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Surf Camp Hostel & School in Praia da Pipa, Rio grande do Norte, Brazil in Natal area.
We are located in the center of Pipa where you can find the best restaurants, shops, bars and markets.
Services non Included
offer stand up paddle courses for flat water and wave , with a professional SUP Instructor .
Photo and video service are offered with our team
All rooms and dormitories at Surf Camp Pipa contain a fan and a private or a shared bathroom.
Some rooms offer a balcony or a patio with a hammock.
A guest kitchen and a common TV room are some of the facilities on-site.
-Breakfast not included
( Breakfast has offered at Casa de Farinha at only 50 meters from the Surf Camp for a special price of (R$ 6) to all of our guests.
The breakfast consists : 1 Coffee + 1 Piece of cake + 1 Juice + 1 Sandwich
-A shared kitchen is available
We work with private lessons or packages of 6 or 3-day course with theory lesson and video analyze of your surfing to watch the videos and pictures made during the course.
We bring our customers by car to the finest beach in Pipa, great for lessons
Wide selection of surfboards for hire, long, short, funboard, fish, retro. If you want our shaper can build a custom board for you according to your needs.
We offer also offers Stand Up Paddle and Kite surf courses
The Surfari kicks off in Praia da Pipa from our surf camp and takes you in 3/5 days to the best waves, exploring marvelous beaches.
Suitable for complete beginners. All gear and properly organized daily surf classes provided. Advanced and expert surfers will be amazed by the region wave potential.
The best season is from October to April. 3 distinct zones: Natal, Pipa, and Baia Formosa. Takes every N/NE swell from the Northern Atlantic. Sheltered from the « alizés ». Sometimes there are good conditions in July and August.
Good quality coral pointbreaks with not many people in the water and kilometers of coastal isolated dunes.
WINDS & TIDES -
Northeast, in Natal area, winds are offshore from October to April, “alizés” barely affecting the region. Waves from 1 to 2.50 meters. Tides sometimes affect the spots. Tropical climate and water, wild and fun mood.
Tabatinga : 40 km South of Natal. 4 km of quality beachbreak and 3 pointbreaks. Work in all tide. Perfect for beginners. Rights pointbreaks are better in low tide.
Georgino Avelino : 25 km of dune beaches hardly accessible. Sand banks coming from Tibau River working in every swell.
Tibau do Sul : Located 73 km South of Natal. Site of SOSSEGO SURFCAMP. The road is paved until the beach. A nice right near the mouth’s river. Works in every tide as far as 1.50 meters.
Madeiro : Long beach South of Tibau. Works in every tide and swell…
Cachimbinha : The first spot of Pipa zone and the most famous. An outside reef with long rights ending up in beachbreak.
Curral : Located on a beach populated with dolphins on Cachimbinha right. A nice beachbreak working in low tide.
Lajao : Facing the village. A long 300 m paddling until the peak located right of the boat wreck. In solid NE swell, a long fun right. Good in high tide and works all year long. Sometimes many people in the water.
Abacateiro : a vicious and tubular right on a reef not too deep. For brave surfers…
Sororoca : a reef East of Pipa. Hollow and tubular but works not often.
Afogadas : 2 km South of Pipa. Rights and lefts beachbreak working in all tide up to 2 meters.
Lahinja : Good in Eastern swell. A right tube, short, fast and precise in low tide. Not much water and dangerous, but an international-class one. South of Pipa zone, begins Baia Formosa zone close to Paraiba’s border, coastal region of fishermen where you can discover many pretty spots (Picao, Mar da Frente, Pontal, Xilaozinho, Farol)
Weather / Temperature
Air temperature : 29°C (Summer) / 24°C (Winter)
Water temperature : 27°C (Summer) / 25°C (Winter)
The third nation of surfing. This is the first national sport after soccer – which is not a sport, but a religion…An impressive breeding-ground of surfing champions. As aerial, surprising and cheerful as the soccer players, Brazilian surfers have excellent skills.
