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We can excuse ourselves with many arguments about being complicit and passive bystanders in the environmental countdown. We face as a global society.

Not having enough information on this crucial issue is definitely not a valid excuse since the information is available everywhere.

That is not pleasant to face the huge environmental challenges of our times.

It is also frustrating trying to take action when apparently the rest of the world. Including many politicians don’t give a damn, but you know what?

Together we can do much more than by ourselves.

This minority of conscious active citizens might just grow enough to change still in time. Small habits can mean great accomplishments.

Join our Future Eco Surf School on this natural journey of conquering our sustainability project in our Eco Surf School, for our people & planet.

 

Be the change you want to see in the world

Ghandi
Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Sustainability

1% for the planet
Every year we donate 1% of our sales revenue to NGOs to help them protect our planet and fight for a fairer society. Know more

Eco-kids
In addition to teaching kids and teenagers to surf, we encourage them to use eco-friendly surf materials and to understand the cycles of nature through a playful environmental education programme. Know more

Sustainable surf lessons
We have been renovating all the essential gear to our activity, surfboards, wetsuits, leashes, wax and sunblocks into more eco-friendly and sustainable certified gear, our goal is to have by 2022 exclusively eco surf gear. Know more

Monchique Mountain, Algarve

Carbon neutrality
We are developing our People & Planet strategy and plan to become carbon neutral every year. Know more

Plastic mitigation strategy
We have installed a water filter to offer free, quality water while facilitating aluminium bottles. Our goal: to help prevent plastic pollution. Know more

Circular surf waste advocates
We are a delivery point to broken surfboards and damaged wetsuits, which we will send to partners who will reuse their materials and keep them away from landfills. Know more

Benagil cave, Lagoa

Sustainability

Marine life protection
Many sunscreens are made using polluting chemical ingredients that harm coral and marine life. We stock non-harmful, eco-friendly sunscreens at our surf school. Know more

Together we go further
We believe that the world needs a systemic change that is co-created by different actors. We want to work with all kinds of organizations to help shape initiatives that are in line with our mission. Know more

Surf for all
Partnerships with social associations to provide free surf lessons to those in need like the physically impaired, people with addiction problems, and kids without family support. Know more

Bordeira beach, Aljezur

Clever surfer
Free memberships to the best students in local schools. Know more

Building community awareness
Together with our partners, we organise regular talks, workshops and dynamics with the local community to raise awareness of key global and local challenges. Know more

Surf & Environment
We have created weekly social media posts, sharing information as well as initiatives from around the world by surfers and game-changers that are committed to protecting the environment around them. Know more

We care so much about the future because that’s where we’ll spend the rest of our lives

Future Eco Surf School

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At Future Eco Surf School we always look for the best solution available among the products we are looking for.

When researching these solutions, we take into account the sustainability of the environmental preservation measures offered by each product.

For our new reuse bottles, we ended up choosing the Ocean Bottle. You can find this bottle for sale at our surf school and also in the online virtual store.

This Ocean Bottle project is made up of a group of people from different areas who love the ocean. These people, believe in the mission to help solve the impact that plastic has on the oceans.

For this purpose, a bottle was created, made partly from stainless steel and partly from recycled plastic collected from the oceans.

The Ocean Bottle is much more than just another bottle, it is an important step in raising awareness of the plastic problem in the oceans.

This bottle is produced in an ethical, socially respectful manner, involving the most needy communities. This involvement allows an increase in jobs and the collection of marine litter.

By purchasing an Ocean Bottle, we are funding the collection of around 1000 plastic bottles from the oceans – around 11 kg. This funding makes it possible to give decent work to people who otherwise would not have any income.

This bottle is BPA free, 100% recyclable and has a negative carbon footprint.

Reducing huge amounts of plastic waste in the oceans will contribute to creating better conditions to preserve marine ecosystems and all their biodiversity. This reduction will also have a direct and positive impact on us humans.

The Ocean needs all of us!

The Ocean Bottle also use an app for environmentally conscious people who want to do the right thing every day by strengthening regular positive habits.

For each refill, there is a reward through a plastic harvest, financed by Ocean Bottle and its partners.

There is also the possibility for anyone to find charging points/stations nearby. These points allow access to a several of tools to understand how to act daily for the health of the oceans and their conservation.

Together, with Ocean Bottle, we believe that everyone should have the right to a plastic-free environment.

For that happen, we must start by drastically reducing the production of single-use plastics. Multiply our reuse and prevent plastic from entering marine ecosystems, by improving the infrastructure that generates different types of waste.

