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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!  What’s 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 I’m digging your chillin, shorts and sun.

If you come back next winter I’ll be coming by for sure. All the luck to y’a 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 I’m digging your chillin, shorts and sun.

If you come back next winter I’ll be coming by for sure. All the luck to y’a 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 Mós 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.  :)
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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.
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Post by: supsean on January 15, 2019, 04:08:55 PM
hey aren't you supposed to use celsius?
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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..
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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 Nazaré 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!
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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

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Post by: eastbound on January 17, 2019, 03:12:04 AM
ankle report?

your audience wants you in the water!!
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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.
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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
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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.
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Post by: rbgar on January 17, 2019, 10:49:48 AM
This should help!
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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!
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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.....:)
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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!
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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.
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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
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Post by: supthecreek on January 20, 2019, 08:38:43 AM
Amazing and absolutely inspiring!  Tell us the tricks about how to do this on nothing but SSI.

It's easy, no matter where I go, I live on exactly the same amount of money....
destinations are picked by opportunity and affordability.

The flight was cheap, I saved that over the summer
Baggage was expensive and made me skimp after I arrived (I have only gone out for one drink since I got here)
The car cost less than I would spend on gas at home.... and here, I rarely drive, and then it's short distances.

The real trick is going away long enough to absorb the travel costs, into a lower cost of living.

My idea of eating out:
grab a ham & veggie baguette ($1.90) and small drink ($.69) at the supermarket.... and sit on the beach.

You simply have to believe you will make it all work..... and just go.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 20, 2019, 08:54:38 AM
On the topic of keeping it affordable
I don't take my phone out of the house.... so I never have GPS directions. Don't own a map either.

I look over the "Google Map" route on my computer and memorize the turns....
which can get interesting around this desolate coast.

Lately the wind has been howling and sideshore most places, so I have been in "recon" mode
Many of the breaks I want to explore are only accessible by the many dirt "roads" that criss cross through the countryside.
It gets interesting  ;D

Here's a vid I made with my "point & shoot" because my Kook Hat Cam had a dead battery.

Nothing new, just another old man, wandering around, lost.
I did find the route Google maps had laid out.... ha ha, I think they were trying to kill me  ;D ;D ;D
Good thing my instincts said NO!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJjXEqJ1dVY

Plus some pics from the day:
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Post by: RideTheGlide on January 20, 2019, 10:17:08 AM
Another awesome dose of vicarious vacationing. Thanks!
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Post by: Subber on January 20, 2019, 10:29:35 AM
Awesome, I love it.
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Post by: surfinJ on January 20, 2019, 11:02:02 AM
What a place that is.  That left hander, even with all the wind on it looks like a spot.
Though a very technical inside ouch.
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Post by: FRP on January 20, 2019, 11:44:37 AM
Thanks Creek!

The “search” for new surf spots looks almost as much fun as surfing. You are an inspiration for me to get out there and look around for new breaks in my own backyard.

Cheers

Bob
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Post by: WhatsSUP on January 20, 2019, 12:51:50 PM
Saaaaaaaa-weet Creeker!

Beautiful country for sure and just awesome pics!  What an adventure.....hope the ankle is getting better with each day and can't wait for more surf pics/vid.

Would love to hear more about the food....good eats?  What's been the staple?  I'd be eating fish morning, noon and night!  8) 8) 8)
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Post by: Portugal on January 20, 2019, 02:13:32 PM
Hey Creek, you are an inspiration. You are doing "the search" and in my country. This reminds me that we should be always hungry to explore for new peaks!

Keep the pictures coming!

Also, don't forget to try some of the local food. Or even ask the lady that rents your room to cook some local dish. When I travel I also travel in a budget, but trying the food is part of diving into the culture!

Have fun and "boas ondas" :-)
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Post by: eastbound on January 20, 2019, 04:10:56 PM
much As I like your Instructional and board comparison videos, creek, this travelogue shit is worthy. I look fwd to ea episode. Keep em coming.
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Post by: spirit4earth on January 20, 2019, 05:42:44 PM
Amazing and absolutely inspiring!  Tell us the tricks about how to do this on nothing but SSI.

It's easy, no matter where I go, I live on exactly the same amount of money....
destinations are picked by opportunity and affordability.

The flight was cheap, I saved that over the summer
Baggage was expensive and made me skimp after I arrived (I have only gone out for one drink since I got here)
The car cost less than I would spend on gas at home.... and here, I rarely drive, and then it's short distances.

The real trick is going away long enough to absorb the travel costs, into a lower cost of living.

My idea of eating out:
grab a ham & veggie baguette ($1.90) and small drink ($.69) at the supermarket.... and sit on the beach.

You simply have to believe you will make it all work..... and just go.

Thank you for the wisdom and inspiration!  Did you keep your Cape apartment?
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Post by: Wetstuff on January 21, 2019, 09:32:37 AM
Rick,  What's the weather like? We can see the Sun, but It looks cold.  Somehow I expected Portugal to be semi-tropical...   

And, when you wear a fullsuit - the rest of us know the water is cold.


Jim


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Post by: stoneaxe on January 21, 2019, 12:10:48 PM
So awesome.
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Post by: Rider on January 21, 2019, 06:58:17 PM
Fun for Creek to get away. What I am not seeing is SUP compatable surf. For my money I’ll take Thousand Peaks, Puamana, Launiopoko, etc, etc.
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Post by: ron.c on January 22, 2019, 02:14:50 AM
boy o boy Rick --

Even Orleans is an icebox today!

Hang on, massive waves are on the way with the NW wind that's been blowing for the last 2 days

RC
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Post by: eastbound on January 22, 2019, 03:41:47 AM
just so i know, what's SUP compatible surf?
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Post by: Bean on January 22, 2019, 03:58:05 AM
I’d like to know Ricks take on that too.

The only surf I can think of that’s not SUP compatible would be heavy beach break that can only be accessed by duck diving.  That and protected prone surf spots (like Honolua.)
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Post by: Zooport on January 22, 2019, 06:36:40 AM
That countryside looks like unspoiled Southern California coast.  How I imagine it must have looked 100 years ago. 
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Post by: APPST_Paddle on January 22, 2019, 08:31:48 AM
On the topic of keeping it affordable
I don't take my phone out of the house.... so I never have GPS directions. Don't own a map either.

I look over the "Google Map" route on my computer and memorize the turns....
which can get interesting around this desolate coast.

Lately the wind has been howling and sideshore most places, so I have been in "recon" mode
Many of the breaks I want to explore are only accessible by the many dirt "roads" that criss cross through the countryside.
It gets interesting  ;D

Here's a vid I made with my "point & shoot" because my Kook Hat Cam had a dead battery.

