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Title: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: supthecreek on January 08, 2019, 04:59:01 PM
Landed in Lisbon via TAP Airbus at dawn on New Years day. Great flight
Ticket     = $544
Baggage = $440 (one way)  :'(
cost per item:
9'4 Creek         = $185
9'0 Custom      = $135
1 Checked bag = $120

Rented a great little car for 92 days = $841 + $900 damage deposit.
site said NO DEBIT CARDS.... but I am a believer in good thing happen..... and they accepted my Debit card!
Whew!...... otherwise, I'd be walking, cuz I don't have a credit card.  ;D

Drove to Sagres with no accommodation plan.
Arrived at 9 pm on New Years Day..... everything was closed up tight.

I found one light on... so I knocked on the door.
A nice lady said an apartment was $50 Euros per night ($67)
gulp!

We talked for a few minutes...
her in Portugese
me in English
we agreed on $450 Euros per month thru March 31st  ;D

Sweeet 1 BR, ground floor apartment with a garden patio, right in the center of town, with parking in front, bars down the street!
500 yards to the beach in 2 directions.
3 minute bike ride from a consistent break.
The absolute perfect location and apartment! So freeking stoked!
oh yeah... she does my laundry for me (included)  :)

First morning, I bought a nice mountain bike from a surf shop down the street that is closing for the winter =  $140 Euros

Every day before breakfast, I ride the bike to check the surf....
then walk the beach near my house, to warm up before the surf session.
No hurry to paddle out.... there are waves all day, every day..... yup, every day!

Cool at night at 45 degrees
trunks and 2 mm top are fine in the 60 degree water and bright sunshine (I think I saw a cloud... once)

Anyway.... everything is bought and paid for, now I am settling into daily life.
Outside and active every day..... amazing place to explore by bike, paddle or walk.

An amazingly harsh and unforgiving landscape,
then.... 8 miles away, lush rolling farmland  :)

Video of the week and some pics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-StpOanyq2U

OK..... 5 times tried to post following ALL the pic rules.




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Post by: supthecreek on January 08, 2019, 05:00:17 PM
part 2
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Post by: supthecreek on January 08, 2019, 05:01:45 PM
part 3
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Post by: eastbound on January 08, 2019, 05:18:08 PM
you are a fearless badass, creek

enjoy, and pls be a little bit careful--there's some power on that deep water coast

and keep the vids coming--love the surf mixed with casual travelogue feel--pls share your local meals--bet youre eating well, and cheaply---seafood there is superb

if my forced retirement hits, i might hit you-----in sagre!!

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Post by: APPST_Paddle on January 08, 2019, 05:21:13 PM
That looks epic, congrats - makes my 10 days coming up in Costa Rica look rather tame.
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Post by: Ichabod Spoonbill on January 08, 2019, 06:31:31 PM
Those are really beautiful pictures, Creek. Thank you for sharing.
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Post by: RideTheGlide on January 08, 2019, 06:45:40 PM
That looks like an amazing place to be.  I am not going to get a chance to paddle before shoulder surgery next week; I just checked the forecast for the weekend to see if it changed. It had. The predicted high dropped and we might get freezing rain. That means I am only doing vicarious paddling from now until late April and your video and description was the perfect start. I hope you keep posting every few days while you are there.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. You are surfing waves I can actually imagine myself trying and maybe succeeding to catch a few and you are getting some nice rides. I will definitely be following this.
 
Thanks!
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Post by: stoneaxe on January 08, 2019, 07:25:10 PM
I just told Sue I think we may need to change plans....looks awesome.
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Post by: TallDude on January 08, 2019, 07:37:20 PM
So cool.... Enjoy yourself man... I would explore every break, trail and eatery.
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Post by: supsean on January 08, 2019, 07:42:18 PM
Wow Rick. Looks like quite adventurous. You are a role model. If only I can stay as fit and willing to go for it at 70 I will call it a win. I have family roots inland (alentejo is the region and quite beautiful) and if I would love to try surfing the coast.
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Post by: Night Wing on January 08, 2019, 08:13:28 PM
Nice video. Great photos! Besides the biking and surfing, looks like you've learned the art of "haggling" too.  ;)

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing more of your adventure.
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Post by: lopezwill on January 08, 2019, 08:17:58 PM


Thanks for keeping us up to date on your travels. 

