Surfers Lodge Peniche

Portugal: Peniche

High end surf camp in wave-rich Peniche with an amazing in-house restaurant, roof-top Jacuzzi and various accommodation including dorms, doubles and suites.

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.

 

Waves

Lagide

Lagide is Peniche's only reef break. Surf this place on low tide and south winds. It could get really crowded on the weekend, and the take off zone is small, so make sure to follow the pecking order and obey the rules.

 

Baleal beach (north end)

The North end of Baleal Beach is where most of the surf lessons will take place. Here the waves wrap around Baleal Peninsula to create excellent conditions for beginners.

 

Baleal beach (south end)

If the wind is coming from the south this spot is the go. The waves changes quite a bit depending on the sandbanks but if you walk down the beach you will find good waves

 

Molho Leste

Molhe Leste is an amazing wave that bounces off a pier. This gets good when Supertubos is too big and out of control. The main hazards here are the locals. They can get quite agitated if you don't know your place in the water. A humble approach is recommended. Respect the locals and they will respect you.

 

Supertubos

Supertubos is located south of the Peniche peninsula. This wave is only suitable for experienced surfers. However, when the waves are big, it is an amazing place to watch. You can expect many big tubes and broken boards. Best wind direction for this spot is east (off shore winds).