Drink the best of you! Be aware

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5 fundamental tips to progress from being a white water beginner surfer to an outside intermediate surfer.

Have you ever wondered what kind of scenery you could witness from behind the waves? Or do you feel the need to ride those picture perfect “green waves”?

Well, in this article we are going to bring you a paddle stroke closer to reach the line up.

Reading waves!

The ocean is just like a book with many different kinds of waves, as different kinds of letters you have in the alphabet.

The more you enter the ocean, the more you will understand its surroundings.  Even if you just sit on the beach and watch other surfers or just notice how the waves are breaking , you will improve a lot on your “reading” skills.

The goal would be to understand the right timing for paddling out and to choose the right direction of the waves . This can be left or right or a no go “closeout”.

Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Be aware of the hazards!

Since surfing is an extreme sport, safety always comes first and as soon as your feet leave the ground and your body lays on the surfboard to paddle you have to be more aware of the hazards.

Ideally you always want to check your surfspot from high up. That way you can spot the currents , the rocks, and how the sandbanks are located.

You also want to see if the size of the waves matches your skills. A good measurement can be to compare the surfer who is riding  so you can see the wave behind.

It can be ankle high, knee high, shoulder high or head high. At one point it is just becoming too dangerous for all of us.

If you don’t feel confident when judging the conditions and hazards, always speak to people around. Contact a local surf school, lifeguards or local surfers to help you. 

Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Nail that pop-up!

Before you start riding the “green waves” you have to make sure that your pop up is clear and your posture is steady.

You don’t want to touch the board with your knees, instead the right way is landing your back foot flat first then your front foot flat so you can ride out the wave with more control.

Make sure that you press down the weight on your front foot and bend your knees. 

If you notice that in the white water you can succeed most of the time, you can start thinking about paddling for unbroken waves. You can also practice your pop up on the beach or even at home on a yoga mat.

Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Sit up on your board!

Just like evolution happened, that human started to walk on 2 feet the transmission of an intermediate surfer is starting with sitting up on the board.

Once you sit up you are not going to float around the ocean towards the current. The horizon becomes more open, so you can notice and judge the waves much earlier.

Get a few surf lessons!

Before you start to paddle out it is highly recommended to have a few surf lessons with professional teachers.

This way , you will get to know more about the beach, they will introduce you to the right paddling techniques and surf etiquette.

Furthermore, providing you a safe environment to enter the next level of surfing.

Bordeira beach, Aljezur
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Why is the south of Algarve the best surfing destination for the winter time?

“Winter is coming” and most of the european countries are cooling down. People got stuck in their usual routine with the lack of daylight and without motivation to practice outdoor activities and be connected to mother nature.

But how about escaping winter depression and taking a trip to the sunny region of Algarve to explore and ride one of the best waves in Europe?

Weather: Meanwhile the rest of Europe is freezing down. The Algarve still keeps some of its summer vibe with the average temperature of 16 degrees. In which can climb up until 20-21 on the best days.

If you are concerned about the water temperature you do not have to worry. At the south coast of Portugal it is not going below 17 degrees so you can enjoy the surf in a 4/3 wetsuit.

Portimão, Algarve

The Waves: With its 100 km stretch from Sagres to Faro the south of Algarve offers tons of surf spots from beginner to advanced level surfers to have fun with.

During the winter time there can be swell rollin from the Atlantic ocean N-NW,W,SW, and even from the mediterranean sea E-SE swell.

So there are plenty of options to find your perfect place. For this, we suggest Praia da Rocha which is located in the city of Portimão.

With the sandy seabed it gives a very safe environment for those who are catching their first waves. The long beach gives you plenty of space, so you can avoid crowded situations and find your own bank to practice. 

Portimão, Algarve

Food and beverage: Portugal has a variety of food choices including meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options too.

Since the main surf spots for the winter are located in bigger cities it is easy to find your taste. Even just a few steps from the beach there are plenty of options to fill your belly after a tiring session of surfing.

For those who are in love with vine, they’re gonna be loved with what Portugal has to offer too. We have around 250 varieties range of grapes.

Portimão, Algarve

Location: There are a few ways to arrive to the south of Portugal. The easiest way is to book your ticket to Faro and then rent a car to be more flexible.

That allow you visiting more surf spots but if you are not keen of driving you can also just take trains/buses/Uber.

Bordeira beach, Aljezur

The surroundings: In case your arms become spaghetti and can’t paddle anymore there are also other options to spend time.

