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

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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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Por Detrás das Lentes

Happy to be the first surf photographer invited at this event hosted at Kisa real italian food in Lagos. Great to work with Marco Perini and Chiara to put this together. The best surf photographers will be presenting their work here every week or so.

Hope the next one will have a webcast with live streaming!

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Crowd 9

I have been surfing this little wedge for 30 years now, sorry… Every now and then some small cats try to scrach my feathers. I hope I hold on a couple of more years. My friend Zé dos Cães went crazy, Xana is dead, it´s only me now… The crowd is getting out of hand.

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Surfer magazine dudes called this the wedge, like newport beach, they said. The sand politicians dumped here made it longer, but fun. All kind of kooks surf it, sup it and bodyboard it. It´s too much sometimes.

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Come back Rory Russel, Dean Pinsack and friends!

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LA Land

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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…

Forgot to take pictures of LAs dog, next time…

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Random Surfers: Massimo

And here is Massimo Pardini, a fellow italian photographer living the good life in Sagres. He has  surfed Italy, the Canary island, some of Spain and Portugal. I just sold him my Dan Costa 6´single fin, check him out!

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buona sera

Brek: How long have you been surfing?

Massimo: I am 32 already, I surfed since i was 19 off and on. I was passing winters
in Tenerife and some surf trips to Portugal and Fuerteventura…

Brek:  Do you remmember your first good ride?

Massimo: Absolutely I was at the Forte dei Marmi peer with a bic 7.2 I had to drive
25 min with the scooter to get there….It was a green tiny right and I remember i was
looking backwards all the way to be sure that was a green wave, I was really not
sure what I was doing.

Brek: What´s your regular spot?

Massimo: Cordoama is where i Surf most but i move a lot along the southwest and
west coast.

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Brek: What type of surfboard do you ride?

Massimo: Eeeeeh……. Depends a lot from the conditions when I arrived in June one
and half year ago, I was surfing only a 9.0 longboard then after the summer I saw
the conditions and I decided to get back to smaller boards, I got a single fin 6.0 now is dead… At the moment i have 1 twin, 1 single, 1 truster and 1 longboard, it´s fun to change.

Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?

Massimo: Just once in Ponta Ruiva ,I had an unfriendly chat with a guy that lives
here, haven’t meet him yet- I am sure is fine was nothing really hardcore, sometimes it
can happen i get a lot of waves and people get pissed.

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enjoying my retro movement board

Brek: Where was your last epic session?

Massimo: i had so many epic sessions this year, the last one is not long ago in Tonel. Tones when is working properly is really a good wave.

Brek: What´s your favorite food?

Massimo: I really like cooking but as you can imagine I am Italian and I eat and love
a lot of pasta every day in any sauce carbonara, amatriciana ,arrabbiata, bolognese,
scoglio (seafood), pesto and tomato and so on and on….

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I told you it was nice

Brek: What else should we know about you?

Massimo: I am a Photographer living in Sagres, I love what i do and I feel like i am
never working , I really love to surf it makes me happy and frees my mind from any
thoughts, I love women and I love to spend time with them

Brek: Any message you want to leave here…

Massimo: Live simple try to love everyone and smile a lot also to people you don’t
know it really makes a big change in our life.

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that´s it, no pumping please

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Master Cleanse: Conclusion

It´s the usual time to look back and make new year resolutions. The most important change I made this year was definatly the master cleanse. Not only I lost 8 kilos in 7 days, but also lost another 8 afterwards. I am now much more healthier and happier. I think this helps me to think clearer too and I guess it has reflected on my vision. In the following months of the fasting I took pictures I wanted to take in a long time. In 2017 I will present you with a great book about the extreme corner of europe, stay tuned.

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Happy new year!

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Two Goofies and a Regular

Met up with Roby D´amicoHarry Timson and host Marlon Lipke aka Raul for a couple of sessions around the Algarve. The boys went straight to the lineup scoring good waves escaping the crowd that slowly packed the beach afterwards.

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5 min check

First session was great with some barrels, the second one started slow, but went on to be just fine. Later in the day, as the wind droped, I ditched the camera, grabed my board and catched a couple of set waves myself. Stoked!

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