Ever since its foundation in 1996, TSE – The Surf Experience, located in Lagos in the Portuguese Algarve, has been one of the most atmospheric surf camps in the world. The region’s countless magnificent surf spots are unrivaled as well as our luxurious accommodation. Nonetheless, it is our experienced surf guides and surf coaches that are setting new standards. From beginners to pros, our team’s professional work is valued by surfers at every level – as well as our excellent kitchen.
After its foundation by Conny and Dago Lipke, the camp quickly gained recognition in the surfing world; increasingly so as their son Marlon became one of the best German surfers in the world. He won numerous competitions and even qualified for the legendary Dream Tour of surfing’s Top 45. Their son Melvin owns the well-known Mellow Loco Bar in Lagos where you can meet the whole TSE family for an after-surf drink.
In 2013, Iris and Urs joined this family and started to manage TSE. They had worked in a variety of surfcamps around the world before, but never found the right one to settle down. Until they came to Portugal! Here they found the perfect balance of astonishing nature, friendly people who make you feel at home, and waves all year round.
Urs - Management & Surf Instructor
Languages: english, german, french, swissgerman - Surfed in: Portugal, Sri Lanka, Spain, France, California, Florida, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Brazil, England, Wales, Morocco, Indonesia, Switzerland, Fuerte - Favorite Spot: Pacas Mayo - Surfing for: 18 years - Qualification: BSA Level 1 , ISA Level 2, SLRG - Likes: Roof damage
Iris - Management & Fulltime Mommy
Languages: english, german, portuguese - Surfed in: Portugal, France, Fuerte, Bali, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Panama, Switzerland, Holland, Vietnam, Brazil, Morocco, Sri Lanka - Favorite Spot: Brawa - Surfing for: 8 years - Qualification: ISA Surfcoach L1, SLSGB, Yoga Alliance certified Yoga teacher - Likes: Dancing barefoot in the sand
Tina - Booking & Administration Manager
Languages: austrian german, english, german, spanish - Surfed in: Fuerteventura, Morocco, Spain, France, Bali, Lombok, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala - Favorite Spot: North Shore Fuerteventura - Surfing for: on good days - since 7 years, on bad days - since yesterday - Qualification: Msc Business & Law, Yoga Allicance certified Yoga teacher, Traditional Thai Massage practitioner - Likes: small waves, happy faces & hearts, after surf beer, sunshine, gypsy life, dancing like a crazy one
Alex - Head Coach & Surf Instructor
Languages: spanish, english, portuguese - Surfed in: Spain, Portugal, England, Canary Islands, Azors, Brazil, Mexico, California, Australia, France - Favorite spot: Ribeira d'Ilhas (Ericeira), Meia Praia (Lagos) Surfing for: TSE!!! - Qualifications: Surf Instructor and Kindergarten Teacher - Likes: surfing, nature, life, music, food
Pedro - Surf Instructor
Languages: portuguese, english, spanish - Surfed in: all around Portugal, Spain, France, Morocco - Favorite spot: I'm not gonna tell u guys sorry, eheh Surfing for: 16 years - Qualifications: Lifeguard and surf Instructor level 1 by FPS and ASI - Likes: blue sky, sunshine, perfect waves, finish days with cold beers
David - Surf Instructor
Languages: german , english, italien - Surfed in: Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia,France, Italy, Canary Islands, Sri Lanka - Favorite Spot: Balian, Phunios(NZ), Lennox Head (AU) - Surfing for: life - Qualification: Surf Instructor and Cabinetmaker - Likes: surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing, fishing, art, nature, camping
Trini - Surf Instructor
Languages: spanish, galician, english, french - Surfed in: Spain, Portugal, England, Morocco, Canary Islands, France, Argentina - Favorite Spot: Áncora (Portugal) - Surfing for: ever - Qualification: Surf Instructor, Swimming Instructor, High School Teacher - Likes: surfing, travelling and exploring the world
Sibylle - Marketing & Pictures
Languages: German, English, French, Spanish - Surfed in: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Portugal, Spain, Basque Country, Morocco - Favorite Spot: El Transito & Ponta Ruiva - Surfing for: TSE - what else? - Qualification: MSc in Business Development & the Marketing tia - Likes: Surfing, travelling, mountains, live music & bikinis
Sanne - Host Vila Catarina
Languages: Dutch, English - Surfed in: Portugal, Spain, Morocco - Favorite Spot: Porto do Mos - Surfing for: 1 year - Qualification: Flower design, independently operating cook - Likes: The overwelming beauty of nature, cooking and eating, dry wetsuits before surfing, real smiles, deep conversations in the middle of the night
Ina - Host & Yoga Teacher Bela Luz
Languages: english, german - Surfed in: Australia, Portugal, France, India - Favorite Spot: not sure yet :P - Surfing for: a few weeks - Qualification: BSc food and nutrition, yoga alliance certified yoga teacher - Likes: reggae, sunshine and sea, surfing, yoga, playing the bass guitar, traveling, having a good time with nice people
Kiki - Beach Shack
I’m Kiki originally from Belgium, after traveling to Portugal in my van I fell in love with this beautiful country. Next to teaching wakeboard and wake surf I’m also an experienced boat driver. I love outdoor activities, especially watersports.
Toto - Surf & Climb Instructor
Languages: english, german, comedy french - Surfed & Climbed: All over the planet and is amused by all axes of movements - Vertical vs. Horizontal: Doesn’t matter as long as you have fun & pain - Climbing for: 20 years - Qualification: DAV Climb Instructor C, ISA & BSA Surfcoach, SLRG, German diploma in Sport Science - Likes: Truth & Meat salad