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
Ilonka - Host & Booking Management
Languages: dutch, english, german, funny portuguese - Surfed in: 4/3, 3/2, Shorty, Bikini - Favorite Spot: all the beaches on the beautiful South Coast - Surfing for: on good days since a few years, on bad days since yesterday ;) - Qualification: apple pie baking diploma, MSc Business Administration - Likes: cookies, small waves, after surf beers, my bycicle and happy guests
Mary - Host & Marketing Manager
Languages: german, english, a bit spanish and french, maybe 5 words portuguese - Surfed in: Portugal, Costa Rica - Favorite Spot: Mellow Loco Bar ;) - Surfing for: myself and not long enough - Qualification: talking rubbish, being happy, B.A. Marketing - Likes: Yoga, walking barefoot all day, cake, icecream, parties and happy people, beer and french fries
Jacob - Maintenance Manager
Languages: english, basic portuguese, useless german phrases - Surfed in: Portugal - Favorite spot: Arrifana Surfing for: not long enough - Qualifications: Jack of all Trades, Master of None, my gran says I'm lovely - Likes: Pizza, Crystal, mellow nights in Mellow Loco, also loco nights in Mellow Loco
Fede - Head Coach & Surf Instructor
Languages: english, spanish, italian & trying to learn some portuguese - Surfed in: California, Hawaii (Oahu), Mexico, all central America, Argentina, Bali, Australia, Portugal, Canary Islands (Fuerteventura & Gran Canaria) - Favorite spot: Shipwrecks, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia Surfing for: almost 15 years & teaching since 2007/08 - Qualifications: ISA Level 1, Salva Surf Course, Lifeguard Course (Red Noss Argentina), Boat License, First Aid Course & Tourism Degree - Likes: surfing of course, longboarding, photography, van life & traveling, eating meat! ...asado! ...as a good argentinian surfer! ;)
Nuno - Surf Instructor
Languages: portuguese, english, spanish, french (un petit peu) - Surfed in: Portugal, Brazil, Angola - Favorite spot: Supertubos, Costa da Caparica (Portugal) Surfing for: 24 years (13 years Body Board/11 years surfing) - Qualifications: surf Instructor level 1 by FPS and FPS Judge since 2000 - Likes: surfing, food, parties, music, love
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
Alex - 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
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