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Happy new Waves!

Dear Surf travelers,

The year starts and with it new swells and waves coming to the shore!

With this in mind I want to wish you, in the name of Liftsurf, a year of 2019 plenty of fun loaded vacation with lots of action and lots of wave riding moments among friends!

I’ve prepared some new features and made some adjustment to the plan of our surf trips, so that this year you’ll get the most of what Liftsurf has to offer. Among other sur(f)prises, we added video analysis and a complete photo and video reportage of our trip.

The dates for 2019 are already posted on the website main page, so make a notice on your calendar and write me if you want to reserve your place or have any questions regarding the trip.

I’m looking forward to hear from you!

Again, happy new waves!

Renato Bentes

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2019 LiftSurf-trip dates released


I’m happy to announce the 2019 dates for the Liftsurf-trips!

10. – 16. of June

15. – 21. of July

29. September – 06. October

Make a notice on your calendar and start counting the days!

In 2019 we also did some changing on the program and the price. Instead of the 5 nights we now include on the price 7 nights, since most of the participants ended up staying longer  and having to pay for the extra nights. Also we are doing more Video Analyse and a surf functional training class with Gonçalo, our head coach from the performance teams.

Here you can check all you are entitled to with our new Liftsurf package: Price!

All in all, more features and fun for the same price you would pay, if you would stay the whole week with us at the surf high performance centre of Viana do Castelo.

For more information, don’t hesitate to go to our page Contact & Booking and to send me a message.

I’m looking forward to hear from you!:)

Salty Regards,

Renato Bentes



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Liftsurf and SCV at DAAD “Gesundheitstag”

The Surf Clube Viana and Liftsurf were invited as promoter and speaker to attend the “Gesundheitstag: Aktiv mit Herz” event, at the @DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) last Thursday in Bonn, Germany.Liftsurf DAAD ENOS Surf Meeting Outdoor Sports

The goal of this event was to motivate the 1500 workers and associates of the DAAD to do more for their health, more specifically their hearts, learning about prevention and exercise science, as well as experimenting training methods and equipment displayed by many different companies and organisations.

Liftsurf and the Surf Clube Viana had a infopoint in the main hall of the institute building, together with @Basyboards, an innovative company that designs custom made balance boards. At this Infopoint the visitors could learn more about our work at the Surf High Performance Centre of Viana do Castelo, the possibility of visiting us through Liftsurf and the Nature & Sport Euromeet of 2019 (organised by the Surf Clube Viana next year). 

In this event I was also invited to do a presentation about the health benefits of outdoor sports. The presentation took place at midday, on the conference room next to the main hall, right before lunch time. The appetizer was then served with the delivery of some studies that confer health benefits to being active on an outdoor environment. Liftsurf surf science surf trip promotion surf liftBesides it was also presented some of the projects and work developed by the Surf Clube Viana.  

I feel very fortunate to have the chance of speaking about my passion, outdoor sports, hopefully motivating more people to be more active around nature, establishing healthier and happier lifestyles.

Healthy greetings,

Renato Bentes

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How stable are you?

Dear surf travelers,

At the end of last month we’re happy to receive Philipp Phidl David Cappiello, the founders of Basyboard, on our home, the surf high performance centre of Viana do Castelo.

Basyboard is a innovative new enterprise that brings to life a set of balance boards that can be use in various training directions, one of them being, the specific surf condition training. Invited by Liftsurf, the founders of Basyboard did a workshop for the crew of the Surf Clube de Viana and the students of the sport leisure curse of the university of Melgaço.

Then was time to put the balance skills to the test!! The exercises started from easy to more challenging ones. Some of the exercises were also surf specific and focused, for example, on the stand up movement.

At the end everyone had a good share of balance board wipe-outs and lots of fun!

By the way, the most recent innovation from Basyboards is a specific made balance board, designed to be part of a surf condition training program.

You can support this recent project from Basyboards, the Bioboard, by donating or sharing this content at

You can also find more information about Basyboards at

Liftsurf wishes this two friendly surfers great success on their young enterprise!

Keep on rocking,

Renato Bentes


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Liftsurf-Trip Mai 2018

Dear Surf Travelers,

“Mai ist vorbei” as well as another Liftsurf-Trip! This was the third I organised and building on the experience from the last two trips, I’m glad to say, that the outcome was very positive.

We had fantastic surf conditions, specially on the first days, with small but perfect waves, sun and warm weather… even the water was clear and much warmer than the normal!

Because the group was very fit we surfed almost always to times a day with the surf course in the morning and a free surf in the afternoon. The motivation was high, which was great, but I’m afraid some will need a vacation after this vacation in order to collect all the energy back! Well, at least no one can say you did’t made the best of it!:)

The cornerstones of the Liftsurf concept, combining Surf with the discovery of the surrounding Nature and Culture, were again part of the program. Beside the regular surf courses that took place every morning, we also did a city and a nature tour during the trip.

Under a warming sun and a cool coastal breeze we found the perfects conditions to explore the small nautical city of Viana do Castelo. We started by taking the small ferry across the river, following a 1 hour walk in the city. After we tried some of the tasty “Bolas de Berlim” from Manuel Natário, the most typical and famous pastry shop in the region. For the most part the taste of this traditional sweets generated directly a few fans. The questions that arose was, how many of this can we bring back home in a bag?

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We ended this tour watching the evening sun shining over the city on the Santuário de Santa Luzia with an amazing panorama view over the coast and the surrounding mountains.

For the Nature tour we didn’t had the same weather conditions. Because it rained most of the day we had to improvise and we couldn’t stick to the initial plan, that was visiting the waterfalls from Pincho. Anyway, the alternative was not short of fun!:)

Has a joke we start calling the nature tour, the “bar tour”! After visiting 2 other famous surf spots along the coast, we stopped in a café in Moledo, where we drank a few super-bocks (beer) to cheer up the raining day. We kept driving to Caminha, where we met the Spanish boarder and after that we started driving up inland to the mountains. Here we stopped in Caçana. A very traditional Portuguese “Tasca” that served us some local dishes of bread, meet and… snails!! The snail season started earlier this year allowing us (or the bravest of us) to taste this delicacy. All the food was accompanied from the “Champarrion” a typical drink from this region of Portugal which the recipe made some eyebrows move. Let’s just say, with a few cups of it, everyone was dancing their way back to the center! The day culminated with our last dinner party and night out in Viana, which made out a perfect end for the program… That was for some one of the best parts of the trip!

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What I found the best about the trip was simply the great friendly atmosphere! Everyone was always in a great mood and relaxed, which made it very easy for me.
Of course it took some work to organize everything but at the end it did’t felt like much…

…the reason was that I was having really a lot of fun!:)

Now I’m looking forward for our next meeting! Being it in Portugal, Germany or on our next Liftsurf-Trip!:)

Até já,