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Surfing in Portugal – Europe’s West Coast

By: soldomus. Posted: October 15, 2012 . In: Authenticity Experience, Blog-News, Events in Cascais Area, News
World Tour venue Supertubos

Since the official dedication of the World Surfing Reserve in Ericeira (30 km North of Lisbon) in October 2011, only second to Malibu in California, Portugal has been worldwide acknowledged as world class surfing ground. After a long hiatus, the Dream Tour returned to Portugal in 2009 for the Rip Curl The Search Pro in Supertubos – Peniche, and the spectacular venue became a regular ASP World Tour event since.

As we are now advancing onto the third round of the 2012 event, we seized the opportunity to chat with a reputed Portuguese surfer, and hear his thoughts on the future of Portugal as a surfing destination. João Pelágio is a former contender to the Portuguese Tour, and after extensive visits to various spots around the globe, his firm belief is that Portugal is the best overall option.

Here is a copy of the interview:

1. João, as an experienced and worldly surfer, you had the opportunity to surf in some of the world’s most sought after regions. In your opinion, why should European travellers consider surfing in Portugal, instead of renown exotic destinations, such as Bali or the Goldcoast? What are the main advantages Portugal has for surfers? 

So far, I have been surfing for 18 years in the some of the best places in the world and Portugal is still my favorite location worldwide, maybe in parity with Indonesia (but for different reasons). To consider why Portugal is the best location for European travellers, I will be comparing it with some of the most known surf areas worldwide, ranging from Costa Rica, West Coast US, East Coast US, Goldcoast Australia, etc..

I used a few variables that create my conditions for a perfect trip, ranging from waves, to fun programs, safety, among others



In terms of timing, you can get to Portugal by plane from most places in Europe in 2 to 3 hours. I lived in Barcelona for 2 years and I used to come to surf on weekends at least twice a month, for a cheap flight and a not exhausting trip. When you compare this to Bali or the Maldives, the cost and duration of the journey make it impossible for a short trip.Overall, Portugal is the top location if you consider you will find great weather, in comparison to the rest of Europe (plus North America); huge variety and frequency of surf, from beachbreaks (like Supertubos) to point breaks all over Ericeira, and the little breaks near Lisbon when the swell maxes out. Besides all this, you can enjoy great food, quality urban life and nice locals that speak English.

Pelágio sets his rail for a backside tube, somewhere in Southern Portugal

Pelágio sets his rail for a backside tube, somewhere in Southern Portugal

2. Surfing has been on a roll in the recent years in Portugal, with the regular ASP World Tour event in Supertubos – Peniche since 2009, and the dedication of Ericeira as a World Surfing Reserve (only second to Malibu, CA). How would you evaluate, in a global outlook, the protected 4 km of surfing grounds in Ericeira, and the Supertubos break in Peniche?

I believe the biggest blessing of Portugal is the proximity of excellent and magical surf within a 150 km range, concentrated in 4 top locations: Costa da Caparica (on the South Bank of the Tagus River, facing Lisbon to the North); Estoril and Cascais (15 km West of Lisbon); Ericeira (40 km North of Lisbon) and Peniche (100 km North of Lisbon).

Focusing on the most popular, Supertubos in Peniche is just the cherry on top of the cake: a perfect sand-bar that stays consistent year after year and produces amazing barrels. And all around Peniche you will find 20 other spots from point breaks to beach breaks for every kind of surfer. For some reason this year is the 4th in a row with great waves for the World Tour Event. Regarding Ericeira, my favorite area in Portugal, it has amazing point-breaks for every taste, longboard style to hardcore slabs.

Santo Amaro, just off Lisbon, is an occasional winter break, boasting critical tube rides over a shallow 40 cm layer of water

Santo Amaro de Oeiras, just outside Lisbon, is an occasional winter break, boasting critical tube rides over a shallow 40 cm layer of water

So many quality spots within such short distance is something I have never seen anywhere in the world (Bali is also a really good contender for this argument).


3. You were born and raised in the Estoril – Cascais area, and after a few years living abroad, you are back in Estoril. For those who are not familiar with the area, how would you describe, in terms of surfing, the 25 km coastline connecting Oeiras to Sintra?

Cascais and Estoril areas are very similar to the San Diego Area in the US, in terms of waves and environment, urban area with lively lifestyle, diversity of beaches with average crowd (worse on weekends), and waves ranging from waist high to well above overhead. Usually friendly locals and interested about travellers.

