Team

Katrien (39)

Founder and owner

I am a mom of 2 little boys with a passion for surfing and the ocean. I started surfing 13 years ago at the age of 25 in Portugal and fell in love with the sport.  Since then I was totally hooked, trying to surf whenever and where ever I could.  When I started Chicks On Waves 8 years ago,  I wanted to get more girls in the water. Because everyone can learn to surf!  Living in Portugal is just great: the sun is out 300 days per year, almost always a wave to surf and Portugese people are lovely.

Chrissy (31)

Surf coach

I am from the land of the ice and snow, where the midnight sun and the hot springs flow. I started surfing here when I was about 17 and just fell head over heals with it. It was my first true love. I started travelling and working around the world. Started teaching surf in Vicco, Australia at a surf camp for kids in 2008, and ended up in Portugal 4 years ago. This is my 3rd year working together with Chicks On Waves. It’s just such a pleasure and I look forward every day to go to the ‘office’ .

Andreia (29)

Surf coach

Living and enjoying her life in the Algarve, Andreia originally is from Porto, the North of Portugal. Surfing is her life, whenever she is able, she’s in the water, riding the waves. Andreia has great skills and is a very talented surfer. She is a real champ! Besides that she is a fun girl, she is competing as a surfer, and have been winning already many prices. Andreia loves her job, teaching young and old to surf. She’s a great instructor from who you’ll definately learn the skills. Which most importantly is to have fun!

Anina(39)

Chef (Swiss)

Anina is our lovely chef and will serve you delicious and healthy food with fresh and local products carefully chosen from the market every day. She is also a passionate surfer. She’s originally from Switzerland.

Camilla (40)

Yoga instructor ( English)

Meet Camilla, our beautiful Yogi. She has lived in the Algarve for many years together with her daughter Isabella. Next to being a dedicated yoga teacher for ChicksOnWaves, she also loves being your guide for a walking tour in the area.

Johanna

Yoga instructor ( Polish)

This is Johanna, our lovely yoga teacher from Poland. Five years ago she came to the Algarve for a holiday and she kind off never left. She fell in love with the place, and is ever since happily living in a village closeby, together with her husband and two little boys. Johanna is a dedicated yogi with a beautiful sweet soul. In and outside of Portugal she has done several yoga teacher trainings in multiple yogastyles. As a teacher she has a great ability to make the classes suitable for everyone and a nice and relax experience, adapted to your needs, also in combination with the surfing.

Aude

Massage therapist

Hello and welcome! I am Aude, a licenced massage therapist with 5 years of experience.I have always had a passion for natural healing and massage has always been one of the most natural and instinctive ways to relieve pain and discomfort.
Massage is also one of the best preventive medicines there is. My approach to massage is very holistic and to an extent spiritual and emotional as well.I believe that as a therapist , i am here to help people feel good inside and out. My mission is to bring the highest quality of care and healing to each massage session.I give ayurvedic massage, dynamic thai massage or a combination of both.

Lucia

Yoga teacher

With 400 hours of Yoga Instructor Certifications, I am a Vinyasa Flow /Ashtanga teacher here in the Algarve. The style is a combination of Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga which encompasses movements from slow to fast and everything in between. Because I surf every day I understand the needs of surfers, combining lots of shoulder and hip openers, stretching, and poses which improve core strength. As well as introducing guided meditation and Pranyama (breathing techniques) to bring you to the present moment and calm your mind. Ashtanga was my first real connection to the world of yoga and then changed to Vinyasa, a more flowing and creative way of moving the body connecting with the breath. As a surfer, I love the combination of yoga and surf because they complement each other, and help you connect with the present moment, with nature and with yourself. “The Ocean and Yoga can heal wounds, just be in the present moment and Enjoy the Now”