Team

Katrien

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.

Karine 

Host

Meet Karine, our always smiling host from the Netherlands. Karinegrew up far away from the ocean but still has managed to find her love for the sea and surfing and currently lives in Portugal during the season. Before working for Chicks on Waves she was chasing the waves in Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Marie Antonia 

Surf coach

Born and raised between the countryside of Brazil and the south of Italy since young Maria Antonia was surrounded by beautiful landscapes and water sports. being taught to waterski by her grandmother when she was only 4.  Surf was later introduced to her life and she immediately felt a deep connection with the ocean. 
Surf was always a dream and after living in big cities for more than 10 years and trying to be happy in a office job I left it all and moved to the South of Portugal with my partner and our 2 lovely dogs in search of a healthier life. I believe the water can empower and connect us to our real nature, and for me its a pleasure to welcome more women to this environment and help them experience how powerful it can be.

Paula 

Surf coach

Meet Paula a rad lady from Madrid. She started surfing 5 years ago in Ireland. She fell in love with the feeling of being in the ocean and thought of having a beach as a office. She worked for four years as a surf instructor in Ireland and this year she decided to change landscape. Now she is enjoying the Sunny Algarve. When Paula is not in the ocean you can find her drawing in the sun. 

Anina

Chef 

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.

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.

Iaci

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”