waves to be found year round, for both beginner and experienced surfers. Accommodation 5 mins from the beach!


Surf lessons are available for all levels and ages.
We give complete beginner lessons all the way to advanced coaching (video analysis available).



We provide you with a wetsuit and surfboard appropriate to each student's level.

Time Duration

Duration of lesson: 1 ½ hours

The time of the lessons are not fixed as they always take place on the low tide (we can still let you know the time in advance).



The location is decided the day prior to each lesson to ensure the most suitable conditions.

1 Lesson 3 Lessons 5 Lessons
Group Lesson (1 person) €30 €85 €130
Private Lesson (1 person) €100 €250 €380
Private Lesson (2 or more) €180 €510 €780
Discounts available for group bookings of more than 7 people

Equipment Rental


We have various surfboards available to rent: soft-top (foam) beginner boards, NSP mini-mals, shortboards, longboards, quads, fishes and twin-fins.

Bodyboards Swimfins

We have a selection of bodyboards and swim-fins available.

Wetsuit Rental

We have winter (nov-april): 4/3mm wetsuits and summer (may-oct): 3/2mm wetsuits available to rent
as well as shorties and rash-vests.

1 Day 3 Days 5 Days 10 Days
Surfboard €20 €55 €90 €170
Bodyboard / Swimfins €15 €40 €65 €120
Wetsuit €10 €25 €40 €75

Surf House Accommodation

Our Surf House offers the Azores only surf camp style accommodation and is only 5 minutes walk from Santa Barbara beach.

The Surf House consists of two dorm rooms and one double room, 2 shared bathrooms, large lounge area, shared kitchen and dining room, chill-out room, garden and a BBQ terrace. There is also a seperate area for board and wetsuit storage.

The Surf House is 15 mins walk from Ribeira Grande and 10 mins walk to the nearest big supermarket and there are bars and restaurants in the immediate area.


You need a credit card to secure the booking but we will not take any payment. Payment is with cash or card on arrival.

When you book accommodation please let us know if you would like to do surf lessons and which days.

Check-out until 11:30. Check-in after 14:00. 

Cancellation up to 14 days in advance or you will be charged 50% of the booked amount to your credit card.

Cancellations with less that 1 days notice will be charged 100% of the booked amount.

Getting here from Ponta Delgada Airport:

 By bus:

Firstly, you will have to follow the road to your right when you exit the airport and walk towards the tower, you will find a ´Yellow Bus´ bus stop, the bus passes every 60 mins (between 16-Apr till 7-Oct) to Ponta Delgada. Then take the bus from Ponta Delgada to Ribeira Grande, they leave regularly every day and the journey takes about 45 mins (see schedule here). Ask to get off at Santa Barbara beach, from the road you will see the sign post for Azores Surf Center - the Surf House is just after on the left.

By taxi:

There is a taxi stand just outside the arrivals of the airport. The journey to the Surf House takes around 15 mins and costs around €20.

By car:

If you would like to explore the island whilst you are here we highly recommend that you rent a car as it is the easiest and cheapest way to visit all of the must see locations (contact us for more info). The car rental company can meet you directly at the airport.

You can find the exact location of the Surf House on google maps. Leaving the airport stay on the main road and follow signs to Ribeira Grande, just before you enter the town you will see the sign post for Azores Surf Center on your left. 

About Us

Josephine started surfing on the Atlantic coasts of the British Isles and taught surfing in the Irish surfing hub, Bundoran. In Ireland she also worked as a volunteer for the charity 'Liquid Therapy' introducing children with disabilities to surfing. Josephine enjoyed the move to the warmer Azorean climate and has been teaching surfing here ever since. She is also a Marine Biologist and is just as passionate about protecting the oceans as she is about surfing. She always enjoys sharing her knowledge about the aquatic environment.

Ricardo has taken his lifelong passion for surfing from the Portuguese Algarve to the beautiful Azores where he has been teaching both locals and visitors to surf for the past eight years. He is also the coach for a number of local youngsters who he takes to compete in the National competitions on mainland Portugal. Ricardo is a qualified judge by the Portuguese Surfing Federation and organises and judges in a number of local surf and bodyboard competitions.


Our Mission

The Azores Surf Center is a local surf school which aims to provide a friendly, personal and professional service for those who want to learn to surf or improve their surfing skills. The Azores Surf Center is committed not only to teaching the sport of surfing but also to informing people about how to look after and respect the ocean environment, working in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation Azores in order to encourage surfers to care for the waters and beaches of the islands.

Both Ricardo and Josephine, along with their team, are dedicated instructors who want people to experience the fun of surfing. They are also here to help you enjoy the beauty of the Azorean islands and are always more than happy to give people information and tips on the top spots to visit in the Azores. They want you to enjoy the waves and the natural environment as much as they do.

Phone: +351 915970726

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Azores Surf Center, Zona Balnear de Santa Bárbara, Ribeira Grande, Ribeira Seca. 9600-201.