Tiki Surf Academy

About us

Learn more about tiki, our journey and our family!

The school was founded in 2020 by coach Rafael Nóbrega. It was created to transmit the pleasure and happiness that surfing has to give to the world. Our principles are: fun, companionship and safety.

We were for 3 years situated on Rainha beach, our name was Shaka Surf Academy. After 3 years we realized that we needed a change for the better…

Hence was born Tiki Surf Academy Lisbon & Caparica, located in Fonte da Telha next to Cabana Beach Bar.


Why tiki?

Surfing was born in Hawaii, so the Hawaiian culture is very present. In this sense, in Hawaiian culture Tiki or Tiki God is considered a Polynesian God or a physical representation of an ancestral Polynesian figure. A relationship of Tiki with man was made through the “revelations of Tiki”, considered acts of “bravery”, “wisdom” or “strength”. One can interpret the “Tiki revelations” as also being different “Tiki personalities” considering strength, bravery and wisdom. 

Strength, bravery and wisdom is what we consider surfing offers to each person who experiences it, becoming a happier person.


Rafael Nóbrega

Founder and Coach

Ever since he was a child he wanted to be a surfer. With his goal defined, he achieved what he wanted and from the first wave he never wanted to live without that feeling.

During his junior career he won several regional titles and reached the top 10 nationally at under 18 level during the years in which he participated in this category. Since he started his senior career he has maintained a regular presence in regional championships until today.

During the 7 years that he has been surfing he began to realize that he has a great passion for passing on what he has already learned and so he decided to create the Tiki Surf Academy in order to share his passion for this wave sport that is surfing.



Due to his great passion for physical and radical activities, he began training in the sport at the age of 14, and surfing ended up becoming his favourite physical activity.

Therefore, when it was time to choose a professional path, he decided that he would dedicate himself to teaching. He graduated and took a Master’s degree in Sports Coaching in the field of surfing, and obtained his Grade II surf coaching license.

He has now 8 years of experience as a surf coach and 4 years as a surf therapy technician.

He has a degree II in Karate-do and 9 years of experience as an instructor, being therefore another source of experience in teaching a sport.

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