- Occupational Therapist since 1999 and Surfing Instructor since 2006; PhD candidate of International Health (Health and Development Policies) in the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT-UNL): “Sports for Social Change – The Case Study of Surfing in Angola” (2013-2017);
- Executive Commission Member, and Director of Health/Social Inclusion Department, of the NGO (Environmental for coastal protection) SOS – Salvem O Surf; Technical consultant and Director of Course and Innovation Department of the Portuguese Association of Adapted Surfing – SURFaddict and in the Portuguese Surfing Federation;
- Co-organizer of the Post-Graduation in Adapted Physical Activity, and responsible lecturer of Adapted Surfing course unit in Escola Superior de Saúde do Alcoitão
- Post-graduation in Health and Development – Programs Management (2010/2011)
- Master’s degree in Physical Education and Sport – Surfing Tourism field (2006/2009)
- Graduate degree in Occupational Therapy (1999).
Author of several articles in sports management, sports medicine, and sports social science:
- LOPES, J. (2006). Surfing and Bodyboarding as therapeutic weapons Goodlife Magazine.
- LOPES, J. (2008). Surfing and Bodyboarding as touristic products of Madeira Island http://www.citma.pt/Uploads/Jo%C3%A3o%20Manuel%20Taborda%20Lopes%5B1%5D.pdf
- LOPES, J. (2009). Surf Tourism in Madeira Island. AICA magazine Vol1 (1).
- LOPES, J. (2013). Stand-Up Paddle as a mean of Inclusion. SUP Lovers Magazine. N.º4 http://issuu.com/suplovers/docs/numero_04
- LOPES, J. (2013). Surfing as a therapeutic and social inclusion method. APTO Magazine;
BICUDO, P.; MONTEIRO, P. & LOPES, J. (2013). Preventive strategy of enhancing Portuguese coastlines as valuable natural resources. ICSports Conference 2013.
- LOPES, J. (2013). Surfing Therapy. The Inertia. 21 December 2013.
- LOPES, J. (2014). Surfing for Development and Social Change in Angola. 3rd International Conference on Sports and Leisure in Africa. http://desportolazerafrica.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/surfing-for-development-and-social-change-in-angola/