Combining the precise control and sharp maneuvering of whitewater kayaking with the speed and excitement of riding waves, kayak surfing is an exhilarating experience. Getting started as a kayak surfer, however, can be a little daunting. It's so different from regular kayaking that it can be difficult to know if you're ready to get out on the waves.
There’s more to Mexico than sombreros, enchiladas, and tequila. Some of the biggest surfable waves in the Americas can be found on the Pacific coast of mainland Mexico.
If the ritualistic walk or drive to the gym to melt off those excess pounds and get fit and toned is starting to wear on you, then it’s probably time you took up surfing. The beach is no longer just a playground for fun-seekers and holiday lovers. It has become a top destination for people seeking to address their weight issues, fitness concerns, and psychological challenges.
When it comes to surfing, just like in any other sport, what you eat significantly affects your performance either positively or negatively. And while there is a wide range of diets and various nutritional recommendations these days, choosing the right diet that works well for you can be challenging.
With 1,115 miles (1,794 km) of Atlantic coastline (continental Portugal plus the Azores and Madeira archipelagos), mild climate, some of the best waves in Europe and more gold-sand beaches than one can count, Portugal is a surfer’s paradise. The coast picks up north, south and west swells, which means solid surfing conditions all year round on a wide variety of waves for all levels and tastes.
Summer, between June and September, is the best time to go to Portugal if you are looking to learn to surf on small to medium waves. Summer months are also great for kitesurfing. During winter months, waves are usually double the size or more, and recommended for more experienced surfers looking for a challenge. This is also when Nazaré in Praia do Norte comes to life, Europe’s big wave surfing mecca.
The most famous surf regions in Portugal are North Porto, Costa da Prata, the Lisbon Region, Alentejo and the Algarve. Some of the best surf spots for beginners and intermediate surfers are Peniche, Ericeira, Lagos and Cascais.
In Northern and Central Portugal, you will need a wetsuit throughout the year – a 3/2 mm suit in summer and a 4/3-5/3 mm in winter. In Southern Portugal, you can surf in board shorts in summer. During winter, a 4/3 mm suit should suffice.
1,794 km (1,115 mi)
May to September (warm waters, sunny days, gentle waves for beginners)
October to April (cold waters, big waves for advanced surfers)
Nazaré, Peniche, Ericeira, Cascais, and Figeira da Foz
Carcavelos, Lagos, Peniche, and Ericeira
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