Douro Academy – Paddle and Surf


Paddle and Surf in the Paddling Center

Paddling Center is the perfect place for all your kayaking, surfski, stand-up paddling and surf experiences at Vila Nova de Gaia – Portugal.

Located at Douro Marina, just opposite to Porto, home to one of the best landscapes in town and just in sight of the ocean.

If you want to try a new experience, our team will guide you step-by-step so you can enjoy all that the sport has to offer.

Our facilities can be your headquarters if your goal is to practice or just go for a paddle.

You can also enjoy some great group activities on the beautiful Douro river.

Know more about us

Meet the Team

Joana Sousa

Former professional canoeing athlete, Joana now do what she loves: teaching to others her passion about sports, canoes and nature.

Bailey De Fondaumiere

Bailey comes from a life-saving background and he has a good understanding of the ocean and the rivers.
He had come directly from warm South Africa and he is passionate by canoeing, surfski and everything that uses paddles to move!

Olímpio Pedro Ferreira

“In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It Goes On!” – we can hear him saying.
So he spends his life doing what he really loves: Surf, Stand-Up Paddle and Outdoor Activities.
And what better way to live life?