Nothing new, just another old man, wandering around, lost.
I did find the route Google maps had laid out.... ha ha, I think they were trying to kill me  ;D ;D ;D
Good thing my instincts said NO!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJjXEqJ1dVY

Plus some pics from the day:

Creek - not sure if this was mentioned in another post or you figured it out, but Google Maps has an offline mode where you download the region you are in (say the Portugal Coast), and then it runs off the GPS on your phone without the need for data. It works perfectly, I just used it in Costa Rica, and if it can navigate those dirt roads, I'm pretty sure it can handle Portugal.
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Post by: PonoBill on January 22, 2019, 09:14:32 AM
Fun stuff Rick. And APPST is right on about the google maps offline function. It's what I use most of the time if I'm going somewhere remote. Ends the frustration of your map quitting just when things get confusing. I don't know what kind of phone you have, but most have a compass function that includes GPS coordinates. It's a very precise compass, GPS and altimeter and it works even in airplane mode (with transmitters shut off). It's strange how many functions that few people pay attention to or need are contained in a smartphone these days.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 22, 2019, 10:39:34 AM
Yikes! Sorry... having too much fun and I am falling behind my posting  ;D
I take so many pix and vids that I am lost in Edit-ville

wetstuff:

I was mislead a bit about the weather.
Ex-pat forums said warm days, cool nights.... light jacket only
Screw that... it gets down to 41* at night. No heat in my apartment.
I had to buy a down vest, gloves and a wool hat..... to wear inside my house to keep from freezing  ;D ;D

Funny thing is... I can surf most of the time in a 2mm top and baggies, cuz the water is 60 and the sun is warm.


Rider:
Yes, no exactly what I would call my ideal SUP surf conditions.
Very beefy waves since I got here..... thick and powerful with pretty technical conditions

Bean... at the size and power here, I don't have any problem getting out, but the rides tend to all end with a good thumping.
I like good waves with some size.... but I don't bounce well anymore, so I prefer a point style wave with a nice shoulder.

I am sure my exploration will unearth my type of break.
I may have found it on the "lost" day... but it was big and unruly that day.... and VERY remote.
Pretty sure I'll be on my own there.

Ankle is doing very well, thank you! It should be good to go when conditions clean up......
25-30 mph N winds leave only a few workable spots.

One is a  spot that I am never going to walk down again... let alone carry a SUP.
Scary steep, ancient stairs with no railing (Video to come)
It's clean and small with a lot of shortboarders dropping in on each other..... so I am not missing anything there!

Went to another spot some kids from Holland said had SUP friendly access.
Ha! I got halfway down and said frig this... mountain goat stuff down a rocky cliff. (2nd to last pic)

In the spring and fall, I am sure the conditions are much more SUP friendly.... winter is challenging

I would definitely include Sagres to any Portugal SUP trip..... the area is a never ending amazement.
Simply stunning in it's formidable coastline and plains beauty... never ending hiking, biking and exploring.
Then there are the quaint villages!

Thanks APPST and Pono, for the "Offline" map thingy
Dingfix had sent ma a nice PM explaining that little gem!
I tried it.... perfect!
No more wandering around aimlessly.... although I will miss that  ;D

I actually brought a back-up Iphone with no SIM card in it.
I use that for the offline maps so T-Mobile can't find a way to charge me  ;D ;D ;D



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Post by: supthecreek on January 22, 2019, 12:31:58 PM
hummmm the mountain goat path didn't make the cut... so here it is

the "easy" path to the surf  ;D ;D

note the guy climbing up from below me..... piece of cake with a SUP under your arm  ::)
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Post by: TallDude on January 22, 2019, 12:59:27 PM
That area totally reminds me of Baja, Mex. I should say, it looks like Baja used to look :'(
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Post by: Tom on January 22, 2019, 02:28:19 PM
Besides gmap offline there is a great app `map.me` that allows you to download maps while on Wi-Fi and then uses free GPS data for navigation. Great to use when you have no cellphone reception  also.

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Post by: RideTheGlide on January 22, 2019, 02:44:19 PM
I am not sure if this tells you anything you don't already know:

https://webapp.navionics.com/?lang=en#boating@12&key=idy%60F~ssu%40

It obviously doesn't have the granularity to get really specific info, but you can see where the topo lines are really tight. It gets deep crazy fast on the SE side of the point (Ponta de Sagres). I am in NC; you have to go out a long way, like over a mile, to get in 68' of water.
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Post by: eastbound on January 23, 2019, 03:43:55 AM
very cool site---shows clear as a bell what we know---swell that hits portugal comes from very deeep water
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Post by: surfercook on January 26, 2019, 09:26:55 PM
Wow, Creek. You are seriously livin' the dream! Stay safe out there, man. That's some rugged countryside and powerful surf. Beautiful travelogue here.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 28, 2019, 04:18:23 PM
Yea, I got back in the water yesterday!

I told myself I was laying low for another week.... then I realized the wind was perfect for a right point I had been stalking.

As always, it was much bigger than the GoPro shows.... (pics show actual size)
plus I put the camera on an experimental new angle... but it restricted the view.

My first go at that beach, so I didn't want to add the drama of the SoloShot to the experience.
I had no idea what to expect from the locals at this break....
being the only SUP... and wearing the Kook Hat Cam was enough for one day  ;D

I gotta say... it's pretty intimidating to paddle out around here....
the whole arena is so massive and overpowering.... then add solid swell with sneaker sets
The amount of water moving out in the rip that I paddled out in, was creating a surprising amount of cross chop in general.

I played it on the cautious side and didn't fade back too far on my waves.
It was pretty soft on the shoulders of outside sets, but guys were getting barreled when they set up the inside correctly.
I was happy just to feel the place out and avoid any more injuries.

It always feels pretty good after you push your comfort zone. It was a good day  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bONDn6SEBtM
 
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Post by: WhatsSUP on January 28, 2019, 04:41:57 PM
Creeker:  So nice to see a vid with you wave riding!!!!!  Looks sooooo nice over there.....and sooooo much warmer!!!!   Me and Mr. Big hit it here today and it was small, cold, and breezy, but a nice refresh nonetheless!  January has been a good month with a good number of outings but not the conditions ya got there! 

Enjoy!!!!



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Post by: ron.c on January 28, 2019, 05:20:37 PM
Hi Rick

I loved your latest vid!

Cold and quiet back  at home

RC
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Post by: eastbound on January 28, 2019, 05:45:08 PM
you are back, and those were solid waves-----great stuff
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Post by: rbgar on January 28, 2019, 06:16:43 PM
Love it buddy, charging
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Post by: RideTheGlide on January 28, 2019, 06:44:48 PM
Another great dose of armchair adventuring. Thanks!
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Post by: Luc Benac on January 28, 2019, 06:45:16 PM
That is a really nice spot. And not too crowded at least during the winter.
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Post by: supnsurf on January 28, 2019, 07:07:59 PM
Creek, how did you pack your boards to get then there safely ?
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Post by: surfercook on January 28, 2019, 07:30:11 PM
It always feels pretty good after you push your comfort zone. It was a good day  ;D
I'm not very religious but the first thing that came to mind was Amen...maybe I am religious! That was incredible, Creek! Way to step up in those conditions. But was there really any doubt you could handle yourself? Not by me! That nail in the tire made me lol...sorry. I so wanted to pull the trigger on Portugal, but it's just too cold for my wife there right now. hopefully maybe in the fall.

That countryside looks like unspoiled Southern California coast.  How I imagine it must have looked 100 years ago.
I thought the same exact thing. Also reminded me of the openness of Peru.

