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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Say NO to Oil and Gas Exploration

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 when we found out that Portugal would be joining the fossil fuels countries with the first exploration drilling for oil and gas in the Algarve basin now confirmed to start in 2015.

In September 2012 we met with representatives of Partex and the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon to find out about their role in the planed fossil fuel business in the Algarve basins. We left feeling deeply concerned by the possibility that they are not treating this issue with the honesty and seriousness that it deserves.

To justify Repsol, Partex’s (Gulbenkian) and others involvement in the fossil fuel industry in Portugal, they have provided a list of unsubstantiated beliefs in place of evidence-based arguments during our discussion. Unsubstantiated beliefs will not suffice to protect our children and grandchildren from damages arising from planetary climate change.

We wrote to them with our concerns. These are still unaddressed, although in our opinion, it is important to address them - after all it will affect many people.

The lack of reply led us to proceed with our campaign against the planned offshore drilling program already in motion because we do not believe that anything will induce fossil fuel companies to become clean energy companies—it requires evidence to demonstrate that they are really serious, and we are not aware of any evidence to suggest that:

  1. fossil fuel companies don't have any interest in becoming clean energy companies anytime soon, if ever;
  2. that it is possible for such companies to become clean energy companies while maintaining fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders.

When carbon dioxide is put into the atmosphere, it requires 25-50 years to cause the bulk of its warming effect, which then affects every living thing on the globe. Thus, when we use fossil fuels today, our children and grandchildren bear damages as a result - along with everyone else's children and grandchildren.

These future damages are large, they are accumulating and they are unpaid for.

Fossil fuel companies are particularly profitable today because no one is paying for these damages. None of these facts are secrets. Through investing in fossil fuels, oil companies and all the other investors in this industry just seeks to profit, and does profit, from these future damages.

Many oil industry supporters claim that there is a drive to change fossil fuel companies to clean energy companies, but our own research indicates otherwise.

We believe that public debate and discussion are required to separate the sense from the nonsense.  Climate change presents a long fight that will likely require generations of action.

At the end of the day, we are acting for our children and grandchildren and for the generations beyond that in the Algarve.

When convenience is chosen over the truth, we ultimately slow progress, and future generations pay the price.

They will not care about who won an argument on a particular day, and they will not care about the clever excuses we come up with for doing nothing. They will care about what was actually true and what we actually did on their behalf – but if we do nothing now, it will be too late for them then.

We invite you to join us in the Algarve by saying NO to Deep Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Say YES to Clean Energy Solutions for the Algarve.


To sign the petition now, just click on the 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

Puravida Dive House
PuraVida Divehouse is a relaxing and tranquil accomodation place with an inviting homelike atmosphere. Perfect for... More ...
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 ...
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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

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 ...
Love Smoothies
Callum and Lianna are proud to be the sole distributor of LoveTaste products in Portugal. We look forward to providing... More ...
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Other Services

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