Girls shred in Portugal

Female surfers have been tearing up the waves in Portugal for years. As Europe’s top surfing location, it’s only natural that girls and women would surf as well as boys and men. And it’s not just Portuguese ladies that surf – Portugal has become a great year-round surfing destination for female surfers (and those who wish to learn the art of surfing) for years.

Portugal recently hosted the six-star ASP Estoril Surf & Music Billabong Girls Pro surfing event, a high level surf competition won by Courtney Conlogue of California, USA.

From an article in the San Diego Union Tribune:

Conlogue, 18, has been spending time training in both the water and the gym every day. The phenom has been surfing since she was 4 years old and competing since she was 10. She has been rising to the top of professional surfing for the past few years and is currently first in the Association of Surfing Professionals Women’s World Ranking.

Next up in Portugal’s female surf competition is the Miss Sumol Cup in Praia da Costa Nova, just south of Porto; Portugal’s second largest city. The Miss Sumol Cup is scheduled for the 27th and 28th of August and is an open competition with a limit of 32 participants. The winner will receive a purse of 1,000 euros plus 1,000 ranking points.

For more information on the Miss Sumol Cup (in Portuguese only) visit, the new official site of the Portuguese Surfing Federation.

Click here for information on a great surfing camp/surf school in beautiful Ericeira, Portugal, the capital of European surfing.

Portuguese surfer Francisca Pereira dos Santos; photo by Gustavo Veríssimo (Gustty on Flickr CC)

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