What is the best beach to learn to surf in Viana do Castelo?
The best beach to learn to surf in Viana do Castelo is Vila Praia de Âncora.
Let’s explain why…
In Viana do Castelo there are several beaches with good conditions for surfing, some being better than others depending on several factors. There are beaches of different types and morphologies, sandy beaches, pebble beaches, mixed beaches (sand and pebbles), flat beaches and deep beaches. Other important factors for choosing the best beach for surfing is the time of year, as different beaches have different exposure to waves and winds.
Here we are going to talk about the best beach to learn to surf in Viana do Castelo in the summer.
In our opinion, the best beach is Vila Praia de Âncora beach. This why? Vila Praia de Âncora, in addition to being perfectly exposed to summer swells, has a special feature that makes it different from the others, as it is a beach with flat sand. This makes it a beach with waves that allow surfing over long distances and, in addition, this factor makes it one of the safest beaches in Portugal. On this beach, you can walk into the sea for a long distance, without the danger of drowning. For these reasons, this beach is known as “Children’s Beach”, as it is very safe.
Another reason, and no less important, is the fact that Vila Praia de Âncora still does not have an excessive crowd. As we all know, surfing is in fashion and we can see surfers on any beach. It turns out that there are beaches that are more crowded than others, especially city beaches. At the moment Viana do Castelo, on Cabedelo beach, there are several infrastructures, such as hotels, bars, several surf and kite schools, etc. All this has pros and cons… on the one hand it’s good, as there are several options and various services, on the other hand it makes the beach overcrowded and crowded at sea. The result is a crowded beach, with many practitioners at the same time in the sea, which often results in confusion and accidents.
Therefore, for us, Vila Praia de Âncora is the best beach to learn to surf.
A few km from Viana do Castelo (15km) is this village with good conditions for surfing, a beach accessible to all and with a more relaxed atmosphere.
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SUP, what is it?
Stand Up Paddle or SUP is a very rewarding sport and a great complement for anyone who wants to train and have fun in a different way. With or without waves, it’s a good opportunity to train your balance, strengthen your body, relax your mind and learn other ways to slide on the water.
Suitable for all ages, types of physical condition and tastes, it can be practiced in the flat sea or in the waves, in rivers, lagoons, etc.
Main benefits of Stand Up Paddle
PUTS IT IN A FOOT POSITION
One of the biggest advantages of SUP is that it helps keep both body and mind healthy. Most people only focus on the physical aspects of this activity, but it is incredibly beneficial for a variety of other health aspects as well. Not to mention it takes you out of the house and into the water with just an inflatable pump, board, and paddle!
Stand up paddleboarding requires a lot of balance to stand on the board. This means that you will be practicing both your core strength and your leg strength to stay balanced on the board. Also, better balance can help you balance your life in general and have better concentration throughout the day.
REDUCE YOUR STRESS LEVELS
Rowing can be a great stress reliever due to nature, the water around you and the ability to make the action all about you. Not to mention that falling off the board can give you a great adrenaline rush to stave off any feelings of stress. Also, just breathing in the fresh air and being alone in the water can be enough to get rid of any negative energy. With only your paddle in hand, it’s hard to think about any of your past worries.
EXERCISE YOUR WHOLE BODY
Believe it or not, it takes your whole body to use your inflatable SUP board well. This means that while you’re paddling, you’re working your muscles, giving you a full-body workout. When trying to stabilize itself from gravity, your body will work hard to maintain balance. At the same time, you will use your arms and shoulders to move the paddle and move.
LOW IMPACT TRAINING
Generally speaking, rowing is a low-impact workout, which means it cannot cause serious damage to your ligaments or tendons. However, this also means it is beneficial for some athletes who experience knee or hip pain. Due to its low impact on your body, it can help you increase your strength or recover from injuries without doing any harm to your body.
HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
There’s no doubt that everyone wants to lose weight fast, but your answer isn’t a week-long diet program or a weight-loss pill. Instead, you should look to paddle your board to help with your weight loss goals. Studies have shown that rowing can help lower body fat more than diets or pills. In addition, stand up paddle is usually a fun type of exercise that can be practiced daily.
INCREASE YOUR CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Rowing can help lower your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. This is because it is an exercise similar to running and aerobics, all of which greatly help cardiovascular health and prevent a higher risk of disease.
OFFERS YOU THE IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR MEDITATION
Stand up paddleboarding is not only fun, it’s a complete exercise for your body. In addition, it helps to improve the current state of your mind and body in a calm and relaxing environment on the water. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to experiment.
Surf school Vila Praia de Âncora and Moledo every day during the summer months.
The schools are located on different beaches, a surf school in Vila Praia de Âncora and another surf school in Moledo, providing a series of surf lessons, for all ages and every day of learning.
Surfing and stand up paddle classes are certified by surf and sport coaches, trained and certified by the Portuguese Surf Federation.
These have a maximum of 6 students per instructor, gifts ensure faster and above all else safe learning.
The great goal of this school and its teachers is to provide a fantastic and exciting experience to Surf.
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