Keep the videos and photos coming 8)
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Post by: Bean on January 08, 2019, 08:28:04 PM
Very cool Rick!
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Post by: southwesterly on January 08, 2019, 09:15:29 PM
 Way to go Rick.

 Living a louca vita!
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Post by: surfcowboy on January 08, 2019, 09:48:25 PM
Creek you are my hero. Keep it coming man.
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Post by: PonoBill on January 08, 2019, 11:35:24 PM
Very cool, sounds ideal. I'm thinking Portugal figures large in my future. Got to sell Ponohouse first, but then... Everywhere there's surf and sun.
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Post by: burchas on January 09, 2019, 03:10:14 AM
That last picture of you in the sun says it all Rick.

8) Nirvana 8)
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Post by: LBsup on January 09, 2019, 04:01:40 AM
Looks like your having a great time!  Whats the food like, a lot of fish?
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Post by: WhatsSUP on January 09, 2019, 04:50:09 AM
Wow, just wow! Beautiful region for sure........really like the vid and can't wait to see more!

Hope you can find a good place to set up the SS3 and capture footage!!!!

Have fun!
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Post by: Scallop on January 09, 2019, 05:15:38 AM
Great stuff...great video

enjoy
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Post by: surfercook on January 09, 2019, 05:31:18 AM
Classic Creek escape...stay wet! (and safe)
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Post by: JimK on January 09, 2019, 05:34:46 AM
Like I've said for a long time

"When I grow up I wanna be you"

have fun

jimK
Extreme Windsurfing
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Post by: Wetstuff on January 09, 2019, 05:53:49 AM
Excelente, Rik'kee.   From what I remember you telling me; "Drove to Sagres with no accommodation plan."  ...is not unusual for you.  We make our own luck for the most part, but you make it better than the average.  I'd have been picked up for vagrancy. 

The other bit of great luck you take is not kooking out on some local's break. You know, every eyeball in town sees, or hears about, those first few waves.  Since the bulk of us are sitting in the middle of winter, you have the obligation of charting this whole trip out for us.  And, since I'm a c'hitty surfer, but a good eater - make sure you tell us about the food.

I've been trying to talk Marjie into 'Europe' and PHL-LIS is about the quickest Euro destination for us.  I was all over there in the Army but she's never seen  ...but, anxious about strange places  ...yet, goes back to Panama every couple of years?! (born in the Zone)

We are all wishing you Most Fun. 

Jim
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Post by: supthecreek on January 09, 2019, 06:49:42 AM
I should mention this little bit of info:
As far as I can tell, I am the only SUPster here right now.
It is a fairly testy place to SUP surf, with sizable, hard breaking waves that usually end abruptly  ;D

I haven't found any really user friendly spots yet.
These days I prefer to surf makable waves with some water depth, since my body doesn't bounce as well as it used to and so far I am still bouncing.

I haven't even seen anyone paddling flat-water, or seen a SUP on a car.
_____________________________

Today has been a blast so far;

This guy noticed my Sunova and said:
"I know Bert and Tino... did some art work for them"

He and his buddy's are here from Denmark.
We shared a kinda bumpy session this morning, which I cut short after 3 waves. (video later today)
I sprained my ankle on the big day and it is still weak.
Ice and stretch daily.... walk beaches and ride my bike a lot, but that was first SUP surf since I crushed it.... and it felt "thick"

More after I eat breakfast, right now I'm starving...(it's mid afternoon)  ;D



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Post by: ninja tuna on January 09, 2019, 07:55:48 AM
Good on ya Rick.

Video was great and the waves look fun.

Enjoy yourself!
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Post by: supnsurf on January 09, 2019, 08:57:13 AM
Really enjoyed that, keep them coming .
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Post by: supnorte on January 09, 2019, 09:27:38 AM
Great to hear from you! After spending last week with the family at Cape Verde (the waves were good at Ponta Preta, but since it was a family vacation I was only allowed to go on short sessions...), I was looking forward to return home!
I've been scoring great sessions every day (I've been posting on my FB account some videos, and I'll probably post one or two here). The waves have been perfect, with no wind and warm days (and cold nights).

