History review

«The history of surfing in Portugal has just changed radically. The first waves ridden with a board have been filmed between 1926 and 1927, in Leça da Palmeira, in the north of the country. Twenty eight seconds have changed the history of surfing in Portugal and in the world. A black and white movie has been brought to public attention, showing a group of men riding white water waves, with bellyboards, in the beach of Leça da Palmeira, near Porto.

The documentary film was stored in the National Archive of Moving Images, in Bucelas, and clearly shows 12 intrepid sea challengers enjoying surf in a big large swell day. It appears they are holding alaias in their hands(…) The oldest known surf film in Europe was supposed to be registered in Cornwall, between 1929 and 1931, but this new revelation promises to put Portugal in the history books of international surfing. The city of Porto, near Leça da Palmeira Beach, has always welcomed a strong English community of wine business men, teachers and artists. In fact, it is possible that the group of bellyboarders is British.»

(…)Did you know that Agatha Christie surfed waves in 1924.


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