Lisbon Coast, Portugal

Surfing is exploding all over the world and nowhere more than on Portugal’s Lisbon Coast. The international press is taking note.

From a travel piece in the Daily Mail aimed at surfing couples:

Portugal is currently in the middle of a surf boom (the sport is now second only to football, in terms of popularity) and in winter, when waves are at their biggest, The Silver Coast attracts the sport’s greats, including the 11-times world champion, American Kelly Slater.

The author of the piece actually describes surfing at Guincho, which is technically on the Lisbon Coast. The Costa da Prata, or Silver Coast, begins at Peniche (roughly 100km north of Guincho) and stretches northward almost all the way to Porto, which is part of the Costa Verde or Green Coast.  In addition to beaches like Guincho in Cascais, the top surfing beaches of the Lisbon Coast are located nearly half way to the Silver Coast, clustered around the town of Ericeira.

So though although the author might be a bit off when it comes to geography, he’s correct about the state of surfing in Portugal. Thanks to great conditions on the Lisbon Coast, Silver Coast and Green Coast, Portuguese surfing is starting to come into its own. And that includes the professional surfing.

Here’s what Miguel Blanco, a 17-year-old Portuguese pro surfer, had to say about his country’s surfing scene (from Surfline):

Portuguese surfers are definitely coming up! We are training really hard, you know there’s a feeling that Portugal is a bit aside from mainland Europe not like France and Spain that are right in the middle of the scene, and it seems like the results are starting to show so that’s great. We also have huge inspirations with Tiago Pires who’s the only Portuguese surfer to ever qualify on the WCT and also Frederico Morais that surfs great on the Star tour, that’s the way I hope I’m heading.

Blanco was the runner up at the 2013 Gijon Pro Junior event, which recently took place at Playa de San Lorenzo, Gijon, Asturias-Spain. It was the young surfer’s first ever final at an ASP Pro Junior event. Miguel is a native of Estoril and learned to surf on the waves of the Lisbon Coast. He’s also won two Quiksliver King of the Groms events and the 2011 Grom Search at Ericeira.

Lisbon Coast

Guincho, on the Lisbon Coast, is known for big waves and lots of wind. Pic: Nuno Nunes (Flickr CC)

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