Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


Portugal was one of the worst hit countries in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. The wave-rich nation remained in crisis until 2014 but backed by strong investment from the government and tourist board, the country has emerged as one of the globe’s top surfing meccas now hosting a number of high-profile surfing events and WSL EMEA CEO Francisco Spínola is based in Lisbon.

Recognising the strength of its natural resource, the government and tourist board invested heavily in the promotion of not just tourists surfing in Portugal, but also a healthy competitive surf scene, backed by a strong surf industry. We commissioned native surf industry employee Nuno Príncipe to take a deep dive into just how Portugal – a nation without a Championship Tour stop in 2008 – now sees surfing as the country’s number two sport, behind football.


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