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Surf Portugal - Quick Facts
POPULATION: 10,500,000
LANGUAGE: Portuguese ( but almost everyone speaks English)

Portugal has a very mild climate with solid surf often with offshore morning breezes are extremely common, making it a popular surfing destination for surfers from inside and outside Europe. Portugal has a huge variety of waves and swell size and as a result makes an ideal surfing location for surfers of every ability. It is a good place to learn to surf with lots of places offering surf lessons and packages.

Situated west of Spain, Portugal picks up north, west and south swells, making surf conditions very consistent. During winter the swell size is around the 6ft mark but can get to 15ft or more, making it a spot for those looking for challenging surf. There is surf throughout the summer months and you can expect waves of 3-5ft.

There are many different waves and surf over the whole coast so a bit of research before you go is a good idea (see the Stormrider guide Europe link at the bottom of this page). The area around Peniche is ideal as the peninsular gives the opportunity to make the best of the weather conditions. A couple of waves to check out while you are surfing in Portugal are Pedra Blanca, Supertubos and Coxos.

Surfing Portugal - The Good
Gets Heaps of Swell
Uncrowded Waves
Quality Beach and Reef Breaks

Surf Portugal - The Bad and the Ugly
Cold Water during the winter
Summer Onshores


Monday, October 20, 2008

wave wacth portugal

Wave watch finally arrived to portugal. We already had te portuguese version of it, it is the beach cam, and it's great, ( its available in

for the last few months i've been surfing a least for me is a lot. I usually surfed one maybe 2 day every week, and now its something like 10 hours every weekend, and at least one more session during the week.

And my evolution has been great..i'm now having true fun inside the water..and i started to feel that now i'm really enjoying the ocean at 1% off i can take from it.

this weekend i went to ericeira..and for everybody that already know what they are doing inside the water is amazing.

For everybody else... my suggestion is costa da caparica..and if you want i can evem give you contacts for a great surf school.

for now here you have the wave watch preview

Go to for your local surf forecasts

Go to for your local surf forecasts

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Surf evolution in lisbon

I've been trying to have some evolution in my surf performance for the last 2 years...But i wasn't very successful, because i had a lot of bad habits that came from other sports, and because i had a natural lack of talent!

So it all started something like 2 months ago. when a friend of mine decided to start surfing, and he never even tried. And what happened was that in the second day he was standing up!! and it was something that took me almost 1 month to get!!

And his evolution was very quick.No only because he was using the right board for him, but also because he had someone to teach him.

and so i decided to get some classes for me in his school.

The first thing was to use a board that was the right one for my skill level, and second was to have someone saying that i shouldn't do this or to try and stand lo...and a lot of other things that i wasn't doing the way i should.

And the last month my evolution was bigger then in tha last year.

If any one need some help for the same reasons did please send me an e-mail andi'll give you a bunch of surf schools contacts!!!

cheers mate!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Places to stay

One of the main issues, about a trio is always this "WHERE I'M I GOING TO SLEEP"

but are a lot of places in the lisbon all depends on how much you want to pay...

my first choice is Muchaxo the link is

rates starting in 58 euros in

is the sea can wake up with a great beach view..and decide if you are going to surf or if you are going back to bed... it is something like 50 meters from the the low tide... If you stay can also go to one of my favorite restaurants... amazing pizza and another italian foods in Tiffosi...just five minutes away by car...

here you have a list of another places where you can stay:

Vila Bicuda Villas Resort
Score from 228 reviews
Vila Bicuda Villas Resort
Rua dos Faisões, Cascais (Show map)
Welcome to Vila Bicuda. The complex has a privileged location in Sintra/ Cascais Natural Park. It is perfectly designed for relaxing leisure or golf holidays.…
starting at 95 euros

Hotel Baia
Av. Marginal, Cascais (Estoril / Lisboa) (Show map)
Less than 30 km from Lisbon on the Estoril Coast, Hotel Baía has a privileged sea-front location, facing the Cascais Bay and offering a fabulous view of the ocean

another hotel in the center of the sea front..a better choice to people who want to go out in the evening

starting at 85 euros

Ana's Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Rua D Diogo de Meneses, 52, Cascais (Lisboa) (Show map)
Ana´s Cottage is a cosy and affordable bed & breakfast guest house in Cascais, a wonderful beach town near Lisbon.…

starting at 30 euros

next time the list will contain hotels in the center of lisbon

another way to come to lisbon is the couch surfing project...

cheers mates..

ps- for english surfers all hotels are like a 5 stars hotel in britain!!! ( no offense!!)