Ticket     = $544
Baggage = $440 (one way)  :'(
cost per item:p
9'4 Creek         = $185
9'0 Custom      = $135
1 Checked bag = $120

I priced a round-trip ticket on United to Portugal at $450. Board bag woulda been 200/ea way I think. Kinda why I'm heading back out to CA in a bit. $40/ea way right now on United. Celebrating California makin' surfing the state sport. Hauling my two Cannibals out there for some feasting! First checked bag is free, then the board bag is only being charged a regular checked baggage fee. YIPPEE!
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Post by: supnorte on January 29, 2019, 03:21:38 AM
I so wanted to pull the trigger on Portugal, but it's just too cold for my wife there right now. hopefully maybe in the fall.

Early Fall is the best season for Portugal. The Summer winds (and crowds) are over, lightwind or off-shore all day, warm weather (due to the offshore it's better than in the Summer), and first good swells start rolling in. October is a safer bet. Sometimes November is really good (sunny everyday, great waves, warm weather) and sometimes it's really bad (strong South winds and gig storms).
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Post by: Wetstuff on January 29, 2019, 08:13:41 AM
Rick,  I like narration.  I talk to waves; I don't know their names because some days they are 9 yr old girls, other days, Hells Angels.  And, it's cool that you get in and thread the local pack.  When 'The Stranger' shows up, I am sure they are wondering if they are safe; is this dude gonna ruin my day?   

...and, it appears, unlike some Cent. Am. locations, you didn't have to hire the guy who was about to get 4 new tires - not to take them.  Does it seem relatively safe from a petty theft aspect?

Jim
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Post by: supthecreek on January 29, 2019, 09:53:57 AM
Creek, how did you pack your boards to get then there safely ?

I simply slid them into stock Sunova Board Bags.
No extra padding or protecting needed.
The bags are tough as nails and properly padded, with awesome handles!

Lots to carry, so I placed the 9'0 on top of the 9'4 bag (picture)
Out at the drop-off curb, I grabbed the nose handle of the bottom board and dragged them both through the airport... including down stairs.
They slid along nicely, on the high tech protective pad under the tail.
Both got to Portugal without a scratch.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 29, 2019, 10:09:02 AM
Way to step up in those conditions. But was there really any doubt you could handle yourself? Not by me!


That nail in the tire made me lol...sorry.

I know I have the knowledge and skills for the conditions, but the game is changing as I age.
At 70, I am not as durable as I was.
Not a complaint or lament... just a statement of reality.

It doesn't take much to tweak a back, knee, neck these days...
so I manage my risk for the long game, especially if I don't know the break..... rips, bottom conditions.


Ha ha.... the tire didn't really blow, but the footage was perfect for that skit  ;D
The nail has been there for a week.... it took a while to find it.
I had to make an appointment for Thursday, 30 miles away, to have a tire plugged.
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Post by: supthecreek on January 29, 2019, 10:14:06 AM
..and, it appears, unlike some Cent. Am. locations, you didn't have to hire the guy who was about to get 4 new tires - not to take them.  Does it seem relatively safe from a petty theft aspect?

Jim

It appears very laid back around here in surf village.... but websites warn about petty theft in tourist areas.
I take the usual precautions and don't leave stuff unattended.
The surf spots are busy on the beach and breaks can be a ways out... so limited opportunity to set up SoloShot and wander 500 yards away.
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Post by: surf4food on February 03, 2019, 04:51:42 PM
Two questions:

1.  Favorite libation
2.  Favorite local dish




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Post by: robon on February 03, 2019, 09:44:56 PM
What a trip. Sweet pics and vids Creek.
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Post by: supnorte on February 04, 2019, 01:00:38 AM
Forecast looks very good for the next couple of weeks! No wind, small to medium sized waves for the next 2 days, and a pumping swell afterwards!
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Post by: supthecreek on February 04, 2019, 01:18:35 PM
Two questions:

1.  Favorite libation
2.  Favorite local dish

1 - I have a bottle of Absolute and Coke Zero that I mix up when I get the urge.
Happily, I am not a wine aficionado.

2 - ha ha.... I don't go out. I live on next to nothing... truly nothing, no matter where I am.
I cook all my own food or buy a $2 sandwich at the local grocery store for lunch on the go.
Today, they didn't have any, so I bought a $2 Brie and ate that in a very Brie friendly setting  :)

Portugal is super affordable... that's what put it on my radar in the first place  ;D ;D
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Post by: supthecreek on February 04, 2019, 01:25:12 PM
Forecast looks very good for the next couple of weeks! No wind, small to medium sized waves for the next 2 days, and a pumping swell afterwards!

Yes... I am stoked!
I found some good wave's today!
GoPro camera was dead when I went to turn it on, so no video.  :'(
Plenty of great pics of my wanderings though, so I'll post some up.
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Post by: eastbound on February 04, 2019, 03:57:30 PM
hope you got some of that, creek--looks a lovely soft wave--tho in portugal i learned what looks lovely and soft from a distance can be quite serious in the water......

have fun--be safe--keep posting
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Post by: Bean on February 04, 2019, 04:18:33 PM
Yup, great stuff Rick!
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Post by: WhatsSUP on February 04, 2019, 04:33:55 PM
Great pics Creeker!!!!!  Not sure about the Brie though  ;D

I'm holding out hope that you can find a safe and secure spot to set up the SS3!!!!!

Continued fun and look forward to more from that part of the world.....sounds like good conditions coming your way!

 8) 8)
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Post by: addapost on February 06, 2019, 02:04:08 PM
Just catching up to this, WOW fantastic! Good for you Rick!
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Post by: PonoBill on February 06, 2019, 02:51:52 PM
That last picture looks like a foiler's dream wave.
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Post by: WhatsSUP on February 08, 2019, 05:03:22 AM
Creeker:  Ya been getting out the last couple of days?  Hangering for another fix of pics, etc! 

All this talk about handles has brought me down.... ;D ;D ;D Half kidding, been some good discussion on that one subject.

Still cold water back this way but decent air temps but Mr. Big and I got out again yesterday for a late afternoon session till dark.  Good hour or so with waist to stomach glass once wind dropped.

Look forward to your next update!
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Post by: supthecreek on February 08, 2019, 11:34:24 PM
Saw the forecast.... ROAD TRIP!!!

try to guess  ;)
Full scoop video coming of what it's REALLY like

Surfing my way home now

More when I can compute

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Post by: eastbound on February 09, 2019, 03:52:42 AM
creek, pls stay out of the water there..........

hope youre gettimg ribeira d'ilhas on the way back south

classic right
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Post by: Bean on February 09, 2019, 07:37:12 AM
Great shots Rick!

Does anyone else see pictures in a slightly different dimension when you know the person behind the lens?   

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Post by: Geoff C on February 09, 2019, 11:53:52 AM
Nice Ricky. How long was the drive from Sagres to Nazare?
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Post by: supthecreek on February 09, 2019, 04:13:01 PM
creek, pls stay out of the water there..........

hope youre gettimg ribeira d'ilhas on the way back south

classic right

I was there yesterday. Big and perfect... not one person out anywhere.... too big!
Doesn't look big but that cliff is probably 150' high
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Post by: supthecreek on February 09, 2019, 04:16:58 PM
Great shots Rick!

Does anyone else see pictures in a slightly different dimension when you know the person behind the lens?

