Random Surfers: Natalie

And here is Natalie Walsh an english woman in Lagos. She is a surf instrutor, a lifeguard and very good looking, but don´t even think about it she is in a relationship. If you see her in the lineup give her a wave, she´s nice!

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Brek: How long have you been surfing?

Natalie: Growing up inland in England I began mind surfing and dreaming of a newlifestyle at 17 years old after watching the Hollywood girly surf movie Blue Crush-Its safe to say i became obcessed. Finally at 21 years I was able to move to the East Coast of England where I learnt how to surf. I am 31 now so I have surfed for 10 years.

Brek: Do you remember your first good ride?

Natalie: I remember the first time I ever went surfing, I drove over to the coast alone in the month of August with a shorty wetsuit I had just bought. I hired a big foamy from the local surf shop and swam out super confident as I was a synchronized swimmer in what must of been 3-4 foot waves. I paddle for everything nose diving every wave. I had no clue what I was doing but I enjoyed every moment even though I was absolutely freezing. I met some locals after and they offered to meet me the week after to show me some of the ways. I spent a whole week doing hundreds of push ups and then that weekend I popped up on my first wave and rode it all the way to the beach. It felt amazing and I never surfed in the white wash

Brek: What is your regular spot?

Natalie: For many years my regular spot was the icy cold but full of good vibes North sea of England but I decided to swop my 6ml for a 4ml to surf in the warmer waters of the south and west coast of Portugal. But my favorite spot to surf is anywhere there is a good vibe having fun with friends.

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Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?

Natalie: Only the odd man or boy dropping in on me but nothing I can not handle

Brek: Where was your last epic session?

Natalie: My last epic session was actually only one week ago in a spot near by (Zavial ) a place I always wanted to drop waves but the crowds there made if difficult sometimes to enjoy but I was lucky enough to surf there last week with only 4 friendly faces. Smiles for miles

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Brek: What’s your favourite food?

Natalie:  I am a vegertarian and I try to be a Vegan whenever it is possible. I enjoy to eat healthy and I like all the ingredients to be natural although I have to admit I am a bit of a sugar monster, oh and I absolutely love gnocchi with pesto-yum.

Brek: What else should we know about you?

Natalie:  My Portuguese nickname is Porquinha

Brek: Any message you want to leave?

Natalie: Be kind and smile a lot!

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Barnacles & Tiago Pires

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portraits by tobias ilsanker

Drove up to Ericeira for a couple of days to see some old friends. The waves pumped and I took a few photos between havesting perceves. Happens that one pic of Tiago Pires came out nice, maybe because of the low perspective or the 50mm lens. It was chosen for Surfer magazine behind the lens, check it out!

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nice barnacles tiago!

Thanks Tiago Oliveira for letting us crash in Ribeira Surf Camp and Luis Duarte for the epic fish at Tasca da Boa Viagem!

The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.
Robert Greene

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Rockstars: Eurico Romaguera

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And here is Eurico Romagura aka Kiko, the first of this new serie. Kiko is a great surfer from Coimbra, Portugal. A MS surfboards and Rythm rider and nice looking too. He´s off to Bali soon to the Deus Ex Machina Fest, check him out!

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Eurico Romaguera from joao bracourt on Vimeo.

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Don´t miss this video of him logging too!

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Random Surfers: Johny Cabrita

And here is João Cabrita, a lagobrigense small fella with a big heart. He´s been travelling a bit around the globe, but I had to translate this… He bought a camera similar to mine in Australia recently, we have the love of photography in common . Mate Craig Anderson was here yesterday  allright, but Cabrita is a cool cat too, check him out.

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Brek: How long have you been surfing?
Cabrita: I started surfing at age 12, i already surf for 16 years, uhh it seems a lot already.
Brek: Do you remember your first good ride?
Cabrita: Yes it was a kamikaze flowter on the Praia do Amado, and at the time I remember it being my first attempt at maneuvering and my friends used to play around with it.
Brek: What is your regular spot?
Cabrita: My spot is from Meia Praia to Aljezur, but where I feel right at home is at Meia Praia surfing with my friends and neighbors.
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Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?
Cabrita: Yes some, but nothing special. Sometimes it is difficult to live in a place with so much tourism, there is no order in the water, but nothing that an educated conversation does not solve. The worst sometimes is the other local surfers … ihihi
Brek: Where was your last epic session?
Cabrita: My last epic session? Hummm I do not know, the epic for me comes from inside. Being happy, smile and feel good, either if I am just flowing, barreling or doing turns.
Brek: What’s your favourite food?
Cabrita: My favorite food is Portuguese food, I can not choose, but maybe a bean soup from my grandmother Ilda’s with black pudding and chouriça inside…Good to fart. And sandes de moreia!
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Brek: What else should we know about you?
Cabrita: I’m an ambassador of Pura Vida.
Brek: Any message you want to leave here?
Cabrita: Be Happy!
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“Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Heat or High Water

Uploaded a video about the 2016 Peniche Pro and big swell at Nazare during the same period. It was all shot with a Sony RX10 iii I am currently selling. It shoots 4k and 240 fps at full hd, check it out!

Heat or High Water from joao bracourt on Vimeo.

This pics were also shot with it, it´s got a 24-600mm equivalent!

I bought a used Nikon d800 wich I need for my fine art stuff…

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People Who Used To Surf: Paulo dos Pardais

Paulo dos Pardais aka Paulan was one of the surf pioneers in the Algarve. He sailed the seven seas and was great diver, a true waterman you can say. He opened the first surfshop in Portimão having my uncle António Cândido as a finance backup. He´s still a businessman having Malibu pro runners store and running Algarve Selvagem tours. Check out this pics from his golden years!

“If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

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Peace

Its still possible to find it here. Almost no surf schools at the beach this time of the year, a lot of kooks everywhere, but thats part of the game I guess. More and more northern europeans buying properties here, prices going up. Expats, hippies…

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morning sickness at zavial

Despite the tourism reaching this once desolated part of Portugal at least the country is still country.

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peace mona!

“But I always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party”
Andy Warhol

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