Portugal’s biggest surfing competition returns to Algarve in June
Praia do Amado in Aljezur, one of the Algarve’s most popular spots for surfers, will host the fourth stage of Liga MEO Surf, Portugal’s biggest surfing competition, in June.
“We are very happy to return to the Algarve,” said Francisco Rodrigues, president of the national association of surfers.
“The Algarve is one of the most important areas for surfing in Portugal and this is a way of giving Algarve surfers a chance to compete in the biggest national competition. It is also a way of bringing surfers and tourists to the region and helping promote it on a national and European level,” he added.
The decision to host a stage of the competition in the Algarve has also been praised by regional tourism chief João Fernandes who believes it sends a strong message about the region’s quality as a surfing destination.
“It proves that we have excellent natural conditions along the coast for surfing and that we are able to host big events of this kind,” he said.
Aljezur mayor José Gonçalves has also said it will be “an honour” to host the event in the borough.
“More and more people are seeking Aljezur as a surfing destination all-year-long, which is a great boost for our local economy. Everyone says we have ideal conditions for surfing and that is what we will show between June 21 and 23.”
According to a study about the sport, annually surfing generates around €6 million in Aljezur, 65% of which is spent in the borough. Most of the 80,000 surfers who choose Aljezur to ride waves are, on average, aged around 32 and earn a salary of around €1,500 a month. Most of them also have university degrees and stay in the borough for seven days, spending an average of €75 a day. They also travel with friends most of the time.