Did you went to some of the spots I mentionated? Arrifana is always smaller (the beachbreak point, not the Kanguru, the massive right pointbreak). I also saw that there were great waves in the south coast of the Algarve (very rare), probably the same big sweel I caught during my firts days in Cape Verde).

Since the swell is small now (but perfect and super clean), most more exposed spots should have good waves.

Let me know if you decide to go up North!
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Post by: JEG on January 09, 2019, 12:51:04 PM
good times creek! ;)
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Post by: surf4food on January 09, 2019, 08:02:54 PM
I should mention this little bit of info:
As far as I can tell, I am the only SUPster here right now.
It is a fairly testy place to SUP surf, with sizable, hard breaking waves that usually end abruptly  ;D

I haven't found any really user friendly spots yet.
These days I prefer to surf makable waves with some water depth, since my body doesn't bounce as well as it used to and so far I am still bouncing.

I haven't even seen anyone paddling flat-water, or seen a SUP on a car.


I've never been to Portugal yet, but this surprises me.  Then again, I remember a friend telling me about a surf trip he did there back in 99.  He said he saw no one on longboards anywhere he went, and this was the height of the longboard resurgence.  Plus very few surfers over the age of 30 (I'm sure that's a lot different now).  Perhaps Portugal is a bit behind on any surf trends outside of mainstream shortboarding?  Still surprising not at least flat water SUP.  Oh well, it's on my bucket list regardless.  Amazing footage BTW.
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Post by: SanoSlatchSup on January 09, 2019, 11:32:44 PM
Creek, that's so cool, and what a great time it looks like you're having...happy for you...surf on!
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Post by: Timi on January 10, 2019, 01:21:08 AM
Wow, you're livin' the endless summer dream! 8) What a great escape from cold winter. I'm lookin forward to your reports and videos!
I've been in Arrifana (a bit up north from Sagres) for a week last christmas and loved it. Great landscape, great people, great food - and a lot of surf. So many spots in the region to discover, seemed to be a good option for almost any swell size and wind direction. I bet you'll have a blast!
I'm thinkin about a short trip over there in the beginning of march - maybe see you there for a session!

Enjoy!
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Post by: Mahi on January 10, 2019, 02:31:15 AM
Looks incredible!!! Keep the vids coming.  Good luck and safe travels.
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Post by: Seabean on January 10, 2019, 03:32:42 AM
So psyched for you! You're killing' it as usual!
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Post by: supnorte on January 10, 2019, 08:00:58 AM
I should mention this little bit of info:
As far as I can tell, I am the only SUPster here right now.
It is a fairly testy place to SUP surf, with sizable, hard breaking waves that usually end abruptly  ;D

I haven't found any really user friendly spots yet.
These days I prefer to surf makable waves with some water depth, since my body doesn't bounce as well as it used to and so far I am still bouncing.

I haven't even seen anyone paddling flat-water, or seen a SUP on a car.


I've never been to Portugal yet, but this surprises me.  Then again, I remember a friend telling me about a surf trip he did there back in 99.  He said he saw no one on longboards anywhere he went, and this was the height of the longboard resurgence.  Plus very few surfers over the age of 30 (I'm sure that's a lot different now).  Perhaps Portugal is a bit behind on any surf trends outside of mainstream shortboarding?  Still surprising not at least flat water SUP.  Oh well, it's on my bucket list regardless.  Amazing footage BTW.

SUP is very popular in Portugal (there's even stamps with Stand Up Paddle). It took awhile to catch on but it's very popular. It could be more popular if people weren't into surfing that much...
The area where Creek is staying is one of the least populated regions in Portugal and the people there also don't have much money and it's low season. During the summer you see a lot of people from other parts of Portugal SUP surfing there on vacations and there are several rentals on every beach on the south coast.

But we do take more to catch up than other countries (in France every fad immediatly catches on there since the 50s). And you can see that with foiling. Probably around 10 guys SUP or surf foil in Portugal and they are all starting. But I expect that number to increase a lot this year.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 10, 2019, 10:53:22 AM
I'm thinkin about a short trip over there in the beginning of march - maybe see you there for a session!

