The Algarve SUP Festival - Summer 2015
16 May to 28 June 2015 THE BEST FESTIVAL - THE BEST PLACE TO BE - ALGARVE IN THE SUMMER ASMAA - The Algarve Surf and Marine Association presents the 1st SUP Festival in the Algarve. The festival will start in Sagres on the 16 May 2015 and finish in Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the 28 June... More detail
The Sagres Festival
With the festival starting in Sagres on the 16 May 2015, it promises to be a fantastic start to the program. ASMAA team members and a group of volunteers will be on hand to assist, organise and monitor every aspect to ensure that both our athletes and visitors have a great time. More detail
The Lagos Festival
On the second day of the SUP event, the roadshow team will start in Lagos knowing that it will take the paddlers between 6 and 8 hours to reach their destination. We will use that time to move from one town to the next. Groups of local volunteers will continue gathering signatures in their areas... More detail
The Portimão Festival
On the third day of the SUP event, by now if you have been with us in the previous two days, you will have a pretty good idea of what is in store. If you just joined us, there will be team members more experienced at hand to guide you through the process. At least it will be something different to... More detail
The Albufeira Festival
This is the fourth day of the SUP event. By now the event should be the talk of the Algarve. Being in the highly populated area around Faro, you are sure to meet your fellow volunteers and gather loads of signatures for the campaign. More detail
The Faro Festival
Its saturday, market day! What a brilliant opportunity for some of you to gather signatures at the local market, before proceeding to the various beaches and local towns. What a fantastic way to start your weekend knowing that you have volunteered for a very worth while cause. Protecting the... More detail
The Tavira Festival
Its Easter Sunday, the last day of the event. We trust that you have enjoyed yourself, had loads of fun, made many new friends, and got to see the real Algarve ... we will sadly then bid you goodbye ... hoping to see you next year at Easter time again. But if you enjoyed what you have done, then... More detail
The Vila Real de St. António Festival
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The Cause
ASMAA (Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association), in August 2013 launched an online petition and the campaign SAY NO TO OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN THE ALGARVE to address the risk of oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the Western and Southern coasts of the Algarve. More detail
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Energy Choices Facing Us!

Energy Choices Facing Us!

Since 2012 ASMAA's team has been studying the energy sector worldwide in an attempt to verify if it is justifiable for Portugal to join the fossil fuels race, or whether it would be better to focus on developing the field of alternative energy instead.

We leave here some of our thoughts and findings ... which led us to spearhead the SAY YES TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES AND SAY NO TO OIL AND GAS IN THE ALGARVE as an ASMAA initiative.

We face two possible energy futures.

The first, fossil-fuelled future is the one we’re heading for if we carry on down our current energy path. This is the future that current government policies and business practices will take us to, according to mainstream energy experts. This is a future of runaway climate change and widespread human suffering.

In the second, cleaner and fairer future, we know that it is possible to provide everyone on the planet with a high quality lifestyle, with access to education, medical care, efficient transport, comfortable homes, and entertainment, all powered by existing clean energy technologies.

Why is energy so important?

Energy is fundamental to our way of life. Energy powers the lights and appliances in our homes, and provides us with hot water. Energy is needed to transport people and goods across countries and around the planet. Energy is needed in manufacturing, agriculture and construction to create the goods we use, the buildings we live in and the food we eat.

Unfortunately there are two big problems with the way we currently generate and use energy.

  1. We rely on fossil fuels that have a limited supply, cause local environmental and social devastation, and are leading us to a future of rapid, disastrous climate change. This would mean more droughts, storms, floods, sea level rises, mass extinctions, a collapse in global food and freshwater supplies and an increase in war and conflict around the globe.
  2. Energy use is extremely unfair and inefficient. While the richest 11% of the world’s population produce around 50% of CO2 emissions, 19% of people don’t even have access to electricity, and millions more struggle to pay their energy bills. Also, nearly 25% of all energy generated is lost as waste.

Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be this way forever.

We don’t need to burn fossil fuels.

