At one point in time, specifically the late 90’s, São Julião was still a secret spot, known only to the locals. Visiting surfers would focus more on spots like Foz do Lizandro, Reef, and Ribeira D’Ilhas, and, of course, Coxos, Ericeira’s best spot. It would have stayed a secret spot for a longer if it hadn’t been for the 1996 O’Neill Buondi Pro event. This 5 star Qualifying Series event was set to run in Ribeira D’Ilhas but the swell wasn’t right and the contest struggled to advance. Some competitors searched the coast and told WSL (then ASP) about how good the waves were at São Julião. The last 4 days were held there, in really fun waves, and by the end it wasn’t a secret spot any more…

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