Awesome... let me know when you are coming!

Hey.... I finally saw a SUP paddling at a south side beach today!  :)

As supnorte said, this is kind of at the end of the world.... not a "pass though" location.
That is a main reason I chose to come here!

LOTS of surfers from all over the world.... it is basically a surf town, with surf shops outnumbering everything else.

Yesterday I surfed with a bunch of guys from the Netherlands.
They all surf twin fin shortboards and all wore Kook Hats..... I fit right in  :)

My session was short, since I had sprained my ankle getting out of the water on the big day.... and it wasn't ready to surf just yet.
Ice, bike ride, walk beaches and hike is my rehab.... ok, I'll stretch it as well.

Here's a little vid of daily life in a small Portuguese town yesterday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk_bp2alQRM






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Post by: TallDude on January 10, 2019, 11:25:15 AM
Those white firm veins in the cliff face are gypsum. I build homes on coastal bluffs and I see that all the time. The wind and weather has naturally shaped those bluffs into a work of art. It is a very cool formation. Kind of like sand blasting wood, so the harder wood grain stands out. My neighbor, shaper Timmy Patterson (T-Patterson) travels to Portugal every so often. I think his short boards sell well there.
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Post by: supnorte on January 10, 2019, 01:21:49 PM
My sessions from this week in Northern Portugal:
Monday:
https://www.facebook.com/nuno.p.desousa/videos/10217943184989021/
Tuesday:
https://www.facebook.com/nuno.p.desousa/videos/10217951839605381/
Wednesday:
https://www.facebook.com/nuno.p.desousa/videos/10217958413809732/
More to come tomorrow!
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Post by: supnorte on January 10, 2019, 01:24:10 PM
Don't know what happened to Thursday, but here it is. And yes, more people SUP in Portugal (including the Guinness record holder for the biggest wave ever on a kitesurf):
https://www.facebook.com/nuno.p.desousa/videos/10217966197844328/
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Post by: supthecreek on January 10, 2019, 02:54:18 PM
Ripping supnorte, nice waves!
Thats the kind of break I need to find... it looks awesome!
Too bad your so far away.

You need to build a Kook Hat Cam, it would really smooth out the vids... plus super easy to use.

and don't get me wrong... I know there are lots of great SUPsters in Portugal,
I was just saying I haven't seen any around where I am.

I love the water color around here.... like the tropics!




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Post by: RideTheGlide on January 10, 2019, 04:36:46 PM
Don't know what happened to Thursday, but here it is. And yes, more people SUP in Portugal (including the Guinness record holder for the biggest wave ever on a kitesurf):

What board is that? I suspect I need your talent more than your board, but curious what it is.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 11, 2019, 05:30:04 AM
What a spectacular country.... totally amazing everywhere I look!
Even the graffiti is surfy  :)
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Post by: oceanAddict on January 11, 2019, 10:56:54 AM
When I grew up, I wanna be like you, Rick.

p.s. Thank you for sharing that amazing footage too.
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Post by: supnorte on January 11, 2019, 11:04:17 AM
What board is that? I suspect I need your talent more than your board, but curious what it is.
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It's the Infinity New Deal 10'0 x 29''. I just traded it with a costumer and it's an awesome board (would love to have the 9'0 x 26" or 28"). It's an absolutly amazing board. If you check the videos I was pulling the same carves as I was on the B-Line 7'11 x 27'' (85 liters). Smooth and sharp on the turns and maintaining all control. I really fell in love with the board. I also played a little on the nose and doing almost dropknee grabs (and I have no longboarding experience).
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Post by: supnorte on January 11, 2019, 11:28:00 AM
And of course, Friday!  ;D ;D ;D
https://www.facebook.com/nuno.p.desousa/videos/10217972653005703/?permPage=1
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Post by: surfinJ on January 11, 2019, 02:06:24 PM
You are living the life Creek.  The stoked way you just showed up with such a blank canvas, positive vibes and let it just happen!  What a brave and impressive example of how to be.  Simply classic.

