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!
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.”
Went up to Nazaré one more time for the Capitulo Perfeito. It´s a contest where the barrel is suposed to be the king manouver. It´s kind of hard in pratice to run a competition like that…
My “neighboors” Marlon Lipke and Alex Botelho didn´t adapt to the conditions and got out soon. The organization did a great job, but the waves weren´t big, barreling or ripable… Me boys got lost in the line up looking for barreling waves that mushed out.
Alex didn´t know what to do, specially after surfing this place in the 15 to 20 foot range last week, Marlon on the other hand carved his way into defeat in style. Bummer, check this clip of my brief return to the new meca of Portugal´s surfing!
Catched up with Lee Ann Curren once again. She had a great crew coming here this time: two skaters and a longboarder. I got to shoot her at Praia da Rocha and Arrifana, small and big surf, always super fun! Here´s a couple pics, check it out.