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If you are thinking of heading to Portugal
for a surf holiday in the next year, then knowing which type of wetsuit to wear is essential. Being able to stay out in the water for as long as possible, and make the most of when the waves are good is what all surfers want to do. So what do you need to know if you’re planning that Portuguese surf adventure?
There’s great surf to be found in the northern part of Portugal especially around the city of Porto. The Atlantic waves buffet the coastline and churn up some slightly colder surf than you make expect from the warm air temperatures, so throughout the year you will be wanting to wear a wetsuit.
During the summer months a light 3/2mm spring suit will be more than enough, however for the remainder of the year you will be reaching for the thicker 4/3mm or even 5/3mm in the depths of winter. Look for hyper stretch wetsuits so that even when the water temperature takes a deep you don’t trade manoeuvrability for warmth.
The further south you travel, the warmer the waters… so no wonder so many surfers love central Portugal’s waves. Think Ericeira
and even the country’s capital of Lisbon
, and you have a great list of world class surf towns and waves to choose from.
Similarly to northern Portugal it takes a while for central Portugal’s waters to warm up, but they are milder that the north’s, so during the summer months there will be a few weeks when you can reach for those boardshorts. However, for the majority of the year it is best to wear a spring suit or even winter steamer when it’s the end of winter/beginning of spring when the ocean is at its coldest.
If you simply love being warm in and out of the water, then southern Portugal is a winner. Boardshorts can be worn for August and September in the surf around Lagos
in the south of Portugal as its ocean temperatures reach 23 degrees C on average. In fact the average water temperature only dips to 17 degrees during the winter and spring months, so a good spring wetsuit will keep you warm all year round.
Of course keeping warm isn’t just from your wetsuit in Portugal… make sure you get your core temperature up post surf with a good dose of local food and drink at one of the thousands of restaurants, cafes or tascas!
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Hot sunshine, powerful waves, beautiful landscapes, and teeming market places… just a few of the things that has drawn surfers to Morocco’s shores for decades. If you are thinking about where to book your next surf holiday for the winter months, then Morocco
has got a lot to offer. If you haven’t been there before, you are going to be spoiled. Unlike northern Europe in the winter months, Morocco manages to keep balmy temperatures of 20 degrees C during the daytime, but cooler in the evening so you can still wrap up warm and relax for a post surf snooze.
If you feel the lure of the sub-tropical climate and near perfect waves is working its magic on you, then check out our easy guide for the best surf in our favourite surf towns:
If there’s one place you visit for surf in Morocco it is Taghazout
. The surf town is only 20 minutes drive from Agadir and 40 minutes from the airport, and has some of the best surf in the world. For anyone who is a beginner surfer get yourself booked in with the surf camp, and head to Panoramas or Devil’s Rock for some beautiful mellow surf to get you up and riding. If you somehow had your fill of Panoramas or Devil’s Rock, then explore the coastline and venture 10km north to the town of Tamri which also has some great beginner waves.
Panoramas’ right hand mellow waves can also gain some punch, so for those surfers looking to progress and improve their skills look for when the surf is pushing through and head down for something a little more challenging. Close to Panoramas and even closer to your accommodation
is Hash’s Point. This right hand break may appear easy going, but will give you the opportunity get stuck in with your turns and cut-backs.
3- Advanced Spots
It would be a crime not to mention some of Morocco’s best waves in this blog- so if you know your stuff and fancy a bit of a dare you need to stay in Taghazout and surf the infamous right-hand break Anchor Point
. If this isn’t enough for you, add in the sure fired expert waves of La Source and Killers (right hand point break), which both lie around Taghazout’s headland. There are masses of world class breaks to uncover along Morocco’s coast, so make sure you hire a guide and vehicle and go explore.