Friday, March 7, 2008


Ericeira, is probably, one of the Portugal areas with more surf spots... there are a lot of spots, and every one of them is really different from the other, and the same surf spot can be be different in the low tide or the high tide...

in the weekend there are a lot of outsiders, and during the week there aren´t many locals...except in the summer...

ericeira, is for me the surf Mecca of europe.. ribeira de ilhas..thats where i'll start.

ribeira de ilhas is where all the big surf contests are... you have a really long wave...most of times, suitable for all kind of surfers..even for longboarders..

but there are also some days, when it gets really big...

Most off days there is a the beginning, when you leave the sand you'll get really close to the rocks..and if your surf level is something like a begginer.. you'll be really affraid.

tomorow i'll speak a little bit more about ribeira de ilhas

but for me..a image is more then a lot of words..see for yourself..try and googleit

Sunday, February 24, 2008

in lisbon

in lisbon there is a lot to see. if you rent a car you can go to most places i've been talking about in the last posts, it's really easy to get there, the folks are quite friendly, and in most cases we don't have any kind of problems with other guys surfing our waves.

you have a lot of surfshops, quite some places where you can repair you board, rent some material or in the worst case scenario, buy a new one because you brokken yours.

for me, one of the best places to go and get surf material is ENERGIA TROPICAL, in malveira da serra, it's really near by guincho, and probally you'll be hosted by the one and only Alvaromm, or as we call him, Alvinho.

Alvinho is barzilian shaper that came to portugal a long time ago... he started with a small shop and now he has a surf shop, a factory, and always ..but always, a nice discount for you...

that is where i get all of mine material...because going to energia tropical is alwas a nice chance to talk with a great guy..

i've kind of sick since new years eave, and when i got ok i went away in work..

know i'm back to my beautiful city..and going back to my always great surf sessions in a near by surfspot.

I've reciving some e-mais about this site.

just wanna thanks every one

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Praia pequena (small beach)

Praia pequena is the beach just next to praia grande, and during low tide you can go from one to another.
It's a really small beach that almost disapear during the high tide, it doesn't have a restarante or a cafe, but that is great, because it means that you'll have a few less guys surfing.

A lot of bodyboards go there, but i also o there for's really good beach, no parking problems during the winter..but during the summer it's as near to hell as you can get.

there isn't that much to say..just be careful with the locals, dont leave anything in sight because, you can see your car but, it's a good 10 minutos walk to go back up again. there are also so precutions to have with the rocks, specialy in the high tide.

next time i'll talk about buying things and making repairs in your boards, in the lisbon area.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Praia grande or in english: BIG BEACH

Praia grande is the next beach you'll find afte guincho. It is really a short way form one to another, but only if you have a car, otherwise, is almost a full day trip.

The road that goes from guingo to praia grande is really beutifull and it goes just in the middle of the mountain.

Praia grande is near the historic village of Sintra, that is one of the most beautiful places in portugal, and the best of all is that is just 15 minutes drive to praia grande, and can also do a great trip by train ( is an electric train that is really look alike with the ones you can find in the lisbon city center)

But back to the main subject, Praia grande e is a good place to surf, and the conditions change a lot during the year, so the best you can do is to go to and check it out, the only thing is that page is written in portguese, so if you need any help to read it, fell free to send me an e-mail ( )

There are all kind of waves in this beach, made for almost any kind of surfers, but there are with only the best ones go can gets really big and really scary.. but that is only sometimes.

The only problem in praia grande is that it is a sand beach, and so it can be really good one day, and them in the next day it can be the worst wave in portugal...

In the summer there is a lot of crowd because of the summer surfers... but they disappear in the beginning of September and them came back in the next summer.

this beach is very famous world wide because of the bodyboard world championship that is every year in the end of august

this is a little video form you tube form the 2006 edition, and the waves were really small

this video is from the 2007 edition