The X-Ride Bus project had been wandering in the minds of a group of friends that share the appeal for the ocean, rivers and landscapes as plots for action, journeys and adventure. For many years, along with each one’s academic and professional paths, all of them took part in a series of adventure journeys to mysterious and defying destinies: from Equator to Nepal; from Chile to Slovenia; from Reunion Island to Morocco. Some only carried a backpack; others carried their kayaks, surfboards, kitesurf boards or bikes. Sometimes they travelled alone and other times within group, in national and international expeditions, until they realized that they could share their experiences with everyone and that they had a common dream: to show our country and our culture to travelers from all over the world in a transversal project… on the road!
Whenever – Wherever
X-Ride is an original touring concept with the will and the means to take you to the most beautiful and secluded places. You get to meet the best of our country while exploring the different activities that meet as we cross our region: Europe’s West Coast.
BRUNO MELO aka V12
Sculpting is what he does, surfing is who he is. He began sculpting surf boards professionally in 1987 and in 1991 founded the Guliver Group, a national leader in 3D projects. Deeply passionate about the ocean, he’s been putting together the very first Santa Cruz surf championships since 1987; in 2007 creates the first Ocean Spirit, the biggest wave sports event worldwide, that has happened every year since, in Santa Cruz beaches – Torres Vedras; the first decade of the millennium still gets to see the Kitesurfing regattas promoted by him. His personal sports curriculum is also extraordinary! Bruno is a three time Waveski national champion, one time national Kitesurf champion and twice Kayaksurf national champion. Somehow he still managed to participate in expeditions through south Morocco and Cape Verde. His profound knowledge of the ocean makes him the perfect guide for all sea activities along our coastline.
NUNO BORGES aka Necas
The civil engineer that belongs to the first generation of Portuguese rough water canoeists (both Kayak and Raft) was a partner and the manager at Raft’a’ka between 1998 and 2005. He took part in the biggest Portuguese rough water Kayak expeditions that lead him to the Reunion Island, Chile, Morocco, France, Slovenia and Nepal. In 2003 he began getting specific training in river activities and got a degree in Rough Waters Supervising by the Royal Spanish Canoe Federation. He´s also a long-term passionate about MTB. In 2004 he was the 4th of his class in Maxiavalanche Europe Cup Andorra, one of the most spectacular races in the international MTB downhill circuit, and the 20th in Megavalanche – the world’s biggest MTB downhill race, in the Reunion Island.
TIAGO SEMIÃO aka Estriquinini
Major: Electrotechnical Engineering. Job: X-Rider! “Free Ride For Fun” is his sports’ motto. He’s been close to the ocean since his early years, due to family influence. By the age of seven, a styrofoam board introduced him to surfing and a bicycle, his means of transportation to and from school, introduced him to adventure. Between 1998 and 2000 he enters a few MTB dual-slalom and downhill competitions – some within the national championship and others in Spain and France. Being driven, at all time, by the appeal of new experiences and sensations, he turns to river activities in 1999 – rafting, canoeing, canyoning – joining meetings and trips and getting specific training. The snow is another of his favorite sets. Whenever he can, he snowboards and skis in Serra da Estrela, Sierra Nevada, Andorra and France. Between 2001 and 2003, Tiago was part of an adventure activities’ project, in which he helped planning and supervising rope, caving and orienteering games for people from 4 to 70 years old. You can always find him & his long board surfing, or him & his bike speeding down any given hill… or him cooking! He’ll be your cook, so, you better be nice to our X-Ride Man!!!
LUÍS VIEIRA aka Mr. Tripé
In 1985, at the age of 12, he was the youngest member of the legendary canoeing and Kayaking trips down the Tagus river, between Vila Velha de Rodão and Lisbon. Two years later, he finds in duathlon and triathlon the perfect marriage between his swimming training and his love for bikes. As a result, in the 1990/91 he got to be National Junior Duathlon Champion and represented Portugal in the European Duathon and Triathlon Championships, held in Madrid and in Geneva. But, ultimately, it was his passion for the river that prevailed. Between 1996 and 2009, Luís participates in numerous international Kayaking expeditions that take him to the center of the earth (Ecuador), to the roof of the world (Nepal) and to the uttermost part of the earth (Tierra del Fuego – Chilean Patagonia).