And here is João Cabrita, a lagobrigense small fella with a big heart. He´s been travelling a bit around the globe, but I had to translate this… He bought a camera similar to mine in Australia recently, we have the love of photography in common . Mate Craig Anderson was here yesterday allright, but Cabrita is a cool cat too, check him out.
Brek: How long have you been surfing?
Cabrita: I started surfing at age 12, i already surf for 16 years, uhh it seems a lot already.
Brek: Do you remember your first good ride?
Cabrita: Yes it was a kamikaze flowter on the Praia do Amado, and at the time I remember it being my first attempt at maneuvering and my friends used to play around with it.
Brek: What is your regular spot?
Cabrita: My spot is from Meia Praia to Aljezur, but where I feel right at home is at Meia Praia surfing with my friends and neighbors.
Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?
Cabrita: Yes some, but nothing special. Sometimes it is difficult to live in a place with so much tourism, there is no order in the water, but nothing that an educated conversation does not solve. The worst sometimes is the other local surfers … ihihi
Brek: Where was your last epic session?
Cabrita: My last epic session? Hummm I do not know, the epic for me comes from inside. Being happy, smile and feel good, either if I am just flowing, barreling or doing turns.
Brek: What’s your favourite food?
Cabrita: My favorite food is Portuguese food, I can not choose, but maybe a bean soup from my grandmother Ilda’s with black pudding and chouriça inside…Good to fart. And sandes de moreia!
Brek: What else should we know about you?
Cabrita: I’m an ambassador of Pura Vida.
Brek: Any message you want to leave here?
Cabrita: Be Happy!
“Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.”
Paulo dos Pardais aka Paulan was one of the surf pioneers in the Algarve. He sailed the seven seas and was great diver, a true waterman you can say. He opened the first surfshop in Portimão having my uncle António Cândido as a finance backup. He´s still a businessman having Malibu pro runners store and running Algarve Selvagem tours. Check out this pics from his golden years!
“If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
Its still possible to find it here. Almost no surf schools at the beach this time of the year, a lot of kooks everywhere, but thats part of the game I guess. More and more northern europeans buying properties here, prices going up. Expats, hippies…
Despite the tourism reaching this once desolated part of Portugal at least the country is still country.
“But I always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party” Andy Warhol
Stressed, ate and drank too much, got busted by the police sleeping in the car at Zavial twice, but ended up hanging out with Lee Ann again. Marlon and Luca turned up too, it was a great family show, almost.
Here are the shots of the mini 1 and a half day long trip to Sagres. My head aches…
Time to cross the Atlantic ocean folks. Not a pacific thing to do, the north Atlantic is no joke. We have had some problems with electronic, leakings, bildge pump, etc. Made it to Madeira island and soon we will be off to the Canary islands. The boat is a classic schooner named Neorion. Beautiful, beautiful!
In two weeks or so off to Antigua! Barbuda, Barbados, whatever. Check out the pics from the first part of the trip.
purple red and blue
point of no return
Despite going off season on this voyage we had a great start with good winds and made great progress on the first days.
After 2 days of smooth sailing shit happened and it only got worse: the auto pilot stoped working and then the bildge pump went kaput. We made it anyway, now we are licking our wounds preparing to get back on our feet.
Algarve is nice. The sweetest weather you can have. When it rains you still can find a window to surf. In Sagres it can be harsh though. Yesterday I slept there with thunder storms and really cold. Half an hour drive to the east and it can be hot…
Cientists say it´s a mixture of complex micro climates. I like it, keeps me on my feet. There are all sorts of waves too: from ground swells from the north to windswells from Gibraltar we got it all.