In Between Magic: Searching For Eurico Romaguera

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You never know where the serendipitous journey of following perfect surf will take you. And if you are following Kiko´s footprints on this blue planet you better embrace some chaos on the way.

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Eurico Romaguera aka Kiko is a classic surfer who doesn´t like dawn patrols. He is allergic to kooks and bad taste in general. He is not spoiled though and is a wise kid. This time Kiko drove down from Figueira da Foz looking for some waves and possibly to get some footage for his world dominance.

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We started at Zavial. Full of kooks, lot of closeouts… And more kooks, kids floating in the last section… After half a day of driving he decided to go out anyway and I decided to set up my tripod (it´s a metaphor I don´t use one). Instead of playing the waiting game I prefer to keep looking.

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The swell increased the next day and we, with a little help from Clement, managed to get him out of bed quite early. We had this pointbreak in mind, but Kiko´s car, an Audi sedan, wouldn´t fit it´s rocky dirt road. We settled for another point called Canguru (long story). This time the kooks stayed at a secure distance, excpet for this sup idiot…

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There were some nice ones, specially the overhead sets. Clement was happy and his super 8 was finally rolling. I got high and shot from top. So much for sober october… Who knows when I ll get to shoot him, he´s gonna be in Australia soon. Last year he was in Mexico, Japan, Indonesia…

Next day it got onshore and then tiny and cold. I am glad I kept shooting, despite the local complex micro climate moods and Eurico´s temperature. Nothing is easy, love isn´t easy.

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The edge of chaos is the point between order and chaos with the highest complexity where the most interesting things happen. The complexity has a price, since this point is often also the most unstable point, where things are barely stable due to the clash of opposite forces.

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