Justin West Coaching Algarve surf coaching & surf trips

Surf coaching courses designed with a clear road map for beginner / improver / intermediate to advanced & elite level competition surfers.


Also open to surfers just requiring a surf guide & transport to the best uncrowded surfing in the Algarve.


If you are motivated to develop your surfing skills quickly with guidance to the best surf breaks in the Algarve then join one of our coaching team.


Surf Trips

  • Private Group Coaching
  • Individual days coaching or multiple day trips
  • Surf Guiding

Guided by the coach you will achieve

  • Individual technical coaching objectives
  • Greater ocean knowledge
  • Improved line up & positioning
  • Better wave selection
  • Surf etiquette
  • Correct technique
  • Competition strategy

Surf schools have a reputation of teaching no further than beyond learning to stand up.  Good coaching is important for all levels of surfing.  JWC team take a logical, analytical approach which demystifies surfing allowing people of all ages and abilities to get into the sport whilst also providing coaching to elite professionals. 


A surf coach should be a skilled teacher, an articulate communicator, a positive motivator and an ocean safety expert.


The step by step JWC coaching technique communicates specific body movements simply and concisely. Surfing can be broken down into specific skill sets which can be built on top of each other, accelerating progress and building confidence. 


Theory Lessons & Video Analysis

JWC offer theory lessons covering every aspect of surfing including surfing technique, swell forecasting, spot analysis, tidal influences, surfboard design, surfing etiquette, paddle technique, duck diving, breathing techniques and turtle roll.


Video analysis is crucial for surfers to see exactly where they can improve with analytical guidance from your coach.



Is provided in Lagos and we can suit your budget & personal preferences.  Whether you want to have a surf camp experience or more luxury with your own en-suite double room or a private villa with swimming pool, be sure to let us know.

What's included

  • Three hours of surfing per day (depending on surf conditions)
  • Pro surf coaching with video analysis (where appropriate)
  • Transport to the best & uncrowded surf spots 
  • Sunset or sunrise sessions
  • Maximum 4 surfers in a session

Optional extras

  • Private apartments with swimming pool
  • Villa family or group booking
  • Surf camp style
  • Faro airport transfers
  • Equipment rental custom surfboard test centre
  • Pre surf trip 6 week training plan


Forget expensive airline baggage costs and the hassle of travelling with a coffin board bag, try multiple new top brand surfboards with our feedback on its suitability for you from our surfboard test centre.


Surfboard test centre equipment is not included in our price but charged extra from €25 per day.

The Algarve Surf & Weather

The Algarve is the southwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula and is an intoxicating mix of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences.


It was the last major European surf region to be explored and although it doesn’t contain the classic reefs of central Portugal, the potential for good, uncrowded waves is high.


The countryside is a gently undulating mesh of forests and small fields, leading down to an undeveloped coastline of high cliffs and long empty beaches scattered with rocks. The small, lively city of Lagos is well located to take advantage of the wide swell window of Cape St-Vincent, where the west and south coasts meet. 


The Algarve has been every foreigner’s favourite slice of Portugal for decades now and surfers are no exception. It might lack some of the wave quality of Peniche and Ericeira but the laid back country vibe more than makes up for that, attracting ever increasing numbers of foreign surfers escaping from the icy winters of northern Europe.


Being on the corner of the Iberian Peninsula means the Algarve has the widest swell window in the country and regular offshores on the south coast. SE wind swells can get these usually flat beaches pumping, while big winter nor'westers will wrap into the coves beyond Sagres. The Algarve is a year round destination but autumn through to spring is really the best surfing period.


Winter can still be warm enough for t-shirts and the water is the warmest in Portugal. 

dominant swell W  -NW  W  -NW  W  -SE  W  -SE  W  -NW  W  -NW 
swell size (ft) 4-5  2-3  1-2  3-4  4-5 
consistency (%) 80  70  50  40  60  70 
dominant wind W  - W  - W  - W  - W  - W  -
average force F4  F4  F4  F3  F3  F4 
consistency (%) 70  54  65  67  51  72 
water temp (C) 15  16  18  21  19  17 
wetsuit 4/3 3/2 3/2 springsuit 3/2 3/2