Paulo Machado, Owner and Founder of Moby Dick

Part of the surf history in Portugal, Paulo Machado worked in the surf industry over 20 years and currently represents international surf brands in the Portuguese market. Started surfing in 1974, when the first waves were surfed in Portugal, and he is the founder of the Moby Dick concept. He is also a certified surf coach by the Federação Portuguese de Surf (portuguese surf federation).

Caetano Machado, Head Coach

Caetano has been surfing for 20 years and teaching for 7. He is a certified surf coach by the Federação Portuguesa de Surf. He competed from his 12 until his 20 in national championships and regionals and has experience has a lifeguard.

Pedro Machado, Surf House Manager

Pedro is responsible for the surf house operations and day-to-day. He has been surfing for almost 20 years and teaching for 8. He is also a certified instructor by the Federação Portuguesa de Surf.

João Dantas, surf instructor

Profissional long boarder and European long board champion in 2018, João is also a certified coach who has been teaching for 5 years.

Frederico Dias, surf instructor

Certified coach by the federação portuguesa do surf. He also as a lifeguard course and has been giving surf lessons for 5 years now.

Mariana Machado, ATL&Events manager

Mariana manages the weekly activities for children, as for our group events.

Sofia, F&B

Sofia is responsible for the delicious meals we serve at the lodge and the responsible for the Moby Dick bar. She also helps Pedro in the front desk.

Isabel, Yoga instructor

Practicing yoga since 2012 and teaching since 2016, Isabel graduated in India in TTC multistyle yoga (200h, 2015) and in TTC Sivananda (200h, 2016). In Slovenia she graduated in Aerial Yoga with the founder of the Unnantha Yoga. Isabel’s classes are a mix of Vinyasa (flow and dynamic moves) and Hatha yoga, focusing on relaxation and meditation in the end.

Except for our summer volunteers, the whole team is made up of local people, most of them experient surfers.