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Mountainous and well-forested Portuguese archipelago located in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 800 miles west of Lisbon. Although waves can strike the Azores from any direction, and most of the islands' 360-mile coastline is open to surf, swells here tend to be short-lived. The Azores's biggest and best surf comes from the North Atlantic during fall and winter; because the island chain has no s...

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