The winters over here can put the spots at their limits and saturate the mellower ones. Crazy when the surf problem is too much wave action.

As most of the mornings here are now around the freeze point Im digging your chillin, shorts and sun.

If you come back next winter Ill be coming by for sure. All the luck to ya mate.
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Post by: RideTheGlide on January 11, 2019, 02:19:01 PM
What board is that? I suspect I need your talent more than your board, but curious what it is.

It's the Infinity New Deal 10'0 x 29''. I just traded it with a costumer and it's an awesome board (would love to have the 9'0 x 26" or 28"). It's an absolutly amazing board. If you check the videos I was pulling the same carves as I was on the B-Line 7'11 x 27'' (85 liters). Smooth and sharp on the turns and maintaining all control. I really fell in love with the board. I also played a little on the nose and doing almost dropknee grabs (and I have no longboarding experience).
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A quick search says they are expensive and popular. $3k but sold out. Not within my budget anyway. Very nice board.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 11, 2019, 03:01:50 PM
You are living the life Creek.  The stoked way you just showed up with such a blank canvas, positive vibes and let it just happen!  What a brave and impressive example of how to be.  Simply classic.

The winters over here can put the spots at their limits and saturate the mellower ones. Crazy when the surf problem is too much wave action.

As most of the mornings here are now around the freeze point Im digging your chillin, shorts and sun.

If you come back next winter Ill be coming by for sure. All the luck to ya mate.

Thanks J.... every day I am outside, doing something active and learning stuff.

Ankle still mildly sprained, so no surfing for a few days.
Today, I hiked down what I call "the Valley of Bones" to film some friends surfing some great waves..... it was killing me to sit it out  :-\
I'm making a video up as I post this.

See you next year!

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Post by: surfercook on January 11, 2019, 06:57:53 PM
Portuguese fomo has gotta be hard to handle. Heal up, Creek! That last picture w/the longboarding waiting to get picked up by that peak is buttery. My Portuguese pocket language book should be here soon!  Berlitz! have you learned many words yet?
Obrigado, senor.



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Post by: stoneaxe on January 12, 2019, 05:37:54 AM
You're doing a good job selling Portugal Creek. I've always wanted to visit but you've sold me.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 12, 2019, 04:34:41 PM
Definitely not trying to "sell" Portugal.... this area is not an easy place to SUP surf, at least for me.

The waves have been amazing every day since I arrived, but powerful and hard breaking.
Most waves suck up pretty hard at the end, so a graceful exit isn't easy to pull off.

At 70, I try to avoid hard hits and prefer pointbreak type of waves when it's overhead.
My goal is to avoid serious injury, so I can continue surfing as long as possible.

Case in point... my ankle took a hit on the big day, so I have been sidelined for days already.
I can walk fine and ride my bike, but any slipping or torque and my ankle folds.

Hard to sit on the cliff and watch, but if I go back out to soon, I'll do worse damage.

I may go out tomorrow and only ride backside, that's not too bad.... but hard frontside turns are painful, as seen in my last video.

Haven't had any opportunity to set up the Soloshot yet.... don't know where I really could leave it, so it's Kook Hat Cam for now, even that is getting ripped off my head on lip slams.

Here's what I had to sit and watch today....

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Post by: Timi on January 13, 2019, 03:33:02 AM
Nice conditions - and hard to watch i guess. I wish you a speed recovery! At least, you are sitting under the warm portuguese sun...  8)

Maybe you should consider a spot safari east of Sagres to check out more forgiving and userfriendly waves for your comeback. We surfed Praia da Luz, Praia de Porto de Ms and Praia da Rocha when it went mental on the westcoast.

