The SUP school SurfnPaddle PADDLEBOARD CENTRE CASCAIS was the first school in Cascais, launched in 2010.
We have grown steadily and in summer of 2014 we acquired an excellent space on the beachfront, where we have our shop and school on Praia do Duquesa today.
Renowned for our friendly staff and for our professionalism with all our paddle boarding activities, we promote paddle boarding to its maximum for all the benefits the sport can offer in a completely natural environment. Your enjoyment, well-being and safety are very important to us.
At our school we like to teach people of all ages and of a wide ranging experience.
If you are a beginner or have some experience we can help you improve your level.
You don’t need to worry, during the activities you can leave all your valuables safely with us and if you need to wait for your class you get free use of our beach equipment. See more of the services we offer and why you should choose SurfnPaddle for your fun in the sun!
My passion for the ocean started in dinghy sailing from the age of 8 where I was introduced to the Topper, a small basic one man vessel which you could put on your car, in my case my fathers car and go to the beach. Immediately I was hooked and went through a series of dinghy's, including, lasers, tornados, fireballs etc until my mid teens where my brother got me into windsurfing.
Here my life changed forever, I was hooked, all my free time was spent on the water mastering this sport, sometimes driving for hours to find the best conditions. Usually when there was no wind I would go surfing, anything to be on the water.
In my thirties after a career in banking I decided to move over to Portugal, Guincho in fact where I knew there would be some of the best conditions for surfing and windsurfing in Europe. Here I stayed, initially working in banks then later being more involved in tourism.
Today, with a strong background and understanding of the ocean and conditions I have put all my experience into something which I feel very passionate about and believe in, Surfnpaddle. My knowledge from the UK, where I became a qualified instructor allowed me to both work hands on teaching/instructing but developing a successful tourism business.
I look forward to the opportunity to show you our beautiful Portugal coastline and some of the wonderful places you can visit and enjoy.
Felipe Mota – SUP Instructor
Felipe was born for the ocean and to be an instructor in sea related activities. He has been teaching water sports since 2004 starting at a surfing school. Felipe has been teaching Standup Paddle since 2012 when Nick gave him the opportunity to try paddle boarding which he pick it up immediately and soon after became an instructor.
Felipe is also a certified a) PADI scuba diving instructor, b) first aid instructor and c) yacht master.
Diogo Infante - SUP Instructor
Diogo is in love with the ocean. He started Bodyboarding at 7 years of age and later started working as a Surf Instructor when he was 17. He is also a qualified lifeguard and he is now one of our ASI qualified Paddleboard Instructors. (IOSUP)
Toly - SUP Instructor
Toly is the wisest member of the team and has spent all his life fascinated by the ocean. He was born right next to the sea in Ericiera and from a young boy always played in the waves.
Having recently retired he has devoted his passion for the ocean by swimming in the sea everyday come rain or shine. In the last year he became fascinated with SUP and recently acquired his certification as an IOSUP instructor and now helps out in the school whenever he can.
Also very recently he became a certified boat driver and joins our safety team to provide to best and safest experience possible.
Sara Lessa - Public Relations / Accounts Control SurfnPaddle
Sara is currently studying International Relations at University. Currently she is responsible for the organisation and accounts control for the school. Attending enquires through the shop and assisting with daily operations. Sara has acquired vast experience on all aspects of client safety and is responsible for monitoring of on and off water safety.