this our mantra, our way of life.
It is a minimalist existence, one devoid of the unnecessary. It is the simple idea that less is more, that effortless action or Wu-Wei is the way to go. It's the desire to fill life with the things that bring true joy - body, mind & spirit.
73A RUA TEÓFILO BRAGA, VILA DO PORTO 9580-999 SANTA MARIA, AÇORES
In 2022 we opened the doors to our concept shop to share this way of life, and the things we love most - mainly a life lived with the ocean.
Our Sustainabile Surf Shop & Organic Coffee bar is a first in the Açores. The community centered Concept Shop with Neon Joyride is our home away from home. Grab an organic coffee or juice, a vegan snack, relax in our garden, peruse our assortment of sustainble Monk products and other like-minded brands who care for the ocean; you can also rent a board and get the latest break info & surf conditions.
Our island is blessed with the most beautiful shades of blue and green. And though the weather & climate can change daily - one second sunny and beautiful, the next windy and foggy - we love this visceral connection to nature. One truly feels alive here.
As for surfing, it's not the most consistent, but what it lacks it more than makeups for in the quality of the breaks. Our 2 main breaks, have waves for both the beginner/intermidate and a handfulmore of off the beaten-path, for the more advanced. Like all waves in the Açores, even on the small days, they can be challenging.
If you plan to Surf & SUP and are unfamilar with the spots, come by the shop; one of us we'll be happy to give you the info you need for a fun and safe outing.
Besides loving Coffee and a true Espresso. We love healthy food. Our Shakes, Smoothies, Cold-Pressed juices, and Pops are made daily with only natural and local ingrediants. We work with a handful of small farmers on the island for veggies, fruits, and what we can't find, we source consciously and locally. We serve only in season produce, and when we can, use organic products, such as our organic small lot Coffee - the first location in the Açores to offer this.
During the summer, our cafe offers small plate snacks for one or to share - home-made hummus, tabbouleh, sweet-potato fries are some of options.
We believe in timeless design, in packing light for the journey, in sharing our clothes with our partner & children. In products that enrich our lives and lessen our load.
This is why all our . m o n k . products are designed with multiple uses in mind, created by hand in natural materials, and with a focus on long-lasting quality. These are the goods we wear every day, take with us on our travels, mend when needed, and pass down.
The poncho is perhaps the most utilitarian of all clothing. Designed to keep the body warm and shield it from the elements, it's been in use for centuries and on nearly every continent. The . m o n k . poncho is created with respect to this heritage - fabricated in natural materials by artisans working on hand-looms, the . m o n k . poncho is soft, quick drying, yet extremely durable. It rolls up for easy packing, perfect for surf, for on and off the beach; and like all . m o n k . products, is ageless, genderless, and created to be worn anywhere.