Open Vale Figueiras

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the winner takes it all

Spent this beautiful day among friends, waves and dogs. Maroln Lipke and Luca Guichard got 1st and 2nd. Amazing sunset. Nice Ice tea and watermelon. Good job with organizing this event Francisco Canelas!

The nortada finally stoped and we had fun waves all day. A bit crowded, but it´s summer…

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“Your days are numbered. Will you pass them half awake and halfhearted or will you live with a sense of urgency?”

Robert Greene

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Elisa Dibiasi

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a rare bird

Here is Elisa, had no idea she painted a couple of pictures I took in Indonesia some years ago. Phil Goodrich has painted one for me before, but this was such a nice surprise. It was good to leave Algarve and drive through Portugal, catching up with old friends like Miguel Ruivo (Elisa´s boyfriend), Tiago Oliveira, Eurico Gonçalves, etc.

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joackim guichard

“Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous”
Robert Greene

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Doris

Sold my van to this young canadian couple. They are having a blast in it. Dont forget to check the water guys!

Rene

Cycles of life we lose ourselves in without taking a minute to question where we stand. Work, sleep, eat repeat is one of the most dreadful cycles that I’ve often been caught up in. Destructive to the mind and body, no time to have a moment with my own thoughts for weeks. I’m in love with cooking and passionate about creating, so when offered a position to change a menu with full creative control I was head over heels. Thus the cycle began, working 6 days a week, sometimes 16 hour days followed by laying in bed not able to turn off that side of my mind, then the dreams. Waking up with brilliant ideas or screaming that the humus tasted like shit, not much rest to say the least. You don’t realize what you’re doing to yourself when your head is down, working yourself crazy. Stress crawls up your…

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Stranger Than Friction

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cross stepping between tourists

Enjoying the silly season in Praia da Rocha with top friend Mazari Zoio. Waves were small, but spirits were high. The trouble was rubbing your shoulders with the bathing tourists in front of you. Had a surf and then shot this talented lady. No leashes allowed!

 

My Vespa keys mystireously disapeared and reapeared after this session, hmm. Stranger than fiction…

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hang ten

Thanks to Wave Solutions Waterhousings, Shape and Design by Dan Costa and Prolimit.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

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My Man In Frisco

Met Ashton Goggans this spring, he is an author at Surfer magazine. I had this talk about 8 foot barrels in the south coast of Portugal before with a brazillian editor and he laughed at my face, that was 20 years ago. Last winter Tonel had perfect 12 foot days with waves so hollow even the pros didn´t go out, undergunned… Unfortunatly Tonel and Zavial weren´t good while Ashton was here, but we scored the point at Arrifana and it was quite fun.

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jumping ashton
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always stoked

Poor man mistimed the set and couldn´t make it out the first atempt. We had to pick him up down the beach, but was on it for one more try and with a little help from his new friends finnaly made it out.

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the obstacle is not the way sometimes
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tom curren cutback

I pitched him my book project Oestreminis between bars at 4am in the infamous party city of Lagos… The drinks and the fun we had was a sucess of it´s own. He must have got that southwestern tip of europe vibe, plus some crazy stories about Hannibal the carthaginean and his drunk elephants.

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nice jacket

Where there is smoke there is fire.

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Print Is Not Dead

A couple of months I published a couple of photos in Italy and now Germany. Incridible how people still buy magazines! I used to steal them when I was 15, that´s how I learned english. Now they steal from me, most of the times, lol.

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marlon lipke inside a cordies barrel

Like most germans this guys from Prime Surfing are good, though.

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Wave Solutions Water Housings

Finally my new housing from Wave Solutions Water Housings is ready. Thanks Nunito for the great job. It will used with a Nikon d810 and a 24mm or 85mm lens. Can´t wait to test it.

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clean lines

I only ordered the shutter buton and the aperture wheel for it, but if I need I can ad butons on the back plate. That´s one of the advantages of buying this in Portugal, the other one is in case of repair, it´s much easier to send it to Ericeira than Australia, etc.

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virgin back plate

Don´t know about the color in case of loosing it in the surf, maybe a gopro on it with those red inflatables will help.

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