Our History

The Surfcastle

The Surfcastle opened its doors on the 1st of April of 2007 and our first guest was an Hawaiian pro surfer named Sage Huls. He was entering a (WQS) in Peniche and he liked our spot! This was the best kick off for a very promising season and soon after that we started tutoring the art of Surfing to our guests. Year after year we share our local knowledge of our great surf spots and this great house with many surfers & beach lovers from many different countries.In anormal week at the surfcastle you get to contact with many diferent persons from many diferent countries but you also get to socialise some of our local classical characters.

Our team for 2011 has been working on this website and we are constantly upgrading the Surfcastle in order to provide more comfort and leisure to our guests !

The House

The Surfcastle was built in 1920 by the family Boticas. Actually this amazing property took around 2 years to build which means that the house was ready in 1922. The creator was a Portuguese architect called José Rodrigues Prieto, and he teamed up with a builder called Jaime Santos. For many years this was the only house in Baleal beach and nowadays it is still visible from many miles away!
In 1942 the house was bought by Joao Castanheira and became his family holiday house for many decades.

In the year of 2006 Joao & Pedro decided to transform this vintage property into a surf house that would host guests from many different countries & cultures. They both left their jobs in order to dedicate their lives exclusively to the Surfcastle. The first step was to refurbish the main house and to set up a web page online. Then we focused on setting up a surf school with the best materials and leading edge surf teachers.