Although many would tell you otherwise, the fact is that we can power the world without them. We already have all the renewable energy technology we need to create a cleaner, fairer future. There is no need to turn to dangerous, unproven technologies to extract more fossil fuels. In fact, "unconventional" oil sources such as tar sands, fracking, shale oil and deep sea drilling provide no long term solution to our energy problems, while making our environmental and social ones a whole lot worse.

But is it realistic? Could a cleaner fairer future really happen?

It would require people all over the globe standing together to demand change – but this is already starting to happen. Most people in the world support a shift away from fossil fuels.

Meanwhile, the fossil-fuelled future is based on some very dubious assumptions – it assumes that tar sands, gas fracking, deepwater oil rigs, nuclear power, and biofuels really will generate as much energy as those industries claim, and that communities affected by all this destructive activity won’t take a stand to stop them.

It assumes that massive global energy inequality will continue unchallenged for the next twenty years, and that the entire human race will simply allow the world to slide into irreversible climate change. How likely does all of that sound?

This isn’t the only possible safe future.

Neither ASMAA, or many of the organizations working with us, are pretending that we have all the correct answers! But we aim to show that the world already has the technology to give everyone a good quality of life without needing coal, or tar sands, or gas fracking, or deep sea (offshore) drilling; and more importantly, without tipping the world into irreversible climate disaster.

The real future will probably look different to both of the options presented on this website. But don’t ever let anyone tell you that we "need" fossil fuels to power the world. We don’t.

If you are interested in understanding more about both energy sectors Click on this link

 

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The Festival

The Sagres Festival
With the festival starting in Sagres on the 16 May 2015, it promises to be a fantastic start to the program. ASMAA team members and a group of volunteers will be on hand to assist, organise and monitor every aspect to ensure that both our athletes and visitors have a great time. More ...
The Lagos Festival
On the second day of the SUP event, the roadshow team will start in Lagos knowing that it will take the paddlers between 6 and 8 hours to reach their destination. We will use that time to move from one town to the next. Groups of local volunteers will continue gathering signatures in their areas... More ...
The Portimão Festival
On the third day of the SUP event, by now if you have been with us in the previous two days, you will have a pretty good idea of what is in store. If you just joined us, there will be team members more experienced at hand to guide you through the process. At least it will be something different to... More ...
The Albufeira Festival
This is the fourth day of the SUP event. By now the event should be the talk of the Algarve. Being in the highly populated area around Faro, you are sure to meet your fellow volunteers and gather loads of signatures for the campaign. More ...
The Faro Festival
Its saturday, market day! What a brilliant opportunity for some of you to gather signatures at the local market, before proceeding to the various beaches and local towns. What a fantastic way to start your weekend knowing that you have volunteered for a very worth while cause. Protecting the... More ...
The Tavira Festival
Its Easter Sunday, the last day of the event. We trust that you have enjoyed yourself, had loads of fun, made many new friends, and got to see the real Algarve ... we will sadly then bid you goodbye ... hoping to see you next year at Easter time again. But if you enjoyed what you have done, then... More ...
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The Marathon

Sagres to Lagos - 24 May
The route between Sagres and Lagos will enable you to see the fantastic landscape, cliffs and if you are lucky you may even paddle along with dolphins that live in our local ocean. Along the route you will probrably see many friends on the cliff tops and beaches that you will pass. More ...
Lagos to Armacão de Pera - 31 May
On the second leg of the marathon after a good nights sleep you will take off from Meia Praia in Lagos and finish in Armacao de Pera. Along the route you will see a change to the landscape, ranging from a sparsly populated coastal area to a more populated one. More ...
Armacão de Pera to Vale do Lobo - 7 Jun
On the third day of the marathon... by now, you will be really testing your endurance if you joined the event for the full course, if you only joined on this leg, you will be sure to have a very nice experience as you develop friendships with your fellow paddlers. It should be a fun day. Enjoy it. More ...
Vale do Lobo to Olhão - 14 Jun
On the 4th day, you will paddle from Vale do Lobo to Olhão, a total of 31Km. This is the longest leg of this event, but on this section of the sea you are sure to find a much easier paddling section than in the two previous legs. With much more flater water and conditions more favourable to really... More ...
Olhão to Tavira - 21 Jun
Day 5 is a shorter leg covering only 23Km. You start at Praia do Farol and finish in Tavira. As you move into the Eastern Algarve the water temperature increases and the weather is a bit warmer by at least 1 or 2 degrees. More ...
Tavira to Vila Real de St. Antonio - 28 Jun
SUP is up ... yippee it is the last day of the marathon. You really have to be proud of yourself if you participated in the entire route, or just part of the route. You tested yourself against yourself. You got to really experience the very first trip by sea covering the entire Algarve south... More ...
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The Games

