In 2006, Tiago decided to terminate with the X-klam company and opened his solo adventure with Escoladekitesurf.com in 2007. This new company’s objective was to become the best kitesurf school in Portugal. Tiago’s focus on safety and student progression led Escoladekitesurf.com to become one of the first IKO Centers, and he pushed the training of other schools around by organizing some of the first Instructor courses in Portugal, doing this regularly until today. He first set base in the Pousada da Juventude of Ofir and organized the first-ever Junior Kite Camp, with some of the most prominent youth kiters of the time, some that have become world champions or lead competitors in kitesurfing. In 2008 and 2009, his motivation and passion for teaching safely, helping the student to achieve faster results, general customer care and fun lead him to take part in the Examiner training, becoming the first and only Portuguese IKO examiner. This allowed him to travel the world into several kitesurf destinations to share and learn new ways of making the teaching process better. In 2009, he opened the first kiteboard center besides Café Marina in Esposende in the center of the fisherman village of Esposende.
His first international course as the examiner of IKO was held in Varberg, Sweden. That’s also where he met Anders Modin as his student. In the following year after finishing his university, Anders decided to follow his passion for kitesurfing and contacted Tiago with the idea of a kitesurf camp. Tiago decided to invite him to work together in a camp project in Portugal he was working on.
In 2010, they started the first kitesurf camps in Viana do Castelo, but during that time they realized that Esposende was a better spot for camps and that’s where they settled in 2011, opening their first kitesurfing camp in Esposende. The project wasn’t easy as finding adequate accommodation was very difficult. By the middle of the season, they got their first break by finding a big house that suited the needs of the kiters.
At that time, Tiago and Anders also made their first start in Paddle surf becoming the first ones around to have paddle surf rental and lessons.