Portugal has become well known as a great surf destination. After years of hesitation I decided it was time to try this activity, too. Peniche, as I was told, is the best surf location for its variety of beaches and excellent waves, and is regarded one of the best surf spots in Europe. After all it hosts the yearly Rip Curl. I joined Drop Surf Center, the school of Nelson Silva, who has been an excellent surfer for 16 years and teaches surf for over 9 years.