Evening surf at Arrifana

Yesterday after a long day of moving from Luz to Lagos and some surfing as well, I decided to go for a evening surf. My kids and their friends stayed in Lagos and went out for a dinner. There are lots of restaurants in Lagos but they went to my favourite one (one of them) it´s The Green Room. A restaurant that serve really good Mexican food. Me on other hand loaded up my longboard and drew up to Arrifana. It´s a 45 min drive from Lagos. Arrifan is a beautiful town well worth a visit, not only for the surfing. I had a nice evening, mostly small longboard waves, but once in a while some bigger sets came rolling in. I surfed until the sun disappeared behind the hill, the water always feel a little bit sharky after the sun gone down.

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This is Emma Lockett riding a small barrel in Arrifana a couple of years ago. Always liked the light and the backdrops on that beach, perfect for surf photography.

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First week in Portugal

Now we are at Portugal, we have been here for a couple of days. Its been perfect for the two friends how never surfed before. Small waves and nice and warm weather. This week we are staying in Luz. The apartment is just a hundred meters from the beach where you can surf. Unfortunately there has only been one day of surf at this beach this week, so we have to use our car to get to other spots in the area. The cool thing with the Lagos area is that you have booth the west coast and the south coast to choose your spots from. The longest drive with your car is to Arrifana and its about 50 min. When it gets to big on the west coast, the waves starts to hit the south coast. Its actually very consistent here.

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Yesterday when we where surfing Zavial this big bird where circulating over our heads. I paddled in and got a chance to take some pictures of him/ her. I believe its a Vulture, big and majestic anyway.

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Portugal again

Time for another trip to Portugal. This time I will bring my kids and they will bring a friend each, total five persons this time. Their friends never been in Portugal and never tried surfing before, so we are hoping for nice small clean waves that suits beginners. When you try to learn someone surfing who never tried it before I always just want them to feel the same enthusiasm and love for surfing as I did the first time I tried it out. I mean, how can you not fall in love with this sport? It´s one of the most greatest thing you can do, sitting in the lineup with your kids and waiting for some waves. Talking about everything and nothing with your kids while you’re waiting for that wave. So I really hope I can show my kids friends what a nice water sport this is. Hopefully I will get back home with some happy kids and lots of new photos.

 

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Happy Friday

Some days are better than others, the conditions are better, the water is full of talented surfers. After, what seems just to be a short moment, you realize that you spent hours of taking over thousands pictures. This pictures is from one of those days. Almost every sets of waves that came produced at least one barrel. The beach is u-shaped so I could position myself so I was shooting from the side into the barrel. Another good thing with that is in this beach you also get a really nice backdrop, not seen on this picture. So here I cought Sam Lamiroy in one of his many barrels that day. One day I gonna catch one when I am surfing as well =)DSC_74k56

It´s getting closer…

It’s getting closer. The longest surf trip so far in my life is getting closer, and I’m trying to prepare as much as I can. Except from surfing I also will work as a surf photographer on three different boot camps during this trip. Shoot surfing and also having the benefit of being able to surf every day, makes everything great for the moment. One other thing that’s also really great is that my kids will join me for a almost 10 days on this trip, before they have to go back to school. So much fun surfing with your kids. And as they are growing older you don’t have to look after them as much as you used to. They are turning in to your surfing buddies.  They are really nice travelling partners as well, open minded, like to surf, and love to just chill. Last trip I had with my kids was a two week surf trip to Lagos. So nice, would like to do it again next summer.

 

My kids, Sandra and Linus enjoying the surf.

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The photo job is to cover some boot camps at The SurfExperience, starting out with a boot camp for girls. Sam Lamiroy is the surf coach for the boot camps, and a great one as well. Surfing and shooting surfers all day long from early morning until the dark falls. After a week on the boot camp I usually ends up with 10 000 picture that I have to go through an edit the good ones and then send them to the Boot campers. The deal is that they get all the pictures of them surfing. During the day we also (not me) do video recordings of the surfers. In the evening Sam goes through the video material with the boot campers and talk about what they needs to think about etc.

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This is Georgie Timson. An awesome and talented surfer from Newqua. I wouldn’t be surprise if we will see her on the WSL-tour in a couple of years.

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Annie from Sweden. Every time I surf with here I get amazed about how much better she have become.

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Milla from Newqua. OMG lots of laughs when she is around. Except of just trying to improve her surfing she also did a serious try of learning Swedish. She did pretty well actually, with surfing and Swedish.

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The group after a long day of surfing. The lines still rolling in in the background as you can see.

