COME IN & MEET
OUR TEAM AT THE LODGE
We're a team of surf lovers, ocean fanatics, explorers and free thinkers. We have a strong mutual understanding of the power of surfing for both mental and physical well-being and its ability to connect like-minded people from all over the world. We're here to facilitate that experience, ensuring you grow as a surfer and do so in an environment that allows you to completely switch off, have fun and relax.
The Founder of Tiny Whale, Neil moved to Lagos with a dream to open the best surf camp in Lagos almost 10 years ago. His passion for surfing began in the South West of England, and after years of working in sales and marketing, he decided to pursue his passion for the ocean. Now a father to Hali, you won't see Neil often around the lodge, but keep an eye out on a Saturday night, when he may swing by for his favourite social event - pizza night!
The glue that holds the entire operation together, Suus joined the team as our General Manager in 2018 after she moved to Lagos so that she could be closer to the ocean. You may not see her often, because she is always busy ensuring everything runs perfectly behind the scenes, but when she's around she'll make sure you're feeling welcome and enjoying your stay. Suus is a hospitality veteran, and when she isn't working she is perfecting her kickboxing skills or enjoying a glass of local wine. Although she is no surfer, she loves traveling to exotic & new surf spots in the world joining her surfing husband.
Possibly the only other member of the team who doesn't surf! Kat has lived in Portugal since 2017 and settled down after many years traveling and working across the world. Although surfing is not her strong point, she loves the ocean and hiking the coastline around the south west Algarve and when she gets the time, she loves to explore Portugal in her campervan - Vanny!
Having visited Tiny Whale originally as a guest, Jo quickly picked up a passion for surfing and came back the following season to join our team! She has now been part of the TW family for 3 seasons and has 0 plans to return to her home in Scotland. Jo loves to work in a tidy environment, keep an eye out for her around the lodge, no doubt making it look gorgeous for everyone to enjoy!
Just like Jo, Hannah got her first taste of surfing as a guest with Tiny Whale! Now having lived here for almost 5 years, she's a true Algarve local. Hannah is full-time human to her fur baby Vigo, if you are lucky you may see him around the lodge from time to time. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, hanging out at the beach, and spending time with her friends.
Yes, we know another Susan in such a small team can be confusing. Susan will be the first line of contact reaching out to us, she will help you with any questions you might have and knows the Algarve as the best as she has been around for over a decade. Also pretty remarkable is that she has been around since we first opened the doors years ago.
Our long-time resident Yoga teacher Miri is a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) with over 8+ years of teaching experience and regularly attends continued teacher training workshops all over the world. As a surfer, she has the first-hand experience of the physical benefits of adding yoga to your surfing and uses both traditional and modern perspectives to help relax the body after a day in the ocean.
Chloe has been teaching yoga full time since 2017 and enjoying the Algarve lifestyle since 2019. A combination of movement, breath, laughter, and poses - Chloe offers an all-inclusive practice appropriate for everyone, whether a complete beginner or experienced yogi.
Igor is a passionate teacher, and also a vivid surfer who wakes up at sunrise on a Sunday morning to check the waves. Heal your body in his yoga class will speed up the recovery process of your pains between surfs. Regardless of your surf or yoga experience, you will enjoy his class because you learn a lot about yourself and your body.