Once again, Portugal and surf go hand in hand. I didn’t know about this, but Ericeira (a coastal town some 40 minutes to the North of Lisbon) was officially dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve. Why is this so big, I hear you ask? Because Ericeira became the second World Surfing Reserve overall and the first in Europe!
According to the World Surfing Reserve website “The Ericeira area of Portugal is a treasure for Portuguese and international surfers alike. The dedicated Ericeira surf zone consists of 4 km (2.5 miles) of coastline, containing seven quality surf breaks, including Pedra Branca, Reef, Ribeira d’Ilhas, Cave, Crazy Left, Coxos and São Lourenço. (…) ‘Ericeira is very special because there are so many great breaks in a very small area,’ said Portuguese world tour surfer Tiago Pires, who spoke at the dedication.”
Surf is more than just keeping your balance on top of a surf board – it has to do with nature, with being one with the ocean. This designation has to do with that, exactly: it is a tribute to the Ericeira surf zone and it tries to develop efforts to maintain it as unique and natural as it is. Sounds very good to me!