Stranger Than Friction

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cross stepping between tourists

Enjoying the silly season in Praia da Rocha with top friend Mazari Zoio. Waves were small, but spirits were high. The trouble was rubbing your shoulders with the bathing tourists in front of you. Had a surf and then shot this talented lady. No leashes allowed!

 

My Vespa keys mystireously disapeared and reapeared after this session, hmm. Stranger than fiction…

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hang ten

Thanks to Wave Solutions Waterhousings, Shape and Design by Dan Costa and Prolimit.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

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Bad Call

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Way out north there was this fella I wanna tell ya about. Goes by the name of Eurico Romaguera. At least that was the handle his loving parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. See, this Romaguera, he called himself “Kiko”. Got a chance to shoot him logging around Sagres a couple of weeks ago, a cool cat.

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fake hangfive at castelejo

The intro text was copied from Big Lebowski movie, one of my times favourite, but check this dudes style, totally legit!

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poised at zavial
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just be

We were tracking this mistery swell that never turned up… Super bad call, it had been pumping a couple of days ago. By the way he lost his wallet, checked the water temperature somking a cigarette and he was very selective with hot girls.

“A wiser fella once said, sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well, the bar eats you.”

Big Lebowski

I think he meant the bear.

Sometimes you win sometimes you loose…

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Nice To See You

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hot day

This is legendary Ivo Cação near my home town! I have been trying to get him back down here for ages. This time Zavial was the excuse, but it was almost flat. We scored Tonel today tough! Warm water and all, check it out!

The wonder kid was ripping in trunks, getting some nice barrels and airs.  Marlon and Gony were on it too, they think Ivo is Bruno Aleixo, he is a funny cat that´s for sure and a  hell of a surfer too!

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stoked

Bruno is from Coimbra, near Figueira da Foz (Ivo´s birth place and mine). Same accent…

Bruno Aleixo – Aniversário SAPO from GANA on Vimeo.

“I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell – you see, I have friends in both places.”

Mark Twain

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Thankyou

Marlon and Melvin Lipke organized this little cerimony to hand me my new friend funded Nikon D810 camera at Mellow loco Bar in Lagos! Super stocked to be able to continue document our oceans moods, etc. Thankyou so much guys.

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obrigado melvinho

Every shutter auctuation made with this camera will be yours too. I promise I won´t drop it anymore!

New Toy from joao bracourt on Vimeo.

Big thanks to all that in some way helped me out:

Marlon Lipke, Melvin Lipke, Gony Zubizarreta, Alain Vacheron, Al Mackinon, Ashton Goggans, Sasha de Bruin, Francesca Perini, Marco Perini, Chiara Nardoni, Nic von Rupp, Stefan Strauss, Nuno Rodrigues, Gonçalo Lopes, João Aranha, Antonio Renteria, Sven Engelmann, Francisco Alvo, Tó Mané, Nuno Cardoso, Loic Wirth, Marina Gabler, Miguel Titeca, Jó Bento, Amândio Glória and Antónia Bracourt.

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Smack, Bang, Crash

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cordoama on fire

Drove to Cordoama to shoot Gony Zubizarreta. It was his last day here and the waves were pumping. Took a few from top then… bang! Dropped my Nikon D800 to the ground. Kaput.  I think the mount is f+cked, the images come out blurred. I am selling it for parts.

Please help me to get another camera and do what I love again. You can buy me some prints (send me an email) or donate some money here:

NIB 001800034105804102028
IBAN / IU ¹ PT50 0018 000341058041020 28
Swift Code/BIC TOTAPTPL

Or here: ivosousa@yahoo.com (paypal)

Turn Shit Into Sugar.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

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Sequeador: I Have Had Worse

A bit congested and not feeling that good, scored this rare bird yesterday. I wasn´t impressed, but the swell direction wasnt the best. Fishermen call it Sequeador, not Esquiador, thanks for the correction Nicolau!

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ski time

They say Carwin Williams was the first to surf it, about 25 years ago. It´s got good fish and perceves. Went for a swim to try to get some water footage, but just got smashed. At least it helped my blocked nose.

Surfed Ponta Ruiva afterwards and it sucked. Fortunatly met Mr. Agostinho who talked story and drank porto while i drank medronho. I had worse.

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marlon

“The salt water is a natural antibiotic”
Marlon Lipke

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Print Is Not Dead: Surf Session

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les fromages de la belle france

It´s always nice to see your photos on paper, either it´s on a wall or on a magazine. Thanks Surf Session for somehow surviving this new times and Lee Ann for turning up!

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so cute

“You must understand the following: In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious.”
Robert Greene

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