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HAWAIIAN Family Adventure!! Aloha!!!

HAWAIIAN Family Adventure!! Aloha!!!

HAWAIIAN Family Adventure!! Aloha!!! Let's go to Hawaii! my girlfriend said as we had a date night gin & tonic after dinner in Cascais … I said ok! and the next day she had the tickets booked to the island of Oahu Hawaii! After a long flight Lisbon-London-...

Locked down & locked in! Portugal Winter blues!

Locked down & locked in! Portugal Winter blues!

Winter 2020/2021 in Portugal has delivered some big & perfect waves and some very cold weather more recently! Whilst the lockdown rules have restricted & changed our lives...fortunately we live very very close to some great waves! To try & forget about the...

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HAWAIIAN Family Adventure!! Aloha!!!

HAWAIIAN Family Adventure!! Aloha!!!

HAWAIIAN Family Adventure!! Aloha!!! Let's go to Hawaii! my girlfriend said as we had a date night gin & tonic after dinner in Cascais … I said ok! and the next day she had the tickets booked to the island of Oahu Hawaii! After a long flight Lisbon-London-...

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Ocean Therapy. Wave gliding.

Ocean Therapy. Wave gliding.

We all have days when it seems like there are so many problems in our lives. It was one of these days that i decided to go to the gym for a swim to take away some of the stress. After swimming and feeling a bit better on  a grey cloudy day i went to my van. As i...

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From Norway to Guincho Beach!

From Norway to Guincho Beach!

From Norway to Guincho Beach! Hi! I am Eric a half Portuguese & half Norwegian surfer who found his home by the sea on a beach called Guincho...i am one of the instructors from the amazing Moana Surf School family. This all started when a young crazy kid met Alex...

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Gaby – Surf Instructor & Paramedic

Gaby – Surf Instructor & Paramedic

"Working for Moana Surf School has been a major part of my life. Alex took me out on my first wave back in 2001 when i first stepped onto Portuguese shores, having relocated from the UK. From the moment I touched the water, stood up to my feet and rode the very first...

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I would like to give a HUGE thanks to all of the Moana Surf School team and all of the people who shared a surfing lesson or other outdoor adventure experiences with us in 2017. This summer Portugal seems to have been the palce to be in Europe. We had so many people...

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Pedro Nunes: Surf Instructor

Pedro Nunes: Surf Instructor

Faz 2 meses que estou a trabalhar na escola de surf Moana e a experiência tem sido bastante positiva. Fui muito bem recebido pelos meus colegas o que foi fácil a integração no grupo e o que demonstra que existe um bom espírito de equipa e de apoio entre os colegas. O...

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Moana camper family surf trip 2017

Moana camper family surf trip 2017

Our sardine surf camper van and some blue skies and one very excited little boy! We headed south on our surf adventure. We stopped at perfect beaches along the west coast of Portugal and enjoyed some great surf, beach days, and food! Couple of nights were super cold...

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New Toys! Summer 2017.

New Toys! Summer 2017.

Loyal & faithful. Thanks for your support. New boards and new suits, its like Christmas at Moana Surf School! I would like to say thank you to all the people who have helped Moana over the years. Having a business/surf school is like any relationship you go...

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GUINCHO! My Home

GUINCHO! My Home

My name Is Francisco Gomes, people call me “Xico”, I´ve been an instructor for Moana for 6 years now but it started waaay before that, in a place where I like to call Home. On the start of a surf class when we walking down to the beach it as been quite offen for...

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Websurfer!

Websurfer!

I can't teach you to surf but that didn't keept me away of the Moana Surf School Team! "Working" for Moana behind a computer is what I do. Well, sometimes I also grab a surf board for some fun! 🙂 It was June, 2016, and Alex was having trouble with the School website....

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Surf Summit Ericeira 2016

Surf Summit Ericeira 2016

Meeting time 18.00 Cascais shopping car park! My wingman for the evening and photo/website master Tiago Alves. Destination Ericeira for the 2016 Surf Summit / web Surf Summit! Was a great evening starting with food and drinks mainly produced from the Mafra region....

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Dangers of the ocean photographer

Dangers of the ocean photographer

It is not as easy as you think to get a great picture from the water. The photographer needs to swim around for long periods of time with a heavy water housing filled with a expensive camera at the same time often being pounded by huge waves!. A lot of time and...

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Torq Surfboards Maldives Mission 2016

Torq Surfboards Maldives Mission 2016

Yeahhhh! Here we go! Boat trip with some good friends and some new faces to paradise! The Maldives mission was ON!  Meeting point Lisbon airport Emirates check-in. The objective was to have a great time with friends and surf some great waves and test some great...

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Surfing in Moana since 4 years old

Surfing in Moana since 4 years old

My first time at Moana Surf School was when I was just 4 years old. I remember the school back then; just a small container right on the middle of Guincho beach. The smallest wetsuit was probably a couple sizes too big and had to be folded at the arms and legs but it...

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What is paradise?

What is paradise?

When you ask me - what is paradise - I would always say, where your heart belongs and where you feel happy. I feel happy when I am at the beach. Whatever weather it is, whatever temperature, whatever condition. 4 years ago I came to this beautiful country and did my...

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La escuela de surf by Fernando Costa

La escuela de surf by Fernando Costa

La escuela de surf ! Un eterno aprendizaje … Desde que empezó el intento de surfear hace varios años atrás, pase por diferentes escuelitas de surf. La primer experiencia fue en Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, luego en Altas Ondas y Surfari en (Ferrugem Brasil...

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Little people, big surfers

Little people, big surfers

If you have kids and want to teach them surf, Moana Surf School is the place to be.  i’ve been watching kids learning how to surf since my first days at Moana 3 years ago. In the first time i was always a bit septical about watching 4 year old going to surf, my...

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Pro Surfer = Pro Instructor

Pro Surfer = Pro Instructor

Eu sou Wellington, sou Brasileiro e agora vivendo em Portugal com minha Mulher e filhos. Após chegar em Portugal minha vida mudou para melhor pois conheci e convivo com pessoas especiais e em um lugar lindo e com energia brutal. A primeira praia que conheci foi a...

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Memories of a 7 year old surfer

Memories of a 7 year old surfer

Gijs or Snowflake Bubbles as he likes to be known, started surfing at Moana two years ago. It was also my first year working as a photographer at the school. Gijs is now 10 years old  and it's been great to follow his surf improvement since 2014. When Gijs arrived...

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Anne – From student to teacher

Anne – From student to teacher

I’ve been both a student, and now a teacher at Moana, so I have experiences from behind the scenes as well as in the lessons. Over time Moana Surf school has become a second home for me. When I first came to the school I was a nervous beginner. All my friends and...

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Working for Moana – Gaby's story

Working for Moana – Gaby's story

Working for Moana Surf School for the past 5 years has been like waves themselves … you have the ups, the downs, but no matter what, you keep going, you keep evolving and keep living the dream! It may seem like the ideal job, but when there are 60km winds, freezing...

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…at our surf school in Portugal. Moana Surf School has had students of all ages and it is located at one of the best beaches in Europe, Guincho! Discover why we love Guincho and the Ocean.

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