For example you can visit the oldest town of the Algarve, Silves. Be mesmerized by its history and culture , visit the castle and be friends with the storks along the riverside.

Since a quite large area of the Algarve is a natural park you can also just get lost in nature. Take long walks on the coastline to witness the rough power of the winter waves.

Arrifana, Aljezur
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At Future Eco Surf School we always look for the best solution available among the products we are looking for.

When researching these solutions, we take into account the sustainability of the environmental preservation measures offered by each product.

For our new reuse bottles, we ended up choosing the Ocean Bottle. You can find this bottle for sale at our surf school and also in the online virtual store.

This Ocean Bottle project is made up of a group of people from different areas who love the ocean. These people, believe in the mission to help solve the impact that plastic has on the oceans.

For this purpose, a bottle was created, made partly from stainless steel and partly from recycled plastic collected from the oceans.

The Ocean Bottle is much more than just another bottle, it is an important step in raising awareness of the plastic problem in the oceans.

This bottle is produced in an ethical, socially respectful manner, involving the most needy communities. This involvement allows an increase in jobs and the collection of marine litter.

By purchasing an Ocean Bottle, we are funding the collection of around 1000 plastic bottles from the oceans – around 11 kg. This funding makes it possible to give decent work to people who otherwise would not have any income.

This bottle is BPA free, 100% recyclable and has a negative carbon footprint.

Reducing huge amounts of plastic waste in the oceans will contribute to creating better conditions to preserve marine ecosystems and all their biodiversity. This reduction will also have a direct and positive impact on us humans.

The Ocean needs all of us!

The Ocean Bottle also use an app for environmentally conscious people who want to do the right thing every day by strengthening regular positive habits.

For each refill, there is a reward through a plastic harvest, financed by Ocean Bottle and its partners.

There is also the possibility for anyone to find charging points/stations nearby. These points allow access to a several of tools to understand how to act daily for the health of the oceans and their conservation.

Together, with Ocean Bottle, we believe that everyone should have the right to a plastic-free environment.

For that happen, we must start by drastically reducing the production of single-use plastics. Multiply our reuse and prevent plastic from entering marine ecosystems, by improving the infrastructure that generates different types of waste.

Drink the best of you! Be aware

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5 fundamental tips to progress from being a white water beginner surfer to an outside intermediate surfer.

Have you ever wondered what kind of scenery you could witness from behind the waves? Or do you feel the need to ride those picture perfect “green waves”?

Well, in this article we are going to bring you a paddle stroke closer to reach the line up.

Reading waves!

The ocean is just like a book with many different kinds of waves, as different kinds of letters you have in the alphabet.

The more you enter the ocean, the more you will understand its surroundings.  Even if you just sit on the beach and watch other surfers or just notice how the waves are breaking , you will improve a lot on your “reading” skills.

The goal would be to understand the right timing for paddling out and to choose the right direction of the waves . This can be left or right or a no go “closeout”.

Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Be aware of the hazards!

Since surfing is an extreme sport, safety always comes first and as soon as your feet leave the ground and your body lays on the surfboard to paddle you have to be more aware of the hazards.

Ideally you always want to check your surfspot from high up. That way you can spot the currents , the rocks, and how the sandbanks are located.

You also want to see if the size of the waves matches your skills. A good measurement can be to compare the surfer who is riding  so you can see the wave behind.

It can be ankle high, knee high, shoulder high or head high. At one point it is just becoming too dangerous for all of us.

If you don’t feel confident when judging the conditions and hazards, always speak to people around. Contact a local surf school, lifeguards or local surfers to help you. 

Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Nail that pop-up!

Before you start riding the “green waves” you have to make sure that your pop up is clear and your posture is steady.

You don’t want to touch the board with your knees, instead the right way is landing your back foot flat first then your front foot flat so you can ride out the wave with more control.

Make sure that you press down the weight on your front foot and bend your knees. 

If you notice that in the white water you can succeed most of the time, you can start thinking about paddling for unbroken waves. You can also practice your pop up on the beach or even at home on a yoga mat.

Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Sit up on your board!

Just like evolution happened, that human started to walk on 2 feet the transmission of an intermediate surfer is starting with sitting up on the board.

Once you sit up you are not going to float around the ocean towards the current. The horizon becomes more open, so you can notice and judge the waves much earlier.

Get a few surf lessons!

Before you start to paddle out it is highly recommended to have a few surf lessons with professional teachers.

This way , you will get to know more about the beach, they will introduce you to the right paddling techniques and surf etiquette.

Furthermore, providing you a safe environment to enter the next level of surfing.

