One foot in the wave

James McNamara dips his toe into the world of surfing - and discovers you’ve either got it or you haven’t

28th August, 2016
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The world-famous surfer Garrett GMAC McNamara Pic: Getty

‘Are you the world-famous surfer, McNamara?” the driver asks as I hand him my ticket. A cursory glance of my physique, my battered old pair of prescription sunglasses and the conspicuous absence of braided leather wristbands confirms I am not. I naturally assume I am on the receiving end of a mischievous welcome meted out to all pasty-faced tourists who arrive at Portugal’s Faro Airport.

But as the car pulls away,...

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