Dear Surf Travelers,
“Mai ist vorbei” as well as another Liftsurf-Trip! This was the third I organised and building on the experience from the last two trips, I’m glad to say, that the outcome was very positive.
We had fantastic surf conditions, specially on the first days, with small but perfect waves, sun and warm weather… even the water was clear and much warmer than the normal!
Because the group was very fit we surfed almost always to times a day with the surf course in the morning and a free surf in the afternoon. The motivation was high, which was great, but I’m afraid some will need a vacation after this vacation in order to collect all the energy back! Well, at least no one can say you did’t made the best of it!:)
The cornerstones of the Liftsurf concept, combining Surf with the discovery of the surrounding Nature and Culture, were again part of the program. Beside the regular surf courses that took place every morning, we also did a city and a nature tour during the trip.
Under a warming sun and a cool coastal breeze we found the perfects conditions to explore the small nautical city of Viana do Castelo. We started by taking the small ferry across the river, following a 1 hour walk in the city. After we tried some of the tasty “Bolas de Berlim” from Manuel Natário, the most typical and famous pastry shop in the region. For the most part the taste of this traditional sweets generated directly a few fans. The questions that arose was, how many of this can we bring back home in a bag?
We ended this tour watching the evening sun shining over the city on the Santuário de Santa Luzia with an amazing panorama view over the coast and the surrounding mountains.
For the Nature tour we didn’t had the same weather conditions. Because it rained most of the day we had to improvise and we couldn’t stick to the initial plan, that was visiting the waterfalls from Pincho. Anyway, the alternative was not short of fun!:)
Has a joke we start calling the nature tour, the “bar tour”! After visiting 2 other famous surf spots along the coast, we stopped in a café in Moledo, where we drank a few super-bocks (beer) to cheer up the raining day. We kept driving to Caminha, where we met the Spanish boarder and after that we started driving up inland to the mountains. Here we stopped in Caçana. A very traditional Portuguese “Tasca” that served us some local dishes of bread, meet and… snails!! The snail season started earlier this year allowing us (or the bravest of us) to taste this delicacy. All the food was accompanied from the “Champarrion” a typical drink from this region of Portugal which the recipe made some eyebrows move. Let’s just say, with a few cups of it, everyone was dancing their way back to the center! The day culminated with our last dinner party and night out in Viana, which made out a perfect end for the program… That was for some one of the best parts of the trip!
What I found the best about the trip was simply the great friendly atmosphere! Everyone was always in a great mood and relaxed, which made it very easy for me.
Of course it took some work to organize everything but at the end it did’t felt like much…
…the reason was that I was having really a lot of fun!:)
Now I’m looking forward for our next meeting! Being it in Portugal, Germany or on our next Liftsurf-Trip!:)