THE TEAM2016-12-10T10:44:08+00:00

The Team

Each member of our team brings with them skills, experience and a love of paddleboarding & all things ocean.

Tiago Silva, is the Owner/Manager of Mauka Lodge. He started calling the ocean his second home at age 13, when they couldn’t get him, or his bodyboard, out of the water! His bodyboard was replaced with a surfboard in 2001, and in 2010, Tiago found his true passion with SUP Surfing.

With his degree in Exercise and Wellness and 2 International Certification Courses from ASI and IOSUP he has developed his own method of training athletes based on their individual characteristics and biomechanics. As the founder of Functional Paddling, he has coached world-class paddle boarders like Sean Poynter, Connor Baxter and Izzy Gomez.

Carlos had his first contact with the sea learning to swim at age 6, and knew then and there he was in the right place.  At 17, he became a lifeguard and the leader of the volunteer firefighter lifeguard team and took up various water sports – swimming, body boarding, scuba diving, free-diving, etc.

He graduated in tourism and spent most of his professional life working in the tourist trade in Portugal, Cape Verde and Brazil. On one fateful trip to Catalonia in 2012, Carlos was introduced to a sport that would change his life forever… Stand Up Paddle… and he hasn’t put his paddle down since.

Maya, started his time in the ocean with a bodyboard at 6, surfboard at 17, and jumped on his first SUP at 28.  A Certified Surf Instructor (Portuguese Surfing Federation) since 2009, and ASI Accredited Stand Up Paddle Instructor since 2012, João won the Vice National Championship in SUP Waves in Portugal in 2013.

He is the head judge in both the National Longboard & National SUP Wave Circuits (Portuguese Surfing Federation).

Chris is our Business Development Manager for Belgium and Holland.  He studied International Sports, Management & Business in Holland as well as completing his Level 1 & 2 Snowboard Instructor.

After his studies, he went on a two week holiday to Austria – which ended up lasting 9 years – he taught skiing and snowboarding for 7 months of the year, and chased waves around the world during the summer months!

He is a Level 1 & 2 Personal Trainer, and in 2015, he earned his Level 1 Functional Paddling Certification. It’s been pretty hard to get him off a paddle board ever since. In his spare time, Chris practices yoga and searches out hidden trails on his mountain bike.

Joe is our Marketing/IT junkie.  Started windsurfing at age 12, kiteboarding in his 20’s, and after moving to Portugal in 2008, he started SUP in 2009. He has been a Certified IOSUP Instructor since 2011.

Whether he’s catching waves on his SUP or surfboard, or chasing his next downwinder, he’s on the water as much as we let him!

Want to work with us?

If you’re energetic, hard working, can multi-task, and love the outdoors, we may have just job for you.

Email us your CV, and you could be the next member of the MAUKA LODGE TEAM!