Thanks Bean!
I took video of every aspect of the Nazare' experience, talked to pro fotogs and will make a video of "Nazare', the rest of the story" Video when I have time to sit down at my computer.
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Post by: supthecreek on February 09, 2019, 04:36:37 PM
Nice Ricky. How long was the drive from Sagres to Nazare?

Not long enough!
Going to take the slow ride home and shoot a few thousand pics!.... freeking beautiful!!!
It was about 4 hours by highway..... may take a week to get home  :D
I decided to go at about midnight.... left at dawn... got there for a near perfect day of full on Nazare'

                                 
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Post by: stoneaxe on February 09, 2019, 05:44:48 PM
We are absolutely going to follow in your footsteps someday...looks so amazing.
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Post by: rbgar on February 09, 2019, 07:51:49 PM
Looking good brother
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Post by: supnorte on February 10, 2019, 03:36:35 AM
On the northern tip of Ribeira de Ilhas is located Cave (actually means Basement in Portuguese, since it breaks below sea level). Should have been firing that day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEJ8Un6u_tU
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Post by: TallDude on February 14, 2019, 10:16:11 PM
Not sure why Rick didn't post this yet, but I just came across it on YouTube?

https://youtu.be/AgEkA2vq89I
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: surfinJ on February 15, 2019, 01:08:33 AM
Very nice aloha vibes all around.
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Post by: supthecreek on February 15, 2019, 03:24:09 AM
It was uploading when I went to sleep....
Since breakfast, I have been responding to the feedback from SUPsters around Portugal  :)

So:
I finally found the SUP crew in Portugal!
What a great crew... and there are lots of them.

I got a message on my youtube channel video about Portugal.
Two of my subscribers heard I was heading back from Nazare' and invited me to visit their home break.

I did not take a board to Nazare', because I would have no place to keep it.
Cisco said "no worries, we have plenty of boards"

Cisco and Isabel are totally awesome, they showed me first class hospitality and friendship.
It feels like I have always known them.

The break felt like home,  SUPs own this break  ;D

You will notice that I took a LOT of waves on the head....
It was such a relaxing experience after the juice I get thrashed by in Sagres.... just good fun to take a tumble.

When I first got there, it was clean and perfect.
We spent so much time talking and enjoying the vibe at the "Wall" that we were in no hurry.

Almost as soon as we paddled out, the wind switched, the tide changed and the swell got bigger.
The sets were all closing out, but I didn't care, the drops were fun and even the bouncing around was a nice change for me.

The break is in front of a huge wall, that holds up the coastal road.
Beachside, there are bars and restaurants built into the wall, as well as a SUP shop.... GUSU, owned by Manuel, a very sweet man!
It's the kind of place that you could hang out all day and never get bored.

In Sagres, surfing is more challenge than fun... and I'm getting to the point in life, that I want it easier.
I love the town of Sagres and the awesome day tripping adventures....
But I really felt at home in Cascais.
Odd, cuz I don't like cities.... but this neighborhood felt more like what I am looking for. Except for the traffic  :o
We walked out the front door, everything was there. and the people were awesome!

I'm going back soon!

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Post by: LBsup on February 15, 2019, 04:50:09 AM
Cool Rick!  Looks like your having a great time!
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Post by: WhatsSUP on February 15, 2019, 04:57:26 AM
Love the vid Creeker!!!  Very nice blend of surf, sites, and new found friends. 

Pretty spectacular to see that kinds of weather in a place that I've always more or less considered a northern climate area in terms of general world geography.  We'll not have that kind of water and air combo until June!  :o 8) ;D

Have fun!

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Post by: eastbound on February 15, 2019, 05:23:50 AM
in my short time there, we went all over the place in tiago's sprinter full of boards---from ereceira to well south of lisbon---totally impressive the unlimited number of breaks we scoped and surfed all along that coast--and the culture seemed more relaxed than US---peaks werent as crowded as US, so that might be why......

keep em coming creek---btw? much as i am enjoying portugal.....where next?? i want nothing less than a series out of you!!

in fact, id hit a gofundme for a benji to get more of this! put it up--ill break the..........with a benji (insert "ice", not what you were thinking)--

same deal: super cheap off the radar surf destination (with legit consistent waves), with organic, local culture---featuring our creek mixing, in his creekster way, with the waves and the culture---ever frugal and zen, and admittedly broke, but happy and actually living enviably

like in my case--sitting in my office killing time waiting for a meeting i dread.....vs creekliving???

any showrunner zonoids out there??

not kidding creek---research your next trip, put up a gofundme, do not change your creekstyle, and i am your first benji to the next set of episodes

given your creek travel budgets, id bet you get close to goal, easily

have fun---be safe!
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Post by: RideTheGlide on February 15, 2019, 05:24:14 AM
Another edition of armchair travel and surf. Very nice!
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Post by: burchas on February 15, 2019, 05:24:15 AM
Fantastic video creek. Awesome warm people.
I'll gladly take it on the head for waves like this right now.
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Post by: NEplay on February 15, 2019, 07:57:05 AM
I really look forward to these posts and it is fair and right Creek be supported in his providing content and joy for all those following along. Set up a gofundme or you might try https://www.patreon.com/
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Post by: supthecreek on February 15, 2019, 08:18:59 AM
Thanks for the comments, it is awesome finally meeting some local SUPsters.
A lot of them read the Zone by the way, just not as members.

in my short time there, we went all over the place in tiago's sprinter full of boards---from ereceira to well south of lisbon---totally impressive the unlimited number of breaks we scoped and surfed all along that coast--and the culture seemed more relaxed than US---peaks werent as crowded as US, so that might be why......

keep em coming creek---btw? much as i am enjoying portugal.....where next?? i want nothing less than a series out of you!!

in fact, id hit a gofundme for a benji to get more of this! put it up--ill break the..........with a benji (insert "ice", not what you were thinking)--

same deal: super cheap off the radar surf destination (with legit consistent waves), with organic, local culture---featuring our creek mixing, in his creekster way, with the waves and the culture---ever frugal and zen, and admittedly broke, but happy and actually living enviably

like in my case--sitting in my office killing time waiting for a meeting i dread.....vs creekliving???

any showrunner zonoids out there??

not kidding creek---research your next trip, put up a gofundme, do not change your creekstyle, and i am your first benji to the next set of episodes

given your creek travel budgets, id bet you get close to goal, easily

have fun---be safe!

Thanks Eastie!

ha ha... I need a gofundme to get to next Wednesday  ;D ;D ;D

My no frills trip to Nazare' was as cheap as humanly possible,
but gas and tolls busted the budget!

I am left with $7.87 till the 20th
If I go "off budget" I have to get creative at this time every month  :)

hummmm.... people funding my surf trips for the video reviews....
I'll put on my thinking cap  :)

I learned a new word: "showrunner"

Eastie, I rolled through Ericiera on my way south, but Tiago was in Morocco...
it was big and clean.
No one out anywhere. (pic of Riberia d'ihas Beach)

Thanks NEPlay, I hope you are well!

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Post by: stoneaxe on February 15, 2019, 08:35:57 AM
Funny you mentioned that EB. I thought the same.....I'd pitch in for sure. I'm dreaming of following in his footsteps.


