Get To Know Us
Experience this fantastic sport with us!
The school is certified by the Portuguese Surfing Federation nº 256 and the Tourism Bureau licence RNAAT n°819/2019. All our teachers and monitors have many years of practice and experience in surfing and water activities.
Meet Our Team
We want to make sure that you have the best experience possible out there in the ocean. Our team consists of local and international surfing enthusiasts. They like to embrace the surfing lifestyle and are not only soul surfers but also certified surf instructors and qualified Water Safety Specialists!
The engine of Calhau, Rodolfo, is originally from mainland Portugal. He spent his youth traveling the world as an architect and surfer before finding his “home” here in Madeira in 1992.
Born in Madeira Island, Filipe lives close to the Maiata Beach. Because he knows the sea and the island well, he can provide a safe and unique surfing experience for our guests. His goals are for everyone to be successful and safe in the water. And of course to enjoy surfing with us!
Locally born, he is the regional champion in bodyboard for several years in a row and knows our home “break” better than anyone. He spends most of his time in the water and lives right at the beach. Our “Duro” is like a fish in the water, you can expect to learn a lot from him.
Ana is the manager and the owner of our surf school. Having worked in various companies in Madeira, as well as being a hotel and guesthouse mentor, she gained extensive experience in management. She likes to surf and although she had found the sport at the age of 39, she participated in and won some female surf competitions on the island! By traveling the world, she explored all the best surf spots and enriched our restaurant with some exquisite dishes.
Marta, our surf champ, has been surfing since the age of 5. She has competed in several local young surf contests and won some of them. She is studying for a Financial Master and she is our youngest qualified surf instructor with extensive surf experience. She loves to travel, and meet new people and cultures. Her sensitivity shows how big her heart is, and you can always count on her for help!
Nikkita is a Ukrainian history teacher and instructor of Combat Tactical Medicine who discovered Madeira 5 years ago. He tried surfing for the first time in our school and after many years of practice he became one of our surf instructors. He is a perfect example of how dangerously addictive this sport can be! Surfing changed his life, as he now lives in front of the ocean.
António, our surf instructor from the mainland, arrived on the island a few years ago and found his harbour in our school. He is always in a good mood and is sharing his good energy with the team and students. With him you can for sure expect a good time in and out of the water.
Dan is a Swedish-born snowboarder who emigrated to Madeira in 2005. He helped introducing longboard skating 15 years ago on Madeira, and have since then progressed in his surfing with each year passing. He is currently in Sweden visiting his family and friends, because of “saudades”.
Christian is our graphic designer from Chéquia. He started surfing with us and became one of our surf instructors. He fell in love with our surfing family and had designed the new logo of our surf school. He currently lives on the mainland near the beach and surfs every day.
Benjamin is a photographer and webmaster, working with us for more than 12 years. He was dreaming of surfing and we needed a website so this is how our common path began. If you are here reading this, it’s because of him!