A huge coastline of about 7 400 km, tropical waves of Fernando de Noronha or Natal in the North of the country, famous beaches of Rio, California’s mood in Florianopolis in the South, it is a matter of taste. Cool or mild waters, reefs, sandy, urban spots…
This is a land of contrast where partying and surfing easily work out.Foresee a trip of several weeks or come back several times (you make a lot of friends and girl friends…) as the distances are huge and you discover astonishing things.
A country beyond measure, extreme, Brazil is a land of contrast : brutal materialism against hallucinating mysticism, the fabulous carnival against the daily misery, strong Christian dedication and rituals from the African Gods, huge fortunes against malnutrition, the list could go on an on…
5 million of people lived in Brazil before the landing of Portuguese in 1549.
Portugal sent its first colonists with domestic animals, plants and seeds to settle the permanent colonies where African slaves, sent from Africa, were working. Today, coffee still remains Brazil’s main income.
The small gores from Northeast were reinforced. São Vicente, on the coast of the state of São Paulo was created in 1532, and Salvador, later chosen to be the seat of the general governor, in 1549.
In 1807 when Napoleon invaded Portugal, the King Dom João VI does not have the choice but to go to Brazil where the Portuguese court settles and wants to create an “European” atmosphere.
The commercial ports’ system lasted long enough to influence Brazil’s basis territorial and political model, and several States forming the Federation have kept their names from that period of time. You encounter every religion, hundreds of churches and especially much witchcraft.
Later, during Napoleon’s defeat, Portugal, Brazil and Algarve become a united kingdom with Rio as the capital.
Slavery was abolished in 1888 fastening the end of the empire occurring in 1889, following a military coup d’état, hold by the aristocracy power of coffee, and overthrowing the Brazilian empire.
In the mid-1980’s, Brazil goes through an “economic miracle” sustained by most of the loans granted by various international banks.
The economic situation gets better, though it does not ease the Brazilians’ life: 8th global economy, Brazil is a paradox in a country where the wealth distribution is the most unequalled of the world (United Nations’ report -1996), there are always some people left out.
However, music, literature, architecture…Brazil has so many artistic talents.
From the extensive Amazon Rainforest to the huge waterfalls of Iguaçu, from dryness to the swampy continent of Pantanal, nature is spreading everywhere and takes its rights. This civilization made of an incredible vitality is building, destroying and lives again with cracks, explosions.
Brazil’s geography can be summarized in four large regions :
A long and stretch coastal strip extending from Uruguay’s border to the State of Maranhão, the central vast plateau covering the most part of the Amazon’s southern basin and two great depressions, the Amazon basin and Paraguay’s basin in the Southeast.
The coastal strip spreads out 7 408 km² between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountainous chains dividing itself from the central plateau.
The central plateau covers a part of each state of Brazil. It is sprinkled by several little mountainous chains culminating in Minas Gerais. 1 300 km wide in the West, the Amazon basin becomes narrow in the East. Its 6 275 km and its 110 affluents make Rio Amazonas (the Amazon) one of the most important river of the globe, depicting on its own, 20% of the soft water reserve of the world.
French nationals must have a passport whose validity is good at least 6 months after the return date
Visa is not necessary for a stay of less than 3 months.
The national capital is Brasilia. The major cities of entry are Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, Recife and Natal in the North, Sao Paulo or Florianopolis in the South.
Portuguese. English is understood and spoken in most tourist places. With a little Spanish, 2 hands and some deduction, you will always be fine!
No mandatory vaccine.
In Amazon and Pantanal, anti malaria treatment and vaccine against the yellow fever are strongly advised.
TIME DIFFERENCES :
Rio/Salvador/Northeast/South: - 4 hours in winter, - 5 hours in summer.
Amazon/Pantanal: - 5 hours in winter, - 6 hours in summer.
The Brazilian weather changes according to its mountainous land and latitude.
Seasons are reversed compared to the Northern hemisphere.
Winter goes from June to September and summer from November to March.
Average temperatures, in summer shift from 25° to 40°C.
