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About

Vila Nova de Milfontes is a charming and picturesque old fishing town on the Alentejo coast, popular with locals, travellers and holidaymakers alike, and retains much of Portugal’s traditional culture. It has a daily market with farmers selling locally grown produce, freshly caught fish direct from harbour, a number of excellent restaurants and shops, and all the services you would expect in a thriving communal centre.

Milfontes is located at the point where the sheltered waters of the Rio Mira estuary meet the wild Atlantic Ocean. Beyond the river mouth and across the dunes are ideal surfing spots, with any number of pristine and deserted beaches heading both up and down the coast.

Despite its attractions, the area surrounding Milfontes remains quite untouched as it falls within the designated Nature Park, which stretches for about 150 km along the Atlantic coast of the Alentejo and Algarve regions. The landscape here is defined by high, rugged cliffs which some centuries ago were popular hiding spots for pirates, and boasts incredible geological variation – you can even find dinosaur prints in the rocks.

IVO CARMO

Head Coach

After many years experience as a surfer and  coach I founded Club Vagabond, to offer a more exclusive service in Vila Nova de MIlfontes. I know this town by heart. As a small child I used to spend all my time here with my grandpa. He showed me the Mira river and the ocean and told me many stories. I began to surf as a kid in 1993 at Malhão beach. I studied and lived in Lisbon and Berlin. I graduated in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon, and I wrote some books. I became a coach level 2 certified by the Portuguese Surf Federation, and the President of the local surf association Associação Foz do Mira (2018/24), which promotes the surf in the local community and the ecology awereness.

FILIPE “CALHI”

Advanced Surf Coach

I founded the first surf school in Milfontes in 2001 and for 18 years I taught and trained students and athletes. In 2018 I made a switch in my life in regards to the surf: I moved to a little house in Azores Islands where I spend part of the year surfing in uncrowded waves and fishing. I am a professional surf trainer level 2 certified by the Portuguese Surf Federation, certified in jet-ski rescuing, professional sailor and fisherman. Ivo worked before for my company for many years and now he challenged me to bring my experience to Club Vagabond.

PEDRO BONACHO

Surf & Skate Coach

Local and experienced surfer, Pedro is a certified coach level 1. He is also our surf-skate and functional trainning coach. With him the surfers can improve technique and strengh through other complementary activities.

Finn rasquin

Surf Coach & Guide

Finn was born in Germany and raised in Portugal. She is a surfer, a certified coach and a nature tour guide. As an outdoor explorer and a local she can provide one of the most complete experiences. Her energy and passion are unforgettable!

tiago coelho

Surf Coach

Tiago is a certified coach level 1. He’s approach is relaxed, funny and passionated, reflecting he’s surf style: twin fins, single fins, long boards. He is also a musician and he’s creative side is in everything he does!

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