The Azores have lots of nicknames. The “Hawai’i of Europe” is one of them. But the Archipelago is also referred to as the “Europe’s Weather Kitchen”. Sitting in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, they get almost any storm that travels from west to east.

Where weather is made.

The interplay between the high pressure Area more or less around the Azores (The Azores High) and the Icelandic low pressure area plays a large role in defining the direction of the path storms take over the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes for example tend to hit the Gulf of Mexico if the Azores High stays further to the south while they travel up the US west coast when it’s further north. The interaction between the two areas also defines where low pressure systems and therefore storms make landfall in Europe. The whole system is pretty complicated in fact, and Wikipedia is a good place to start if you have a deeper interest.

How it affects the islands and the surf.

Long story short, there is almost always something going on in the atmosphere during springtime. It’s what makes the difference: the mix between clouds and sun rays makes for intense colors. This applies especially for green and blue, so from water to vegetation, it’s pure eye candy. The often strong winds make it hard to find good surf sometimes as it’s often blown out. But if you’re not terrified by surfing in 50km/h offshore winds, you will almost always find a spot that’s working.

The first week on São Miguel was about getting into surfing mode and further explore the island. We expected pretty bad surf due to strong northeasterly winds, but were positively surprised as we surfed throughout the week. After hitting the beach break called “Populo” in Ponta Delgada we took our time to show our guest places and treat ourselves with good food.

Highly anticipated, been working on it for month and now we’re finally here. Last Wednesday we arrived on São Miguel island. The first days were meant to check out the island, see if everything is still in place and score a surf every now and then. Yesterday we moved into the house that will be our home for a month and we already love it!

While winter staged a comeback for the Easter holiday, we already quit and stored our snowboard gear in the cellar. For us, the end of the winter season has come. Somehow it was hard to miss two seemingly good powder days. But then, on the other hand, I was pretty ok with it as the rewards are quite nice. Two days left until we fly into another surf adventure. The Azores, São Miguel in particular, await us. 

There are tons of nice memories from our last trip to the Azores. Be it the perfect south swell we scored at Ribeira Quente “by accident” or the world-class surfing right in front of our eyes at the Azores Pro including a nice Jet Ski wipeout. Be it surfing naked at Santa Iria, wandering around the craters of Sete Sidade or just relaxing in the hot pools at Poça da Dona Beija. Want to know more about the Azores? Check out our destination page here.

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Are you keen for some surf holidays? As soon as possible? We still have spots in our Azores surf house from April 22 until May 6.

Never heard about the Azores? That’s a small archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Most people know the islands because of the “Azores High”, a high pressure system that develops over the islands each summer. Spring, though, is surf season, and our surf villa is slowly filling up. So better be fast before the spaces are sold out ;-).

The gravityking popup-Surfcamp in Capelas, São Miguel.

popup surfcamp surfing the azoresFrom mid April to mid May, we have rented a beautiful house in Capelas, on the north coast of the main island São Miguel. Three rooms with a total of six beds are on offer, breakfast and a spacious garden with ocean view included. It’s not a normal surf camp and we don’t have guiding and lessons*. It’s more like going on a surf trip with your friends.

What we have is some local know-how, on our last trip two years ago we scanned the island for surf breaks, hot springs and the best places for spotting whales and sunsets. 

 

We are looking forward to surfing the Azores with you this spring. 

 

* of course we can help you getting lessons, rental cards etc., just let us know.

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Even though winter just started, it’s time to start thinking about your next surf trip. What about surfing the Azores with us? 

 

An archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, right in the way of the storms that bring swell to Europe’s west coast. Our next trip is booked and you can join us.

The gravityking popup-Surfcamp in Capelas, São Miguel.

popup surfcamp surfing the azoresFrom mid April to mid May, we have rented a beautiful house in Capelas, on the north coast of the main island São Miguel. Three rooms with a total of six beds are on offer, breakfast and a spacious garden with ocean view included. It’s not a normal surf camp and we don’t have guiding and lessons. It’s more like going on a surf trip with your friends.

What we have is some local know-how, on our last trip two years ago we scanned the island for surf breaks, hot springs and the best places for spotting whales and sunsets. 

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We are looking forward to surfing the Azores with you this spring.