West surf project

about us

Born in 2003, the west coast-based West Surf Project is born out the passion for surfing and a lifetime dedicated to the ocean. More than just a surf school, the West Surf Project is a project that aims to provide children and adults with tools to safely read, assess and enter the sea.
António “Topi” Henriques, its founder and mentor, has over 24 years of experience as a surfer and started his career as a coach back in 2003.

Since then, he has worked with high-performance athletes who have won national titles and that, alongside the National Surfing Team, have represented Portugal in European and world championships, athletes that have turned their passion about surfing into a profession and that today are surf instructors and dozens of surfers of all ages and levels of expertize who have seen in this school the opportunity to face the sea with ease.




of experience

In addition to the training component, the West Surf Project has also been involved with the organization of many events and surf competitions in Foz do Arelho and has accompanied - in partnership with the Portuguese Surfing Federation - many internships of aspiring surf coaches.

The West Surf Project team is a well-trained, certified and a dedicated team that has surfing as their passion and makes the sea their office. The students’ safety and comfort is number one priority and every single surfer is welcome at West Surf Project: young, old, professional or amateur. 

We welcome surfers who just want to have fun in the water and athletes that dream of competing and also surfers who thought they were no longer surfers but still are.

There is an old saying in surfing that goes around like this: “the best surfer in the water is the one who has the most fun.” We can count on us to help become the best surfer in the water all day, every day!

The West Surf Project is a school certified by the Portuguese Surfing Federation with nº2.