The climate is tropical, warm and humid all year long on the shore, from Natal to Salvador de Bahia in North as far as Rio which is more temperate during the austral winter.
Dryer in the Centre and temperate in the South near Florianopolis: 21°/28°C from November to April; 15°/23°C from June to September when it is sometimes cool, tropical rainfalls may occur between December and April.
DRIVING CONDITIONS :
In North, intense traffic, sometimes hazardous on stretchy roads.In Rio, it is up to you if you like to get lost…
In the South, in Florianopolis, no driving problem.
Traffic is like in Europe. You drive on the right side of the road. Elsewhere, more in the North be careful to trucks and ambushes (bicycles coming the opposite way but on the same road). Avoid driving at night. Enjoy the transfers advised by surf camps and hotels.
LOCAL FOOD :
Try the national meal: the Féjoada, made with little black or red beans with fried bacon and green pepper. But go also in a « Churrascaria » to taste any kind of meat cooked on the grill. Brazilian cuisine is impregnated by its history (Portuguese and African) and often mixes sweet and spicy food. Truly delicious !
And to enjoy the nights, a good sip of Caïpirinha (Cachaça – Brazilian version of rum + lime, can-sugar and crushed ice)…It quenches !!
The electric current is not standardized. In Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador and Manaus, it is almost always 110 V with US outlets.
Mot hotels have adaptors.
Southern hotels all work with 220 V with European outlets.
1 Euro = 3.70 Real BRL.
Travellers’ checks and most credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops in the major cities.ATM machines from the network “Banco do Brasil”, available in most cities accept Visa.
Take some US dollars in case of bank closing. They are usually open from Monday to Friday between 10.AM and 4.PM.
EXTRA TIPS :
Knowing Brazil’s distances (16 times bigger than France), travel by plane between two cities instead of travelling by car.
Avoid cameras, rings and watches when going out at night. Prefer Tshirt, jean and baskets.
280€ for 7 nigths
Price per person - 7 Nights shared room
6 Days Surf courses
Rates & Packages
|7 Jours Camp + Cours
7 Days Camp + Courses
|3 Jours Camp + Cours
3 Days Camp + Courses
|6 Jours Cours de Surf
6 Days Surf Courses
|3 Jours de Cours de Surf
3 Days Surf Courses
|3 Jours de Surfari
3 Days Surfari
|375€ - (280€ en ch à partager)||130€||180€||90€||110€|
Enjoy 6 days of a progressive surf course with an experienced and licenced team of instructors and 7 night shared or private accommodation at our surf camp. Two practical hours everyday are completed with video support and theory lessons about waves, boards, weather, tides, currents and surfing history.
|3 days surf course with accommodation in a shared room (for 6 persons) at surf camp. With video support, two practical hours and one theoretical lesson a day.||6 Days courses with personalized attention, a surfing instructor and an assistant will follow you on this adventure for three hours daily. Support videos during practical lessons, which helps to correct and improve your performance.||3 days surf courses with instructors will teach you how to learn or improve your surfing skills at flexible times in a marvelous beach. Ours instructors are certified by the Australian Federation ISA (International Surf Association ) and ILS (International Life Saving).||Surf Pipa School offers 3 Days surfari, with qualified surf instructors. The Surfari kicks off in Praia da Pipa from our surf camp and takes you to the best waves, exploring different spots and marvelous beaches.|
6 Jours de cours progressifs avec des instructeurs licenciés
7 Nuits au Surfcamp en chambre privée
2H de pratique Surf avec support vidéo et leçons théoriques
|3 Jours de cours de Surf avec Logement au Surfcamp en chambre à partager (pour 6 Pers)
2H de pratique Surf avec support vidéo et leçons théoriques
|6 Jours de cours de Surf personnalisé- Instructeur licencié - Support vidéo||3 Jours de cours de Surf personnalisé- Instructeur licencié - Support vidéo||3 Jours de Surfari avec instructeurs qualifiés et licenciés qui vous mèneront sur les blus beaux spots de la région.|
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