After deciding in Porto that I wanted to go somewhere more quiet, a woman at the hostel I was staying suggested the town called Moledo to me. I searched for a place to stay but it wasn’t possible. After looking on google maps I found the Arda surf hostel in Vila Praia de Ancora. I always wanted to try surfing so In thought, let’s give it a try! So I booked 4 nights at the hostel.
Arriving at the hostel was nice. It’s a big house with some rooms for people to stay, It is not like a hostel in a big city, it’s more homely which for me was a good thing. There is a supermarkt closeby where you can do some shopping and you can use the kitchen to cook a dinner.
The next day at 10 in the morning was my first surf lesson! Me and 2 other surfers were driven to Arda beach, here is the surf school. The first task was to get a wetsuit on and this was quite the struggle! The biggest was the XL and it just fitted. I got the biggest board because I’m 198 cm long. First we did some warmup and after that I practised on land how to stand up in the water. On land it wasn’t so hard, but in the water, it was very hard for me! The difficult thing is to keep the balance on the board. After an hour and a half the lesson was over and I was so tired. The rest of the day I relaxed at the beach, watching the other surfers, getting a beer and enjoying the nice weather.
The next day I had my second surf lesson. We were early on the beach and I practised the standup again, hoping to get it right in the water. My muscles were hurting from yesterday and in the water I could feel them a lot. Trying to catch a wave alone and to standup on it is a hard thing to do. The timing has to be just right to get on the wave. For me, that was hard. Whenever I catched a wave the standup didn’t go well and during my last try to standup, the muscles in my leg cramped up and that was my last try. It was fun to try but when you are tall like me it can be very hard.
The next day I went out to walk through the village and it is a nice place. There aren’t a lot of tourists and the beach is very nice. After the fourth night they brought me to the train station to travel on. I would certainly recommend the Arda surf hostel and surf school. The hostel is a homely place to be and the instructor, Kiko, he really knows how to teach surfing, even to a bad surfer like me 🙂