Portugal is probably your best bet for swell, sunshine, surf break quality and variety, winter water temperature and value of any surf destination in mainland Europe. Sound tempting?
With most of the main surfing regions all being below 40 degrees North, Portugal manages to duck under the Atlantic mid-latitude westerlies, frontal systems and associated inclement weather, but still benefit from the swell they generate.
Meanwhile, a rugged and varied coast delivers everything and anything you could possibly want as a wave-rider. From the giant, deathly A-frames at Nazaré, to sunny, accommodating rolls of beginner-friendly whitewater in the south, from beachbreak pits to rival anywhere at Supertubos to majestic right points, there really is a waveform to suit any level. For folk like G-Mac and Dorian, to your Nan, and everyone between, Portugal is holding.
What’s more, the world’s best surfers descend on the joint for several weeks every October, not only for the important business of contesting the penultimate stop on the WSL Samsung Galaxy World Tour, but also to generate some of the raddest free surf clips of the entire year. In 2014, Kolohe’s ‘best wave ever ridden’, Kelly’s 540 and the now infamous Cave sessions each had a jolly good go at breaking the internet. Thanks, Portugal.