i hate quotes.

“a wise man once said nothing”

education & certification

development, evolution, learning, improvement.

Life Guard

Life Guard

April 2019 – May 2019

Instituto dos Socorros Náufragos

Surfing Coach Level 1

Surf Coach

October 2014 – September 2015

Portuguese Surf Federation

Surf Judge Trainee

Surf Judge

March 2014

Portuguese Surf Federation

Degree in Business Management

Business Management

September 2008 – October 2011

Instituto Superior de Linguas e Administração (ISLA), Lisbon

Graduated from High School

Science and Technology

September 2004 – July 2008

José Saramago High School, Mafra

Other Formation

The Fundamentals of  Digital Marketing

January 2019


Apneia for Water Sports

January 2019

SPOT Freedive


July 2003



Apneia – Transcender no Mar e na Vida

February 2019

Universidade dos Valores

Google Ads

February 2019

Mafra & Ericeira Business Factory

Surf Coaching

April 2019

Rodrigo Machado


background, participation, training, involvement, practice.



Surf Coach

Water Bound (June 2019 – still running) Surf Yoga (march 2017- April 2019), Ericeira Surf Clube (may 2016 – still running), backYARD Surf Coaching (january 2016 – still running), Tiago Pires Surf School (april 2014 – april 2016),  Ericeira Local (fl), West Coast Surf School (fl), 3 surfers school (fl). 

surf judge

Portuguese Surf Federation (march 2014 – 2016), Ericeira Surf Clube (fl)



Budget Analyst

ENGAVAC (february 2012 – february 2014)


Photography & Filmmaker

click here to see the portfolio
photograph & shoot

backYARD(fl), NMI (fl)


Boardculture (fl), backYARD (fl), NMI (fl)


enterprise, activity, business.


not my issue

not my issue is a society driven by simplicity with a disruptive vision of the world, that produces creative and high quality photos, videos and articles.
Our work is not made for people driven by mainstream ideals and opinions

That’s not our issue.



backYARD is a group of local surfers and coaches with custom made programs designed to help every surfer to take the best of second world surf reserve – Ericeira.


afonso tornelli, ericeira, portugal