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Sam Lamiroy He will teach you every thing you need to know about surfing and some things you didn’t know you need to know about surfing

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So as you can imagine I cant wait…

Thats why I will surf today

You’ve all red it before! “You never regret that you didn’t worked more in your life when you are about to die and you are summing up your life” Most people regret they did not live the life they wanted to, they lived a life that other people expected them to live. Or that they did not spend more time with their kids. Or that they did at least a few things they always dreamed about to do. What does it take to (as we say in Sweden) “get your as out of the wagon” and start living the real life? I guess you have to understand that you’re not on this planet forever and that you eventually will die. Most people knows that they got a limited time on earth, but to really understand it usually takes some overwhelming life experience to get the message.  I not saying that I totally got the “message” but after my father past away recently and my mother nearly did too due to a  stroke (luckily I was there to get her in to the hospital in time) I’ve realized that we will die, so the process have started in my mind and I try to figure out what is important for me. So today I will leave work early and go surfing, because the waves are rolling in at my local spot. Maybe I should bring my kids, but they have to be in school, and they have to live their life as they want to not the way I want to.

It’s strange how afraid we are of dying and not be able to live and still we forget to live. That’s why I’m going surfing today.

 

Sally Fitzgibons “living the dream”? during the womens surf pro tour 2014 in Cascai.

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Jez Browning. A friend that quit his day time job and moved to Portugal and became a surfinstructor. Today he runs his own surfcompany teaching surfers all around the world how to surf.

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Board Shorts in late November

This photo was shot in late November on the southern part of the west coast of Portugal. Usually you need 3mm wetsuit when you surf in Portugal, special in November, but if you are lucky the ocean can get warm enough for surfing just in board shorts, even in late November. The surfer on the picture is Sam Lamiroy. He is a surf coach and a good one too. This is in the end of the day, and the sun just started to set so the colours looks warm and nice. just like the ocean. I really like the green colour in the water and that Sam is almost in silhouette. In the end of the day I had a bunch of photos like this. Its also nice to be able to shoot surfers in board shorts and not in wetsuits. I’m going back to Portugal in October to work with Sam and The Surf Experience on the Boot Camps.

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The Golden Hour

I don’t know how many times I have been sitting on my surfboard in the line-up and realized that the light is getting better and better. You are entering what photographers calls the golden hour. It is the last hour before the sun sets and the light gets soft and warm and the ocean looks like its made of liquid gold. Perfect for photography with other words. And at the same time perfect sized waves rolls in and you are having so much fun surfing with your friends, but the light is so perfect. You also know that your friends and your self would love to have some photos from this moment. Nice waves with nice light that’s almost a guarantee that you will get a couple of really good shots. So what do you do? Well I usually surf as long as I think I still have some time to shot some pictures and then I paddle in grab my camera and start shooting, still wearing my wetsuit.

The golden hour is usually not only one hour it varies through the seasons. Most of the times you get more than one hour, but its the last one that you want. You also have the golden hour in the morning and then it starts from sunrise. I’ve heard that the journal  National Geographic refuses to even look at pictures not shot during those hours, when they are selecting there pictures. If its true or not I don’t know, but they do have some really amazing pictures in their magazine.

 

What do I prefer, surfing or photography? Well I love doing both but if I had to choose one of them it would  be surfing… nothing beats the feeling of surfing. But hey you can do both!

If you are having a photo session in the sunset and you don’t think the light in your picture turns out as you wish, lacking those nice sunset colours. Then you can try to underexpose them a little bit by using faster shutter speed or smaller aperture or both. That usually will do the trick. Or!!! you could just enjoy the moment and just sit there and watch the sun go down. But you are a photographer so that wont happen.

And some pictures I’ve shot after being torn apart between surfing and photography.

 

The beach of Porto de Mos cloes to Lagos, gets really stunning sunsets

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Rowan on his longboard. Rowan works as a surf instructor in Lagos. Great longboard surfer and really laid back person. Cool kid!

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This is the talented and great surfer Emma Hamilton waiting for the next set. Here I swam out to get my pictures. This is from the girls Boot camp at the Surf Experience with Sam Lamiroy.

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This is Manuel Mestres son, Ze Mestre.

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How it all started

2009 a decision was made to go on a surf trip to Portugal. I only tried surfing once before in 2006 and then it was in Australia. I went on a day trip with some surf school and I just loved it. The Surf instructor was a total surfer dude. No shoes, blond hair, super tanned and picking up the group in his Land rover. Do not remember his name but he was the nicest guy ever.

But in 2009 I ended up in Lagos that is located on the western part of the Algarve cost of Portugal.Staying at the surf camp The Surf Experience that´s located inside the city walls of Lagos was a total hit. Friendly people, nice and helpful staff and yes they had a couple of Land rovers they used to drive us out to the beach with. Toby and Tobe, the owners of The Surf Experience has been running their business since 1992, making it one of Algarve oldest surf schools.

On that trip I also brought my newly bought SLR-camera, a Nikon D50 equipped with the cheapest 300 mm lence I could find (100 Euro) I had never shot surfing before and it was not really my intention to take a lot of pictures, and I did not take that many 700 for the whole week. Today I can shoot more than 2000 pictures on a good and long day at the beach.

This pictures are from my first surf trip. Nikon D50 and a Tamron 150-300 mm. All shot at the same beach, located on the south-west coast. You don’t need  that expensive equipment to take a decent photo I think.

This year I will be in Portugal for 7 weeks total, for surfing and surf photography.

 

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