Coxos is among the most sought after right handers in Europe

Coxos is among the most sought after right handers in Europe

The town of Cascais faces South West, so it gets big northwest swells that turn around the city and hit the coast down to Oeiras (before Lisbon), but on smaller days you can surf the beachbreaks that are directly exposed to N-NW swells, like Guincho and Praia Grande (on the other side of the Sintra hills). These 2 places are so exposed that waves are never below waist high. I think in a full year you might get 10 days (never in a row) that are totally flat.

My advise, is get a car and just discover, I have been surfing this coast for 18 years and I am still discovering new spots each month.



For those eager to know more about the official dedication of Ericeira as World Surfing Reserve, here is the link to the full article on the WSG website

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World Tour venue Supertubos

ASP World Tour venue Supertubos

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New UNESCO World Heritage Site in Portugal – Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications

By: soldomus. Posted: October 1, 2012 . In: News
The garrison border town of Elvas

Dating back as far as the Romans, the border town of Elvas,  facing the “ciudad” of Badajoz, was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site last June. The garrison town, strategically located on the route connecting the two capitals, Lisbon and Madrid, is now worldwide renown for having the largest bulwarked dry-ditch military fortification and rampart system in the world. The impressive fortifications are intrinsically connected to Portuguese history, and played a major role in securing the Portuguese independence during the Portuguese War of Restoration (1641-68).

Here is a summary of the article on the UNESCO website, reporting the new listing.

“Guarding the key border crossing between Portugal’s capital Lisbon and Spain’s capital Madrid, in an undulating, riverine landscape, the Garrison Town of Elvas was fortified extensively from the 17th to the 19th centuries to become the largest bulwarked dry ditch system in the world, with outlying forts built on surrounding hills to accommodate the changing needs of defensive warfare.
The town was supplied with water by the 7km-long Amoreira Aqueduct, built in the late 16th and early 17th centuries and a key feature enabling the stronghold to withstand a lengthy siege. Within the walls, the town contains extensive barracks and other military buildings, as well as churches and monasteries, some adapted to military functions. The property includes seven components: the Historic Centre, the Amoreira Aqueduct, the Fort of Santa Luzia, and the covered way linking it to the Historic Centre, the Fort of Graça, and the Fortlets of São Mamede, São Pedro and São Domingos.

The Amoreira Aqueduct

The Amoreira Aqueduct

The historic centre with its castle, remnant walls and civil and religious buildings demonstrate the development of Elvas as three successive walled towns from the 10th to the 14th century and its subsequent incorporation into the major fortification works of the Portuguese War of the Restoration period (1641-68), when a wide range of military buildings were built for its role as a garrison town.
The bulwarked fortifications of the town and the outlying Fort of Santa Luzia and Graça and fortlets of São Mamede, São Pedro and São Domingos reflect the evolution of the Dutch system of fortification into an outstanding dry-ditch defence system.
These surviving fortifications were begun in 1643 and comprise twelve forts inserted in an irregular polygon, roughly centred on the castle and making use of a landscape of hills. The bulwarks are battered, surrounded by a dry ditch and counterscarp and further protected by a number of ravelins. The fortifications were designed by the Dutch Jesuit Cosmander, based on the treaties of fortification engineer Samuel Marolois, whose work together with that of Simon Stevin and Adam Fritach launched the Dutch school of fortification worldwide. Cosmander applied the geometric theory of Marolois to the irregular topography of Elvas, to produce a defensive system considered a masterpiece of its time.
In the 18th century the Fort of Graça was constructed in response to the development of longer-range artillery, as well as four fortlets to the west.

One of the massive fortresses

One of the massive fortresses

As the remains of an enormous war fortress, Elvas is exceptional as a military landscape with visual and functional relationships between its fortifications, representing developments in military architecture and technology drawn from Dutch, Italian, French and English military theory and practice. Elvas is an outstanding demonstration of Portugal’s desire for land and autonomy, and the universal aspirations of European nation States in the 16th-17th centuries.”

For those of you who would like to know more, please follow this link to the article on the UNESCO website.

