Meet Joana

Throughout my adolescence I dreamed of being a professional surfer, living only from surfing. When I told my dream to someone they said it was impossible, as there were no professional female surfers at the time thought it was just a dream. But there are two kinds of people in the world, those who do not fight for their dreams and those who do everything for a dream. I'm part of the second half of kind of people, I just stopped fighting when I saw my dream coming true!

So, this is my story, I was the first professional female surfer in Portugal to live just from surfing! Do not think that I did not study because it is not true! During my competitive career I studied Mechanical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, ufff! It was very, very difficult but when there are priorities, and when we really want something, we have to devote ourselves regardless of the difficulty.

Now that I look back, I see the luck I have had ... Luck not! There was a lot of effort, dedication and planning to achieve my dream.

When I stopped competing, I created my business, of course, connected to surfing! The "Chill In Ericeira Surfhouse" is a hotel for surfers, where our guests do not only get overnight stays and surf lessons, but a magical experience during that week. They always leave us with a smile in their faces and the best experience of their lives. A business that has been a success!

Then a new challenge happened in my life, I've become a mother of twins!!! Maria do Mar and Benjamin teach me every day to be a better person. 


Now I have a new dream! I have become Life and Sports Mental Coach and I want to transform young people's lives by helping them to create daily tasks that will make them more confident and structured to achieve their dreams.

In 2019 I started the "FOLLOW YOUR DREAM" movement to reach 800,000,000 young people from all over the world!


Biggest Achievements

- Top 36 World Qualifying Series WQS 2011

-19th World Qualifying Series WQS - Azores 2011

- Top 45 World Qualifying Series WQS 2010

- National Surfing Champion 2009

-5th World Qualifying Series WQS - Peru 2009

- 5th Europe Region World Qualifying Series 2009


- 6x Representing Portugal on the National Team

2003 (Canary Islands), 2005 (Portugal), 2006 (EUA), 2007 (France), 2008 (Portugal), 2009 (New Jersey)

- 16th ISA World Surfing Games 2008

- 3rd Eurosurf Championships 2007

- 2x European Champions 2005 (Portugal) and 2007 (France)

- 3x National Championship Runner Up 2004, 2005 and 2006

- 2x Junior National Champion 1998 and 1999

- Surf Female World Events Organiser

from 1999 to 2012, more than 2000 girls were trained to be successful surfers

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