Benchmark DetailsDate: 01/13/2021Evaluator: Afonso TeixeiraView Bio
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Surf Clube de Viana
CAR SURF, Rua Diogo Alvares, 4935-161 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Portugal’s First Surf School

Surf Clube de Viana (SCV) is a non-profit founded in 1989 as the first surf school in Portugal that also created the first Portuguese Surfrider chapter in 2005. SCV aims to develop recreational, cultural, and sporting activities in its local community of Viana do Castelo. Housed within the energy-efficient Surfing Viana High Performance Centre (HPC), SCV is an elite training facility for athletes with a commitment to high-performance surfing alongside the promotion of health, well-being, inclusiveness, and respect for the environment.

SCV is active in the environmental education field, as it continually develops environmental awareness actions and strives to be an example of sustainable practices. The SCV team, composed of over 120 athletes, 600+ members, and 20 trainers, organizes regularly beach clean-ups, environmental education seminars for school kids, and other activities, that aim to further the interest of the local community in preserving the natural coastal resources.

In 2019, the SCV’s EuroSurf Adaptive became the first STOKE Certified event in Europe and it was the first surf event in Portugal completely powered by renewable energies. The following year, the SCV was officially designated the caretaker of the natural area surrounding the beach of Cabedelo—their home break. The area is known for being a natural reserve with native ecosystems and for its geological monuments, that belong to the geopark of Viana do Castelo.

Surfers from all over Portugal and the EU come to SCV to train, compete, and enjoy the local surf and culture of Viana.