Ericeira surf receives a competition of Afghanistan

Last May, Ericeira surf has gained a new status: after all, this region has received the first surfing competition... of Afghanistan. Between 23 and 24 May, dozens of Afghans visited Ericeira not only to compete, but also to promote the Arab country in a more positive way. The event was organized by the Wave Riders Association of Afghanistan (WRAA). ericeira surf


Know more about Ericeira surf, through Underdog Surf


The Afghanistan surf championship «seems like a return to the Ericeira surf of the early days»

But, after all, why is Ericeira the scenario chosen for an Afghanistan surf championship? In fact, in this country, although the will to compete upon a surfboard prevails , there is shortage of sea for the practice of the sport. A good part of the participants of this championship never hold a surfboard or «rode» a wave, but they are united to compete in a sea that does not exist in their country.

In an interview for TSF radio, the Portuguese coach who prepares these athletes to put themselves upon a surfboard admits that this is a very challenging job: «In such a short time, it will be very difficult to have guys with 80 or 90 kilos standing upon a surfboard... remember that, for many, this is the first time that they are trying to surf», says Pedro Carrasco.

For the teacher, rather than trying to compete for a prize, the Afghans who seek the national title bring with a «good vibe» that reminds him of days gone by in Portuguese beaches where almost nobody knew how to do a maneuver: «It seems like a return to the Ericeira surf of the early days when the maneuvers were not the most important and only those who could stand up upon a surfboard entered in the championships».


Request more information about surfing in Portugal, using the experience of Underdog Surf


This championship shows the other side of Afghanistan

All participants are refugees in Europe and America where they are well integrated. They are young adults, normally graduates, who work in more various professions.

The league, in essence, serves as a pretext for cultural and gastronomic presentations, showing the other side of Afghanistan. For the rest, in addition to the twelve Afghans surfers – eight men and four women – families and friends of the athletes had presented their culture through food and music workshops.


To practice Ericeira surf, you should find out about all the services of Underdog Surf 

Source: Notícias ao Minuto

Ana B.
"After a lot of research on the internet I finally found Underdog... and I´m so happy I did!!! I am definitely comming back sooner than later. Thank you all for your hospitality!!! Muchos besos,..."
Rebecca, Henne & Sabine
"This surf house has a lot to offer!!nice rooms, Daniel as an very cool owner,the pool (priceless after our surf lessons!!), an big BBQ, Kickers and lot more..we felt at home and had an wunderful week there....."
Inge Martin & Maria
"Thank you for a great stay (again) at the Underdog SH. We love this place and all the beautiful people. We will definitely be backnext year. :) Team Scandinavia..."
Carina & Ruben
"Dear Elida, Isa, Malthe & Daniel, We had a fantastic time in the Underdog house. There is a really good atmosphere in and around the house!! Cheers on many more anniversary parties. And a special tip for Elida, Isa and Hanna: never travel without GPS/TomTom in Portugal again :). Warm regards ..."
Simon & Ina
"We had a great time @ Underdog Thank you guys for being so open-minded and welcoming us in this "big family" We will come back home again! Tons of love..."
"Best surfhouse ever! Great hospitality and even better people.The Ndrdog will always be my choice in Portugal. Daniel and his house are just awesome and you will always find someone to have a great time with a beer after surfing Hope to see you soon bro! Big hug from the jetguys ;)..."
"Wow. What a warm welcome. It was an awesome time! Kind of a family thing. Thank you guys!! Cheers,..."
"Home is where you heart belongs to... I´m so glad I have this home here in Praia Areia Branca and know there´s a next time we will see us again. Thank you so much for everything. I had an awesome time! Daniel, Isa, Elida & Malthe you´re doing a great job! See you next time, take care, part..."
"I don´t want to leave! Great house! Awesome people! Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome & at home. I hope to come back very soon..."
xoxo Anja
"Hey Daniel, I´m so glad, I found this place! I really felt like home this 2 weeks. You have done such great work with this house. Even on the day we couldn´t surf, it was awesome just to hang around with the people in here. I really want to come back very soon. Lots of Love & Hugs to you &a..."
"Thanks for the warm welcome and great hospitality during my stay. Both the surfing and the chilling out was a wonderfull experience. This place has got me stoked! All the best,..."
Beth X
"See you Guys!! I had the most fun I´ve had in a long time!! Great meting you all and hopefully I will run into you in the future. Lots of Love..."
"JAL & ISA ARE THE BEST!!! Such a good time here. Thanks!! Big kisses from Quebec!..."
"A wonderful holiday, good surfing and great parties! Thank you, see you next year :)..."
Ane and Heidi
"Holy cow! We love it here!:) The beaches are unbelievably beautiful, and we have even tasted the sand while surfing. Not bad actually. Thank you Daniel for a warm welcome to Areia Branca. And thanks a mill to Elida for imiting us to this amazing place. We have so much enjoyed partying, playing an..."
Nina & Julian
"Underdog Surf house it already felt like being at home with all the friendly people our new little family nice & long talks, pizza&pasta night and unforgetable nights at Barraca. Thank you for all of it. We´ll definitely come back for the third time! Loads of love..."
"Had a great time Friday night. Felt so hung over today! Hope your cousin feels better soon. Enjoy the rest of your holiday...."


title bar


Underdog Surf House

Av. António José do Vale, 7
Praia da Areia Branca,
2530-213 Lourinhã,

TEL: +351 261 419 533
MOB: +351 912 214 416