5 reasons for a winter surf holiday in the algarve
1. BETTER CONDITIONS
The best waves are generated by bigger ocean storms which are far away from the coastline, the longer distance allows a swell to form that has both power and rhythm, making the waves smooth as they roll into the beach with a good amount of time in between each wave (15 seconds+ is ideal). There are more storms in the winter in both the North and South Atlantic which means bigger, cleaner swells hit the Algarve consistently during this time. The beaches on both the South and West coastlines are therefore pumping!
2. THE SUN IS STILL SHINING
The sun shines in the Algarve all year round. Average daytime temperatures never fall below 16° in the winter, with highs of 20° in November, 21° in March and 23° April. Lower temperatures also mean you can surf for longer. It's no myth that the 30° heat of the summer makes longer sessions tougher and the wetsuit tan even worse!
3. QUIET BEACHES
With access to two coastlines the Algarve beaches never feel like they're overcrowded but in the winter this is taken to another level. In many surf spots there's a good chance you'll be the only person on the beach, which also means the waves are yours too. This means wave after wave without having to worry about who's turn it is next, unless of course you're surfing with friends! The feeling of surfing a quiet surf spot with friends really is magical and your surfing will progress massively with an increased wave count.
4. MORE SURF SPOTS
The bigger winter swells from the North have enough power to wrap around the Southern point of the Algarve which means more waves on the South coast beaches in the winter. Unlike the summer months the winter also brings wind and swells from the South East and South West which opens up both coastlines consistently. The South coast beaches also tend to be smaller and more cove like, which adds a really nice variety of wave for you to surf. There are loads of great reef and point breaks along the South coastline that you just can't surf as regularly in the summer.
5. BETTER COACHING CONDITIONS
More beaches available to surf in the winter, means a wider variety of wave to choose from. Coaches can therefore pick beaches and waves tailored to your development needs. The improved conditions in winter also means a higher quantity and quality of wave, so you'll get more time in the water with your coach who as a result has more opportunity to work with you to improve your skills. Cleaner waves also make video analysis more effective, you'll be riding more waves and therefore coaches have more moments to capture you in action and provide visual feedback directly on the beach.
So there you have it our 5 reasons why the Algarve is the place to surf this winter and to top if off, flights into Faro are also really cheap! So what are you waiting for?