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Lisbon's Top Surf Instagrammers

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Updated: 5 June 2017
Are you planning a surfing vacation in Lisbon and need some inspiration? These Instagrammers have it covered. From the rush of riding a wave to the joy in sharing beach-filled lives with friends, these men and women share their seaside routines with the world, and now the Culture Trip is sharing them with you. Here, we take a look at a few Instagrammers who enjoy posting photos of their days along the Portuguese coast and in some of the world’s gnarliest waves.


Portugal is where adrenaline-lovers find some of the largest waves in the world, and photographers such as Bruno Aleixo are doing their bit to capture these colossal swells on camera. Aleixo won the XXL Biggest Wave Award in 2017 for a photo taken in Nazaré, where he spends a lot of his time, and his account will give viewers an idea of just how large Nazaré’s waves can get.


Surf Kat’s Instagram page for a glimpse of what life on the Portuguese coast can look like. As well as the Lisbon area, this Instagrammer covers waves and captures images in the center of the country and in the Algarve.

Taking a left ✨🌴🌊 #soon #alldayeveryday #singlefinkindathing #copycat #janga photo: @bigbellysurfer

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My fin for the day @machofins 🌺🌴🌸#machofins #tropical #singlefinkindathing

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The surfing community around Lisbon is close knit, as you can see from José Barrigão’s Instagram account @bigbellysurfer. Look at his photos closely and you will recognize a couple other names from this list. The images are fantastic and may make you want to get to the water as soon as you can.

Can you see the light? I can! #bubblehousings #waves #shortboard #powersurfing #topofthemorning #joaodantas

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Beaches, buddies, and (long)boards are what you will see a lot of on this Instagram account that hails from São Pedro do Estoril, a short train ride along the coast from Lisbon.

Holding it 💩 📸 @wsl.qs #RespectLongboard #wsl #wslqs

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Find your way 👀🚶🏻 #RespectLongboard

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João Caetano is a surf enthusiast, guide, and photographer with a knack for capturing people in their element, both on and off the water. This is a cool account to follow if you love the sea and enjoy unique photos.

Oops there goes the front foot! Home sweet home! 📷 @mariaanaventura

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This Instagram account displays an enormous range of colors, dimension, and angles from all around Portugal, and the person behind the lens, Stephanie, shares photos from abroad, especially Brazil and Indonesia, as well as from various Portuguese cities.