Gliding Barnacles didn’t start as an event or a festival.
It started with a community of surfers fighting for their favorite wave, called Cabedelo.
When the beach’s sandbanks were disturbed by the extension of the jetties that surround the mouth of the Mondego river, the wave was in danger. In 2009, a movement called “SOS Cabedelo” was created. The “Cidade-Surf” project was the next answer, in 2011, questioning the way urban planning looked at the relationship between the city and the ocean, and even winning the initiative promoted by the Expresso newspaper and by Millennium bcp, in the Cities category.
From this shift new proposals were born, explaining the economic importance of surf and the beach as part of the city.