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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The Portimão Festival

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 do this Easter don't you think? So come and join us ...


Towns Where to Meet-up

  1. Armacao de Pera
  2. Guia
  3. Sesmarias
  4. Albufeira
  5. Olhos de Agua
  6. Vilamoura
  7. Quarteira
  8. Vale do Lobo


Beaches

We will give you an indication of when to expect the SUP paddlers to go past each beach. This is an exchelent opportunity for you to get the people on the beaches below encouraging the SUP paddlers, and to afterwards spread the campaign message and to gather signatures for our petition.

  1. Armacao de Pera beach
  2. Praia Grande (Silves)
  3. Salgados
  4. Evaristo
  5. Castelo
  6. Coelha
  7. Sao Rafel
  8. Arrifes
  9. Peneco
  10. Inafel
  11. Oura Poente e Nascente
  12. Santa Eulalia
  13. Praia Maria Luisa
  14. Olhos d'Agua
  15. Falesia
  16. Rocha Baixinha
  17. Quarteira
  18. Almargem (Cavalo Preto)
  19. Vale do Lobo beach.


Meet-up locations:

All registered volunteers will be informed via e-mail of meet-up places and aproximate times. Meet-up places will be in a pre-identified location in one of the town centers of the towns mentioned above.


Tips for Gathering Petition Signatures on the day

Gathering petition signatures can be a fun and simple way to help us towards our target of 100 000 signatures. The tips below are great for sugestions if you want to assist us as a volunteer. It also gives you an idea of what to do and what to expect.

What to say
  1. The 'Hook.' Grab a pen and paper and come up with 3-5 short, snappy one-sentence 'hooks' to grab people's attention. The idea is to ask a question that would 1) serve as an opening to a conversation, 2) convey the essence of an issue, and 3) let folks know that supporting your cause is really easy.
Here are a few examples:
  • Hi there, can you sign a petition telling our government to stop the exploration of oil and gas in the Algarve?
  • Do you have a minute to save our dolphins?"
  • Do you have a minuteto spare? I have a petition to save the Algarve tourism.
Come up with a bunch and experiment with which ones work best. See if humor works.
  1. Cater your message to your audience.
  2. Check out our talking points here. They'll be helpful when folks ask you questions.
Make it fun

Sure, some people will say 'no,' or they'll walk right by you, or they'll try and pull you into a debate about how wrong you are. Here are some tips on how to find the right people and come away from the experience with a strong sense of accomplishment.

  1. Bring a friend! It can be really fun to work together and develop a 'routine.' Or you can play some fun games:
  • See who can get the most people to laugh while they sign the petition.
  • Give each other a silly phrase that you have to work into conversation with people.
  • Make it fun by wearing a costume or a funny hat.
  1. Enjoy humanity. You can bet that while doing this, you will meet some pretty great people along the way.
  2. If you hit a losing streak. Remember, the folks who ended segregation and expanded voting rights built their cause partly by using tactics like these. Isn't that inspiring?
What to bring. You don't need much,  just:
  • Clipboards
  • Pens
  • Friends
  • Comfy shoes
  • Water
  • And of course, lots of petition forms.
Location, Location, Location - Finding the right spot can make all the difference.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Casual gatherings of people
  • Shops
  • The grocery store
  • At work
  • Farmer's markets
  • The library
  • Center of the town
  • Riding public transport
  • and of course ... the beaches

All in all you can turn this day into loads of fun. Along the way you can watch our friendly paddlers at sea doing their bit for the Algarve. The event itself should bring many people to the coastal towns and to the beaches.

Register to volunteer in your area.

 

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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 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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