ERICEIRA World Surfing Reserve
Ericeira became a World Surfing Reserve on October 14, 2011, after being consecrated by the international organization Save the Waves Coalition. It is the 2nd Reserve distinguished globally, remaining the only one in Europe until today.
The criteria that led to its official recognition were the quality and consistency of the waves, the historical and cultural importance of local surfing, the wealth and environmental sensitivity of the area and, also, the strong mobilization of the community.
The Ericeira World Surf Reserve is part of the municipality of Mafra, extending between the beaches of Empa and São Lourenço, on a coastal strip that concentrates seven world-class waves in a space of just four kilometers: Pedra Branca, Reef, Ribeira d’Ilhas, Cave, Crazy Left, Coxos and São Lourenço.
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.