About our School

About our School

The Carcavelos Surf School was founded in 2001 and is the FIRST SURF SCHOOL OF CARCAVELOS BEACH. It was born with the intention of invigorating the beach of Carcavelos, promoting and teaching people of all ages to practice sea-related sports activities. Thousands of people have already learned from us to slide in waves on a surfboard.

The school is part of WINDSURF CAFÉ concession, a magical place with a healthy lifestyle concept through the quality of food and promotion of various sports activities.

Our Team

Pedro Elias - Surf Manager

Pedro Elias - Surf Manager

Degree in Marketing Management at the Portuguese Institute of Administration and Marketing, Post Graduation in Surfing by the Faculty of Human Motricity, Level I Coach Course of the Portuguese Surfing Federation, Diploma of Rescue Swimmer and First Aid, athlete with more than 20 years of experience of which 8 on high competition and many trips around the world.

Some titles achieved over the years:

  • - Top 16 in the National Circuit
  • - Top 8 in the European Professional Circuit (3rd place in Hossegor - France)
  • - 2 Champion Titles in the Portuguese Cup
  • - National University Champion
  • - Champion titles in clubs: Carcavelos (APSSOC), Costa da Caparica (ASCC), Praia Grande (ASLS), Fonte da Telha (CFT), Sesimbra (SCS).

Pedro Soares - Coordenador

Pedro Soares - Coordenador

Degree in Applied Mathematics from the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon, Post Graduation in Surfing by the Faculty of Human Motricity, Level II Coach Course of the Portuguese Surfing Federation, athlete with more than 25 years of experience and 15 as a professional high competition surfer and many trips made all over the world.

Some titles achieved over the years:

  • - European Champion in Clubs Cup
  • - Top 10 in the National Circuit
  • - 4 National Titles of the Portuguese Cup
  • - 2 National Titles in the Club Nationals
  • - 8 Titles in the Carcavelos/Cascais Circuit
  • - Some titles and finals in different clubs and events: Circuito da Caparica, Sesimbra, Fonte da Telha, Guincho, S.Pedro, Praia Grande, Costa do Sol, Peniche, Areia Branca, Nazaré, Algarve, Porto, S.Torpes, Cape Verde Inter-Islands, National University Circuit.

Manuela Carvalho – Surf Instructor

Manuela Carvalho – Surf Instructor

Better known as Mané or Manu, she graduated in Advertising and Marketing but it is in the water that she feels at home.Certified as Level I Coach by the Portuguese Surfing Federation.

Synchronized Swimming competition athlete since she was 8 years old and for more than 10 years, she won several medals. From an early age, she starts teaching Artistic Swimming and how to Swim to kids and adults, and as attending the course of Swimming Training from F.P.N., among other formations in the area of aquatic education and sports.

She joined CSS in the year 2000 first as a student and now as a Surf Instructor. Since then, she has never stopped surfing.

She is always on the mood and ready for a good conversation and some good laughs. She doesn’t live without Sun, Beach and the Sea, and she loves to practice outdoor sports (as Surf, Yoga, Skate, Running, ...), as well as to draw. You can find her on a daily basis on the CSS facilities where she gives logistical support or, in water.

Diogo Calmeiro – Professor

Diogo Calmeiro – Professor

Student of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, certified as FPS Grade 1 Trainer by the Surf and Performance course at Universidade Lusófona.

He started his surf training at Carcavelos Surf School, for more than 7 years on the beach of Carcavelos, which he is pleased to call his second home.

It's in water that he feels happy and that's why he has great pleasure in conveying to others what CSS has taught him.

  • - 5th place in the National University Surfing Championship
  • - 1st place at Nova Surf Contests

Pedro Carichas – Professor

Pedro Carichas – Professor

Graduated in Philosophy from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, acquired the taste and practice of surf at a young age.

The FPS grade 1 Surf Coach certification was obtained through the Surf and Performance course at Universidade Lusófona.

An avid lover of sports with board, in particular the skate where he excelled early, having covered the first national championship that had been in 2nd place.

Always very cheerful and educated, he loves not only to teach, but also to learn something about the students, transmitting and enriching their culture as his own.

Francisco Esteves – Professor

Francisco Esteves – Professor

His perfect day is made of many hours in the water and a foray into nature (including camping).

Lover of sports, outdoors and nature and likes to look for something different every day.

In surfing and surfskating, he finds that feeling of pure well-being, a feeling that brings him genuine happiness and the desire to continue. Perfect waves and no wind are hir dream for surfing. Always possible? Not really... but he keeps trying.

He has been a surf teacher for about 4 years, and in 2019 he completed a Post-Graduate Course in Surf and Performance (Degree 1 Coach) at Universidade Lusófona.

And Evolve...? There's time for everything, no rush... It has the motto "if we flow, the surf runs even better".

Nuno Alves – Professor

Nuno Alves – Professor

Degree in Marketing and Advertising.

Postgraduate in Communication and Image.

Postgraduate Degree in Surf (Faculty of Human Motricity 2010)

Level 1 Coach Course (Portuguese Surf Federation 2004)

Level 2 Coach Course (Portuguese Surfing Federation 2021)

He started skating in the late 80s.

The passion for waves emerged in the 90s, in Carcavelos. He entered competitions, but free surfing won his fascination.

Collaborated in surf clubs and organized events, worked in several companies, brands and businesses related to surfing.

In his many years of contact with surfboards, he improved his taste for boards with a history, of different shapes and colors. Nowadays, she likes to vary her surfing between different boards, from fish, singles or longboards.

As a surf coach, he likes the evolution of his students and pushing for the best surf in each one, meeting people from all over the world and sharing experiences.

He currently resides in Belém and, whenever he can, he likes to escape to Ericeira or Sintra.

He likes traveling and his favorite places are Bali, Maldives, California, Hawaii and the Basque Country... and he hopes to fulfill his old dream of going to Australia.

He is always ready for programs with family and friends, enjoys good music and a dinner accompanied by a good glass of wine.

Many hours on the water, smiles and fun... the rest comes in addition, with work and dedication!

Inês Estriga – Professor

Inês Estriga – Professor

Born in Lisbon, she soon fell in love with the world of sport. From skateboarding to climbing, she lived adventures and challenges that were the engine of hes life as a sportswoman.

In 2010, a trip put surfing in her life and quickly changed the heights for the sea.

"At Sea I feel tranquility, in Surf the adrenaline and immense happiness, and in surf teaching the personal fulfillment of sharing and feeling this happiness with the students."

She is a Surf Coach with a Level II certificate, having completed her Surf and Performance training at the Post-Graduate Course in Surf at Universidade Lusófona, where she took Level I, and at the Portuguese Surf Federation where she completed Level II.