Another week in one of my favorite country's, Portugal! Coming from a Portuguese / Hawaiian mother I have always been enchanted with my Grandfathers homeland... I first visited Portugal as a sponsored surfer in 1998 with some of my best central coast homies, Dustin Ray and Gabe Gazzolla along with some New Yorkers from the UNSOUND Crew...We had a blast, scored epic waves, stayed in ancient castles and ate like kings! I have been hooked ever since, even making two family trips there last year to visit friends and enjoy the easy lifestyle.
This year I went for a different reason, I went to document one of the largest forcasted swells ever seen to hit the region. Unfortunately a slight Westerly angle to the swell decimated any chance of the swell becoming historic.
Fortunately, I did decide to shoot the WSL event that took place a couple of days before the big swell was supposed to hit. And I am so glad I did. The waves were good size and PERFECT! I stood there all day in awe of what was going down with all of the surfers and rescue ski's going 100% all Day. These are just a few shots from the day...
1st Grant "Twiggy" Baker
2nd Lucas Chianca
3rd Naxto Gonzalez
4th Alex Botelho
5th Joao De Macedo
6th Russel Bierke
All Photos by Mike Lopaka Jones firstname.lastname@example.org