Develop your surf potential in a more efficient and sustainable way with a personal surf coach in Ericeira.

backYARD Surf Coaching Programs are tailored by a personal surf coach to guide and structure your development as a surfer by evaluating your strengths & development needs, establish realistic goals and design a training strategy.

During the program the coach will use a 4 co-active model to ensure a complete development and supervise multi disciplinary trainings and sessions to make your practice more effective.

He will also share knowledge and give you tools to make you improve while learning to be more independent and self reliable.


We don’t learn to run until we know how to walk. If that happens our running technique will be disastrous and we will have a lot of problems in the future.

One of the biggest problems with surfers these days is that they skip many stages and techniques in their development. This leads to slower progress and to serious problems at more advanced stages.

It is crucial for the surfer’s development to have solid foundations and not go to a more advanced stage without having certain techniques and skills consolidated.

Our coaches will carry out an analysis of your development to assess your strengths & development needs, helping you establish achievable goals and map out a structured development plan.

To master any art or sport it takes thousands of hours of practice and training. There are no shortcuts, however, the way in which practice is done can speed up or delay the process.

In surfing, it is difficult to have time to practice, not only because of the conditions but also because most of the time we spend in the water is paddling or waiting for waves. That’s why it’s even more important how we use our practice time.

As surf coaches  we often witness poorly performed practices that bring many problems, including the internalization of bad habits that are later much more difficult to correct.

That is why its essential that training sessions are prepared and guided by specialised and competent coaches to ensure you are using the proper practice methods for your level.

In backYARD surf coaching programs, our surf coaches use a multidisciplinary approach to help you maximise your practice time and also make it more efficient using the appropriate exercises and techniques for your development stage.

As in all sports, having a coach responsible for your development is essential. Especially in surfing which is a difficult sport to master.

However, having a coach guide every session is unsustainable for most of us.

That’s why during our surf coaching programs we help you develop skills, knowledge and tools that allow you to practise more easily and productively to become more self reliant and more capable to progress your surfing in a sustainable way.

Ericeira is a beautiful town, with tons of amazing waves, places and friendly people.


However, it is not the easiest place to surf. Surf spots in Ericeira can be dangerous and each wave needs specific conditions to work properly. As locals, we know Ericeira and its waves like the back of our hand. We manage to ensure that you surf in spots and conditions suitable for your level and experience in order to surf safely and make the most of the waves.

Our team is also a bridge between those who visit Ericeira and its local community. 

Get to know our favourite places to surf, eat, sleep and much more.

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To assess your strengths & development needs, establish achievable goals and tailor a strategy to meet your needs.

Get a detailed analysis of your surf performance in order to help you become aware of your strengths & development needs and have a clear idea of what needs to be worked on.

Establish together with the coach realistic and measurable goals to ensure your training is focussed.

The coach will develop a training plan to maximise your practice and make you improve efficiently.

Training sessions and lessons supervised by the coach to pass on knowledge and ensure that you get the most out of the activities while providing factual and objective feedback


A broader approach that encompasses the four elements of surfer preparation—tactical, technical, psychological, and physical—these elements complement each other and together are responsible for the surfer’s performance.

We go beyond the technical aspects. Our coaches will analyse and help you working trough the 4 elements – they are crucial for a more complete development.


Multi-disciplinary sessions allow you to maximise your practice and master knowledge and skills in a more efficient way.

Sessions are prepared according to the needs and goals of each surfer.


A surf session with a coach in the water will help you navigate the line up, catch more and better waves and get more comfortable in the water while getting instant feedback after each wave.


The coach will not only record the session to create content to be analysed, he will also guide the training setting goals and exercises to maximize your practice. The session is divided into periods to create the opportunity for feedback, reflections and re adjustments.

Surf-skate training allows you to imitate the surf movements. As you can make a lot of repetitions on the skate, movements can be internalised and then be transferred into the water on your surfboard. ​

Video analysis provides you the opportunity to watch and analyse your style and technique and can have a huge impact in your surf improvements.​

There is knowledge and information that are more easily transmitted through the use of graphic elements such as videos and images.

It is much easier for a coach to explain how to catch waves or how to execute a technique through the use of videos.

Conditional training help you to be fit for surfing and to reduce physical limitations that hold back your performance surfing.

coaching programs


Indicated for people who are for a short period of time in Ericeira but want to make the best use of Ericeira's waves to develop their surfing.

This program will help you improve your surfing while in Ericeira but is also focused on providing you tools and knowledge to be able to keep your progress independently and in the years to come.


Suitable for surfers who live in Ericeira or in the surroundings and want to improve their surfing with the support of a coach.

The programs are divided into 3-month periods and give you the opportunity to have a coach who knows you guiding your development in order to maximise the efficiency of the practice and ensure that the development stages are fulfilled.


from beginners to advance

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Because each person is unique – our programs are adjusted to the needs and objectives of each surfer – making them suitable for anyone.

Although the coaching is in high demand for intermediate and advanced surfers who want to develop and take the next step, the programs are also a good opportunity for beginner surfers to learn in a more personalized way.

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Advance Surfer - record surf session - surf coach programs

backYARD coaches have extensive experience in dealing with all levels of surfing and with different kinds of people.



backYARD surf coaching programs and all associated training are carried out in Ericeira – 2nd world surf reserve.

The spot for the surf sessions is chosen according to the session’s objectives, the surfer’s abilities and the ocean conditions.

The out-of-water sessions take place within the parish of Ericeira and surroundings.

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Most frequent questions and answers

You can customise a program that best suits your goals and availability. The coach responsible for your program can help you with that.

The coach will send you a form in order to have more information about your experience and goals in surfing and will get in touch with you to build a program together.

The number and type of sessions are flexible but scheduled according to the conditions and availability of the coach and yours.

Programs can also be adjusted during the time they are running to adjust to conditions and your progress.

Any changes to the program or sessions are only made through an agreement between you and the coach.

Yes, you can do a program together with one or more friends. However, it is super important that they have very similar surfing levels so that the built program is suitable for each one.

Programs have a maximum of 4 surfers.

In the event that there are more than 4 surfers, a group and an additional program will have to be created with another responsible coach.

The price of the program will be charged to each surfer in the group but for each additional element a discount is given.


2 people per group – 15% discount

3 people per group – 25% discount

4 people per group – 35% discount

The equipment needed will depend on the type of session participated.

For surf training you need a wetsuit (preferably 4/3) a board suitable for your level and experience, leash and wax.
(if you do not have the necessary equipment, you can rent it with us or with our partners for an extra cost)

For skating training, just bring comfortable clothes and preferably sports shoes. The skateboard board is provided by us.

For fitness training, sports clothes and shoes are recommended.

For theory sessions and video analysis sessions you don’t need any equipment, however something you can take notes on can be a good idea.

It is also important to have a device with internet access such as a mobile phone or a computer to be able to access the files that the coach provides.

Because the programs are customized according to your goals, needs and availability, program prices are not fixed. The price of the programs will depend on the number and type of sessions provide.

You can personalize your own program with the help of our coaches. Together you can evaluate what is more important to work on and choose the most suitable training and sessions to achieve your goals.

Contact us and for a quote.

To book your program, you just need to send us a message to our contacts or using the form bellow.

Our team will then send you a small form that will help us understand a little more about your experience and goals in surfing. This information will allow us to choose a coach suited to your needs and availability.

The designated coach will then get in touch with you and together you will design a program that fits your goals and answer any questions you may have.

Use the form bellow to send us a message and let ́s start building a program that will help you surf better.


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