Mavericks - Student Surf Week

Posted on February 21, 2013
February 21, 2013
by JSS

The Original Student Surf Holiday



For the past five years we’ve been hosting Europe’s best Student Surf Weeks at Jah Shaka Surf Lodge and now the Tiny Whale Surf Lodge.

Our SELL OUT weeks offer:

  • Top quality surf coaching for all surf levels
  • Unbeatable accommodation in our Top Rated Surf Lodge
  • Unique experience to explore a variety of surf breaks
  • Delicious food prepared by a 5 star chef and
  • Massive nights out in Europe’s best surf town
  • End of week pool party with live music


We are experts in Student Surf Trips! Hosting unforgettable 10 weeks for University Surf Societies every year.

Our Mavericks Student Weeks are open to single bookings and small groups. We'll team you up with other solo student travellers and university surf clubs, so you can take advantage of the low-cost package and meet other students from all over Europe.


The Lodge

The Tiny Whale Surf Lodge is the ideal for student surf trips, with its unbeatable location and fantastic facilities, it's no surprise that groups come back every year.

Set in the Algarve countryside, we have plenty of space in a tranquil location. But, we're just 5 minutes from Lagos, voted best backpacker and surf town in 2016! With a huge range of bars and clubs, serving up 1€ beers and 2.50€ cocktails, your student loan will have you living like a king!

The Tiny Whale Surf Lodge has a in-house bar, serving cheap drinks if you don't fancy venturing out!



  • Huge pool
  • Massive garden with plenty of hammocks
  • In house bar with cheap drinks
  • Fire pit
  • Games room - pool, foozball, table tennis
  • Slack line and indo boards
  • Lounge with TV with latest movies
  • Organic orange groves
  • Hidden yoga studio
  • Luxury Teepees & spacious rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Outdoor lounge and dining rooms



If you’ve never surfer before, no worries! You won’t be the only one. It’s the perfect time to learn and our instructors will have you up and riding in no time.

Our surf lessons are ability based, accommodating for beginners up to advanced surfers. 

We'll take you to the right break for you! Whether you're looking for nice mellow waves to practise your take off, our barrelling or heavy slabs, we're here to ensure you get the best possible surf and tuition.

We're blessed with 2 coastlines and have the perfect spot, no matter the conditions. Check out our Wave Guide.

Equipment hire is included. We've got the widest range of boards available to hire, from 5'8 and up. We're not just a camp for beginners! 

Apres Surf

We kick off the week with our legendary BBQ and Pool Party with free sangria and live music. 

Forget Moroccan dry towns and overpriced French Bars. Tiny Whale Lodge is just moments away from Lagos, the Surf and Party Capital of Europe. Hosting a wide variety of bars and clubs, the Jah Shaka team know where to head what ever the day of the week.

The Food

You're on holiday, so why shouldn't you indulge in restaurant quality food! Our in-house chef has been stolen from a 5-star resort, he'll be cooking up delicious food for you 5 nights a week. If you don't fancy surfing, just come for the food and the Lodge 😉

Student Package

  • 7 Nights accommodation in spacious rooms or luxury teepees
  • 5 Full Days Surfing
  • 15 hours of surf lessons - all levels tuition from beginners to advanced
  • Transport to the best break of the day
  • Surfboard and wetsuit hire - wide range of boards!
  • Video coaching for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers
  • Pool Party and BBQ with sangria and live music!
  • 7 Surfer Breakfasts, fruit, pancakes etc
  • 5 Healthy lunches
  • 4 home cooked hearty evening meals by professional chef.
  • Hosted nights out
  • 10% discount at our surf shop
  • Return transfers from Faro Airport


Student Week 1: 8th - 15th April - 375€

Student Week 2: 15th - 22nd April - 375€ - 4 spots left!

Student Week 3: 20th May - 27th May - 439€

Student Week 4: 10th June - 17th June - 450€

Payment Details:

We have a payment system instalments to help with your student loan 🙂 This is all payable online with our safe and secure payment system, you can pay with any credit or debit card in just a couple of clicks.

Ready to book? Pay your deposit today!

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