Surfing holidays are something that every surfer wishes, especially those who have limited time to surf, in the best scenarios, or live far away from the shore. Once the passion exists, some days off and surfing are some of the best word combination that a surfer can hear as a holiday proposal.
In order to get the most of his surfing days in Porto area, there´s a couple of things that a surfer should pay attention when it comes to surfboard choice. It is crucial for taking the most of each wave and contributes to a fun surfing vacations north Portugal.
. About Surfboards
A surfboard should serve the surfer. It should attend his skills, his physical characteristics and the waves he surfs.
“Foam is your friend. Don’t be scared of it. A little bit of extra foam here and there is good for the soul, and your surfing.” Rob Machado
Volume is probably the most important point. Not only the length makes the board’s volume but also its wideness and thickness. The heavier the surfer is, the more volume he needs need under his feet. A short volume surfboard probably will sink or some rail will be dug easily when turning.
Beginner’s boards need extra volume, as it helps to catch more waves and makes the paddling easier. Longer boards allow more space to place the surfer’s feet correctly. The soft material is recommended as the chances of several falls are still there. No pain no game!
Surfboard’s outline, rails, bottom and tail types are some of the things that some intermediate and advanced surfers think about when it’s time to pick a new vehicle. Also its durability: PU surfboards are not as resistant as the EPS. Their flotation and response to surfing conditions are also different.
The softer, slower and forgiven the waves are, the more volume a surfboard needs. The opposite it’s also true: bigger waves require bigger boards so that surfers can catch waves at the right moment and face those stiffer walls. Average conditions and experienced surfers are a combination that can result in a shortboard.
Most of the waves around Porto are beach breaks and point breaks, with slower or faster waves, stiffer or more beginner’s friendly. Matosinhos beach, Porto’s urban beach, has smaller and forgiven waves, beginners friendly style. A board with an extra volume is therefore required.
Espinho spots have different kind of waves: smaller / slower and bigger / faster, depending the time of the year. Experienced surfers can go for a surfboard with more volume on small days, like fish surfboards or wider/ thicker shortboards. In hollow conditions, a larger shortboard with a bit more drive, therefore less responsive in curves, may allow to the surfer to hang out easier in barrels. Beginners may count with conditions for them during summer or even the whole year, especially in the bay spot (Espinho).
Esmoriz area has several surf spots- Esmoriz, Cortegaça and Maceda beach. Waves are rideable up to 1.5 meters and the best surfboard depends on the wave’s size, besides all the surfer related factors. There’s always a friendly spot for beginners and their boards.
Check “The best Surf Spots in North Portugal” blog post for more info about surf spots and beaches close to Porto. For more details about the surf spots in Espinho and Esmoriz, please have a look to each one of our house label. We’ve set up a friendly map for our surfer visitors!
Here in Watermark Surf House, we provide all the equipment needed to our guests. However, some of our guests that can already perform, or at least try to, and want to have their own surfboard often ask us for advice on which board to choose. Their concerns? 1.The surfboard has to adjust their needs and to surfing conditions; 2.Flight taxes for the board 3. Price.
So we started to work on that… And now we’re happy to have Surfactory and BROHD surfing as partners, and proud to announce it. We are sure that with these partnerships our surfing guests have an opportunity to enjoy a quality service, besides a great deal.
Surfactory team puts all their local wave knowledge and experience in surfboards. Their two brands and models offer a lack of boards that suit perfectly to the local waves and our guest’s surfing needs. Our visitors can order in advance a surfboard, enjoy a friendly discount and pick up the board once they’re here. Easy enough? Go to Surfboards, Surf gear & Surfwear (Services) and verify conditions.
Brotherhood Surfing- BROHD, is a surfing community and fair surfing gear for travellers, thought by German travellers. Surf fashion, surf ponchos and user-friendly surfboards, represent a chance for everyone to surf and embrace that lifestyle.
Therefore, our guests are now able to:
– get a surfboard appropriate for our local conditions, made by an experienced local surfing brand;
– get a surfboard thought for travellers;
– save some money on a surfboard and, at least, half of the flight taxes, as they’re able to pick the board here (Surfactory boards only).
So, once everything is settled there’s only one thing missing: you.
Watermark Surf House