A Village Lost in Time


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The surfing in Madiera was a well-kept secret amongst the few traveling surfers who ventured off the beaten path until a 1994 profile in Surfer Magazine, when this tiny island’s Madeira’s explicit identity was ambiguously danced around, and, ultimately, discovered. Photostory by ace artists and lensman Chris Leschinsky.