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Top 5 surf songs: What’s your favorite?

Surfing and music go together like wine and cheese, Laverne and Shirley or Germany and trying to take over Europe. From Dick Dale to the Beach Boys to the Agent Orange, surf music kind of began in the 1960s and then died in the 80s. Of course it didn’t really die, as many bands of the original genre have continued, but I don’t know if there have been any significant

What is adaptive surfing?

Adaptive surfing is based on the ideas that water heals, surfing is fun and that everyone — regardless of physical challenges — should be able to enjoy it. Makes sense, right? But surfing is not an easy sport, it’s a considerable physical challenge in itself and if you’re missing a limb or are partially paralysed, that makes it even more so. And then there’s Bethany Hamilton, who despite losing an

Ericeira: Away from the crowd, but in the zone

There’s something special about Portugal’s surf scene. A small, relatively out-of-the-way destination in general, this country is kind of an open secret. Tourism is big, but it’s not huge, sort of like European surfing. Some of Portugal’s surf spots — in fact some of its very best — are also just enough off the beaten path that they remain refreshingly pure, clean and relatively free from crowds. Travel writer Emma

Inland surfing: Headed for the Olympics?

A new technology that creates “perfect waves” could mean that the sport of surfing will be included in the Olympic Games. To include surfing in the Olympics wouldn’t be such a surprising development. After all we’ve seen the addition of snowboarding and even recently BMX.  A far older and more popular sport, it’s strange that surfing isn’t already a part of the Summer Olympics. But the problem with surfing in

Places to eat and drink in Ericeira

You’re on holiday in a surfing paradise. A place with so many world-class breaks dotting the picturesque coastline you can’t try them all. Not this time. And what of this town and its surroundings? What does this sleepy Portuguese fishing village have to offer besides waves? Are there things to do in Ericeira when you’re not surfing besides eating, sleeping and winding down with a cold beer while the sun sets? Of course there are,

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