AIR - ASI Instructor Retreat – Sagres Portugal Nov 2019

Posted date: 01-October-2019

Networking and professional development for ASI Instructors on Sat-Sun. 9-10 November 2019 at Sagres, Algarve.  

It’s FREE for any ASI Instructor.    Includes guest speakers, dinner on the Saturday night, paddle /surf activities and ASI Instructor t-shirt. 

It’s an opportunity to network with ASI instructors from across the world, gain some career information and have fun as well ! 

Register at;  or email  

Memmo Baleeira Hotel Sagres, Sítio da Baleeira, Sagres, 8650-357, website
A 4 star hotel, with restaurant and bar and fantastic views of the coastline.  
Dinner is also held here.


Friday 8th Nov. 

For people arriving early.   Meet up in the bar at the Memmo hotel for drinks.

Saturday 9 Nov.

9am to 11am:      Guest speakers
11 am to 6pm:     Free time in day to surf, SUP tours, SUP Yoga, Sup fitness, surfaris and network
6.30pm:               Meet for drinks.
7.00pm:               Guest speakers and dinner.

Sunday 10 Nov.

Free time – activities


Some of our guest speakers.

Adelino Soares / Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo

ASI is pleased to announce that the Mayor of the local council, Camara Municipal de Vila do Bispo will be opening the evening dinner at the ASI AIR retreat on 9 Nov 2019, welcoming everyone to the region.  Sagres is one of the towns in the Municipal.  There region boasts natural parklands, and unspoilt inland waterways and coastlines with excellent surf.   There are many historic buildings from before the roman times, including forts, churches and lighthouses with interesting histories and over 200 menhirs (standing stones) in the Municipal, dating from the 3000 to 4000  BC. 
More about the Municipal of Vila do Bispo, attractions etc at: website

Alex Botelho  
Big Wave Riding 

Guest speaker Alex Botelho is a Big Wave Rider from Algarve Portugal. He became a standout in big wave sessions around the world, from Mavericks to Jaws and Nazaré and was invited in 2016 as a Big Wave Tour invitee and after a Final and Semi-Final results he qualified for the Big Wave Tour as a top 10 permanent athlete for 2018/19 season.  Alex is an ASI Surfing Instructor and will talk about his passion for big wave surfing and how it has helped him become a better surfing instructor. 

Gina Bradley
Turning your Passion into a Career

Gina is founder and CEO of Paddle Diva, an ASI Accredited SUP School, and author of
“Ten Guiding Principles to Finding Balance On The Water And In Life”.  Info
She is based in the Hamptons New York state, USA, a playground for the rich and famous.
Paddle Diva is successful and enterprising SUP business and since the release of her book, Gina has been in demand as a speaker across the world. 
Gina’s down to earth style will have you entranced as she provides insights on how she turned her passion for SUP into a career.

Afonso Teixeira
Associação de Escolas de Surf de Portugal  (AESDP) / Association of Surf Schools in Portugal
Follow the Sun.  Work in Portugal and other countries.

Afonso is the Executive Director of the Associação de Escolas de Surf de Portugal  (AESDP) / Association of Surf Schools in Portugal.  It represents the interests of instructors and surf schools and similar operators in Portugal. 

Afonso will talk about how you can develop your career in the industry, working in Portugal and other countries. 

Surfing tourism is a major part of the economy in Portugal and government rules and regulations and changes occur regularly that affect operators and instructors.   The Association liaises with government departments on regulation, education and environmental concerns that can affect the livelihood of surf school operators.  

The Association is unique as it is the only organisation worldwide to be set up with this purpose.    The Association is the voice for the surf school sector in Portugal.    It is why surf schools and instructors are joining, so they can be heard and be treated fairly. 

Afonso is a lifelong surfer, surfing instructor and holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable Tourism.

More about the association at:

Leanne Bird
Get on Board Health and Wellness 

Leanne Bird is a guest speaker at AIR ASI Instructor Retreat on 9 Nov at Sagres.  She is a health and wellness professional and ASI SUP Instructor.  Leanne specialises in delivering SUP Yoga and SUP Fitness sessions through her SUP school based in Pembrokeshire, Wales UK.   Leanne will speak about how SUP and surfing activities in the health and wellness is a growing industry and how instructors can get on board and develop their own skills in this area. 



Activities are organised for Saturday and Sunday.  Using locals who can provide a great experience.

SUP paddles along the coastlines, various locations  (separate paddles for experienced and less experienced)

SUP Yoga – yoga on a board, relax and destress.

SUP Fitness   - get out of the gym and onto a SUP board.  The ultimate workout

Surfing & bodyboarding Surfaris  – we provide briefings of the best locations, depending on your ability, with transport if required

SUP Surfing – at select locations depending on your ability

You can also enjoy the local historic sites, walks along the coast, relax in cafes, check out the beaches, or head to nearby Lagos (famous for its walled city and cobble stone streets, bars and shopping).


Sagres is one of Portugal’s most historic towns. 

The town is on a headland overlooking a picturesque harbour and surrounded by protected national park.     Due to its position on a headland, you can see the sun rise over the ocean and also set over the ocean.
The sunrise and sunsets are spectacular.

It is an area of unspoiled beaches and parkland and dramatic cliffs, with blue clear waters.   The coast is ideal for paddling and exploring the caves and beaches. There are also inland flat water lakes and rivers in the nature parks.

The town itself is small with many cafes and restaurants and hangout surf shacks.  There is also an abundance of surfing locations to choose from.  As Sagres is know for its great surf breaks.

The area has an average of 300 sunny days per year.


Closest Airport:  

Faro Airport   is closest to Sagres  - 113km from airport  (1 hour drive).  
Very good freeway.
Car hire:  available at airport.
Private transfer:   Yellow Fish   website    €100  each way

Transfer with other people:   Algarve Shuttle Transfers   website    Up to 2 hours, as stopping along the way.   €35 each way
Uber  about  €50
Taxi:  From Faro airport  to Sagres.  Approx. 107€ / 137€ .

Lisbon Airport  (3 hour drive).  
Car hire: available at airport. Very good motorways.
Public bus to Lagos.  From bus station about 10 mins dirve from airport. Approx.  €20 (comfortable, usually wifi enabled)

Closest train station:   
Lagos station.  No direct train.  From Faro airport, train to Lagos,  then get a bus to Sagres

Closest bus station:   
Sagres station. From airport take the bus to Lagos and change bus to go to Sagres



Memmo Baleeira Hotel Sagres, Sítio da Baleeira, Sagres, 8650-357, Portugal   website  (Retreat held at this hotel).  4 star. 

Special room rates for ASI guests (mention you are with ASI).

including full buffet breakfast
Triple – see view lateral: 35€/pax. Sea view frontal: 40€/pax
Double – see view lateral: 45€/pax.  Sea view frontal: 55€/pax
Single – see view lateral: 60€/pax


Algarve Surf Camp Hostel
Good quality, clean, kitchen.  Prices June Share rooms (4/6) 18€/pax.  Double room  25€/pax  for bed and breakfast.  Website
Email:   Tel:+351 962846771 (5 mins walk) 

Puravida Divehouse Good quality, clean, kitchen. Dorm rooms, private rooms (5 mins walk )   website


ApartHotel Navigator Sagres,  5 mins walk to venue
1 bedroom apartments.  Approx €46 per night   website
(slightly dated retro but good sized rooms with views)

Pontalaia Apartments  5 mins walk to venue
1 bedroom modern, spacious apartments. Approx €76   website

Above can also be booked on

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