Perfect place for local knowledge and top quality boards to hire! Amazing place and amazing people. I didn’t want to bring my board from the UK, wanted to travel light. There are NSPs and bics to hire but there also a great selection of shortboards too – perfect! No need to take the gamble of surfboards getting smashed up en route. Sound advice about which board would be best for the conditions – just got out from a great morning surf – stoked! Will be spreading the word in Cornwall cheers!!! Dan
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Magic Board Center is a technical surfboard shop and rental center in Lagos, Portugal.
We offer any level of surfer quality surfboards for test, rent and sale.
Our ‘Try before you buy‘ concept allows you to see if a surfboard works for you before buying it.
Our rental surfboard quiver will help you to avoid hassle and costs of travelling with surfboards.
Wide selection of various shapes and sizes from pure performance surfboards to ultra fun planing hulls.
The overwhelming offer of surfboards on the market makes the right choice a challenge. Our goal is to help a surfer to find his magic board.
- The search for the magic surfboard is complex and very personal.
- Before you spend money on a surfboard that might not work for you, come and try it out first.
- We will guide you in the process of finding that magic board.
- For surfers who don’t want the hassle of travelling with a surfboard and pay the high airline fees.
- When your surfboard is in repair or does not work in the current surf conditions.
- For novice surfers that do not have a surfboard yet.
- If you have found the one that does the magic, you can buy the same brand new surfboard.
- Choose the primary technical accessories (fins, leashes, wax, traction pads and boardbags) to make your surfboard experience complete.
How it works
We have over 75 new or slightly used surfboards available for testing.
‘Try before you buy’. Choose the board you like and give it a try. If you buy a board, one test day comes for free. If not, it is 1 day rent.
We offer over 50 boards in renting for all levels of surfers. Different sizes, shapes and materials. Change boards as much as you like. Discount for multi-day rentals. Online reservations are possible.
What else do we offer
Free analyzing of your board
Analyzing your current surfboard brings a wealth of information in the search for your magic board.
Fins, leashes, traction pads, etc. are offered for sale to make your surfboard experience complete.
Board bags and roof racks
We offer board bags and roof racks for free when you rent or test surfboards to make transport safe and easy.
Advice on forecast and local surf spots
Every day we check the forecast to help you find the best waves in the current surf conditions.
Located in Lagos, close to the main surf spots
5 minutes from the spots on the South Coast and 25 minutes to the West Coast.
Best I Could have asked for. These guys in Lagos are the best! Absolutely love them, they have made our trip unforgettable. The service they provide is way over 5star, all the equipments are outstanding, boards are very well looked after, wetsuits are perfect. Extremely helpful people with big big heart 🙂
Rik is a walking surfboard encyclopedia. Leave your boards at home, go to Rik and have the best surfboard for your level and forecast during the trip. Definitely worth a stop!
Go there! Magic Board Center is what every surf area needs. I always struggle with the decision to travel with my board — and give the airlines way too much money to toss my gear around like a discus — or rent. Renting is a gamble because you could end up choosing between a slightly-dinged, yellowed 25 liter potato chip or a ceiling-high log with 3 decades of wax build up. Magic Board Center offers a wide variety of high quality, nearly brand-new boards to rent or buy that you can swap out depending on the conditions. But by far the best part of this shop are the people. They are super-friendly, highly-knowledgeable, and flexible — they even delivered a board to me in Sagres! Magic Board Center helped make my first surf experience in the Algarve a truly memorable one, for all the right reasons. Go there!
Best condition boards in even better service conditions. I traveled as part of a group of 8 friends to Lagos by car to check out Magic Board Center. We were absolute amateur-surfers but now have a high standard concerning surfboard shops! In and out in 15min, going out with some good boards attached to our cars (with soft racks for the car free from rent), the best surfing spot and some extra advice!
If you’re surfing in the Algarve (by extension the whole of Portugal) rent your boards here, they’re better for a lesser price.
I’ve been hiring boards across Basque country and the South West Coast of Portugal for around 9 weeks now and i can confirm this is BY FAR the best board rental service in France, Spain or Portugal. High-end boards, knowledgeable staff, standardised rates for hire and repairs.
Great service, very helpful and point us in the right direction on where to surf.
They have the best surf rentals I have ever used in my life, almost brand new!
Go here: this place has perfect reviews for a reason. The owners are extremely helpful, patient, knowledgeable, fair, and kind. Amazing selection of high quality boards and very cool rent-before-you buy system. I’m an experienced surfer with a lot of time spent at board stores around the world, and this is by far one of the best. They went above and beyond to help me… I almost feel guilty! I’ll be back. Thank you, Rik and Ksenia!
We rented a mini mal for a week for the kids as I flew out with my own shortboard – it was brand new with bag, no hassle and excellent friendly service- they have a really great selection of short boards and I could have swapped the minimal for a different board every day for the same price which I wished I had done- Next time I won’t bother taking my own board but rent from them instead -I’ve already recommended them to some mates!
One of the most experienced surf shops I’ve ever been, lovely people, fair prices and an unbelievable knowledge about surf!
Great Board Selection, Super Nice and Helpful Staff. We are surfers from the United States and were in Lagos just for the weekend in March, 2018. The guy in the shop was super nice and helpful when we came in. He had a bunch of different shapes and sizes of all boards including some really really nice brands such as Rusty. The rental process was super easy and cheap. Wetsuits were quality too. All around great experience, highly recommend Magic Board Center!
Absolutely amazing owner who spent almost an hour explaining us all the ins and outs of surf board shaping. A walking encyclopedia with a down-to-earth approach to board selection.
Rented a fab 6’2″ rusty smoothie from Rik at the Magic Board Center back in late January. He helped me select it from the backstory i gave him on my surfing experience at home in Ireland. He was friendly, professional & had a gr8 understanding in board shapes & what works. He was confident in his dealings with me, which made me more confident in my choice. The premises was bright & clean & he has beautiful selection in high-end boards.
I loved that board he suggested to me. A little shorter than i thought id be able for but Rik explained that the shape & volume would make up the difference. He was so right. Wished i could of stayed longer & surfed that board more, or that I could afforded to buy it! He’s try & buy approach is very tempting. Fab.
Would highly recommend using the Magic Board Center in Lagos if you want the best & didn’t bring your own stick.
Had a surfboard dilemma wasn’t sure what to get. Had a great chat with the guys at Magic Board Center, really knowledgeable and helpful. Tested a 6’2″ Rusty Smoothie and absolutely loved it. A perfect way to buy a board! Defiantly recommend these guys and they have some fantastic boards to rent and buy.
Just back from the beach and had so many goods wave on my new board!