My Story

In 2008 I flew from Portugal to Indonesia to learn how to shoot surfing from the water. Instead of making some photography course went one month to Bali followed by two months in the Sumatra region. Rubber meets the road.

The “portuguese tiger” Tiago Pires showed up at Canggu with his raw power surfing, he was a standout despite Julian Wilson and others. There was this photographer that hassled me bad in the water, but I ignored him and still got great shots. A couple of days later I went to Keramas and after like 2 hours bike drive I was arriving at the beach when my “friend” photographer and some pros passed me by laughing from the top of their 4 wheel drive leaving me in the dust.. The surf was week, but I still enjoyed some quality time with my girlfriend, drank beer and got to know the place.

my deus exmachina scooter
not a deus ex-machina bike, but did the job

The next 2 months I was in heaven, made lots of friends and took epic photos in the Mentawai, Telo and Baniak. This were the first comercial boat trips made by legendary surfguide Gonçalo Ruivo aboard the Koala aka Vietcong. Later on I published a huge article about the trips in Surf Portugal with 4 spreads, etc. The next year I did this cover:

Joakim Guichard, Tello, 2010

The last couple of years I have been documenting some epic rides here in Portugal: Tiago Pires in Ericeira, Supertubos with legend Tiago Oliveira, Alex Botelho down south and last winter scored a super heavy slab in the Azores with Nic vonn Rupp and Marco Giorgi.

Azorean Slab
Nic vonn Rupp, Azorean Slab

Forgot to tell you a couple of things: I have always been in the water since a little kid, started spearfishing at 11 and surfing at 14. Sagres, in the southwestern tip of Europe, has been my playground forever. After a lot of travelling I have returned to this paradise just an hour drive home and it has been paying off with publications worldwide.

this magic coastline help me to make the surfers journal cover
this magic coast help me to make the surfers journal cover

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12 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Having read this I believed it was really informative.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this informative article together.
    I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time
    both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth

    1. Yeah, when we dont have a high status we get pretty much humiliated all the time, but theres no stoping us when we want something. thank for checking and commenting, João.

  2. Reading this I can really relate although for me it has been a backwards trend. So I am in that horrible transition period. Where do I go from here?

    As a kid, I was the contest kid who got a lot of attention from the pros but not so much from the media. As I grew older, I think the problem was that they were baffled by me and I probably did not help them much. To be a known surfer, you have to be in everyone’s face and think of it as a job. I was just out surfing so I ended up being the guy my fellow pro surfers respected but the guy walking as they drove off with the photographer headed to some fun wave. So we probably both ended up getting dusted by the same people! Ha ha!

    Well, at least you are doing the hard yards and getting results. So I commend you on that! Especially being a photographer which is a thankless job to begin with.

    1. I was almost a pro surfer, but I guess I never wanted a job, surfing should be not having a job (be free)… Plus I always blame it on other people, with photography I promised myself to do things and dont blame others for my insucesses. Hope you are having fun mate, thanks for stiping by, cheers!

  3. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find
    this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to gett the hang of it!

    1. Yeah, you are right, a lot of dedication in between and a passion for the ocean since I was a child. Many hours in the water spear fishing, surfing and a little sailing. Thanks a lot for checking it out!

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