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Today we celebrate a very special date

The 85th anniversary of our Ambassador Pedro Martins de Lima aka The Father of Portuguese Surfing

About Pedro Lima:

Pedro Martins de Lima, a true knight-errant, still in search for adventures…

In 2010 we celebrated a very, very special event in the surf community in Portugal: the 80th anniversary of Pedro Martins de Lima, a true waterman, the Lightning Bolt ambassador considered to be the first Portuguese surfer.

This natural adventurer and pioneer, with a life full of journeys and activities, owns a matchless sports curriculum, especially when considered under the dim dictatorship which Portugal was subjected to, that alienated and crushed everyone, or almost everyone. At 6 years old, Pedro begun horse-riding and at 11 he played box (until 19), he was champion of the 2nd Roller Hockey Division (Parede) in 1949; he played university football and rugby; in 1945 he got his skipper’s card and started bodysurfing; four years later he begun skiing, hunting underwater and diving, having dived with the Cousteau Team and long-course sailing with Dr. Alain Bombard; in 1960 he was surfing already, hang gliding and paragliding; in the beginning of the 80’s he embraced windsurf.

But it is his strength of mind and ever-young and active spirit that really strikes us. Pedro shares his magic tales that talk about almost perfect symbiosis between boldness and good-judgment, erudition and experience, joy of companionship and strength of solitude, small details and great objectives, an exceptional integrity and a singular sense of humour. Fascinated by life, Pedro holds everyone’s attention just like an enchanting flute. He’s the most respected personality within the surf community in Portugal.

Those who know him understand the difficulty of presenting in just one text the density and wealth of his extraordinary nature. They know Pedro is a treasure.

“When I first came to Portugal to meet the new team at Lightning Bolt it was my honor to be received by Pedro Lima. He picked me up at the airport and the time we drove I learned some amazing stories about this amazing man. My father a 90 year old surfer has introduced me to legends like woody brown and Wally Forsyth and Duke Kahanamoku and I would put Pedro Lima into the same breath as these other great men of the sea and surfing.  I really hope to surf with Pedro and have him teach me more of the history of surfing in Europe and the wild tales of his exploits”.

Have a Blast Kiddo

Lightning Bolt

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