other side of the island!
coast offers some great alternative surfing.
Although the competitions
take place on the south coast the surfing enthusiast
will find as good if not sometimes better waves on
the north side of the island. Albeit less life threatening.
The shores off the Madona and Bruxas beaches are
the best. They form part of the littoral that stretches
between the village of São Vicente and
the most northern westerly village of Porto Moniz.
Probably the most popular surfing spot has become
precisely the Feijã da Areia in São
Vicente. Another favourite on the north is the less
than developed surfing spot of Ponta Delgada - further
east of São Vicente. These locations are normally
the choice of spots for experienced surfers. The strong
sea currents and the ebb and flow of strong gushes
of sea water against the contorted and walled north
coast makes for complicated and challenging surfing
as waves easily change direction and flow quickly.
The shores on the North of the island are also the
most beautiful to watch the surfing from (if that
be your pleasure).
cliffs off the north coast
But as for the surfer
the scenery is somewhat incredible. High sea
cliffs uncommonly tumble into small landfills on the
basalt shoreline along several points on the north
horizon is intertwined by complex wave movements and
green flora from off the mountains. The verdejante
colurs swell into the blue, and the wave foam white
complements the sky clouds and white naked ambition
of the energised surfer. If it be your pleasure to
suck nature and life from its shell then take that
surf board and track that big rider now. Or else bring
your flash digital video camera and start wishing
you could surf like the big boys - one day....