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Retro surf festival in Ericeira: Twins & Fins

Before neon, surfing in leggings, wetsuits, artificial reefs and wave pools, when modern surfing was but a young sport, it was associated with things like Aloha shirts, wood-panelled station wagons, VW buses and twangy instrumental guitar music. Then came the Beach Boys, Gidget, Frankie & Annette and the things simply got out of hand. By the mid 1960s surf culture had already become commercialised. It then took on many forms, dropping in popularity and then resurfacing bigger than ever.

For those who dream about the golden era of surfing, there are retro surf brands, classic surf music, old American hot-rods and loads of other bits of nostalgia for those who never witnessed it in the first place. Let’s face it — they’d have to be pretty old if they did. I’m 42 and surf nostalgia for me is the day-glow shorts, slip-on Vans and Sex Wax t-shirts of the early to mid 1980s.

But these are the days of the wistful hipsters: Mad Men, artsy burlesque shows and taxidermy. Seriously, stuffed dead animals have actually become cool. But back to surfing: how does retro surf play out in southern Europe, which was a world away from Southern California during the 1960s? I’m guessing there wasn’t much rock ‘n’ roll surf culture under Salazar’s dictatorship. There must have been something, but we’d have to ask the “Father of Portuguese Surfing”, one Pedro Martins de Lima to answer that question accurately.

Nonetheless, Ericeira is once again playing host to a growing part of contemporary surf culture in the form of the Twins & Fins Festival, which will feature different aspects of retro surf culture, including old style boards, old style rock ‘n’ roll music, as well as classic motorcycles and hot rods. There will be surf competitions, exhibitions and fun fun fun in the sun sun sun. Best of all it’s 100% free entree!

Twins & Fins takes place at Ribeira d’Ilhas beach on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of September in beautiful Ericeira, Portugal. Be there or be square.

Check out the Twins & Fins Facebook page for more.

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