Carve Magazine: Print is not Dead

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Despite some haters, english media is spreading my love. Young gun João Mendonça is featured in this spread from the latest Carve mag issue. Epic day at Z-point, fuckers!!! Seems like the last hawaian season was worth it. Didn´t make it out of the barrel, but check out this kid´s flair:

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This was supposed to be an ad for Billabong, but some back stabbing killed the deal, who cares, I got fish to catch.

“When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others”

Robert Greene, 48 laws of power

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Print Is Not Dead: Surf Session

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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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“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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What a Boaring Life: Hashton

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this is for you hash

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.

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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.

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Hash: We are making an article on this coast Brek!

Me: Careful man, there’s a beverage here!

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Check out Mellow Loco Bar if you are in Lagos.

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Random Surfers: Natalie

And here is Natalie Walsh an english woman in Lagos. She is a surf instrutor, a lifeguard and very good looking, but don´t even think about it she is in a relationship. If you see her in the lineup give her a wave, she´s nice!

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Brek: How long have you been surfing?

Natalie: Growing up inland in England I began mind surfing and dreaming of a newlifestyle at 17 years old after watching the Hollywood girly surf movie Blue Crush-Its safe to say i became obcessed. Finally at 21 years I was able to move to the East Coast of England where I learnt how to surf. I am 31 now so I have surfed for 10 years.

Brek: Do you remember your first good ride?

Natalie: I remember the first time I ever went surfing, I drove over to the coast alone in the month of August with a shorty wetsuit I had just bought. I hired a big foamy from the local surf shop and swam out super confident as I was a synchronized swimmer in what must of been 3-4 foot waves. I paddle for everything nose diving every wave. I had no clue what I was doing but I enjoyed every moment even though I was absolutely freezing. I met some locals after and they offered to meet me the week after to show me some of the ways. I spent a whole week doing hundreds of push ups and then that weekend I popped up on my first wave and rode it all the way to the beach. It felt amazing and I never surfed in the white wash

Brek: What is your regular spot?

Natalie: For many years my regular spot was the icy cold but full of good vibes North sea of England but I decided to swop my 6ml for a 4ml to surf in the warmer waters of the south and west coast of Portugal. But my favorite spot to surf is anywhere there is a good vibe having fun with friends.

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Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?

Natalie: Only the odd man or boy dropping in on me but nothing I can not handle

Brek: Where was your last epic session?

Natalie: My last epic session was actually only one week ago in a spot near by (Zavial ) a place I always wanted to drop waves but the crowds there made if difficult sometimes to enjoy but I was lucky enough to surf there last week with only 4 friendly faces. Smiles for miles

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Brek: What’s your favourite food?

Natalie:  I am a vegertarian and I try to be a Vegan whenever it is possible. I enjoy to eat healthy and I like all the ingredients to be natural although I have to admit I am a bit of a sugar monster, oh and I absolutely love gnocchi with pesto-yum.

Brek: What else should we know about you?

Natalie:  My Portuguese nickname is Porquinha

Brek: Any message you want to leave?

Natalie: Be kind and smile a lot!

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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: Charlotte

And here is Charlotte Vanberkum the Alana Blanchard of the Algarve. Instead of the rain and cold of the Netherlands she lives in the extreme corner of europe. Good call.

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Brek: How long have you been surfing?

Charlotte: 5 years

Brek: Do you remmember your first good ride?

Charlotte: Very very well!

Brek: What´s your regular spot?

Charlotte: Ponta Ruiva

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Brek: What type of surfboard do you ride?

Charlotte: My 5´9 shortboard. I use it from 10 cm waves to more than 2 meter waves!

Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?

Charlotte: No, I don´t think so.

 

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Brek: Where was the best session you had lately?

Charlotte: A week ago at Ponta Ruiva. It was perfect, light offshore, amazing rides with only my friends in the water.

Brek: What´s your favorite food?

Charlotte: Well prepared pizza.

 

 

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Brek: Any message you want to leave here?

Charlotte: Dream big!

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