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Have you ever got a feeling like you are the first person to surf on an endless surfing spot in Portugal? Underdog Surf will happily take you to that place. Having such an exposed coast to the Northern Atlantic storm swells will give you not only a great surfing but also a feeling for what the Atlantic Ocean really looks like. There is a mix of cultures and a healthy social atmosphere that sparks a group or family feel. Join Underdog Surf and find a special unique lifestyle for your surfing!
During this surf camp, you will stay in Underdog Surf House. This house is located in only a 5-minute walking distance to Areia Branca Beach. Furthermore, Underdog Surf House has the dynamic atmosphere that allows you to interact with others guests or enjoy your own space.
In the water surf guide session, you will get a full package with surfing equipment and an in-water guide for the whole time. On each day, you will be driven to the best surf spots depending on climate conditions and your surf capabilities. The daily routine is that you will be away for at least 4 hours to score the coast and get a complete vision of what is out there for you and then surf the spot of your choice. Multiple spot checks and a constant presence of a guide will orientate you to the maximum.
Portugal happens to be in a unique location benefiting the country in great ways. This country is complete for the vacationers looking for a corner away from it all but close enough to reach other areas such as Ericeira, Lisbon, and Peniche. A mix of all the cultural aspects and long history placed in this unique landscape with the ocean's influence makes Portugal something else that has inspired many of its people which include great poets like Fernando Pessoa to explorers like Vasco de Gama and with the genuine national music (Fado), artists Like Amalia and more recently Mariza. There is a feeling you get when you are in Portugal which is worth all travelers time.
The main beach of Area Branca has about 5 breaks varying from sand bottoms to reef bottoms. There is a river mouth that shapes the inside banks towards the southern tip of the beach. Tides play a major role at this beach so a watchful eye will find the better time to go in for the best surf although any tide is surfable. Counting on how certain currents will behave, tides here will make great rips that create powerful walls.
Areal Beach is all sand bottom. Currents and rips are what create the banks and what shape most of the waves. This beach is the kind of beach you should check up on every day to be on top of what is going on with the bottoms. Although any person can approach this beach to check up on its waves, a local surfer will know where and when to expect the better conditions.
Ericeira is a village with tremendous touristic potential: quiet, picturesque, and with very hospitable inhabitants, all very accustomed to surfers. Ericeira and surfing are clearly meant for each other. In total, you have 8 kilometers of beaches like Praia dos Coxos, areas with point breaks, beach breaks and also reef breaks, with difficulty levels capable of pleasing everybody from beginners to world class surfers.
Farther south, beaches like Foz do Lizandro, with its beach breaks, are superb to beginners, while Ribeira D'Ilhas, deeply modernized in these past years, has very strong right-handers that are still very safe for less experienced surfers. If you're after something more demanding and rewarding, though, the tubes at Praia dos Coxos with also right handers and reef breaks are really sought-after by surfers across the world, but yes, they are really only truly accessible to the most experienced surfers.
There's absolutely no better place for surfing than a peninsula and, surrounded by sea from three sides, there's always a place in Peniche with offshore wind, creating some of Portugal's best sets with gorgeous, organized, consistent, and strong waves. All you need is to pick the right spot from about 20 that make surf in Peniche possible all year around.
One of the best Peniche surf spots should really be mentioned here: Supertubos with fast breaking waves workable up to 3-meter swell high (sometimes more). Even larger are those at Consolação Beach, hitting workable 5 to 6 meters, while further north, the reef breaks at Lagide deliver very vigorous but workable 4-meter high swells. If you're a beginner, though, you really can't go wrong with Cantinho da Baía.
Peralta is a little further down south than other beaches. Although it's close enough, most people don't check it often and that results in a lesser occupied place to surf. Nevertheless, this beach is packed with good breaks varying from sand bottoms to reef bottoms. The predominant northern swell makes that the further south you check waves the further away you will be from the shadow that is created from the Peniche peninsula making that Peralta is normally giving you bigger waves in comparison to the other beaches.
You will be prepared breakfasts. You can also savor occasional dinners at an additional cost. Furthermore, Underdog Surf will provide you with self-catering kitchen so you can cook your own meals during your stay in Portugal.
The nearby airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Underdog Surf will transfer you from the airport to the surf camp at an additional cost. Please contact Underdog Surf for more information.
You can take a taxi or Metro from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) to Sete Rios Bus Station and buy a ticket for the next bus heading to Areia Branca Beach. Underdog Surf will pick you up once you arrive at the bus stop at an additional cost. Please contact Underdog Surf for more information.
If you will come in by train, your destination station will be Bombarral because that is the closest stop. From there, you can either catch a taxi or call Underdog Surf for a shuttle service.