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.
I’m Sarah, I was born and raised in Belgium, lived for the last years in Brussels so very much of a city person but I lost my heart to the ocean, always have but got completely stoked about my first surf lessons that I took in 2015. It takes courage to leave behind whatever has always been familiar and comfortable. Sometimes you have to go to the ends of the earth to find an uncrowded wave, while other times you just have to go outside your comfort zone. A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. So I decided to move to Portugal, to chase waves and sunrays throughout the entire year. Grateful for my life and family here (no kids but a cat).
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.
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.
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”
I’m Isabelle, I’m from the Netherlands. I’ve been coming to Portugal since I was young to visit my grandma who lives in the Algarve. Here is also where I took my first surf lesson many years ago and I was hooked from day one. After I finished school I went to Indonesia to become a surf coach and after I worked in Spain, Panama and Portugal teaching people how to ride waves. My favourite thing about surf coaching is the smile it puts on people their faces when they catch their first wave. Since surfing is still a very male dominated sport and I often find myself being the only girl in the water. I love the concept and working for Chicks on Waves, motivating and teaching other women how to have fun in the waves with me.
I’m Ines, a 27 year old Portuguese surf chick. I don’t really know when my passion for surfing started, but since I remember I was always in the water I hope I will never leave it. Surfing has given me so much, friends, beautiful places, amazing adventures and a love for life that I can only compare to the love for being alive! Being a surf instructor is a lot more than teaching you how to surf.. I feel like I am doing much more than only that. Learn about life with waves, the struggle, the hard work, the persistence, the frustration 🙂 But also.. The simplicity, the pleasure, the happiness and the fun! It will always be about the fun. Life and surf! Make it fun.