Surf trips, surf coaching & surf guiding

Surfing has grown in popularity with surf camps and surf schools world wide.


Surf tourism gives greater access for people to enjoy the thrill of riding waves but can lead to over crowding in the line up at popular surf spots. Surf experience providers capitalise financially but often give poor service and education causing frustration for intermediate to advanced level surfers.


Justin West Coaching (JWC) aims to give the very best in surf coaching and equally important, surf enjoyment and knowledge of surf etiquette. 


surf film edit of your trip

Nobody likes crowded surf conditions especially when a surfer is working on new techniques.


Technical improvements are best made when surfers are feeling confident and without external pressure. We guarantee to always find the most uncrowded conditions for both surf guiding or surf coaching clients 


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Surf coaching surf guiding Ericeira

ericeira surf trips

Surf coaching surf guiding Algarve

algarve SURF TRIPS

What should I bring on the trips?

  • All Travel Documents: Passports, Airline tickets, Travel Insurance Information, Itineraries with photocopies kept separately.
  • Travel Insurance covering surfing & Medi-Vac ESSENTIAL
  • Visa for Maldives | BVI | Portugal ensure you have some cash Euros, US dollars or Stirling to pay the local tax & visa
  • Please note that facilities for Visa & MasterCard are limited.
  • 2/3 SurfBoards (2 go to surfboards) advise bring a step up
  • Day bags & board socks we recommend JAM TRACTION.
  • Min 2 x leg rope
  • Reef Booties optional
  • T-shirts
  • bikinis & board shorts 
  • Long loose pants & shirt
  • Long/short sleeve rash vests
  • Surf wax
  • Spare fins & keys, leash cords & leashes
  • Sunscreen / Zinc & lip balm 50+ ESSENTIAL
  • Sunglasses
  • Music & headphones
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Toiletries
  • Rain jacket (Lightweight)
  • Books & magazines
  • Camera, chargers and adapters
  • Personal Medications, first aid kit
  • Snorkel, mask, swim fins as the free diving is amazing. 
  • Decent level of physical fitness to get the most out of your trip!
  • A happy positive attitude!



What happens each day?

Surf coaching is up to three hours per day and includes video analysis where appropriate.  You are welcome to free surf outside of coaching hours.  Surf coaching timing is dependent on the very best conditions to suit surfers level.


What is the best way to reach the boat?

Details of which airport we recommend will be given at time of booking enquiry.


Do I need a visa?

For boat trip visits of 30 days or less you can normally purchase a visa for cash at the arrivals airport.  Portugal most countries are granted a tourist visa but be sure to check most recent updates.


I'm not a great surfer can I still join on a trip?

Most of the areas we visit have a variety of waves of varying degrees of difficulty. They nearly all break over coral or rock reef which means very few are suited to complete beginners who will improve with satisfaction learning in broken whitewater waves over a sandy bottom. Learning to surf in waves beyond your level is frustrating. Justin will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding surfing levels.


Beginners or improvers who are still learning to stand up consistently, we recommend book an Algarve surf trip where our partnering school will help you grasp the basics over more forgiving sandy beaches.


Do you have a satellite phone?

We have satellite phone aboard for emergencies.


Mobile 3G coverage is often available so it is common to get mobile access several times during a a surf trip to check in at home.


Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance with medical evacuation cover is essential please ensure you have this in place before arriving and that your insurance company is aware that you are surfing. JWC is not responsible & liable for lost, stolen or late baggage, or anything outside the physical act of surf coaching.


Should I take Malaria tablets?

On our boat it is rare to be exposed to Mosquitoes. We find that repellant is often sufficient but check in with your doctor for latest advice.


What is your Cancellation Policy?

Please check our terms & conditions.