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The best Portuguese waves for beginners and pros by the best surf coaches in Portugal

Kike
Laranjinha

Kike &

Laranjinha

We sat down with the two of the best surf coaches in Portugal, Kike and, Larajinha, to talk shop about surf, the best waves around for beginners and the best performing waves for pros. We got the chance to learn a bit more about them and their views on the best waves in Portugal for Beginners and for Pro surfers.

Enrique Lenzano (Kike)

Enrique Lenzano (Kike)

Francisco Laranjinha

Francisco Laranjinha

Here's what they have to say about it.

Kike, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you ended up being a surf coach?

My name is Enrique Lenzano I was born in 1980, learned to walk on the sand at my father’s beach concession, spent every summer of my childhood and as a teenager on the beach, three months of beach and ocean a year. In 1985 I had the first experience with a surfboard, it belonged to Martin the lifeguard who worked for my father. Since then I never stop surfing.

As I grew up and traveled around the world, I realized that the lack of someone with technical knowledge conditioned my surfing, I was limited in certain aspects that later became “bad habits” incorrect moves.

It was this lack of mentoring that led me to invest in academic skills in order to become a Surf Coach and to be able to help those who want to improve their surf, so they can make the most out of a wave, every surf session.

I went to Cornwall College to study Surf Science and Technology; Completed the Level I and II Surf Coach Course on the Portuguese Surfing Federation and a Postgraduate in Sports training with specialization in Surfing in the FMH (Faculty of Human Kinetics)

Since then I have been helping athletes from the first contact with the sea all the way to professionalism, such as Luís Perloiro and the development of Teresa Bonvalot, also I helped already formed athletes such as Tomás Fernandes, Jácome Correia, Nic Von Rupp, Vasco Ribeiro and others to achieve their goals.

In a new professional chapter recently, I became the Director of the surf coach training course at the Jean Piaget Institue.

Tell us about your top 5 waves for beginners (and what is a good wave for beginners)?

For me, the best wave spots for beginners are Costa da Caparica, Baleal, Arrifana , Leca and São Torpes

Costa da Caparica

Portugal Lisboa

Costa da Caparica

Prainha

Portugal Peniche

Prainha

Arrifana

Portugal Alentejo

Arrifana

Matosinhos

Portugal Norte Porto

Matosinhos

Sao Torpes

Portugal Alentejo

Sao Torpes

A good wave for a beginner is a wave that allow you to get on your feet without too much turbulence, and roll for a long period of time.

On the other spectrum, tell us about your top 5 waves for pro surfers?

For me, the best are Supertubos, Nazaré, Zavial, Santa Cruz and Carcavelos.

Supertubos

Portugal Peniche

Supertubos

Praia do Norte Nazare

Portugal North Beira

Praia do Norte Nazare

Zavial

Portugal Algarve

Zavial

Santa Cruz

Portugal Peniche

Santa Cruz

Carcavelos

Portugal Lisboa

Carcavelos

A good wave for an advance level surfer is a wave that provides a nice standing wall to surf with speed, perform radical maneuvers and get barrel.


Larajinha over to you, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you ended up being a surf coach?

My name is Francisco Laranjinha and I'm a surf coach and a Surfer. I was born in a sports family. Both my parents were coaches, coaching several national teams in tennis.

My uncles were one of the first surfers in Portugal, and got me into it when I was 4 years old. Since then I've been obsessed with it. Did my career as a junior and meantime, started teaching classes. After my competition career, I became a full time surfing coach and have been doing so for around 17 years.

I teach every surfing stage from 3 to 40 years old, from freesurfing, to competition and performance passing through big wave surfing on WSL contests. This work includes every bit of surf coaching. I teach in and out of the water, depending on the demand, I video analise student's surf with real pro's examples, I program seasons with competitions and Nationa and international surftrips and I get strategy and technique in, everything to get my surfers to the next level.

Coaching for 17 years. Been part of the growth of many upcoming national top ranked surfers. Been doing surfing seasons with my surfers in Australia, Indonesia, Europe, California and more.

As a coach I won regional contests, top 5 national finishes, won National Cups and competed in the wsl Big Wave Surfing and WQS with my surfers.

My most advanced surfers right now are big wave surfer António Laureano (@tonylaureano_surf) and competitor and also bigger surf passionate Camila Cardoso (@camilarpcardoso).

Tell us about your top 5 waves for beginners (and what is a good wave for beginners)?

Praia do Baleal, S. Pedro do Estoril, Costa da Caparica, Baia de Peniche, Arrifana.

Prainha

Portugal Peniche

Prainha

Baia

Portugal Peniche

Baia

Costa da Caparica

Portugal Lisboa

Costa da Caparica

Arrifana

Portugal Alentejo

Arrifana

For a beginner you would need a controlled field where you don't have to worry much about big surf. You need space and sand surf picks.

To have long and happy rides where you learn faster and have more experience on a board in the ocean, you need long foam waves where maybe you have no steep drops and maybe you can have 2 mellow drops connected by 1 wave reforming.

On the other spectrum, tell us about your top 5 waves for pro surfers?

Carcavelos, Costa da Caparica, Bafureira S. Pedro do Estoril, Ribeira D'ilhas, Praia da Rata Cascais

Carcavelos

Portugal Lisboa

Carcavelos

Costa da Caparica

Portugal Lisboa

Costa da Caparica

Bafureira

Portugal Lisboa

Bafureira

Ribeira Dilhas

Portugal Ericeira

Ribeira Dilhas

Well for an advanced surfer you would want a more challenging wave. Nevertheless, it should be in a controlled environment, where you're safe. Meaning you can start experimenting point breaks in more mellow waves. Do not try heavy slaby or tricky waves. Keep your eyes on safe waves so you can enjoy at the end of the day. You can go for slightly bigger waves on a beach with space and sand. You still have faster and more challenging waves in a safe way. You don't have to risk it like a Pro, just go for fun sessions.

Thank you very much Kike and Larajinha for sharing your thougths on this.

See you guys around and hope you are getting good waves!

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