5 Aug

SURF PORTO: Notes from the locals- part 2

Surfing in Portugal in Summer is not only about catching waves and standing up. Checking different spots, chasing the best rides and discover the coastline it’s actually the road to happiness. Or using an old clichê, “happiness is the road”.



Porto’s beaches became busier compared with the past weeks and Esmoriz and Espinho were no exceptions. Not necessarily crowded, just busier. Warm temperatures and, in most of the days, small and fun surfing. That was June!

Porto’s beaches became busier compared with the past weeks and Esmoriz and Espinho were no exceptions. Not necessarily crowded, just busier. Warm temperatures and, in most of the days, small and fun surfing. That was June!

The first couple of days a bigger swell came and most of our sessions happened in Espinho Bay beach ( Praia da Baía), just on our front window. Nice long left-handers on the bigger days and fun right-handers during the smaller northern swell days made our surfing visitors go crazy. After a few hours in the water, they had no troubles to sleep at night. When the swell dropped, our surfing lessons moved to Esmoriz area. There were some windy days but that was it. After that, small and friendly surfing, warm temperatures and loads of fun made it really look like a typical surfing vacations in Porto. Basically, the surfing holidays mode was turned on: surfing, eat, rest, repeat.

In June there were a couple of events that made our hometowns (even) more interesting and allowed us to meet new visitors.

The International Fitness / BodyBuilding Event in Espinho, an event that made us realize how skinny we are. Nevertheless, we got second place in the women’s category -is saying, our beloved Russian guest did it, and us, fans number one, we were there to support her!

Then there was the WSL Longboard event in Gaia, which had plenty of swell on offer and remarkable performances. Of course, we were cheering our guest and friend Ben Howey. but, unfortunately, not enough. Our fault, not his! The best part was watching him surf our Espinho home-ground and putting a great show over there. Who knows how far he could go if he got similar conditions during the event?

Some nice music & entertaining event occurred at a Tanoaria, Esmoriz, which is how the process of producing the big barrels where the wine is kept is called, but also the name of the factory. Lovely set up over there!

Back to Espinho, there was the FEST – Festival de Cinema de Espinho, which had probably the best agenda so far, and with it, lot’s of visitors and a great atmosphere, both around the city and at our beach house in Espinho.

During that period, the Espinho Surfing Destination was running and, after the Circuito de Surf do Norte (local surfing contest), the Miss ESD and the Girls On Top, all the attentions turned into the main contest- the WSL Pro Júnior 2017. Surfing level was raised once again, and surfers post some outstanding performances on the small, clean and fun waves that came during the event. Again, and because we always put on our friends/guests jerseys ourselves, our fingers were crossed for them (Lenni Jensen and the girls). They went all the way to the final’s day and only stopped in the semi-finals. Cheers to them!

During this event we had the most important Porto’s popular party – São João, also celebrated in Espinho and Esmoriz. Thousands of people on the streets carrying the typical plastic hammers, beer, grilled sardines, music everywhere and fireworks… lot’s of that! Of course that the party ended up quite early… in the morning



If surfing by itself can definitely change your mood, for better, the multiple colourful sunset sessions we had made that smile got bigger. In our Esmoriz house, some of those sessions ended up with a nice bbq. Others ended at the “Arraial da Barrinha” music fest, where we were able to taste some nice food at the local taverns and then keep on moving our bodies with the sound of some really nice Portuguese & worldwide music. Full stomach and loads of fun after some awesome surfing days at the best Porto’s beach. What else can you wish for?

Temperatures were around 30ºC, some days even higher. Afterwards, some north wind appeared, which made our beach routines less comfortable and, most important, affected the wave’s quality and turned the water colder. Fortunately for everyone, that was for a few days only, and surfing was still possible.

After those days were gone, small and perfect waves hit our Espinho’s backyard and the empty lineups at Esmoriz, which made us and our guests really (really) happy. Most of them were able to improve their surfing related skills, especially those who took our weekly Surfing&Accommodation package, either improving their confidence, technical part, positioning, wave’s reading, etc… One thing they all seem to agree: our functional training for surfers proof to be crucial, allowing an easier approach to surfing technique in a controlled ambience, without the ocean challenges. After that, movements became more automatic and surfers were able to move their focus to other points.

July was almost done and it happened the first surfing event happening in our beloved Esmoriz area – an under 18 years old girls national competition. Conditions were clean and fun, in one of our favourite surfing spots in Portugal. Let´s hope that these places can keep on hosting surfing visitors and make sure it does not lose its authenticity.

August is here and with the most crowded season. There will be waves for everyone, so let’s just take the most of each moment! We usually DO IT !

Put some cream!

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