Bordeira beach, Aljezur
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Why is the south of Algarve the best surfing destination for the winter time?

“Winter is coming” and most of the european countries are cooling down. People got stuck in their usual routine with the lack of daylight and without motivation to practice outdoor activities and be connected to mother nature.

But how about escaping winter depression and taking a trip to the sunny region of Algarve to explore and ride one of the best waves in Europe?

Weather: Meanwhile the rest of Europe is freezing down. The Algarve still keeps some of its summer vibe with the average temperature of 16 degrees. In which can climb up until 20-21 on the best days.

If you are concerned about the water temperature you do not have to worry. At the south coast of Portugal it is not going below 17 degrees so you can enjoy the surf in a 4/3 wetsuit.

Portimão, Algarve

The Waves: With its 100 km stretch from Sagres to Faro the south of Algarve offers tons of surf spots from beginner to advanced level surfers to have fun with.

During the winter time there can be swell rollin from the Atlantic ocean N-NW,W,SW, and even from the mediterranean sea E-SE swell.

So there are plenty of options to find your perfect place. For this, we suggest Praia da Rocha which is located in the city of Portimão.

With the sandy seabed it gives a very safe environment for those who are catching their first waves. The long beach gives you plenty of space, so you can avoid crowded situations and find your own bank to practice. 

Portimão, Algarve

Food and beverage: Portugal has a variety of food choices including meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options too.

Since the main surf spots for the winter are located in bigger cities it is easy to find your taste. Even just a few steps from the beach there are plenty of options to fill your belly after a tiring session of surfing.

For those who are in love with vine, they’re gonna be loved with what Portugal has to offer too. We have around 250 varieties range of grapes.

Portimão, Algarve

Location: There are a few ways to arrive to the south of Portugal. The easiest way is to book your ticket to Faro and then rent a car to be more flexible.

That allow you visiting more surf spots but if you are not keen of driving you can also just take trains/buses/Uber.

Bordeira beach, Aljezur

The surroundings: In case your arms become spaghetti and can’t paddle anymore there are also other options to spend time.

For example you can visit the oldest town of the Algarve, Silves. Be mesmerized by its history and culture , visit the castle and be friends with the storks along the riverside.

Since a quite large area of the Algarve is a natural park you can also just get lost in nature. Take long walks on the coastline to witness the rough power of the winter waves.

Arrifana, Aljezur
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At Future Eco Surf School we always look for the best solution available among the products we are looking for.

When researching these solutions, we take into account the sustainability of the environmental preservation measures offered by each product.

For our new reuse bottles, we ended up choosing the Ocean Bottle. You can find this bottle for sale at our surf school and also in the online virtual store.

This Ocean Bottle project is made up of a group of people from different areas who love the ocean. These people, believe in the mission to help solve the impact that plastic has on the oceans.

For this purpose, a bottle was created, made partly from stainless steel and partly from recycled plastic collected from the oceans.

The Ocean Bottle is much more than just another bottle, it is an important step in raising awareness of the plastic problem in the oceans.

This bottle is produced in an ethical, socially respectful manner, involving the most needy communities. This involvement allows an increase in jobs and the collection of marine litter.

By purchasing an Ocean Bottle, we are funding the collection of around 1000 plastic bottles from the oceans – around 11 kg. This funding makes it possible to give decent work to people who otherwise would not have any income.

This bottle is BPA free, 100% recyclable and has a negative carbon footprint.

Reducing huge amounts of plastic waste in the oceans will contribute to creating better conditions to preserve marine ecosystems and all their biodiversity. This reduction will also have a direct and positive impact on us humans.

The Ocean needs all of us!

The Ocean Bottle also use an app for environmentally conscious people who want to do the right thing every day by strengthening regular positive habits.

For each refill, there is a reward through a plastic harvest, financed by Ocean Bottle and its partners.

There is also the possibility for anyone to find charging points/stations nearby. These points allow access to a several of tools to understand how to act daily for the health of the oceans and their conservation.

Together, with Ocean Bottle, we believe that everyone should have the right to a plastic-free environment.

For that happen, we must start by drastically reducing the production of single-use plastics. Multiply our reuse and prevent plastic from entering marine ecosystems, by improving the infrastructure that generates different types of waste.

Drink the best of you! Be aware

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5 fundamental tips to progress from being a white water beginner surfer to an outside intermediate surfer.

Have you ever wondered what kind of scenery you could witness from behind the waves? Or do you feel the need to ride those picture perfect “green waves”?

