Great minds think alike people say. And sometimes you come across people who have the exact same ideas about certain subjects like you do. This is how I got to meet Dennis, a guy from Amsterdam as well with the same love and passion for surfing and the surfer lifestyle. Taking every opportunity to go traveling and find the best surfing gems in the world. With that idea in mind he started No riding no life, where he takes like minded travelers along to surf and enjoy the surfer lifestyle.

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Best views over the Serra da Boa Viagem

Livin’ the surfer life with No Riding No Life

So off we went, with a group of surfer addicts to be, to Praia da Tocha, Portugal. One of those gems where the waves are still practically empty, the sun still shines bright in October and the food served just got out of the ocean that very morning. Going on this surf trip with No Riding No Life is not just another surf camp. Surfing is the key word this week and getting you on that board or improving your skills is the main goal. So surfing lessons every day, yoga sessions three times a week, surfer breakfasts and a lot of surf talk. Together with an awesome (but small!) group of people, mixed in levels, we were off on an adventure.

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First surf lesson…

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Sunset sessions are the best

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Praia do Cabedelo by morning

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Natural talents

We had a lot of sunrise surfs, which to me are the perfect way to wake up. I’m definitely not a morning person, but I don’t mind setting my alarm for stunning sunrises and glassy empty line ups. So that was exactly what we did nearly every morning. Searching for perfect waves in other spots like Praia do Cabedelo and Praia Mira, which were just as deserted as the line up of Praia da Tocha. It was so good to be back in the water again, especially with some guidance to improve my skills. 

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Is this even real?

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Perfect morning sessions

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Watching the big boys show off…

Namasté

Part of the surfer lifestyle experience are also the yoga lessons. For balance and flexibility yoga is the perfect workout to add to surfing. Depending on the weather (and the wind) the lessons take place on the beach or at a more shaded place in the village. The yoga sessions were so good for our sore muscles after surfing, and with the sun setting you couldn’t feel more zen.

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Yoga sessions on the beach

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Not a single filter… Just mother nature at its best

Ticket 2 surf

We stayed at Ticket 2 Surf, which by the way is also a very nice place to stay if you’re in the area any other time of the year. Offering both private rooms and dorms, Ticket 2 Surf got something for everyone. Brian and Claudia are the perfect hosts, taking good care of you and more than helpful to find all the treasures in the area. Besides that, the place is just a hop and a skip from the beach. Sounds perfect, right?

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Ticket 2 Surf knows how to chill

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Typical fishermen houses in Praia da Tocha

Wanna come along?

Lucky for you, there will be more No Riding No Life surf trips in the future. Wanna become a surfer babe or dude? Rocking those waves like there’s no tomorrow? I can highly recommend to keep an eye on No Riding No Life travel plans, and tag along when they pop up with another surf trip. Check them out on Facebook to stay up to date and get bitten by the surfer bug.

Marthe

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It doesn’t get much better than this…

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Morning sessions at Praia Mira

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Them waves rolling in at Praia do Cabedelo

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Blue skies, glassy waves, and nearly empty line ups at Praia do Cabedelo

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Surf’s up babes

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Beautiful Praia da Tocha

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Catch of the day at Praia da Tocha

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Endless summer days at Praia da Tocha

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Figueira da Foz lookout

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Serra da Boa Viagem

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Beach babes and surfer dudes

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Misty mornings

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Killer lunches with the surfer bunch

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Every morning the sky turned a zillion shades of pink and purple

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Goodmorning world…

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Our very own surf teacher Brian at work

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Some serious surf talk going on here, with beers and peanuts of course

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And well deserved sundowners afterwards…

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Left or right… With multiple beach breaks at Praia da Tocha decisions are hard

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Some daredevils came with us surfing the green waves at the end of the week

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Caught in the act…

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Praia da Tocha is surrounded by beautiful pine forest and eucalyptus trees (that smell!)

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Sweaters available in the shop!

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Sucker for sunsets

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Thanks for the awesome times everyone…

Photos by: M. Barends, L. Veldman, S. Klumper©