Portuguese Surf Culture Heats Up the Coast

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A surfer leaves the beach after a surf session at the Coxos break point in Ericeira, on the central coast of Portugal on March 10. Surfers around the world visit Ericeira due to the quality of the waves along its 5 miles of coastline.Francisco Seco / AP

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A surfer leaves the beach after a surf session at the Coxos break point in Ericeira, on the central coast of Portugal, on March 10. Ericeira has become a hot spot for surfers from all over the world, featuring 5 miles of coastline and booming surfing-related businesses like schools, gear shops and surfboard factories. The culture has flourished in the area and boosted the local economy.

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A shop assistant walks past surfboards for sale in a surf shop in Ericeira, Portugal on March 11.Francisco Seco / AP
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Surfing instructor Goncalo Aleman Silva, right, stretches with a beginner during a surfing class at the Matadouro beach, in Ericeira on March 11.Francisco Seco / AP
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Californian surfboard shaper Nick Uricchio works in his surfboard factory along the central coast of Portugal on Jan. 23.Francisco Seco / AP

These photos were made available to NBC News on March 25.

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