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Portugal and Ericeira surf news!

It’s nice to read a bit of good news about places you have some connection with.

While surfing the web for Portuguese surf news, I stumbled upon the following two stories.

First, an 81 year-old man is teaching kids how to surf in a shopping mall I used to work next to.

Pedro Martins de Lima, a surfing pioneer in Portugal who started to surf in the 1950s, is giving surfing tips to small children at the Allegro shopping center in Alfragide, Lisbon.

De Lima is quoted in Record, a Portuguese online sports journal (my translation):

It’s very important to be able to pass on the message that this is the healthiest sport there is, not just for children, but also for parents.

photo by Tiago C Lima (Flickr CC)

The other cool thing I came across is a story about a reggae band from my hometown of Washington, DC. The band, called SOJA, met a Portuguese video director at a festival in Portugal’s surfing capital of Ericeira. The director then made a video for the band’s environmentally themed song ‘Strength to Survive’.

I had an idea for this earth-versus-man thing. The tree man represents the earth, and he stops us from killing the earth. The video was directed by Joao Gargate, who we met and vibed with at the Sumol Summerfest in Ericeira, Portugal. His clay and photo and ability for creating models out of organics are what drew us to him. His work is amazing.

–Jacob Hemphill, vocalist, SOJA

Check out more on the story, including SOJA’s video for ‘Strength to Survive’ on Spinner.


Graham Land is a writer who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, earning an MA in History from Malmö University in Sweden. Graham writes on a variety of topics including the environment, politics and history.
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