Culture

SURF CULTURE IN PORTUGAL

It all started in the 1950s on longboards.
Today Portugal is known as a classic top European surfing region.
Open to swells from the northwest to southwest, Portugal is super consistent year-round offering therefore plenty of surf.
Very little, if any, Continental shelf exists to slow down incoming swells, so it is in a prime position to pick up anything the Atlantic Ocean can send its way.
During the summer months Portugal creates fun waves from the smallest ripples, to surf in the 4- to 6-foot range (1.2m – 1.8m); this is where many of the south-facing beach breaks tend to flourish.
From fall through Spring bigger waves grace the Portuguese shores while Winter storms send in consistent sweet winter swells 6- to 8-foot (1.8m – 2.5m)surf.

 

Pedro Martins de Lima (photo above), a legendary waterman over 80 years old is considered the father of Surfing in Portugal.
Apart from Surfing he has practiced, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving including with Jacques Cousteau.
In an interview with surfer.com for the occasion of his 80th birthday he mentioned that despite all his sporting passions, de Lima has no doubts :
“I’ve been next to sharks, but a 5‐metre wave is a thrilling experience”, he said when asked about his favored sport.
Pedro Martins de Lima started bodysurfing in 1946, with a couple of Churchill fins.
In 1959, “I got up, for the first time, on a surfboard”.
Today he is still hitting the waters.
See his Facebook page here

 

 

2012 SURF EVENTS CALENDAR



 

To help you make the most of your surfing trips to Portugal below a list of events you may want to synch with:

5 _ 7 April

MEN’s & WOMEN’s NATIONAL SURF OPEN 

2nd lap 

– Powered by Meo ProSurf League, at Carcavelos and Guincho.
Organization: ANS

1_10 June

KITE SURF PRO

 – Powered by EDP Renewables, at Guincho

25 Aug  _  2 Sept
SINTRA PORTUGAL PRO 2012 – World bodyboard Circuit, 

at Praia Grande Sintra
Organization: FPS

21  _ 23 Sept 

ESTORIL SURF & MUSIC 2012

ASP 6-STAR WOMEN’S EVENT,

at Bafureira/MOBILE Estoril.

3 _ 4 Nov

Deeply Surf UPCOMING TALENT 2012

5th lap of National,

at S. Pedro do Estoril.