Well, in this article we are going to bring you a paddle stroke closer to reach the line up.

Reading waves!

The ocean is just like a book with many different kinds of waves, as different kinds of letters you have in the alphabet.

The more you enter the ocean, the more you will understand its surroundings.  Even if you just sit on the beach and watch other surfers or just notice how the waves are breaking , you will improve a lot on your “reading” skills.

The goal would be to understand the right timing for paddling out and to choose the right direction of the waves . This can be left or right or a no go “closeout”.

Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Be aware of the hazards!

Since surfing is an extreme sport, safety always comes first and as soon as your feet leave the ground and your body lays on the surfboard to paddle you have to be more aware of the hazards.

Ideally you always want to check your surfspot from high up. That way you can spot the currents , the rocks, and how the sandbanks are located.

You also want to see if the size of the waves matches your skills. A good measurement can be to compare the surfer who is riding  so you can see the wave behind.

It can be ankle high, knee high, shoulder high or head high. At one point it is just becoming too dangerous for all of us.

If you don’t feel confident when judging the conditions and hazards, always speak to people around. Contact a local surf school, lifeguards or local surfers to help you. 

Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Nail that pop-up!

Before you start riding the “green waves” you have to make sure that your pop up is clear and your posture is steady.

You don’t want to touch the board with your knees, instead the right way is landing your back foot flat first then your front foot flat so you can ride out the wave with more control.

Make sure that you press down the weight on your front foot and bend your knees. 

If you notice that in the white water you can succeed most of the time, you can start thinking about paddling for unbroken waves. You can also practice your pop up on the beach or even at home on a yoga mat.

Praia da Rocha, Portimão

Sit up on your board!

Just like evolution happened, that human started to walk on 2 feet the transmission of an intermediate surfer is starting with sitting up on the board.

Once you sit up you are not going to float around the ocean towards the current. The horizon becomes more open, so you can notice and judge the waves much earlier.

Get a few surf lessons!

Before you start to paddle out it is highly recommended to have a few surf lessons with professional teachers.

This way , you will get to know more about the beach, they will introduce you to the right paddling techniques and surf etiquette.

Furthermore, providing you a safe environment to enter the next level of surfing.

Bordeira beach, Aljezur
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Why is the south of Algarve the best surfing destination for the winter time?

“Winter is coming” and most of the european countries are cooling down. People got stuck in their usual routine with the lack of daylight and without motivation to practice outdoor activities and be connected to mother nature.

But how about escaping winter depression and taking a trip to the sunny region of Algarve to explore and ride one of the best waves in Europe?

Weather: Meanwhile the rest of Europe is freezing down. The Algarve still keeps some of its summer vibe with the average temperature of 16 degrees. In which can climb up until 20-21 on the best days.

If you are concerned about the water temperature you do not have to worry. At the south coast of Portugal it is not going below 17 degrees so you can enjoy the surf in a 4/3 wetsuit.

Portimão, Algarve

The Waves: With its 100 km stretch from Sagres to Faro the south of Algarve offers tons of surf spots from beginner to advanced level surfers to have fun with.

During the winter time there can be swell rollin from the Atlantic ocean N-NW,W,SW, and even from the mediterranean sea E-SE swell.

So there are plenty of options to find your perfect place. For this, we suggest Praia da Rocha which is located in the city of Portimão.

With the sandy seabed it gives a very safe environment for those who are catching their first waves. The long beach gives you plenty of space, so you can avoid crowded situations and find your own bank to practice. 

Portimão, Algarve

Food and beverage: Portugal has a variety of food choices including meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options too.

Since the main surf spots for the winter are located in bigger cities it is easy to find your taste. Even just a few steps from the beach there are plenty of options to fill your belly after a tiring session of surfing.

For those who are in love with vine, they’re gonna be loved with what Portugal has to offer too. We have around 250 varieties range of grapes.

Portimão, Algarve

Location: There are a few ways to arrive to the south of Portugal. The easiest way is to book your ticket to Faro and then rent a car to be more flexible.

That allow you visiting more surf spots but if you are not keen of driving you can also just take trains/buses/Uber.

Bordeira beach, Aljezur

The surroundings: In case your arms become spaghetti and can’t paddle anymore there are also other options to spend time.

For example you can visit the oldest town of the Algarve, Silves. Be mesmerized by its history and culture , visit the castle and be friends with the storks along the riverside.

Since a quite large area of the Algarve is a natural park you can also just get lost in nature. Take long walks on the coastline to witness the rough power of the winter waves.

Arrifana, Aljezur
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