Portugal Travel Diary
At just 13 year’s of age Portugal Teresa Bonvalot is considered one of the brightest prospects in European surfing. Recently she was awarded a wildcard entry into The EDP Cascais Girls Pro, the final event fn the ASP Women’s World Tour that was held in Teresa’s hometown. Not only did Teresa have the chance to compete against ASP World Champion Carissa Moore and Hawaiian star Coco Ho, but she also was lucky enough to hangout with Billabong surfers Laura Enever and Courtney Conlogue, showing them the best secrets of her part of Portugal. In between great freesurf sessions and surfing in the competition, the girls took time out to sample all that Portugal has to offer. That meant checking out the beautiful Sintra castle, bikini days at the beach and fun dinners and sightseeing in the Old Town of Lisbon. Each day there was always multiple stops for strong coffee and the local delicious pastries, while they met loads of surf fans at the signings at the Billabong store. After a long year competing Carissa Moore was crowned ASP World Champion and Courtney, the girls finished off 2013 in style and Laura and Courtney both vowed to come back and hangout with Teresa next year.
Teresa's Local Tips
We do have a lot of good surf spots down near Cascais in Portugal. While there are waves everywhere, I usually I surf at my home break of Guincho Beach. It’s walking distance from my house and it has really good and powerful waves. However it is fairly exposed, so when it’s windy or too big, my friends and I surf at Linha de Cascais, which has a load of beaches and surf spots. We will check out Poça Beach at Estoril, S. Pedro beach, Parede or Carcavelos and just see which spot has the best waves. An hour’s drive away there all also really good waves at Caparica and all round Ericeira. It’s always good to travel and I like to surf as many different waves as I can.
Near home to fuel up before and surf I have two favourite restaurants. In Cascais Páteo dos Petiscos in Torre has the best “tapas”, a super cool atmosphere and great prices. My other fave is Luculus in Cascais center which is great for really tasty pizzas and healthy sushi. Also for the best ice cream in the world there is Santini in Cascais center. If you don’t try Santini, you don’t know what ice cream really is!!
For exercise I run at Paredão, which is pathway that follows the sea between Cascais and Carcavelos. Here you get a great view and feel from Cascais Bay and there is a lot of coffee places and restaurants dotted along too, if you don’t feel like running.