Portuguese legendary surfer turns 80

September 20, 2010 | Surfing
Pedro Martins de Lima: the first Portuguese surfer and a sports legend

Pedro Martins de Lima, a legendary waterman from Portugal, has just celebrated his 80th anniversary.

SurferToday.com had the opportunity to exchange a few words with the man who is considered to be the father of surfing in Portugal. We met by chance in Tapas & Papas, a famous tapas restaurant in Matosinhos, Portugal.

"People often see me as a surfer, but I have done a lot of other sports activities," told Martins de Lima.

In fact, this genuinely good-spirited man is a frequent windsurfer and sailor. Also, Pedro has a lot of snow experience - he enjoys skiing - and underwater, where he has many stories to tell.

"I met Jacques Cousteau, and I dived with him. Those were incredible times," he reveals.

Despite all these sporting passions, de Lima has no doubts.

"I've been next to sharks, but a five-meter wave is a thrilling experience," he says when asked about his favored sport.

Pedro Martins de Lima started bodysurfing in 1946, with a couple of Churchill fins. Then, in 1959, "I got up, for the first time, in a surfboard."

And nowadays, with all the surfing hype, Martins de Lima has an unstoppable agenda. He is just about to start filming a documentary on his life as a waterman.

The final footage will be broadcast on national television.

Meanwhile, Pedro Martins de Lima will be hitting the waters, promoting Lightning Bolt Europe, and playing piano because there's still so much to be done.

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