The Alentejo (Portuguese word for “beyond the Tagus river”) area near the Spanish border offers spectacular scenic drives and unique landscapes. This is now the second UNESCO World Heritage Site in the region (the first one was the city of Évora, 50 km away), where the landscape is marked by medieval towns, castles, roman temples and abbeys; accompanied by the friendliest people in Europe and a rich culinary history. The recent years have brought a new wave of visitors, who are keen on using the large artificial lakes of the region (such as the 250 km2 Alqueva dam reservoir, the largest artificial lake in Europe), to bathe and tour from April to mid-October. Large parties can stay at the unique Monte das Fontes, a luxurious 7 bedroom manor in a private 600 ha estate with its private swimming and boating lake facing the house; and smaller families at Monte Rei Santo, a 3 bedroom cottage with private pool; and experience the unspoilt Alentejo and all it has to offer.

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Surf Godesses – Surf Women’s Pro 21 to 23 September 2012

By: John. Posted: August 27, 2012 . In: Authenticity Experience, Events in Cascais Area, News

Estoril Surf Women’s Pro returns in 2012 with a change in dates to September for a better swell window in Praia da Bafureira, Cascais – Portugal. The Portuguese event has been a regular stop on the European leg of the ASP World Tour since 2008 and became increasingly popular to many of the World’s Best Women Surfers.

Joana Rocha, an experience competitor on the ASP European Tours, and in charge of the organization of this event with her sister Rita and their company Rocksisters, is delighted to once again have the opportunity to host a 6-Star Women’s event in her local town of Cascais.

Up until last year, the event used to run in June, but the decision was taken in 2012 to move the Estoril Surf Women’s Pro to September 21-23, to coincide with a better wind and swell window on the Portuguese coast. Forecast analytics show that September is the perfect time of year to run the event with a swell consistency of 78% and an average size of 6Ft. Winds are also very favorable with an offshore North-East dominancy throughout the early Autumn season.

Joana Rocha, who has been a regular European Top 10 finisher on the ASP rankings, has taken on the development of Women’s surfing in Portugal and is proud to lead a movement intended to bring Portuguese Women’s surfing to the best international level.

“One of the most important issue is that Portuguese surfer girls can compete with the best surfers in the world. Every year we give a big push in this direction, to have a Portuguese on the Women’s World Tour in a couple of years ! That’s what we really want and so does Portugal ! Surf is one of the most important sports here, so RockSisters and Portugal want to do everything that we can to support the sport and the athletes. Every year a lot of people all around Portugal, Spain and France come to Cascais to see the competition and to get to know all the professional girls. This counts as a huge income for the hotels, restaurants and shops. This is a very important event for our community. Surf, Sailing, Horse Riding, Moto GP, Tennis and Golf are the main sports in Cascais !”

The Estoril Surf Women’s Pro is made possible with the support of the following event partners:  Cascais City Hall, Turismo Estoril amongst others.

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Harley Davidson annual rally in Cascais – MORADA DO SOL

By: John. Posted: August 20, 2012 . In: Authenticity Experience, News

“Life is two days and the carnival is three” (“A Vida são dois dias e o carnaval são três”) is a Portuguese expression that as the same meaning as the expression “Life is two days”. This year the Portuguese expression got an updated, “Life is two days, the carnival is three and the Harley Davidson party in Cascais is four!”

During 4 days, more than 12 thousand Harley Davidson motorcycle owners gathered in Cascais from all over the world, to show these mythical machines. All of them are surprisingly different but they all sound equally seductive. This orchestra attracted more than 100 thousand adepts and families to the Marina of Cascais.

The Street of Cascais gained a new life with this event , the perfect harmony between the pride of the population that welcomed the motards and the pleasure of the visitor for this harm welcome. The locals approached the rigorously  dressed motards, with their leather jackets, to take photos with them and their amazing asphalt machines. With the will to know more about the Portuguese culture, and completely surrendered to Cascais hospitality, the owners of the Harley Davidson brought a new dynamic to the traditional commerce.

The Harley Owners Group were delighted with the conditions that  Cascais provided to his members and they ashore the Mayor of Cascais that they will return.

We will be anxiously waiting.

Fortepaulle and Primault we graciously thank you for chosing Sol-Domus.


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MULTI-ONE Championship

By: John. Posted: August 20, 2012 . In: Events in Cascais Area, News

Ocean World Tour


14 Setembro 2012 – 14h00 – Speed Trials Lisbon
15 Setembro 2012 – 14h00 – Cascais Race 


 The Multi One Championship brings together the adventure of ocean races with the tension and drama of inshore races. Performance, speed and endurance are the winning combination in yacht races. Held within easy view of the public, the races of the Multi One Championship combine sport, spectacle and suspense, within the heart of the leading economic capitals.

