Associate Member

Joao Taborda Lopes

PhD candidate of International Health (Health and Development Policies)



  • 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


Academic background


  • 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. (2009). Surf Tourism in Madeira Island. AICA magazine Vol1 (1).
  • 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.


João Taborda Lopes

Nacionality: Portuguese

Birthday: March, 27, 1978