Maybe you should setup a blog creek. Have a spot where folks could make donations and a sidebar for businesses/folks that might want to help sponsor you. Shit...the Portuguese board of tourism should be sponsoring you...:)

Something like Cammar's Maui surf report. I have no idea how much he makes on it but he's been doing it for a long time.
http://mauisurfreport.blogspot.com/
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Post by: Beasho on February 15, 2019, 09:00:36 AM
LOVE IT!

Creek you are a PHENOM!  Spreading the love!

I want to surf with the Portugal crowd, takeoff on those bigger outside sets “I think I can, I think I can . . .”  Take one in the teeth like you @ 3:45.
 
I want to hang at GUSU and talk shop.  Chill with Isabel, Cisco and Manuel. 
 
Great Stuff!!!!!

PS: Would have been even funnier if that guy was carrying a Sunova Creek. 
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Post by: Beasho on February 15, 2019, 09:02:27 AM
Funny you mentioned that EB. I thought the same.....I'd pitch in for sure. I'm dreaming of following in his footsteps.

Triple that thought.  I imagined the same thing before I read Easties or Stonaxe's post ---->   

"Send money to Creek to keep the vicarious living alive!!!!!"
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Post by: coldsup on February 15, 2019, 09:04:51 AM
And you were riding the same board that I have 🤙 The Blue ones go better  ;D
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Post by: TallDude on February 15, 2019, 11:51:40 AM
I love the Get Up Stand Up.... Bob Marley reference in that name. No surprise seeing Manuel is from Puerto Rico. Love that guy's spirit and stoke :)
Meeting all the great people you met in Cascais is what makes the most memorable trips. Stoked for you Creek.
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Post by: surfercook on February 15, 2019, 11:59:17 AM
Sweet travel log vid, Creek. Enjoyed that one quite a bit. Looks like the adventure of a lifetime.
Was curious about rinsing boards off after surfing. I see so many people doing that and always I always considered it a waste of water.
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Post by: supcymru on February 15, 2019, 12:42:14 PM
Hey Creek,
Thank you for another instalment of your travelogue! Really interesting to see Cascais as my girlfriend visited there with her friend during the summer about 10 years ago and planned on having a go at surfing but unfortunately the surf was too big for first timers. After seeing your video I'm sure that I'll have to take the family there one day!
Intresting to see you on a Striker like mine - but you did it way more justice than I'm able to!
Glad to see that your trip is going so well!
Keep enjoying!
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Post by: Portugal on February 15, 2019, 01:07:14 PM
Hi Creek,

Glad you are enjoying the country. All SUPsers here like the aloha spirit and like to share waves.

You are truly a sport embassador!!!

Aloha!!

Mario
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Post by: Tom on February 15, 2019, 04:03:02 PM
We could start a "send Creek to summer SUP camp" fund here.  There are ways to make money from YouTube videos and I know of some travelers that use it to fund their adventures. Seems like you've got the talent and personality to pull it off. Maybe Admin can set off in the right directions.
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Post by: surfafrica on February 15, 2019, 05:42:54 PM
Subscribed!

Atta boy Creek!
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Post by: LBsup on February 16, 2019, 02:18:59 AM
“I am left with $7.87 till the 20th
If I go "off budget" I have to get creative at this time every month  :)”

maybe get a fishing pole or drop line and live off the sea!  :)
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Post by: supthecreek on February 16, 2019, 04:07:07 AM

maybe get a fishing pole or drop line and live off the sea!  :)

yikes!..... Not here I don't  ;D ;D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pozk0kAGcg

You folks are too kind, thanks for all the great thoughts!
Something to consider... but,
I have my hands full just trying to parse my pics and videos!

The wind has been howling around here.
West side of town is too big for most breaks and wind was 30-35 the last few days.

It actually built up a local wind swell on the south side of town, a few hundred yards from my apt.

Got a very lumpy sunset session in last night..... after the Stampede.
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Post by: Geoff C on February 16, 2019, 05:13:28 AM
Great stories,pics and videos Rick. You are a true ambassador to the sport and to living life.
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Post by: PonoBill on February 17, 2019, 09:14:25 AM
A lot of the serious fishermen in Maui are Portuguese and seem drawn to cliff fishing. Maybe it's in their DNA. One old Portuguese guy I met at the Pauwela cliffs was fishing with a kite that pulled a 0ne-gallon plastic bottle wherever he wanted his line to be. He had a breakaway connection of the fishing line to kite and bottle that he could replace without retrieving the kite. When he hooked something big he's scramble down the cliff in his slippers. I wouldn't go down that path without being roped up.
Title: Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
Post by: supthecreek on February 19, 2019, 03:20:32 AM
Update..... too freeking big here every day!
Sunday forecast was 3-5 ft
winds were 35mph offshore and as always.... much bigger than 3-5 ft (pic 2)
and that was the "small" day for a while...

Fun to witness, but too serious for these old bones.
Southside of town is flat.... so looks like today, I spend some gas money and see what the coast north of here has to offer.
It becoming plain to me that this is not a place where a surfer ages gracefully in his 70's.

but, I gotta say..... driving the back country is a mighty sweet fall back!

I have so many videos and pictures, I am overwhelmed with what to post  ;D
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Post by: surfinJ on February 19, 2019, 06:07:28 AM
What a bummer the winter is so saturated and hardcore there.  Point breaks are to grow old with as that heaving stuff can become too expensive. The spring, summer and fall seasons are probably more surfable where you’re at, though it seems that this trip of yours will be success when weighed on overall rich experiences.

Keep the stories coming and enjoy.
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Post by: Wetstuff on February 19, 2019, 07:42:00 AM
Ricky. That 'Monday' picture was a little ominous...    I found a 'Portugal live' cam.  'Looks maybe N. of you, but you can see people paddling out.


https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/portugal/algarve/lagos/lagos-portugal.html


Jim
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Post by: surfercook on February 19, 2019, 08:10:48 AM
Creek washout/cleanup sets...looks amazing. Stay safe, young fella!
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Post by: SlatchJim on February 19, 2019, 09:22:19 AM
Honestly Creek, I'm tempted to send this thread to Netflix to see if they'll sponsor you on a world tour.  Far more entertaining than a  good percentage of their offerings.
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Post by: supthecreek on February 19, 2019, 10:45:23 AM
Ricky. That 'Monday' picture was a little ominous...    I found a 'Portugal live' cam.  'Looks maybe N. of you, but you can see people paddling out.


https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/portugal/algarve/lagos/lagos-portugal.html

Hi Jim... that cam is on the "flat" south side. Actually East of me by 30 miles.
Needs a south swell or get some wrap from the big NW swells we have now.



Jim


Netflix.... I'm in!  ;D

I did a 6 hour tour today.... found a few awesome point and reefs that looked very SUPable.... even in this big swell today.
Problem is.... its next to a boat harbor that only commercial guys are allowed into.
I trekked the whole area, drove all the dirt roads but couldn't find anyway to get in the water within miles of it.

I took pics and vid, but I'm off to eat a cheeseburger and have an Absolute & Coke Zero.  ;D ;D
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Post by: eastbound on February 19, 2019, 12:20:40 PM
yep creek--and the 3-5 footer looks maybe even a bit soft--like it's not a jacking death-slab, but it is a massively powerful thick hunk of water--

easy call, tough call? you made the RIGHT CALL to be safe and do some touring!