All the best
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Post by: LBsup on January 13, 2019, 05:12:05 AM
Thanks for the honest reporting Rick.  From your videos right away that spot did not appear SUP friendly to me.  Your rides were not particularly long and you had to kick out or deal with a close out.  Did not appear to be any channels either.  I agree with Timi maybe go to a more SUP friendly spot.  Either way I hope you have a speedy recovery.  Take care friend.
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Post by: Geoff C on January 13, 2019, 06:01:19 AM
Keep living the dream Ricky. Looks like a fun place for a bit of everything.
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Post by: eastbound on January 13, 2019, 08:55:09 AM
youre gonna be fine with those waves, ricky---youre a crafty old guy, with more time reading waves and paddleouts than many of us combined--you just had a bad break early in your sagres game--had you not wrenched that ankle, i bet youd have a safe low-stress routine wired by now---in everything but the biggest stuff that will, in fact come through there!! take care that!! but youll be fine, dude--heal up!!--i want more.....

and yeah, when i surfed erericeira, took my worst hit ever--those waves pick up serious beef from deep in the atlantic--same by you, and look at the geography of sagres.....effing point juts clean into it! hang in there....keep us posted

ribera d'ilhas, up in ericeira, is a gorgeous right point, with a reasonably decent channel--but same as all through there--deceiving--same size wave/period back home, or in costa rica, say, doesnt seem to pack as much consequence---might be me, or might be real---i wanna see what you think once youre healed and youve sorted the place out more.......

work that ankle much as possible, incl a good stretch---then ice it immediately/thoroughly for 30 mins---try to do that 2 or 3 times a day, if itll tolerate

good luck--
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Post by: JEG on January 13, 2019, 12:49:41 PM
thanks for the posts supthecreek and may I suggest a good chat with the ladies in Potugal to soothe your mind ;)
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Post by: supnorte on January 13, 2019, 02:29:57 PM
Waves were still firring this weekend in Northern Portugal. Same spot I surfed during the week. The long left had nobody there (despite being the better spot), the crowd was divided between the righbreak and the other side of the pier (and other spots nearby).
Unfortunatly I was sidelined due to a cold. I'm trying to recover in time for another great week of waves!  ;)
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Post by: surfercook on January 13, 2019, 08:23:24 PM
Sux your injured but on the bright side you've got MONTHS there still so try and be patient and sit it out til it heals. This advice coming from someone who has SERIOUS fomo when sidelined. Charged many a day when I should not have been anywhere near any kind of wave!
It sure does look gorgeous out there. I think your Sagres wave is a bit hard to handle though. Especially considering the variety of surf that country has to offer.
  Funny, I've always been drawn to Portugal as a first choice to visit Europe. so many surfers I know have had great trips there.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 15, 2019, 07:24:38 AM
For the past week the surf has been amazing.... while I sat on the beach with a bum ankle.

It was small yesterday and the line-up was empty, so I did a test session.

The empty beach was perfect to set up the SoloShot3, so here's a short vid of me wobbling about...
yup, not ready yet, but it felt good just to be in the water!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGsetEOTYko

Chilly sunrise surf check by bike every morning: I always wear two pair of socks  ;D
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Post by: RideTheGlide on January 15, 2019, 07:45:56 AM
I thought you still handled yourself pretty well out there. Thanks for another armchair surfing fix.  :)
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: stoneaxe on January 15, 2019, 08:27:28 AM
Definitely not trying to "sell" Portugal.... this area is not an easy place to SUP surf, at least for me.

I'm not even talking about the SUP surfing....I'm talking the living....and it's warm....:)

And I'm sure there have to be spots even my meager skills could manage. How's the flatwater options. If Sue and I go we need some flatwater touring for her.
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: supsean on January 15, 2019, 04:08:55 PM
hey aren't you supposed to use celsius?
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: TallDude on January 15, 2019, 04:43:05 PM
hey aren't you supposed to use celsius?
Board shorts and a hoodie says it all..
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: Portugal on January 16, 2019, 06:47:32 AM
Hey Creek,

Great that you are having fun! The South west region of the country is still great to surf kind of alone or with less people on the water. A few years ago the complete coast line was a paradise for surfers. Nowadays is a jungle in the most known spots. Places like Ericeira ( world surf reserve ), Peniche, Lisbon or even Nazar are crowded with dozens of surfers per peak. I have some world class spots near home but find myself needing to drive away from them in order to have some peace and to be ( kind of ) alone in the peak. I guess the good old days are gone now!

If you came to Lisbon area give a shout out. There are some fun spots to try. "Ericeira" has some beach breaks great for SUP and "Caparica" is also very SUP friendly. There is also "Parede" were the SUP community reunites. This is a spot were 90% are SUPers, but were you can find large crowds.

