Surf Life Tenerife was founded by Antonio, owner and surf instructor, who left his previous life as a manager in a sport store in Italy to move to Tenerife and follow his dream of living the surf life.
“My life changed when I was 20 years old. I was a political science student and a novice journalist, everyday wearing my suit and reading the last political news on the newspaper.
Than I went to Fuerteventura for a family holiday and I randomly surfed my first wave. In that moment I realised that something big was happening to me.
While my life was evolving, I never stopped travelling for surfing and I discovered another passion that connected me with the ocean even more: freediving.
During my upper level job career in a Decathlon store in Italy, I came to Tenerife on holidays in a Surf Camp and I experienced feelings that I have never felt before. The connection that surfing is creating between people is incredible and I felt so much in love with the Island that when I came back home It was clear for me that I was missing something.
The first day back at work I literally escaped from my store at half of my workshift and started driving away untill a red light stopped me. I realised that my whole body was contracted and that I didn’t know where I was driving to.
I asked myself what was wrong in that moment and I didn’t find the answer. Than I asked myself where I would have liked to be and the answer was clear: in the water. Two weeks later I decided to quit my whole life and come back to Tenerife to start working as a surf instructor.
After 1 year and a half I decided to start my own project: Surf Life Tenerife.
For me it’s not just a surf school, but it is a way of living my life and spreading my passions around. Doing what you love to do in your life would not have so much value if you didn’t share it with people.
Surfing made me a happy person and my job is to make other people happy by teaching them something that will change their life, as it changed mine “