Algarve SUP Games
For the first time ever, various SUP games are coming to the Algarve in 2015, in addition to the flagship event - the 6 day 156 Km SUP marathon race between Sagres and Vila Real de Santo Antonio - and many other smaller races every weekend over a period of 6 weeks of real "water fun". More ...
Jousting Games
After all we are in the Algarve, the place from where the "Discoveries" departed... and what better place to introduce the "medieval" joustling games than here? More ...
XSUP SAC Games
If all goes as planned we will have the creator of the XSup Games with us for a short time during the festival - talking about the American SUP enthusiast Justin Van Dyck with whom we are in discussions to take you through the ropes of the first game that will be run. More ...
SUPBall Games
SUPBALL is a game that will push you to your limits, keep your strategic edge on full throttle and make you laugh like never before! Come down to be challenged, enlightened and amused. More ...
Water Wars and Catapults
Water wars has been played for centuries all over the world, the objective behind the water wars and catepults is to not only wet your oponent, but also to collect your opposing team flag and to enter their space. This must be acheived while being squirted with water as well as having to dodge... More ...
Hurdle Fun Race
This SUP Hurdling race is a 200 meter race where participants have to slide their board under the hurdle and jump over it at the same time taking care that they don't fall off their board into the water. The race is won when the first participant crosses the finishing line. More ...
Junior Games
Every weekend we will hold an approximately 1/2 mile buoyed course in each location specifically for kids and junior's to demonstrate their paddling skills. But there will be lots of fun games and even SUP clinics... subject to the suitability of each area. More ...
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The Cause

Say NO to Oil and Gas Exploration
ASMAA has been strategically involved in generating public discussions and debates worldwide that are based on intellectual honesty and moral seriousness about the role that fossil fuels and clean green energy can play in our future and in the future of the planet. We became seriously involved... More ...
Alternative Energy is the Future
If there is a country in the world that can really benefit from alternative energy, without a doubt that country, is Portugal. Especially the Algarve portuguese region. The Algarve region in Portugal enjoys more than 300 days of sun per year, and the extension of the Portuguese Continental... More ...
The Cause
ASMAA (Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association), in August 2013 launched an online petition and the campaign SAY NO TO OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN THE ALGARVE to address the risk of oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the Western and Southern coasts of the Algarve. More ...
Energy Choices Facing Us!
Since 2012 ASMAA's team has been studying the energy sector worldwide in an attempt to verify if it is justifiable for Portugal to join the fossil fuels race, or whether it would be better to focus on developing the field of alternative energy instead. More ...
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Accommodation

Luso Living
Luso Living provides quality accommodation along the Algarve from Fuesta to Burgau. We have a fantastic selection of... More ...
B&P Resort Rentals Algarve
A division of B&P Real Estate Agency specialising in holiday rental accommodation, Resort Rentals Algarve, is the... More ...
Puravida Dive House
PuraVida Divehouse is a relaxing and tranquil accomodation place with an inviting homelike atmosphere. Perfect for... More ...
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Activities

Puravida Diving School
We are a fully certified PADI and SSI Scuba Diving School and Center situated in Sagres. We offer diving trips and... More ...
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Food & Drink

Love Smoothies
Callum and Lianna are proud to be the sole distributor of LoveTaste products in Portugal. We look forward to providing... More ...
Restaurant Praia da Arrifana
Located in the beautiful beach "Praia da Arrifana" facing the sea, its the best place to stop when you've been... More ...
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Other Services

NaturBoticae Wellness Clinic
NatureBoticae are Your Partners on Your Journey to Wellness! Natureboticae is a holistic healing practice that was... More ...
NaturBoticae Holistic Shop
Located in Lagos in the historical center, and open since 1995, Naturboticae is the first health shop servicing both... More ...
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