Learning Abroad | Surf Vacation | Learning to Surf at Escuela de Surf La Curva in Spain

Learning Abroad | Surf Vacation | Learning to Surf at Escuela de Surf La Curva in Spain

Thinking of taking a surf vacation? When searching for a place to learn to surf I found a website with information about international surf camps and quickly decided Spain sounded perfect. Read on to find out about my experience learning to Surf at Escuela de Surf La Curva in Spain.



Why I wanted to learn to surf on a surf vacation

Top of my to-do list this year was learning to surf. I have had a surfboard and a wetsuit for two years now, and despite my occasional trips to the coast with friends I have never been able to actually stand up on the board. I am a fantastic Kneeboarder, though!

Learning to Surf at Escuela de Surf La Curva in Spain

What to look for in a surf vacation

When looking for a course the things I took into consideration were:

  • I wanted to go early in the year so I could make the most of my newly acquired skills during the UK Summer (if we get one that is).
  • I didn’t want to go too far away as I only have 5 days
  • my budget was tight so it needed to be cheap

After some research, I came across Book Surf Camps. A website dedicated to promoting Surf Camps around the world. They have so many options including options on levels from beginners to advanced. I decided to book a 5-day camp at Escuela de Surf La Curva in Santander.

I thought I could get the ferry over from Plymouth, UK (where I live). Unfortunately, this would have meant going for a full week, Sunday to Sunday, which wasn’t possible with work. I did manage to get a return flight from London Stanstead with Ryanair for under £50 though. Thanks, Skyscanner for never letting me down!

Learning to Surf at Escuela de Surf La Curva in Spain

Cost of the surf vacation in Spain

The cost of 5 days was 235 euros (in high season this would be 265 euros). This included bed and breakfast in their wonderful new surf house, two hours tuition in the morning and then use

This included:

  • Bed and breakfast in their wonderful new surf house
  • Two hours tuition in the morning
  • Use of the boards in the afternoon/ evening for a free surf

I thought this was a really good price and for what you get it’s excellent! You can stay for less than 5 days but I wouldn’t recommend it if you are a beginner. Ideally, I would have stayed for 7 days (360 euros high season – 299 euros low season).

The accommodation is perfect, it’s a newly opened ‘surf house’ rooms are dorm rooms with shared bathrooms. As well as the communal kitchen there are two chill out areas and a HUGE garden that even has a volleyball net.

The budget for the week surfing

Budget wise I hardly spent anything while I was here, it’s a small village and if you aren’t bothered about eating out there is a small supermarket and a fruit shop (my favorite shop). I think I probably spent about 50 euros in total on food and drink (this included a takeaway pizza I had the first night with the guys at the house and some pasta with chorizo I had at a restaurant when I was too hungry and tired to cook).

Breakfast is included (make sure you try the toasted bread, olive oil, salt, and tomato) and there is a communal kitchen you can cook in.

Learning to Surf at Escuela de Surf La Curva in Spain

Daily Surf school itinerary

The days seemed to go by so fast although I did plan on doing some sight-seeing, in all honestly I was happy to just chill at the surf house.

Learning to Surf at Escuela de Surf La Curva in Spain

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The day was normally like this:

8 am – Get up and dresses possibly go for a walk on the beach

9:30 am – Breakfast

10:30-11am – Get in your wetsuit and walk to the school

11am-1pm – Surf lesson

1-2pm – Showered and changed

2 pm – Eat

2:30-5pm – Free time/ Siesta

5-7pm – Evening free surf

8 pm – Shower

9 pm – Dinner

At around 5-7pm each day a group of the instructors and their friends go for a surf and always invited anyone staying at the house along, it was hard to say no to them as they were all so friendly and enthusiastic. This was one of the parts I loved the most as it was the perfect chance for you to test out what you had learned in Surf School that morning and just be sociable and feel a part of the surf community.

Learning to Surf at Escuela de Surf La Curva in Spain

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My experience on a surf vacation

I had planned on working while I was here which wasn’t always easy, mostly as I was so tired! My body was not used to surfing and on the few days when the wind was strong and the waves were powerful I was exhausted! I also walked to the neighboring beach Playa du Langre on one of the afternoons. By the time I got back I was so tired I lay down for a quick nap and woke up 2 hours later having missed the evening surf! I did find some cows though…

I felt so at home here and would highly recommend the school and the destination. So if you fancy getting away for a bit, and learning to surf in the sun, I 100% recommend booking 5 days or more here.

Speaking Spanish

If you don’t already speak enough conversational Spanish to get by then speak to them about taking Spanish lessons with a local tutor in the afternoons. My biggest regret was not brushing up more on my Spanish before doing the course. Everyone there made a huge effort to talk to me and often translated conversations in English but I would have felt much more comfortable being able to speak to people in Spanish. It has given me a real push to start up Spanish lessons again.

Final Thoughts

If you don’t fancy surfing in Spain there are places all over the world that you can learn to surf. To help you decide where is the best place for you to go take a read of this great guide to choosing where to surf.


