I have been shooting surfers and seascapes in the Costa Vicentina, Portugal for over a decade now. My purpose in taking photographs has been, ultimately, autobiographic. I have surfed, dived and sailed around Sagres for more than 30 years. Fundamentally it´s been a philosophical and existential trip.
I used to travel a lot, as a matter of fact the fingers in my hands are not enough to count the boat trips I did off Sumatra, Indonesia. But there´s something about this corner of Europe: the always changing weather, the wine, the seafood, sardines…
The Costa Vicentina is a beautiful stretch of wild coastline that goes from Lagos to Aljezur. It´s surf has got a temperamental vibe, the roughness of the north Atlantic can not be compared to the smoothness of the Indian ocean. With the right swell, tide and sand banks, world class surf is to be found for the dedicated and wise. From slabs to pointbreaks and fun beachies. The rewards are the best climate, wild, undeveloped, laid back and the food.
I am a photographer, but I wish I was a poet.