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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Competition time!

Couple a weeks ago I took part in my first surfing contest ever. Didn’t think I would go specially far, actually I thought I would be eliminated in the first heat. The purpose of competition was for raising some money for the Swedish national surfing team (the grooms) The competition fee was 20 euro and all of it went to the national team. The cool thing with this competition was that all the competitors had a change to win a brand new surfboard, didn’t matter how far you went in the competition. So for 20 euro your odds to win the surfboard was fairly high. To be honest I thought I was gonna be kicked out in my first heat. But to my big surprise I won my first heat and I was already in the semifinals. But there my luck run out and I  kicked out. Small waves and lots of fun. I didnt win the surfboard… sadly But hey it was a great day as always at our local spot.dsc_4589dsc_4561dsc_4581dsc_4576dsc_4554dsc_4530

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…

Relaxed in the ocean

When I go surfing, usually to my local spot, I always think if I just catch one wave the whole trip is worth it. But some times when its to big or to small and you just don’t catch any thing, I sometimes think just sitting in the ocean is not a bad thing. Sitting there in the ocean on your board and feeling the motion of the sea or watching the sun set makes you feel humble, happy and relaxed. Nature makes you feel small in a good way, most of the times. I’ve read that when we enter the ocean our hart beat slows down. If we hold our breath and get our heads under the water the hart beat slows down  up to 10-25% For a skilled free diver it can slow down as much as up to 50% of its normal rhythm. Maybe that’s why we feel so relaxed and happy when we enter the ocean, I don’t know. But what I know is that it makes me feel happy. And the when you sit there feeling like a happy hippie suddenly that wave comes along. You catch it and you are flying down the line, or it feels like that any way. And when the ride is done,  you don’t give a shi.. about sunsets or hart beats, you just want to catch one more and then one more….

This picture is shoot in Newquay. Behind the cliff lays Fistral beach. I used my 150-600 mm Tamron lens. The distance between me and the people on the picture makes them look large against the sun. Its a cool effect anyway.

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From a lovley evening in Portugal, algarve not far from Lagos.

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This is also from Newquay

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