Our team is made of surfers
Surf is our religion and we want to pass on the spirit of it.
Ricardo Leopoldo is 42 years old. Together with his brother Leo he founded Peniche Surf Camp. Ricardo was born and grew up in Peniche. He began surfing at age 14, started to compete at 16 and his first surf lessons were given at the age of 19. He has always had a hunger for surfing and has dedicated himself to the sport. Ricardo knowsall the Peniche surf spots very well, has surfed countless Portuguese beaches from north to south and travelled to France, Spain, the Azores, Madeira, Morocco, the Cape Verde islands (Sal, São Vicente and Santo Antão) The Canary Islands (Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura), Brazil (2 X), Panama, Mexico, Canada, the U.S.A. (mainland east and west), Hawaii and Indonesia (3 X), always in search of the "perfect wave".
António Leopoldo was born in 1967 and is the manager of Peniche Surf Camp. Leo was born and raised in Peniche. Since an early age he always loved ocean related activities such as fishing, snorkeling,bodysurfing, or catching waves for fun on anything available to him.
Born and raised in a small beach village called Praia da Areia Branca (White Sand Beach), just 15 minutes south of Peniche, he started as a skateboarder at the age of 10, only a few years later, at 14 he started surfing with the encouragement of a friend and really old equipment. He quickly swapped his skateboard for a surfboard and life for him took a huge change.
Andreia is one of Peniche Surf Camp's receptionists, she is 23 years old and lives in a nearby village called Lourinhã. Andreia began studying tourism at High School and decided to continue her studies in Peniche's School of Tourism and Maritime Technology, from where she obtained a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management.
Patricia is responsible for the financial department. She is 35 years old and was born in Madrid, Spain but always wanted to live near the sea. Despite living far from the sea and the waves, she soon became interested in surfing. She started surfing in 2004 and on one of her surf trips she passed through Peniche. She fell in love with the area and its people and after a year moved to Peniche permanently. She loves living and working here, since between accounts and payments there is always time to practice her favorite sports.
Irina Leitão was born in 1981 in Peniche. She moved to Canada (Montreal) when she was 9 years old, where she had the chance to learn French and English. She was missing Peniche and the sea so much that she visited for 2 months on her summer vacations every year. Despite being far from the sea and waves, she started to enjoy surfing at an early age after hearing her uncle, who is a good surfer, talking about surfing all the time and seeing him and his friends surfing.
Many surf instructors provide temporary services in Peniche Surf Camp. According to the needs of the school we hire local surf instructors, accredited by the Portuguese Surfing Federation, with experience in teaching and fluent in English and Portuguese.