If you’re a surfer, there are a lot of reasons to love Portugal. The waves are amazing and they come in all shapes and sizes, for all levels of surfers. The crowds are minimal if you search a little, the standard of living is great and it turns out to also be a good location to be at if you are a pro surfer.

Find out the story of 6 pro surfers who moved to Portugal:

#4 – Lucas Silveira – 23 years old – From Florianopolis, Brazil

Lucas Silveira has had a good relationship with Portugal for a few years now. It all started in January of 2016 when he arrived in Ericeira to compete at the World Junior Championships, an event packed with some of the biggest names in the under20 division. Having scored 8’s, 9’s and a 10 point ride in his first rounds, Silveira was quickly mentioned as a contender for the title and didn’t disappoint. The young Brazilian eventually took down Costa Rica’s Noe Mar McGonagle, event favorite, Kanoa Igarashi, in the quarters, Leonardo Fioravanti in the semi finals and Timothee Bisso in the final to claim the World Junior Title.

One year later Lucas left the “mandatory” hawaiian season and returned, not to his own home but back to Portugal where he spend most of what was left of the winter surfing amazing waves all over the coast while filming for his next video and getting ready for another year on the qualifying tour.

(Lucas’s 2017 video edit)


It wasn’t long before he moved full time to Portugal, making it his “base” where he returns to after competing on the QS tour. The move seems to have paid off since his results kept improving and he is now “sitting” in 21st place on the ratings, just a few spots from Championship Tour qualification.

(Lucas’s 2019 video edit)