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Well not quite, but close enough. We going SUPing in the Algarve!

As usual we decided to do something that had never been done before – create an SUP (Stand-up paddle) event to cross the Algarve south coast from Sagres to Vila Real de Santo Antonio as a fund raiser for ASMAA.

Surf a Growing Industry in the Algarve

The global surf tourism industry has grown significantly since the middle of the 20th century.

When measuring the economic scale of the surfing industry, including travel, surf-branded clothing, and the manufacture of surfboards, it has been estimated to be in the order of ten billion USD per annum with some ten million surfers worldwide.


After nearly 18 months of negotiations between ASMAA (Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association), the AESCV (Associacao de Escolas da Costa Vicentina) and Lagos Capitania, a more fair licence process has been established in 2014 for the issuing of licences to any interested Surf Schools in the Western Algarve.

Os novos editais para as escolas de surf, Edital nº 002/2014 e 003/2014 publicado no dia 15 de Janeiro de 2014 e entrará em vigor no dia 1 Maio de 2014. Tome nota de que os pedidos de licenças para 2014 encerra no dia 28 de fevereiro de 2014.

The new by-laws, Edital’s Nos. 002/2014 and 003/2014 published on 15 January 2014 and will be effective as from 1 May 2014. Take note that application at the Capitania de Lagos for surf school operating licences for 2014 closes on 28 February 2014.


Lagos, 22 October 2013: ASMAA, the Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association said today that they are impressed that within a few weeks of being appointed as the new commandant to the “Capitania de Lagos”, Commandant Carvalho Pinto has called on the various players involved in the commercial and tourism driven Surf Sector in the Algarve and its representatives to participate in a series of round-table meetings.

If you are interested in attending the next Academy of Surfing training program just follow the link to their page.

2-3 Nov 2013 Level 1 SUP Enclosed Flat Water 4 Nov 2013 Level 2 SUP Exposed Waters 5 Nov 2013 Leel 3 SUP Begginner

ASMAA conducted a survey between September 2012 and March 2013, in which just over 6000 members were contacted via e-mail and asked if they had made use of surf schools in the Algarve, if they intended during a holiday to take-up surf lessons, if they had enjoyed their experience in the Algarve, if they would recommend the Algarve to their friends, and many more questions. We received 3115 replies back of which 2289 showed an interest in the surf sector. The replies enabled us to form an idea about:

We wish to congratulate Marcel, an Extreme Algarve surf instructor for the the quick response and for saving two bathers from drowning on 27 August 2013 in Praia da Amoreira.

Sebastian Wolff, the owner of Extreme Algarve Surf School spoke to us about his concern for the fact that the beach lifeguards failed to take action. He also raised concerns about the fact that a beach support Jet-Ski has not been on the beach since the Beach Support consession inspection was conducted.

Filsurf Staff Save 2 Life-Guards

Sebastian Wolff, congratulates Filsurf.

Well done to Fillipe and Miguel from Filsurf whom not only saved 2 bathers yesterday but helped rescue the 2 lifeguards as well in terrible conditions. I ask myself how come there is no rescue craft on the west coast where it is needed, yet at Meia Praia where it is flat and safer, there are jet skis, rescue boats and modern equipment???


This is another interesting topic for debate and here are some questions that deserve answers from the surf school community.

One of the first things that I have heard from many surf school owners in the Western Algarve, when I started putting together the framework for ASMAA, was a demand that the authorities should stop issueing new surf school licenses to any newcomers, alleging beach overcrowding and increased safety risks as the primary areas of concern.

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