Ocean World Tour
Every 3 years – 5 to 6 stopovers – crew races

European Tour
Every year – 6 to 8 stopovers – crew races


Transatlantic races – crew races
The official program will be defined in collaboration with the title partner.


In the beginning, an encounter and an initial commitment:

In 2008, the director of a company based in Switzerland’s Vaud region, Marco Simeoni, had just created the holding company Veltigroup and was just looking for an appropriate means of communicating when he got to know Swiss skipper, Stève Ravussin. From this encounter came the fitting-out of an evolutionary catamaran at the heart of a Swiss championship. An endorsement followed and a Decision35 began to sport the colours of Veltigroup!

The revival of the oceanic multihull: 

The 1980s represented the advent of the multihull with a number of fabulous projects, though all too often they were overambitious. From that point, all the protagonists were keen to redefine a framework with strict dimensions: it was the birth of the 60 foot multihulls; a class measurement which would then form a unity within a class known as ORMA (Ocean Racing Multihulls association), which was governed according to an open class measurement.
After 15 years of adventures offshore and following the Route du Rhum 2006, the ORMA class ended up undergoing massive change: changes of status, an evolution in the Board of Directors, the nomination of a new President, Patrick Chapuis, and an Executive chairman, Franck David.
It was at the start of the Vendée Globe 2008 that Stève Ravussin and Franck David, who has accompanied the former in his various sailing projects since 1999, presented the Multi One Design project to Marco Simeoni. Its ethos centred on completely identical oceanic multihulls.

The concept of everyone racing on an equal footing on the ocean planet appealed to the Swiss company director. Indeed the latter didn’t think twice about investing in and working on the idea, initially refining the overall concept by bringing an international and eco-friendly dimension to it! Marco Simeoni signed an order for five MOD70s, which was the starting point for “The Multi One Design Story…”.

Besides the sporting aspect, which the enthusiastic entrepreneur fully believes in, this committed man also saw in this class a means to promote an environmental notion which is dear to him. Marco thus added a prerequisite to the realisation of this project: the preservation of water.

The concomitant creation of Multi One Design Ltd. and the Multi One Attitude Foundation:

The Multi One Design company, based in Lausanne, saw the light of day in 2009 and with it a class of one-design oceanic trimarans: the MOD70s.

Parallel to this the Multi One Attitude Foundation was created, which is a charitable organisation that aims to inform, share and act on the problems associated with water and the preservation of the oceans. The latter is to use the MOD70 Race for Water as an ambassador.

Launch in 2009 of the development and construction of the MOD70 series, designed by the VPLP design office 

The aim is to build a boat which will be the reference for the next ten years (2010-2020); a one-design 70 foot trimaran which satisfies very precise specifications related to modernism, performance, safety and longevity.
The development of what will be the future MOD70 is taking place with the collaboration of the VPLP design firm VPLP (Vincent Lauriot-Prévost / Marc Van Peteghem).
A restricted intake of 12 craft was set at the very beginning of the project, with a maximum of four craft per nation so as to favour the internationalisation of the class.

With the MOD70 resolutely geared towards oceanic navigation, each craft will embark innovative communication systems for ‘live’ tracking of the races and the maximum amount of information, which will be available for all elements of the multimedia spectrum.

At the end of 2011, seven teams are involved:

Very soon, some renowned skippers became involved in the class. The pioneers were Michel Desjoyeaux and his boat owner Foncia, who from January 2010 announced their return to the multihull and their participation in the Multi One Championship. Since then other teams have declared their interest:
21 January 2010: Michel Desjoyeaux / Foncia
21 May 2010: Sébastien Josse / Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
29 October 2010: Roland Jourdain / Véolia Environnement
17 August 2011: Sidney Gavignet / Oman Sail
27 September 2011: Yann Guichard / Spindrift racing
25 October 2011: Jean-Pierre Dick / Paprec-Virbac
End of 2011, seven teams representing 3 nationalities have committed to the MOD70 circuit and the quota of French participants has been reached!
The Multi One Championship will really take shape in 2012 with the first two events: the KRYS OCEAN RACE, the start of which will be given on 7 July from New York and the European Tour which will set off from Kiel on 2 September.

From 1972 to today, a review of 30 years of multihulls:

1985 Birth of the FORMULA 40S
1995 Birth of the ORMA class (60 feet trimarans)
2009 Birth of the MOD70 class
2011 Launch of the first four MOD70s
2012 KRYS OCEAN RACE, launch of the Multi One Championship

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