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Take a Surf Trip to Portugal This Summer and Bring an Android Box

Published / by Sarah1

So the summer is finally here (well kind of!) and whilst that means good weather and is what most people look forward to, for us surfers it means flat seas. It is a good idea then to take for one of the surfing capitals of Europe in Portugal. Not only does it mean you can get great waves but also a chance to get some sun and have an all round good time.

Because Portugal is so south it is under the mid Atlantic rift which Ireland gets but it still manages to get good waves year round. Portugal has everything you could want from a holiday as a surfer. From giant waves year around to great weather and all at an affordable price. There are also waves for every type of surfer. For beginners there are some nice beach breaks which are perfect learning on and the beaches are long enough so that you will not be in anyone’ way so you can learn in peace.

For the more advanced surfers there are peaks all along the coast line which will require more experience. Some things to bring to Portugal this summer are of course your surf board, a spare leash and always bring some wax as depending on where you are going there is not always surf shops close to good breaks. I would also look at bringing some other things to make yourself at home. I always bring my laptop to check my emails and do some work in the evenings after a surf and never go anywhere without my android box which allows me to watch movies and TV from Ireland when I am not going out in the evenings. This summer the Lions rugby team are playing and rugby is not big in Portugal so my android box will be getting a good using.

So this is what I recommend if you are looking for an affordable surf this summer whilst getting some sun. Drinks are cheaper than Ireland and depending on where you are going accommodation is not overly expensive.
 

The best wave forecaster for Ireland?

Published / by Sarah1

A big part of surfing anywhere but especially in Ireland is predicting when and where you are going to get the best waves. Many surfers will know their local beaches and what makes them go off for example my local beach can get really good surf with a few days off onshore followed by a day off shore. It just creates beautiful lines and makes a really good surf. Of course not every beach is the same and many surfers coming to Ireland will need to check out a surf forecast.

My favorite one is magicseaweed.com as it gives loads of detailed information such a swell height, wind direction, water temperature (usually cold) and even gives a star rating for each beach as we all know big surf is not necessarily good surf. It also allows you to upload pictures and videos and tag them for the beach that you were at or closest too which is a pretty cool feature. We also have a gallery on this site for you to upload pics and tag what beaches they are from.

For surfers who want to learn about the surf in Ireland magicseaweed has a great write up on what generally makes the surf in Ireland go off here. So for travel ling surfers this is what I recommend as it gives the most information and is generally quite accurate. Another quick tip I have for people traveling is that I often bring my android tv box with me as when staying in b&bs and other accommodation, it can get a bit boring so this allow me to watch movies and TV in between my surfs!