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’ .

Tatiana (26)

Surf coach

Born and raised in the Algarve, Tatiana always has been near the ocean and in the water. For years she has been working as a lifeguard on the South-West Algarve beaches. Windsurfing, bodyboarding, and eventually she became great at surfing. As of her passion for surfing, she’s still spending her time on the beautiful Algarve beaches, but switched to being a surf instructor. Which she enjoys a lot! Tatiana is a very good teacher with a great sense of humor, so you will have fun for sure!

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!

Stephanie (31)

Host (Dutch)

As a host Stephanie will make sure you are enjoying your stay at the beautiful lodge. She’s serving your breakfast with a smile, always happy to help you, and up for some fun! Stephanie is a joyful girl, with a passion for exploring and enjoying nature, and especially the ocean. In which, since working for ChicksonWaves, she also have been starting to learn surfing, with a lot of fun! Besides being a host, Stephanie also teaches mindfulness meditation, and since a couple of months, yoga as well. She loves to share her experiences, and to have a great time together with you!

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 Swiss, and lives since many years in the Algarve.

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.