We’ve been providing top quality with Student Surf Packages since 2012, we’ve hosted over 45 university surf weeks, with returning surf clubs every year.


Natalie Poppy 

Founder + Trip Organiser

In 2012 I moved to the Algarve to surf and manage the Jah Shaka Surf Lodge after a career change from a Secondary School Teacher. 

Delivering high quality surf holidays for guests for 2 seasons and hosting 30 student weeks personally.  I have first hand experience in ensuring your trip is the very best it can be. 

I'll be looking after your booking from the first email until when you get home! We've got a great team out in Portugal, ready to give you an unforgettable uni surf trip! 

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Owner of Tiny Whale Surf Lodge and Jah Shaka Surf School.

After travelling the world and exploring the very best surf spots, I finally choose the Algarve to set up camp. With it's world class surf, incredible SUP Spots, unbeatable weather it's hard to imagine calling anywhere else home. 

Over the past 4 years we've grown from a small surf villa hosting just 20 people to our Tiny Whale Surf Lodge which can comfortably host 56 people. Whilst we've double in size, we still provide a personal experience for every guest. 


Seb + Koa 

Head Surf Coach

Entering his 3rd season with us, Seb ensures all our guests receive top quality surf coaching all week long! 


Intermediate Surf Coach

Jan is our specialist intermediate coach, providing great surf lessons to help you progress in the week. 



Advanced Surf Coach 

With 30 years surfing experience, coach to 2 national surf champs and PT for 2 pro surfers, advanced surfers joining the week will have their surfing pushed to the next level



Professional Chef

Coming from a 5 star background, head chef in the finest boutique resorts in the French Alps and Costa Rica, Bas has been cooking up ridiculously good food at the Lodge for the past 3 years. 

If you don't want to surf, just come here to eat! You won't be disappointed. 


Student Week Host + Surf Lodge Manager

After visiting us on two university surf trips with University of Brighton, we were excited to have her join the team once she graduated. 

Two summers in and 15 student weeks hosted, mega organised and super friendly, your trip is in great hands. Rorii can't wait to show you her favourite surf spots and local bars!