KEEP ON!
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Post by: WhatsSUP on February 19, 2019, 02:41:23 PM
Creeker:  I'm seeing Costa Rica or some other Central American country in your future next winter!!!!!!
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Post by: NEplay on February 19, 2019, 03:34:57 PM
Creek I have a question. Those conditions you recently encountered look quite ginormous and choosing to live to surf another day sure makes a lot of sense to me. I was wondering if you had your regular surf crew around, folks you trust, would you have considered paddling out on some days whem you went cattle rustling instead?
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Post by: supthecreek on February 19, 2019, 10:51:25 PM
yep creek--and the 3-5 footer looks maybe even a bit soft--like it's not a jacking death-slab, but it is a massively powerful thick hunk of water--

easy call, tough call? you made the RIGHT CALL to be safe and do some touring!

KEEP ON!

soft?....ha a.... that was the one he rode,
most of the time they were caught inside closeouts that broke 200 yards outside them.
They would duck dive under 12' of  whitewater and wait "inside" for makable waves.
Plus the wind was 35 mph, so there was nothing even remotely doable for me on SUP.
I took those pics from 1/2 mile down the cliff, then zoomed it. hell, I almost got blown off the cliff  ;D
I couldn't really even see them from where I was... they were just a white line on the face.



NEplay.... a crew with local knowledge would make things easier.
Being the only SUP around here makes it interesting every time I paddle out.

I have one buddy, a 30 year old surfer from Australia/France, living in Ireland..... who chases massive slabs all the time.
Don't think he would be my best bet for a guy to paddle out after. He'd get me killed  ;D ;D
But he's a great guy to hang out with  :)

I did love my session in Cascais, when I was at a SUP break.
That wave was great... I plan to go back soon, but it costs me $150 to drive there and back..... budget buster.

Here's some pics from the Cascais SUP FB page,
These were taken Saturday, when it was 20' here....
they are tucked in around the corner from the North swells, so they get a nice manageable wrap.

1st pic is my buddy Cisco!
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Post by: NEplay on February 20, 2019, 09:46:16 AM
thanks for the answer Creek. Makes sense that you have to rely on yourself. I had a few experiences where I was going to pull the plug but someone I knew told my on the beach something like "it is softer then it looks:, or "once you get out it is fun and you will be fine" but of course it was nothing like what you have been facing.
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Post by: supthecreek on February 20, 2019, 04:45:17 PM
yup, years of traveling alone has got me reasonably well trained not to over think stuff.... just suit up and go out.

To show you what I'm up against... here's the weeks forecast.
Today is the "small" day..... at 3-4 ft

the pic shows what todays "3-4ft" was like
I drove all over looking for the right break....
as soon as I paddled out the wind went bad... but I got 4 waves anyway  :)

What the heck is 8 - 13ft going to be like on Friday?!?

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Post by: supthecreek on February 25, 2019, 12:03:06 PM
I am in Cascais, visiting Cisco and Isabel again!
Sagres is just out of control big, so I was looking for some manageable surf.

I managed to get a solo session in yesterday.
When I first went out, I took some pretty hefty waves for my 70 year old body.
I was asking myself.... "What the heck are you doing?"  ;D ;D

In truth... it was pretty manageable compared to what I get down south.
But still, some size and power.

After an hour, I was joined by Mario, who paddled over and said
"Hi, I'm Mario, from Youtube..... I commented on your Portugal video"
Great guy.. riding a very small board and ripping!

A while later, we were joined by a pretty solid SUP crew. Great day... over 3 hour session!

When I walked out of the water, a guy came up to me with his little boy, he said:
"Are you Creek? My wife and I were eating in that restaurant and I recognized your board!"

Super cool how the SUP world is so tight!

This is a great area....as beautiful and wild as Sagres is.... I am much better suited for the surf around here, and the SUP crew is totally awesome.

After a solos SUP winter, I have found my peeps!  ;D ;D

I am riding the 9'4 Creek in these photos from yesterday in Cascais.
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Post by: TallDude on February 25, 2019, 12:27:06 PM
Those are some great looking waves. You're ripping pretty good for a mature supper ;) Trunking it or Spring suit?
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Post by: ninja tuna on February 25, 2019, 12:53:32 PM
Definitely looking like some fun waves there. Overhead, somewhat clean, clear water.  Nice !!  Have fun.
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Post by: rbgar on February 25, 2019, 02:47:23 PM
Found Creek in a Maryland shipyard!
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Post by: stoneaxe on February 25, 2019, 09:03:16 PM
Yikes!....happy you're having such a great time. I may have to go at a different time of year. if you aren't going out I certainly wouldn't be....:)
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Post by: toolate on February 26, 2019, 10:01:04 AM
yup, years of traveling alone has got me reasonably well trained not to over think stuff.... just suit up and go out.

To show you what I'm up against... here's the weeks forecast.
Today is the "small" day..... at 3-4 ft

the pic shows what todays "3-4ft" was like
I drove all over looking for the right break....
as soon as I paddled out the wind went bad... but I got 4 waves anyway  :)

What the heck is 8 - 13ft going to be like on Friday?!?
looks like 3-4 Hawaiian to my eye
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Post by: surfinJ on February 26, 2019, 10:15:57 AM
Maybe I missed it but which beach is that in Cascais?  You are looking good out there. And I dig the Porto cat hanging out on your beach view desk.
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Post by: ron.c on February 26, 2019, 11:42:33 AM
Hi Rick

It's cold back at home

That first picture was one solid wave!!

Your stories have been great!

RC
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Post by: supthecreek on February 27, 2019, 01:51:22 AM
Maybe I missed it but which beach is that in Cascais?  You are looking good out there. And I dig the Porto cat hanging out on your beach view desk.

Hi J... I usually don't name beaches, but they said "tell them!"  ;D
Praia da Parede.... it's got a huge SUP crew.... really nice variety of peaks and a lot of SUP pride!

Definitely stop here to surf if you are in the area and say hi to Manuel at GUSU!
Food, drink, surf and safe free parking all in one place!
And wave... I might be staying across the street  ;D

Pic 1 is the crew at the Santa paddle
Pic 2 is local charger George... ripping it up on his NSP. Same day as my pics.

Lot of young chargers here on tiny SUPs as well.
I surfed with one guy yesterday, in size and lots of side chop.... he was ripping on a small Hokua. Leash broke, board went to the rocks.... but he saved it, just as I was coming in.... wind got stupid.

Love this place and my friends here!


Yeah toolate.... this place is similar to Hawaiian size and power.
I have learned that 5-8 ft is freeking huge and thick!
Pic 3 is swell rolling by the coast, on it's way to Parede!

Too funny RbGar!
My crate  ;D

TD... 2 mm top and trunks.
Plenty comfortable for a few hours but then I get cold when I come in to the beach if not in the sun.

