Peniche Surf Camp

Portugal: Peniche

A range of accommodation options from basic to luxury are offered here with a reef break in front of the camp and many beachbreaks within walking distance.

LowPressure's Stormrider Surf Guide says 

Portugal sits on the western edge of Europe’s continental shelf, enticing deep ocean swells to break unimpeded on its’ sunny shores. The Portuguese coast is wide open to the consistent W-NW swells that pound Europe from October to April. The climate is the most pleasant on Europe’s Atlantic seaboard, but the water remains cold year round. This coldness doesn’t transfer to the friendly people who have an affinity with the sea through their age-old traditions of seafaring and fishing. Both these themes are strong in Peniche, which is home to one of Portugal’s biggest fishing fleets. Whereas most of the Portugese seaboard faces due west, with few headlands for wind and swell protection, Peniche is on a small peninsula at right angles to the Portuguese coast. This peninsula used to be an island, until a causeway was built in the 12th century, and rarely holds much surf. Sand dunes to the north link this peninsula to the smaller Baleal peninsula, offer 5k’s (3mi) of beach break, with a N to SW exposure. Further north, the zone starts off with a major rivermouth beside the Obidos Lagoon close to Foz de Arelho, which sometimes hosts a good left. Between here and the small peninsula at Baleal is a long, straight NW facing stretch of beachbreaks, backed by fields of crops, making access difficult.

The little fishing town of Peniche is not the prettiest spot on the Portuguese coast, but it’s probably the most renowned surfing area in the country. Originally an island, Peniche became one with the mainland due to the silting up of the shallow channel that divided it from the rest of the country. Today that short and narrow spit of land contains an obscene amount of wave variety that can provide the goods in almost any conditions. Most famous is Supertubos, regarded by many as one of Europe’s best beach breaks, but there are plenty of other barrels to pull into around Peniche. Peniche is a year round destination with swell exposure on the north side of the town and shelter on the south. The town also sits at the dividing point between the cooler and wetter north and the dry, sunny south meaning that summers are long but tempered by cool sea breezes and the winters mild though occasionally stormy.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure's Stormrider Guide's website.

 

Conditions provided by the operator

Peniche is surrounded by ocean and by waves. Either on the south or the north coast there are a lot of surf spots. Here are some of the most famous:


Supertubos 
Considered the best wave in Portugal and one of the best in Europe . It is a fast and tubular wave which breaks on a hollow sand bank. It works best with SW swells and N, NE or NW winds. If you are an expert and like to be barrelled then this is the spot for you!

 

Molhe Leste 
This is a fast, tubular right hand breaking next to a pier on a sand bottom. It needs a lot of swell to work but once it's on it is considered one of the best waves around. Works best with N or NW winds and SW swells.


Lagido 
This is a famous reef break. It is a long left hand breaking on a coral reef. It is a very manoeuvrable wave with several fast and slow sessions. Works best with S, SW and SE wind and north swells. It is ideal for intermediate and advance surfers.


Cantinho 
This is an outstanding wave for beginners and intermediate surfers. It is just in front of our surf base and it is the most consistent wave during the summer time. It's a left and right peak, starting slow but as it gets to the inside becomes faster. Works best with NW winds and NW swells.


Meío da Baia 
This is a long extension of 2.5 Km of beach that starts in Peniche and ends in Baleal. It has got several surf spots breaking on neat sand banks. According to the wave size we can choose the Middle of the Bay (where the waves are higher) or Cantinho of the Bay (where the waves are smaller than The Middle of the Bay). These waves are excellent for beginners and intermediate surfers. They are soft and slow breaking ideal to improve your surfing. They work best with S, SW or SE winds and N or NW swells.


Almagreira  
This is a famous spot for surfing. The foreign surfer gave it another name: “ Red Rock”. This is a long extension of beach to the north of Lagido. It has got many surf spots and it functions when the waves are smaller in Baleal area. It is a left and a right peak with a sand bottom ideal for all levels of surfers. Functions best with S or SE winds and northern swells.


Belgas 
It’s located 10 minutes walk to the north of our surf base, next to almagreira. This is one of the favourite surf spots for the school because there are many waves spread along it. You can always find a lonely wave for you. It is best with S and SE winds and N swells. The waves here are beach break type and are ideal for every type of surfer.


Consolação  
This is a point break wave which means that it breaks next to a rock. It's a very good right hander on a reef bottom, for intermediate and advance surfers. It's fast and tubby on the inside. Works best with NW winds and S and SW swells.