The Birth of a Surfer In Lisbon

10/25/2011 11:24 am ET | Updated Dec 25, 2011

Surfing. That was what I unexpectedly discovered on a recent trip to Lisbon.

We began with three days of strolling through the city. I was with two friends and we were on a quest to get a taste of the local scene. On our third day, I walked into a nice-looking restaurant in Baixa called Pois Cafe and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the owner was Austrian, like me. While chatting with her and her boyfriend about Lisbon, the topic of surfing came up. I'd never done it, in fact, I had never once thought about surfing, but they recommended that I take lessons at Mellowmove Surfcamps up north in Ericeira.

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