Portugal has a massive open secret… Follow Matt Button to discover what is going down.
Type ‘Portugal’ and ‘surf’ into the search engine of your choice and you’ll get ‘Peniche’. In fact the peninsular sweeps the board on the Google search thanks mainly to Supertubos and the ASP. After decades of seemingly invisibility Portugal is permanently on the world tour. 2013s Moche Rip Curl Pro saw WTC warhorse Kai Otton take out Rookie of the Year Nat Young in blazing barrels at Supertubos, the ‘Portuguese Pipeline’. Exciting stuff.
‘Peniche is okay’ says Renato Afonso of the Ericeira Surf Center. ‘It has lots of bays and quiet spots so lots of different surfers can still get wet. But Ericeira is open to the ocean. Whatever the Atlantic throws at us we surf’. Without the British Isles to get in the way and muddling up swells Portugal is blessed with surf from every direction. North, west and southern swells unloads into the coast; unfiltered, unabashed and untamed.