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  1. February 5, 2017 / 9:02 am

    Growing up at the beach I learned to surf more here and there when I got the chance and it truly took me years to learn. This was a huge regret because I wasn’t able to enjoy the peacefulness of surfing! To have the opportunity to go to a specific surfing school sounds amamzing! Do you still surf when you have the opportunity?

    • February 6, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      I try! But I haven’t been in the water since this trip sadly. But I’m heading to Costa Rica in may so I’m hoeing to get 3 months on the water fingers crossed!

  2. June 12, 2017 / 5:05 am

    I am off to Bali which is a popular spot for surfing. I will probably try my hand out at surfing then though it does look scary when I see people crashing into waves.

    • June 12, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Have an amazing time in Bali, I really want to go. I’ve heard the surf there is amazing!

  3. June 12, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Looks like super fun! Good to know that the living expense there was very less!
    Somehow, so far I’ve never done a adventure water activity! Surfing has recently started getting popular here in my part of India! Hoping to try it out soon!

  4. June 12, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Congrats on your first surfing lesson! I’ve tried one in Hawaii previously, and was surprised at what a workout it is, especially the paddling out. Looks like it was a lot of fun!

    • June 12, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      Oh wow! I’m heading to Hawaii next month and I really want to surf…but I’m a bit scared as the waves look HUGE!

  5. June 13, 2017 / 5:56 am

    No idea how you could not be hungry for lunch by 2 especially if you’ve been surfing! Learning to surf is actually at the top of my bucket list too – except I need to actually learn to swim first hahahaa. This sounds like such an experience and props to you for doing a camp!!! Can’t imagine how tired you must’ve been every day after those crazy hours!

    • June 13, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      Hahaha I know! I think the more exercise I do it just suppresses my appetite. When It hits, it hits hard though and I will eat everything in site hahah. You really should give it a go. But I must admit if you aren’t;t confident in the water it does make it harder. I have a friend who went in once and then wouldn’t go back in as she wasn’t a strong swimmer.

  6. June 13, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    What an awesome experience you had and best of all it didn’t cost you much. We also have some places here in the Philippines that are perfect for surfing. Pay a visit when you get a chance.

    • June 13, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      I’d never thought about surfing in The Philippines! I’ll keep that in mind…I’m heading back to Asia after I’ve finished exploring Latin America 🙂

  7. June 13, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    For some reason I have never dreamed about surfing. Even though it looks like so much fun. I’m sure though, if I would get a change to try it, I would. And I would probably love it too.. ha ha! Looks like you really enjoyed it!

    • June 13, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      Yes, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea! I begged my friend to come with me once. She went in once and refused to go back in haha. I think you have to love the sea and not be afraid to get a bit banged up!

  8. June 16, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I can understand your tiredness. Surfing is like a complete exercise in itself. But I am happy for you that you took this course. It’s a fun once you get command on your surfing..isn’t it?

  9. June 17, 2017 / 7:41 am

    The little village of Santander, looks like the perfect place to to learn surfing! I have been wanting to learn surfing for some time now, but honestly, I think I might break something or the board! Haha! It looks so easy, but most of my friends (who can actually surf), say it is super hard.

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:36 pm

      It was such a beautiful place and the school was incredible. Sadly I’m never in one place long enough to really improve! One day I’ll hang out at the beach for a few months and really put the time it!

  10. June 17, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Escuela de Surf La Curva surf lessons’ price sounds reasonable. I like that the place is budget-friendly. Your daily schedule has siesta – nice! I know that it means ‘nap’ in Spanish. What kind of work were you planning to do here?

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:37 pm

      Just my usual online stuff. I blog, manage social media and also write funding applications. I was way too tired though haha

  11. June 18, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Even a surfing is not my thing it’s interesting to learn about your experience. Surf camps looks like a great place to learn a skill. I wish you enjoy surfing fully.

  12. Riely
    June 19, 2017 / 4:47 am

    Sounds like an amazing experience to be able to learn a skill in another country. Great price for the 5-day surfing camp plus accommodation and breakfast. Hopefully you learned a lot in the five days and will be ready to go in the summer back in the UK. I know it would take me a while to learn to surf.

  13. Mariona
    July 2, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Well, it certainly takes a while and more than that… for everyone !! You need to train every single muscle on your body if you want to surf, but … it’s worthy !! I took lessons once in Loredo and Somo while I was on hollyday in Cantabria, was one of the first times I went in the water. Took lessons with Latas Surf House team, within a surfcamp where I was staying at. The place was amazing, as well as the teacher’s skills. The sea remains wonderful in the Summer in Cantabria with good waves mostly all allong the season, so this place is highly suitable for those who want to take up surfing during Summer holidays in Spain, where not all the surf spots offer good waves during the whole year, Great beauty beaches there in Cantabria, and great adventure that of surfing and going in depth in pure surf culture, in places like that. Good prices as well, and worthy surf teaching in an amazing surf accomodation, enjoying nature and environment.

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