Thanks RonC!
See you when it warms up ;)
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Post by: LBsup on February 27, 2019, 04:30:47 AM
Great pics of you Rick riding meaty waves.  Who takes the pics of you?
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Post by: supthecreek on February 27, 2019, 11:51:00 AM
Hans.
Hans Solo....Shot3  ;D

I finally had a place to set it up.
Home now, so maybe get a video out soon....
I take non-stop video of the countryside and have way too much fun watching it to get anything produced  ;D ;D ;D

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Post by: eastbound on March 05, 2019, 07:39:22 AM
when are you returning?
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Post by: supthecreek on March 09, 2019, 12:43:17 AM
Eastie, I get back April 2.... on April 3rd I head south for a month.

Lately the waves here have been either over 10' or bad winds,
but the exploration has been spectacular!

I take a 15 minute trip to the store and come back 5 hours later  ;D

So many pics and videos, the night is spent downloading and culling.
No time left to create videos  ???

Here is a video of a high tide session, playing with reforms at a new break.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmHSZjP-qME

I have a bunch in the making, so I will try to post more interesting stuff soon!

This is the path that started yesterday's trip into Nirvana
I never saw another car for 3 hours  :)
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Post by: LBsup on March 09, 2019, 03:53:54 AM
Thanks fo the video, that spot looks beautiful!

So is the 9’1 Custom a Creek II?
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Post by: eastbound on March 09, 2019, 05:03:11 AM
thx creek!!
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Post by: RideTheGlide on March 09, 2019, 06:11:21 AM
I see you listened to Christopher Walken's advise at the end of the last video.  ;D
(link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-QVjuUgIeY) for the younger members who don't know WTH I am talking about - )

That was very nice! Pretty beach, good waves and I always enjoy your commentary.
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Post by: supsean on March 09, 2019, 06:16:28 AM
Looks like a fun break. What a great adventure.
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Post by: Wetstuff on March 09, 2019, 07:43:40 AM
Fricking Xcellence, Rick.   "He shows up and plants another 'Creek' flag." 

...and, I haven't seen a long, dark shape in the water yet.  Sounds like it is over too soon.

Jim

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Post by: spirit4earth on March 09, 2019, 08:12:37 AM
Creek, how far south are you coming in April?  Will you be in North Carolina?
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Post by: supthecreek on March 09, 2019, 03:30:58 PM
Creek, how far south are you coming in April?  Will you be in North Carolina?

Yes I will go pretty much straight to Myrtle and stop at spots on my way back north.
I am going to the Carolina Pro Am in Wrightsville and stay part of the week of the Carolina Cup.... then hit VA. Beach and Jerzy

Today I made a good effort to drive myself off a cliff.... very sketchy drive along a ridge line, then down to a wild, remote ocean beach.
Hard to believe what I put my little Panda car through every day  ;D ;D
One section of road was so steep and rock ledgey... that I couldn't continue and had to K-turn on a narrow ledge.
Pics will not do it justice.... but that won't stop me from adding a few  :)

I finally got to the beach, a guy came out of the bush.... "excuse me... do you know this area? My map seems to be incorrect"
He was a hiker who was following a coastal trail map... and there was no trail for him to continue.
I gave him a ride to a little hamlet (Street Pic) in the hills about 10 miles away. Great guy!
He is a 69 year old hiker who blogs about his trips and is also looking to move to Portugal. (pic... map in hand)

OK, fingers crossed.....I can never upload more than 6 pics (even at reduced size below 400 kb each)
here goes a shot at 11  :-\

fail #1, try again...
Fail # 2..... pain in the buttski

ok.... multiple posts it is  >:(

Fail #3... ok.... try 1 picture. Not much of a post if you can't add content  >:(
I checked EVERY pic size..... most under 300 kb... 2 under 500 kb
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Post by: supthecreek on March 09, 2019, 03:32:48 PM
this sucks.
I spend all day every day to get content and edit it..... and I can never post any pics anymore.
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Post by: supthecreek on March 09, 2019, 03:33:46 PM
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Post by: supthecreek on March 09, 2019, 03:35:53 PM
 >:(

well... there goes the flow of the pics.
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Post by: spirit4earth on March 09, 2019, 04:15:04 PM
Creek, how far south are you coming in April?  Will you be in North Carolina?

Yes I will go pretty much straight to Myrtle and stop at spots on my way back north.
I am going to the Carolina Pro Am in Wrightsville and stay part of the week of the Carolina Cup.... then hit VA. Beach and Jerzy

Today I made a good effort to drive myself off a cliff.... very sketchy drive along a ridge line, then down to a wild, remote ocean beach.
Hard to believe what I put my little Panda car through every day  ;D ;D
One section of road was so steep and rock ledgey... that I couldn't continue and had to K-turn on a narrow ledge.
Pics will not do it justice.... but that won't stop me from adding a few  :)

I finally got to the beach, a guy came out of the bush.... "excuse me... do you know this area? My map seems to be incorrect"
He was a hiker who was following a coastal trail map... and there was no trail for him to continue.
I gave him a ride to a little hamlet (Street Pic) in the hills about 10 miles away. Great guy!
He is a 69 year old hiker who blogs about his trips and is also looking to move to Portugal. (pic... map in hand)

OK, fingers crossed.....I can never upload more than 6 pics (even at reduced size below 400 kb each)
here goes a shot at 11  :-\

fail #1, try again...
Fail # 2..... pain in the buttski

ok.... multiple posts it is  >:(

Fail #3... ok.... try 1 picture. Not much of a post if you can't add content  >:(
I checked EVERY pic size..... most under 300 kb... 2 under 500 kb

That road looks like nothing more than a hiker’s doubletrack!
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Post by: Tom on March 10, 2019, 09:11:04 AM
In one of the Grand Tour episodes the guys drove 4X4 s thru Columbia and James May had a Fiat Panda while the other two had a Jeep and a modified  and lifted Chevy truck. The Panda did pretty well.
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Post by: Zooport on March 13, 2019, 07:06:47 PM
Man, that countryside looks a bit like SoCal did back when I was a kid. 
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Post by: OkiWild on March 14, 2019, 10:45:19 PM
Great stuff, Rick! Really compliments our Youtube channel. Always stoked to see how friendly the locals are.
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Post by: WhatsSUP on March 15, 2019, 04:52:37 AM
Two weeks and counting till your back stateside Creeker!  I know you'll be coming home with thousands of pics and many hours of video.......look forward to hearing your thoughts on what you'll do with it all.  I'm sure it'll be no easy task unless of course you're gonna vault it (hope not) for future generations(?)   :o

Until then standing by for a another report or two of Portugal, surf, and the peeps.

 8) 8) 8)

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Post by: surfercook on March 16, 2019, 07:31:52 PM
Wow! That little car is brave! That one picture w/it at the top of that rocky hilly road is awesome. Looks like a dry ski slope! Such an amazing time you're having.
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Post by: stoneaxe on March 17, 2019, 07:13:44 PM
So awesome...looking forward to hearing the stories.
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Post by: supthecreek on March 18, 2019, 05:27:54 AM
Great stuff, Rick! Really compliments our Youtube channel. Always stoked to see how friendly the locals are.

Thanks Oki! What's your You Tube Channel? I'd like to check it out!

