On the southern flank of the Dois Irmãos Bay (a 10-minute walk from the northern slope of Ribeira d’Ilhas) we find the Cave.
This threatening right has only recently started to be surfed, having gained notoriety in recent years due to its spectacularity. It is extremely radical, tubular and risky. With an angle of the coast still facing south, it breaks over a reef plate that does not connect with land, located at very little depth. The suction of water from the bottom of the wave towards its top is so intense that this part below the water line – hence the name -, with the tube that forms there to become progressively more hollow, wide and flat as the wave approaches the end. The Cave is only intended for experienced and technically advanced surfers, and even these are advisable to use protections.
Type of wave
ast right, tubular, shallow and very dangerous
from SE to NE
Surf line length
30 to 70 meters
1,0 to 2,5 meters
Type of surf
plunge / bottom
Practice level BOOK 7
7 - Surfers able to complete, with control and fluidity, different combinations of the 7 maneuvers on the same wave and be at ease under water in powerful waves of at least 4 meters.
FOTOGRAFIAS: HENRIQUE CASINHAS
Ericeira Surf Clube was recently featured in a webinar promoted by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IPDJ – Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude) about the good practices of sport clubs under a European community program.
Next year Ericeira will once again host a World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series event.
The stage of maximum status of the world qualifying circuit is scheduled for October 2021 (between the 5th and 10th, more precisely) in Ribeira d’Ilhas.