We have all seen the standing wave at Waimea, which is created each year when a group of surfers get together and clear the river mouth that becomes clogged with sand washed in by the winter surf. Now we bring you news of a similar standing wave in Portugal that has recently been enjoyed by two bodyboarders who sessioned the man made wave at Lagoa de Óbidos.
Tiago Henriques and Edgar Baptisa got wind that the local officials were going to dig a channel to release the lagoon at Lagoa de Óbidos, because oxygen levels had been depleted when the channel between the lagoon and ocean became silted up and the existence of many aquatic species was threatened. The quick thinking duo grabbed their bodyboards and headed down to enjoy an afternoons surf to themselves.
Whilst the wave didn’t quite reach the size that is sometimes seen at Waimea, there were still plenty of opportunities for a few cutbacks, a spot of drop knee riding and a few attempts at stand up riding on the sponge. We all know as wave riders that every opportunity to get wet should be taken and almost wish we had a lagoon on our own doorstep! Enjoy the clip of Portugal’s newest wave below and let us know if you have ever had the opportunity to surf a man made standing wave?