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Post by: supthecreek on March 18, 2019, 05:29:57 AM
Two weeks and counting till your back stateside Creeker!  I know you'll be coming home with thousands of pics and many hours of video.......look forward to hearing your thoughts on what you'll do with it all.  I'm sure it'll be no easy task unless of course you're gonna vault it (hope not) for future generations(?)   :o

Until then standing by for a another report or two of Portugal, surf, and the peeps.

 8) 8) 8)

Too much stuff.... I may never even see it all  ;)
I'm stoked I actually got another video finished!
The day after I get home, I head south.... so see you in May!
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Post by: supthecreek on March 18, 2019, 05:37:40 AM
I finally got another vid finished!

There are a lot in the works... I hope to catch up in the next few weeks.
This place is so much fun to explore that my hard drive is filling up with pics and vids.

I realized I hadn't surfed in the Sagres area from Feb 20th till March 15th... it's been really big or windy, no one has been out at the ocean facing breaks till this week.... and now it's packed with surfers!

Anyway..... here's another look at surf and life in Portugal.
I had to drive 4 hours north to hide from the full ocean swells.... and it still showed some size.
Just the drive alone is fun  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGn0E63BTT4
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Post by: burchas on March 18, 2019, 06:14:24 AM
Wonderfull! What a day 8)
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Post by: LBsup on March 18, 2019, 06:32:28 AM
Great video Rick!  Waves look challenging.
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Post by: supsean on March 18, 2019, 08:03:50 AM
Looks perfect. Portugal is one of my favorite countries. I can't wait to try surfing there.
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Post by: surfinJ on March 18, 2019, 08:35:15 AM
Love that surf tune. So you had a nice going away session with your new crew, thanks for the video.

Smooth travels home and hope to see you over here next winter.
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Post by: rbgar on March 18, 2019, 11:12:36 AM
awesome Rick, see in NC!
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Post by: WhatsSUP on March 18, 2019, 11:47:49 AM
That was fun Creeker! Loved seeing the country to and fro The Wall.  Waves beyond my pay grades of sure!

Say, what was on the serving tray?  Looked like oranges and ??? I think I'd be in for one powerful nap after the el humongo sangria!   ::)

Continued fun!!!!!!!
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Post by: supthecreek on March 18, 2019, 01:06:38 PM
ha ha... I didn't drink that whole pitcher, just a couple of glasses. It was really tasty  :)

The tray was cod with lemon slices and boiled potatoes.

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Post by: eastbound on March 18, 2019, 01:26:07 PM
no brie?

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Post by: Bean on March 18, 2019, 01:32:09 PM
The adventure continues...nicely done!
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Post by: supnorte on March 18, 2019, 02:26:33 PM
Awesome!

I'm lucky to live near Porto (North). We have a lot different kind of breaks: a dozen of exposed beach breaks that hold up to 1,5 to 2 m, a couple of world class point breaks that can hold up to 3 m, a few big wave spot, and a city beach (Praia de Matosinhos) that is sheltered from the big winter swells (and also wind) by a harbour and with multiple breaks scattered through the beach (bigger in the South part and smaller in the North part). So even when there's a XXL swell in nazaré, you can surf 1 meter waves here.

This week should be great in the SW. The swell is small and it's getting almost as warm as the Summer (but still cold at night).

Hope you enjoy it!
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Post by: WhatsSUP on March 18, 2019, 03:36:35 PM
NIIIIICE!!!!!  Yep, Cod, patatoes, friends and waves.... and some sangria.....nighty nite!!!  PERFECT Day!!!!!!!!   :D ;D 8) 8) ::)
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Post by: spirit4earth on March 18, 2019, 05:02:29 PM
One of your best videos!  So fun! 
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Post by: surfercook on March 18, 2019, 07:42:39 PM
Wow! What an addition to the travel log! That session at the Wall was a keeper. Excellent edit, RickTheCreek!
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Post by: OkiWild on March 18, 2019, 10:19:38 PM
Great stuff, Rick! Really compliments our Youtube channel. Always stoked to see how friendly the locals are.

Thanks Oki! What's your You Tube Channel? I'd like to check it out!

OkinawaWild. Mostly sea kayak stuff, my dogs, and some small wave SUP stuff. Just getting started with the camera, but will post a lot of SUP surfing in the coming year.
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Post by: supthecreek on April 16, 2019, 08:13:56 PM
I was moving around so much in March and got so much footage, that I have a lot of projects started but never get to finish them because the next day there was always more video.... much of it not surfing but just the cool stuff I saw every day.

This video is more of an excuse to use some of the "other" stuff, to give you a glimpse of daily life in Portugal.... such an amazing place, full of beautiful things.... I could do a series on the architecture alone. Beautifully interesting.

The last sequence still freaks me out.... nuts I say.... just plain nuts!

The surf in this video is a good representation of what I surfed a lot.... challenging winds, currents... surfing alone in some size, in remote places, pretty far offshore, so I usually chose places with softer break. So much of the coast is powerful and serious that I had to search for ridable conditions for me. The other break in the vid that I passed up had a huge crowd of surfers suiting up in to go... so not interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfKcNGPB1J0&t=7s

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Post by: WhatsSUP on April 17, 2019, 04:13:32 AM
Beautiful countryside Creeker....your lunch mate was probably wondering which of his kin was responsible for your brie!  I detected a tad of stink eye  from him.   ;D ;D

Loved seeing the SS3 footage....bummer on the conditions - definitely looked a bit wonky.  Like, like, like that green blended color on the Sunova. Nice!

Look forward to seeing more!!!!
 
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Post by: supsean on April 17, 2019, 04:36:59 AM
Fun video once again. Do you think you will go back to Portugal?  If so, will you try further north?  It seems that the surf In the south seemed very challenging and moving around is prohibitively expensive by car.
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Post by: Wetstuff on April 17, 2019, 06:31:06 AM
C'hit, Rick... You ruined it!  I can't get the image of that 'death-wish' fisherman out of my head.  Uhuuuh!

Jim
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Post by: LBsup on April 17, 2019, 07:11:10 AM
Very cool Rick!  Hope to see more video with the ss3.
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Post by: supthecreek on April 17, 2019, 01:45:22 PM
Whatz^^... see you soon my friend!  :)

Sean, Portugal has a lot to offer for sure and I made some good friends there.
Time will tell.
You are correct about the south... winter is full of challenging swells and conditions for the over 70 crowd (me)
There are places that would suit me much better.... I loved Cascais, but urban living isn't as affordable at country living, but I could see someplace within an hour's drive.... closer to the West Coast and out of the city area.

Jim.... rest easy, not THAT many of them fall  ;)

LB... yeah Kenny, not many opportunities to set up the SS3, but I do have some fresh footage in some fun sized smaller waves that I am working on.
So bummed... I set it up at Blue Lagoon on a big day.... no one out, clean conditions.
Just over my comfort level, but I was determined to get a session in size with more than the Kook Hat, which flattens bigger waves.
I was paddling up the face of an outside wave... just sneaking over and thought "that's going to be a great clip"
When I downloaded the session, it got me walking into the water.... and out of the water. Total fail  >:(
The ultimate "fish story"... without pics it didn't happen  :-[

This is an example of a GoPro flattening a wave.
My buddy Kevin on a day that was well overhead, but my Sessions4 GoPro doesn't even see the bottom of the wave which hides the size.