My parents enrolled my brother and me in swimming lessons from an early age until we thought it was a bore. We felt something was missing, maybe it was the adrenaline. We asked to drop out, but my mother would only accept it if we replaced it for another water sport. We chose surf and enrolled at Escola SurfMilfontes.
I grew up here and lived here most of my life, so I learned to respect this place, so pure and unique. That led me to feel responsible for the area and to have the courage to be part of projects that valued the region. Therefore, when Filipe Queimado challenged me to take over his share of the school, I didn’t think twice.
SurfMilfontes was born out of passion, and my belief in the region and the potential of Praia do Malhão for surfing. This is the school where I discovered surf and where I became pro. It's a privilege for me, just at 22 years old, to be managing the business.
I can't remember exactly the first time I rode a wave; I was just 8. I confess when I see our students standing up on the board for the first time I envy that feeling and, at the same time, I feel that's precisely my mission - to help them have that moment, over and over again.
We have a store in the centre of Vila Nova de Milfontes. In addition to surf gear, there you'll find our brand's clothes and accessories, that are an extension of our school and us. It's a space that extends the school to the town, where people can book their classes and learn everything about this project.
Our story and mission
My parents spent their holidays here in Vila Nova de Milfontes, and when they thought of starting a family, they moved here. They wanted us to live in a healthy environment, surrounded by Nature and, especially, at a place with a high quality of living. That’s how I was born an Alentejo local, and my brother followed. We grew up in this town we love so much, and we always knew this is where we'd want to be.
To lead a project that is in my heart and part of the Alentejo’s surf history is a dream come true.
I left for university - at first, I tried Management at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, but I quickly realised it wasn't what I wanted. Then I tried Agronomical Engineering, which I also dropped out of. My future would be surf; it felt like fate. Between my trips to and from Lisbon, I began to teach classes at the same school where I learned how to surf, SurfMilfontes. The two founders of the school, Filipe Queimado and Pedro Piteira, made me the surf pro I am today. They were crucial in my personal and professional growth, and when Filipe challenged me to take over his share of the school, I couldn't say no. I had finally found my life purpose.
Our mission goes beyond helping people reaching their goals and "that feeling" of standing up on a board. Since it opened in 2003, SurfMilfontes values teaching about sustainability and the environment. I'm from a younger generation, so I feel the responsibility of protecting and preserving our land. Our passion for the oceans cannot be limited to the hours we spend in it. It's essential to keep the beaches clean. We organise activities to raise awareness and to pick up trash at the beaches, we plant trees, and we have a partnership with Associação Foz do Mira, an organisation that helps the local youngsters.
We share the waves at Praia do Malhão with who’s looking for the best sea in the Costa Alentejana for surfing. In an inspiring scenery and with the best conditions for the sport, we invite you to keep us company during your holidays.
It’s always worth it
Despite the growth in recent years, this place is still quite wild and untouched, and that's also reflected in the people's identity. People are truly genuine and not moulded by mass tourism yet. They are welcoming because they're proud of their land, and they show it naturally and clearly. They welcome everyone with open arms.
Living here is great. Vila Nova de Milfontes is a quiet place, where young couples and families come to live as my parents did over 20 years ago. It's the parish of Odemira county with the most children, and that's because of the exceptional living conditions. It's a place full of life where I grew up freely in the streets.
Growing up here was incredible because of the closeness with Nature. It's what living in the countryside feels like. In the city, everything is so fast, and here we actually gain time.
We're located in Praia do Malhão, a unique beach with excellent conditions for surfing. There is also a lot to discover around. Odemira is a fascinating town where you'll find unexpected businesses like a chocolate factory, on the riverside - Chocolate da Beatriz - or a lady who still weaves wool using old looms.
Rota Vicentina is an excellent way to explore the landscape on a fantastic hike where cars can’t reach. Places like Ninho das Cegonhas, Porto das Barcas, and Pego das Pias, a beautiful freshwater lake that flows into the Mira River.
Every year in the summer the streets of São Luís, a village in Odemira, become a work of art by the hands of local artists. Painters, sculptors, musicians, actors, and dancers give life to store windows, workshops, and empty warehouses with art installations and performances. The event is called "As Montras de São Luís", and it's a celebration of local art and culture.