I shoot events too. It´s not because of the money, I like people. This time I did this photos for my friend João Luis Soares 50th birthday. It was a fantastic soiré with lots of smiles, here are some of the pics I took, check it out:
Finally met Veronique from Casa Mae Lagos. It was a long day. I went to Carrapateira to harvest some perceves in the morning then shot Marlon Lipke surfing the biggest sueste in decades. Even stoped by Kisa to watch Joao Cabrita show!
praia da batata
“I give my mind the liberty to follow the first wise or foolish idea that presents itself.” Robert Greene
We drove to Sagres on the south coast of Portugal. The swell was west, solid, masses of water moving caressed by an offshore breeze. The tide was super low, just perfect conditions. Marlon Lipke and Francisco “Chico” Alves were on it and catched a few beautiful beasts until they got smashed and broke their boards.
Waited for the rockstars to show up for hours, waves was shit. The gods around here have this sense of humor, Zavial had been pumping a few days ago… Hash works for this big americano mag you know, was with this hot surfer and all and I was willing to show him around.
This stranger told me: “Arrifana is nice Dude!” I thought it was too big, too onshore, too empty. Ok. The dude abides. Let´s go Sebastian (my german photographer mate)!
Ahaha! Waves were fun! Leon was catching a ton of them, Marlon, Gony… The gringos! We hunged out, etc. Real cool dudes. It´s a shame I let go of my boar. It ended up in the bars in Lagos where I pitched my story.
Hash: We are making an article on this coast Brek!
Drove up to Ericeira for a couple of days to see some old friends. The waves pumped and I took a few photos between havesting perceves. Happens that one pic of Tiago Pires came out nice, maybe because of the low perspective or the 50mm lens. It was chosen for Surfer magazine behind the lens, check it out!
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.”
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