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Trip: PORTUGAL

Written by surfguy888 show surfguy888 profile

Wednesday January 10 2007 11:14:31 PM

Date: from Aug 5, 2006 to Aug 19, 2006

Surf trip description:

 

I HAVE VISITED SOUTHERN PORTUGAL 4 TIMES A YEAR FOR LAST 3 YEARS, AND THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST SURF LOCATIONS IN EUROPE.  THE AREA IS MELLOW, MOST BREAKS OUTSIDE THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER ARE EMPTY, THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT AND THE LOCALS WITH ONLY A FEW EXCEPTIONS FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL.

SUMMER 2005 PROVED TO PROVIDE SOME EXCELLENT SURF DURING AUGUST.  I WATCHED WITH ANTICIPATION AS A LARGE SWELL SURGED ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AND THEN SLAMMED INTO THE ALENTEJO / ALGARVE REGION - AND I WAS READY.  ON DAY ONE OF THE SWELL I SCORED 10 FOOT FACES AT ODEIXECE SHARING THE SURF WITH 4 TRAVELLING SPANIARDS.  UNFORTUNATELY, I CREASED MY CRAB ISLAND LONGBOARD AFTER ABOUT 1.5 HOURS OF BOOMING RIGHTHANDERS.

I SPENT THE REST OF THE WEEK SURFING AMOREIRA, ARRIFANA AND MONTE CLERIGO ON A HIRED BOARD (PURE HELL!!!!).  THE SURF WAS CLEAN AND HEAD HIGH PLUS FOR THE REST OF THE HOLIDAY. I RETURNED HOME WITH SUN BURN, A FATTER BELLY AND AN EAR TO EAR GRIN.

I RETURNED TO PORTUGAL IN NOVEMBER 2006 (23RD - 30TH) TO SEE ONE OF THE BIGGEST SWELLS OF THE YEAR ARRIVE. AT MALHAO THE WAVE BREAKING ON THE BEACH HAD FACE OF ABOUT 15 FEET. ARRIFANA WAS COLOSSAL AND I HAD TO GO TO MARTINHAL JUST TO GET A CLEAN RIDEABLE WAVE, WHICH WAS ABOUT HEAD HIGH.

 

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