Who we are

Wave by Wave was established by the Portuguese Surf for Good Association, a non-profit organisation that promotes intervention, prevention, training and research in the focus areas of development and mental health through surf therapy.

The Portuguese Surf for Good Association was founded in June 2017 by the former national surfing vice champion José Ribeiro Ferreira and the clinical psychologist Ema Shaw Evangelista.


Wave by Wave’s core mission is to intervene with populations in need and/or at risk of social exclusion who, due to their circumstances, do not have the resources to promote their own rehabilitation processes. Through this Wave by Wave aims to contribute to the real breakdown of social cycles of exclusion and trauma, promoting a more just and egalitarian society.

Our two Centres

We believe that with our mission we are contributing to the resolution of a problem that carries a high social cost.

We aim to bring surf therapy to all those who may benefit from this agent of change, which promotes well-being and mental health.

Carcavelos Beach, Cascais

- Children and young people in temporary or permanent residential care


- Children and young people flagged by the by the CPCJ (Child Protection Service)


- Children and young people from 12 to 18 in semi-open regimes, detained in Juvenile Detention Centers (named educational centers in Portugal)


- Children and young people from a normative family context

Marbelo Beach, Vila Nova de Gaia

- Children and young people from TEIP Groups (This refers to children from schools in areas flagged by the government as being socially and economically disadvantaged)

Our principles

Governing bodies


President: Ema Shaw

EvangelistaVice-President: José Maria Campello Ribeiro Ferreira

Secretary: Elisabete Maria Miranda

Fiscal Council

President: Miguel Martins Lagos da Silva

Secretary: João Fernandes Moisés

Member: Ana Rita Rodrigues

General Meeting Board

President: Henrique Jorge Barroso Pestana

Member: Lucy Shaw Evangelista

Member: Francisco Ribeiro Ferreira Guedes de Sousa

Surf Therapists