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 & Bookings
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
Pedro - Surf Instructor
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish - Surfed in: all around Portugal, Spain, France - Favorite spot: I'm not gonna tell u guys sorry, eheh Surfing for: 14 years - Qualifications: Lifeguard and surf Instructor level 1 by FPS and ASI - Likes: blue sky, sunshine, classic waves, and a fresh Cristal
Andreia - Surf Instructor
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, English - Surfed in: All the coastline of Portugal and Spain, France, and Morocco - Favorite spot: Cordoama, south of Portugal
- Surfing for: 8 years - Qualifications: Level 1 ASI & FPS Surfcoach & Lifesaver. Competing since 2010 with best results as top 5 Portuguese national, winner of Portuguese cup in 2012 and winner of some regionals in Porto - Likes: Eat , sleep, surf & repeat
Toto - Surf and 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
Ivars - Surf Instructor
Languages: Latvian, English, Russian - Surfed in: Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Morocco, New Zealand - Favorite spot: unknown - Surfing for: 3 years - Qualification: Level 1 ASI Surfcoach - Likes: Spontaneous adventures and unknown tomorrows.
Vera - Vila Catarina Host/ Marketing
Languages: Swissgerman, German, English, French (un petit peu) - Surfed in: Portugal, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Mexico - Favorite spot: La Saladita
- Surfing for: 2 years - Qualifications: always happy - Likes: Adi, travelling, peace & hugs, pastel de nata
Adi - Surf Instructor
Languages: Swissgerman, German, English, French, little Spanish and Portuguese - Surfed in: Portugal, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Switzerland - Favorite spot: Rio Nexpa
- Surfing for: 12 years - Qualifications: ISA Surf Level 2, SLSGB Surf Coach Safety & Rescue - Likes: Glassy surf and delicious Mozzarella di Bufala ;)