Have fun in Sagres. I will be heading down near by in April into "Vila Nova de milfontes" but I guess you will be long gone ....

Cheers!
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: supthecreek on January 17, 2019, 01:06:55 AM
Thanks Portugal !

I hope to check out the area around Lisbon and Ericeira on my way out, which is April 2nd.... sorry to miss you!

The reasons you mention are exactly why I chose this barren and majestic coast as my destination.

Yesterday, I got totally lost while doing recon on some remote breaks.... sooo much fun!
I'm making a video of it now... hopefully post it later today

Here's a screen shot as I go 4-wheeling to the boonies, in my Panda mini  ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: eastbound on January 17, 2019, 03:12:04 AM
ankle report?

your audience wants you in the water!!
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: supthecreek on January 17, 2019, 03:48:44 AM
ankle report?

your audience wants you in the water!!

Thanks Eastie, feels much better, but not strong enough to surf yet.... and I won't risk annoying it with paddling.
Unfortunately, it looks like surf and weather are going stormy in a few days, for at least the next week.

Having a blast re-habbing though!

My morning surf check ride got boring, so I followed some tracks off road.
Turned into an amazing cliff ride/walk, that was more like being in Baja!
Ended up at a surf spot north of town... thankfully it looked flat  ;)

Then I ate my lunch on a harbor bench. Paddling was tempting   ;D

If my ankle survives re-hab, I should be good to go when the weather clears.
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: Wetstuff on January 17, 2019, 06:32:15 AM
Cool, Rick.   That little bay looks great.  Was that sign a 'No Dogs'?   Too bad about the ankle, but sometimes it's not bad to slow down.  I'm one of those dumb bastards that would burn myself out on the first day of a short trip in garbage surf - just to get in 'new' water.

Jim
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: dingfix on January 17, 2019, 08:43:33 AM
Creek, in case it helps... i have a long term ankle problem, tried a few things and this is by far the best.  I wear it for cycling and paddling, it even fits inside my wetsuit boots.  Not the cheapest but it definitely works.    https://www.ossurwebshop.co.uk/form-fit-ankle-support-with-figure-8-strap.html#b_rwc-16-1547743165-4

Keep the reports coming, great reading.
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: rbgar on January 17, 2019, 10:49:48 AM
This should help!
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: supthecreek on January 17, 2019, 02:35:12 PM
Jim... yup, no dogs.
that little bay is at the bottom of very steep set of ancient stairs, more than I will do carrying my SUP  ;D

dingfix, thanks for the thought, it is much appreciated!

RrrrbeeeeGaaaar..... boo boo BoB, perfect  ;D

I swear, if I wasn't always getting lost, I wouldn't have any fun at all.

Went looking to recon some caves to paddle on a calm day
but had to go through a big town to get there.

no GPS, so I faked it and ended up driving down what looked like a pedestrian street, so I put on my Kook Hat Cam and hit record!
I never saw another car... in the city center!
No one even gave me a second thought.
Don't know if I screwed up or not, but it was fun  ;D ;D

I just kept going till I escaped town and found a place to hike to the caves.
Gonna be a great place to paddle on the right wind and tide!

Between, biking Baja, driving on side walks and hiking caves, it has been an action packed day!
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: stoneaxe on January 17, 2019, 02:35:50 PM
For someone not selling you're still doing a good job. You could get a deal with the Portuguese board of tourism or something.....:). I've thought about trips there before but this is getting it higher on the list already....and you've just started.....:)
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: RideTheGlide on January 18, 2019, 12:22:45 PM
great pics and descriptions. i hope you heal quickly and get back out. not just because i am now in full on vicarious mode (shoulder scoped this morning), but also because you seem to enjoy making the videos as much as i enjoy watching them. thanks for sharing your experience!
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: spirit4earth on January 18, 2019, 01:40:44 PM
Amazing and absolutely inspiring!  Tell us the tricks about how to do this on nothing but SSI.
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: eastbound on January 18, 2019, 06:16:04 PM
i hear you creek--wise not to rush things with the ankle--but understand we are jonesing for vicarious water time