The Portuguese coast is one of the most consistent in the world, but what happens when a big storm brings “too much” swell? This question was put to the test when the Doris Storm was making its way to Portugal. A red alerts was issued, and most spots were simply out of control.

That didn’t stop at least one local surfer, João Kopke, who took the opportunity to search a little further and look for spots where the swell doesn’t usually get. He searched south, starting in his hometown of Carcavelos, driving towards Lisbon,

When I take the train to college, in Lisbon, I always imagine surfing in unlikely spots. I’d seen waves in places like Cais do Sodré, Algés and Cruz Quebrada, so I knew it would be possible, with the right swell, to surf near the Belém Tower” said João.

And, to the surprise of most, the waves were really breaking at that unlikely location, so João did what he does best, he went surfing. It was a short but fun session, and a first on that spot!

The Belém Tower is one of the most amazing Portuguese monuments in the Lisbon area and is considered a world heritage site by Unesco. Commissioned by King John II, as part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River, as well a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon, the tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline Style.

And now, it’s a surf spot as well!!

Find out more about the Belém Tower in this LINK

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