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
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!
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
Super proud of my dear friend Loïc Wirth doing this great imagery! I met him here in the Algarve a few years ago, he´s a Sagres fanatic like me. Last year he brought a big crew to film at the southwestern tip of europe, but the ocean went flat…
Check his new movie trailer, this guy is getting better and better!
Spread the love guys!
“O invisível aos olhos
Por estar dentro de onde existir amor
Obrigado por nos ensinar a voar…”
And here is Alain, a fellow photographer and bon vivant. He´s travelled from Morroco to the Mentawai, but lives in the north of Landes in France. Rides a 7 foot single fin, just like me and loves Portugal, check him out!
Brek: How long have you been surfing?
Alain: I am currently 51 and I surf since the age of 14, so it’s 37 years …
Brek: Do you remmember your first good ride?
Alain: No I have a hard time remembering it because it’s been a long time but I think it was on my spot in la Salie at the time when there was almost nobody
Brek: What´s your regular spot?
Alain: I surf in Biscarrosse in the north of Landes in France
Brek: What type of surfboard do you ride?
Alain: I surfed longboard long, then after a trip to Mentawai I got back to surfing with smaller board. I use a Phil Grace 7 foot single fin.
Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?
Alain: I often have back pain because of lack of activity during the winter and it is true that at the beginning of the season it is difficult to recover the sensations.
Brek: Where was your last epic session?
Alain: The finest surfing his last year was at Lagoa de Santo André in April after the opening of the lagoon. It was like a miracle. Definitely the most beautiful ephemeral spot I’ve seen.
Brek: What´s your favorite food?
Alain: After 50 years you have to be careful what you eat, so I eat a lot of vegetable, fish, white meat. But I have a weakness for Spanish ham from Badajos
I love cooking.
Brek: Any message you want to leave here…
Alain: Respect one another in the water because there are many people at present. And if no one makes any effort it will be complicated in a short time
Brek: What else should we know about you?
Alain: I have been a photographer for 30 years. Married with a 17 year old daughter. I work for the industry and unfortunately not for surfing. Too complicated in France.
I live in the countryside 10 minutes from the sea. I love the south of Portugal because it is a place that makes me happy. The light is so beautiful that it gives the clear idea.