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Surf’s up aboard SATA Airlines

Posted by Paul Kandarian  August 2, 2013 04:32 PM

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SATA Airlines is going surfer friendly: If you have a surfboard less than 4.9 feet long, they won’t charge you to haul it to Portugal. For flights from the U.S. to the Azores or Lisbon, they’ll count as one piece of luggage; the airline allows two pieces, with max weight of 50 pounds each. Go over, excess luggage rates apply. Those in the surfing know are aware of the surfing draw over there, said Antonio Gomes de Menezes, chairman of the airlines. There are nine islands in the Azores, and the big waves are luring more surfers, he said. In September, Santa Barbara beach, in the Sao Miguel Islands, hosts the Billabong Azores Islands Pro, one stage for the Association of Surfing Professionals tour, attracting hundreds of pro surfers.

For more information, visit www.sata.pt

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