WHO WE ARE
Birgit - Founder of Wavesisters, surf and yoga instructor
I had the idea to learn how to surf when I was about 16 years old. I had seen the surfers in the "Eisbach" in Munich, my home town. But I didn't know any surfers, didn't know where to turn to in order to learn it and was too shy to ask anybody. Therefore I first started climbing.
It took 10 years before I drove to the French Atlantic coast and tried to teach myself how to surf - without much success. Anyway, I tried it again and again because for me the ocean and waves meant fun. But only a surf course another three years later brought progress and my first real surf success.
Therefore I know: Every beginning is difficult but it could have been made easier. I have been surfing and doing yoga since 97' and have travelled and surfed across Europe as well as on the American continent and Asia. Since 2003, I've lived in Lanzarote spending a lot of summer time in France. Since 2005 I've been working as a surf instructor. I founded WaveSisters in the autumn of 2007.
Amber - Surf instructor Portugal
Hi! I’m Amber and I’ve been coaching for 4 years now. I started my life’s journey in Cape Town South Africa - where I discovered my love of surf coaching but also my passion for helping to inspire people (women in particular) through moving their body. Whether it’s rock climbing (also a passion of mine), surfing or yoga, I believe physical movement can work magic for ones own self development - whether it be improving mental health, building self esteem or learning to have more fun.In December 2017 I sold everything and packed up my life in Cape Town, bought a one way ticket to Europe and started a new journey in the persuit of travel and adventure. I hope to inspire your love for travel and adventure through learning or improving your surfing here in Portugal. Come get stoked on life and surfing with me!
Agnes - Camp Management Portugal
I got absolutely hooked on surfing in Indonesia, in Bali, the surfing paradise and I ended up spending over 2 years there. Surfing changed my life and basically became a priority. Jobs, a career, material things became unimportant and since over 4 years now I choose to live and work where I can surf. I am originally from the mountains, in Romania but have always loved the ocean and the beach. Surfing and working with surfing got me to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Portugal and Morocco where I have lived, worked, surfed and travelled to waves. I love to discover and surf new waves and new cultures. One thing I love about surfing is the fact that it shows us how small the world is and how everything and everyone is somehow connected. Looking forward to share some waves with you!
Johanna - Surf Instructor Lanzarote
My first time surfing was in 2008 on Hawaii, after this I tried to convince my friends for a surfing holiday for quite a while until I finally decided to just go on my own. So in 2011 I planed 10 days in France, but ended up working for the surf camp and staying 2 months instead. From that point on I took every possibility and spent as much time as possible at the ocean. In 2013 I managed to stay a longer period at the ocean. As an Erasmus student in Lisbon I finally had the possibility to live for one year at the beach. Yay 🙂 After this year I did my surf instructor license and spent than every break working as a surf instructor. In the end of 2017 I finally decided to sell my furniture and move to the ocean. Since than I’m traveling with my car through Europe. This summer I was working for Wavesisters in Portugal and now I will be happy to meet you on Lanzarote and share my passion with you!
Gemma - surf instructor France
I can’t even remember the first time I surfed or stood up on a wave, but it must have felt great because I’ve always loved surfing! I grew up in a small town on the surf coast of Australia, where my family all surfed and my dad first taught me. As I’ve grown older my love for adventure sports, especially the surf and all of the sports that go with it has just grown. I first began teaching surfing during my summer breaks at University in 2012, where I was studying Outdoor Education and Adventure Eco-tourism. I enjoyed surf coaching so much over those three years that since finishing my degrees I’ve found it hard to give up on work in the ocean and currently spend my Australian summers teaching surfing and winters travelling and surfing! I often don’t see too many women out in the water and am passionate about getting more girls out there, surfing is such a fun and challenging sport and I want to share it with as many people as I can! I definitely believe that the best surfer out in the water is the one having the most fun, that’s what it’s all about! This will be my first season teaching surfing in France and I look forward to spending it spreading my love of surfing too as many women as I can.
Daniela - Helper und Yoga instructor Portugal
Since I was little I have been extremely fascinated by the sea and loved spending time in the water. And then six years ago, I stood on a surfboard for the very first time in Portugal and it was clear – I want more of this! Since then I spent all of my vacations at the sea in order to surf more and besides Portugal, I’ve also taken my surfboard to France, the Canary Islands, New Zealand and Morocco.
In the past years, yoga also became more and more important to me and I could also observe how much it helps me with surfing. Eventually I travelled to India in order to get my yoga teacher certificate and now here I am, in the Wavesisters team with my beloved sea right in front of me 🙂 I am very excited to get to know you in Costa da Caparica, where we will practice yoga together and where you can always contact me if you have any problems or questions while you’re here!
Jelana - All around helper
I don't really remember how I got addicted to surfing. I have always loved the beach, the ocean and travelling. Then, one day around 2011, I joined my first surf course. Surfing is part of my life ever since. I use every holiday - long or short - for a trip to enjoy the waves. Because of my constant "search for waves" I went to quite a few corners of Europe and my travel wish list is still long.
I am the helper at WaveSisters and pick you up from the airport, take care of the car and make sure that you have a cosy bed, sand free wetsuits and wax on your surfboards.