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How The Bodysurf School came about and how we approach the sport.

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Surfing: It can be everything, for almost everyone, around the elementary act of catching a wave. (Kampion, 1988)

The history of surf and bodysurf are closely connected. Back in 1880, when surf started, the surfers didn’t have a leash to connected to the board. As a result, every time that they lose the board (due to a wipeout), they had to catch a wave (bodysurfing) to pick up the board that was on the shore. Later on, in 1970, a community of bodysurfers in California started to develop the sport. At the same time, bodysurfing developed in Hawaii as well. The surf community and sport was booming and a perfect setting for bodysurfing to grow. Bodysurfing caught the attention from more and more people from all over the world. Nowadays you have bodysurfing communities in Australia, Brazil, Portugal, France, Morocco and Peru.

The sport consist of riding waves with just your body. It is common to use equipment such as swimfins and a handplane to improve your performance. During your ride you can use your body in different ways, for manoeuvres and gliding positions. Ultimately the idea is just to have fun while you’re riding the wave, and come out with a smile. That is what surfing is all about.

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the school

Henrique at Cova do Vapor, 2017

Maartje at Delight Yoga Studio, 2016

Meet the team behind The Bodysurf School! Henrique is Portuguese and enjoyed surfing since he was twelve years old. He studied sports science with a focus on surfing (bodysurfing). He is now a first-degree surf instructor of the Portuguese Surf Federation and professor in Bodysurfing on Escola Superior Desporto de Rio Maior. This experience made him realise how bodysurf can help to improve your skills in the water by having a better understanding of the ocean and the waves. Not only are you completely connected with the water with your body but you also gain a knowledge that is useful in any other watersport.

Maartje is a Dutch entrepreneur. She came to Portugal searching for waves and a quality life. She has been surfing for a few years but was facing some fears for the ocean (waves) in the beginning. Bodysurfing brought the knowledge for her to feel comfortable in the ocean. Nowadays she feels connected with the waves in the ocean through bodysurf and more at ease when catching waves on a board.

Get excited to catch your first wave and take that open and curious into your daily life.

We approach bodysurfing as an amazing tool for improving your surf, as well as gaining more understanding of this powerful thing that is the ocean. Being in the water organically evolves into a physical knowledge of the waves and into a more open and curious approach.

Taking you along in this process, the change in approach establishes a connection with the ocean.

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