As a professional surfer she started the first female surf school in Portugal in 1998.
Years ago she moved to Ericeira to be able to surf the best waves of Europe every day. She continued training girls for competition.
As a natural sequence of a dedicated surfing career she always had a strong affection for big waves. As the first and only Portuguese surfer girl she decided to challenge tow-in surfing, and was nominated for the Billabong XXL Awards.
Some of Joanas awards: Already with the age of 17 years Joana started to be recognized internationally: 4th place European Junior, 2002/2003 vice National Champion and respresented the portuguese national selection in the Canarian Islands, 2004 /2005 honored as the best teacher of the year billabong girs, 2006/2007 honored as the best portuguese surfer etc.