Surfing is waiting, a lot of waiting. I you’re not waiting until you’re close to a set, it’s because you’re enlessly waiting for the waves. I was in Madeira – Europe’s hidden surfgem for 2 days of surfing and tried to surf her waves. Yes, I tried, because surfing is all about depending on the wind and thus the swell. I catched a few waves though!
My first waves
A rocky place
On the way back we still get the shock of our lives: our surfboards fly of the car i na tunnel. They are spread on the road and we are all shocked. For some dark reason, the straps of the board got loose. Fortunately there is no traffic behind us…
Madeira, the Hawaii of the Atlantic Ocean
Advanced spot: Jardiem do Mar
Madeira has beautiful, long and sometimes violent waves. There are point and beach breaks which for pro’s and intermediate surfers. The second day we start our day with a good Galao (a type of latte machiatto). Then enjoy watching the advanced surfers from the group journalists I was with for a good session of surf all day while baking a bit in the sun.
The most beautiful waves are in Paul do Mar, so we drive to Jardim do Mar for lunch and come back when the waves are better in Jardim do Mar. Around the end of the afternoon, the swell is back again and prosurfer Pascal van der Mast has a great session of water and says he feels just like a beginner. He has some pain here and there (hurt his hip) and has struggled to reach the rocks to get out of the water. I thought for a moment that I was a noobie, but hey, for some surfers there are waves and oceans they have to surf like us beginners as well I guess. And this comforts me, a bit :)
What do you think about Madeira? Ever been to?