Holiday in The Azores and watch European Surfing Championships 2013

The Azores Coastline

The Azores Coastline

The archipelago of the Azores will be a haven for surfers and water sport lovers this September as the largest island São Miguel gears up to host the European Surfing Championships 2013 for the first time from 13 to 21 September.

Otherwise 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 to the breathtaking natural beauty of the island’s north shore.

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, women’s and men’s surfing events, will be performed to the backdrop of lush green landscapes and imposing volcanoes, and in waters boasting a warm average water temperature of 20-24°C in summer.

Azores Beauty

Azores Beauty

As a curtain-raiser to Eurosurf, travellers can also experience the SATA Airlines Azores Pro (3-8 September), 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 Islands offers an uncrowned setting with high quality and challenging waves. Other exciting 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 just £789 per person.

Azores Choice offers a surfing experience from the north shore beach of Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel. 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. To book, visit or call 01768 775672.

SATA international ( run weekly direct flights run from London Gatwick to São Miguel until October.

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