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Azores Islands to host 2013 European Surfing Championships

Thursday, 8 August 2013 8:43 AM

The archipelago of the Azores, lying off the coast of Portugal will attract many surfers and water sport lovers this September as the largest island São Miguel is to host the European Surfing Championships 2013 for the first time from September 13 - 21.

Known as Eurosurf, the competition will be staged on Santa Barbara beach in Ribeira Grande and will draw competitors and spectators from countries across Europe including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Scandinavia, among others.

Chosen for their consistent and powerful surf all year round, the Azores are ideally situated in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean to offer surfers an array of good ground and wind swells which can reach an impressive 15 feet in the winter. The Championships, which include bodyboarding, longboarding and women’s and men’s surfing events, will be performed to the backdrop of lush green landscapes and towering volcanoes, and in waters boasting a warm average water temperature of 20-24°C in the summer.

Prior to Eurosurf, travellers can also experience the SATA Airlines Azores Pro from September 3-8, a world-class surfing competition and one of the most important surfing events in the Azores. Also based on Santa Barbara beach in Ribeira Grande, some of the world’s top surfers will travel to the islands to compete. Known as the ‘Hawaii of Europe’ to surfers, the Azores offer an uncrowned setting with high quality and challenging waves.

Other water-based activities on offer in the Azores include sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, world-class whale watching, swimming with wild dolphins and scuba diving.

Azores Choice offers a 7 night surfing holiday to the Azores departing in September starting from £789 per person. Experienced surfers can hire surfing boards while beginners may choose to opt for introduction days where travellers can brush up on their skills. Price includes flights, accommodation, small car hire and board hire for the duration of the holiday.

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