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.
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:
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.
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.
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