Start in Lisbon.
A car park somewhere at Lisbon airport: blue sky. The sun is shining. The engine of the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo is running – we get in and close the door. Marlon Lipke is sitting next to us. Blond, suntanned and fit. Marlon is not only going to be our travel guide for this two-day surf and road trip along the Portuguese coast: he is Germany’s best national surfer. He could not put on airs any more than he could spend a day without his surfboard: he welcomes us with a smile and a handshake. We glance at the hectic activity in the car park. There are three more Marco Polo vehicles parked next to ours. On board there are a few bloggers* reporting on the event, and also the French surfing photographer Alex Laurel. Laurel is one of the best surfing photographers in the world. There is probably no wave, no professional surfer and no surf spot on this blue planet he has not looked at through the lens of his camera.