There is nothing like warm summer mornings at the west coast in Sweden. Waking up looking out on clear flat water. William (3) and I took advantage of the beautiful morning and went for a paddle around Bårholmen.
In the en off September me, Adam , Andreas and three other broes left the fall in Sweden for some warmer weather and better waves down in Portugal.
After some forgotten passports we were finally on the direct flight from Gothenburg to Lisaboa. We arrived late afternoon and finally got our boards and picked up our car.
We had rented a apartment in Ericera with a awesome view of the town, and we could see about three or fore different surf spots from the balcony.
The first couple of days we surfed at the beachbreak Foz Do Lizandro ten minutes south from Ericera. It was a decent beach break, a lot of people out in the water. Thes best thing about this break was probably the view from the restaurant where we had after surf food and beer!
After trying out some of the waves down in Ericera we wanted to try out some spots around the Peniche area. Most of the places we looked at didn´t work at all, but we finally found a nice little wave.
So we surfed this spot a couple of days both sunrise, day and sunset. And it worked good!
Epic view from the roof of the building!
That´s it for now.
Since Lasse and I got back from GC I havn´t been surfing at all, only windsursing. So when my friend Jonas called me and said that the forecast looked good this Sunday I had to meet up with him since he just got back after a six months long trip to Sri Lanka and Indo. The swell directions wasn´t perfect for the spot witch i never surfed before but it was good enough to have some party waves with good friends! I see great potential in this spot though. I think we can get some really good once there if we time the perfect swell.
After the surf we went to surfers paradise to look at some new gear. Kind of want to get a 7.0 semi longboard type of board ( Jonas had one and it looked gooooood). Ended up picking up a hat and a new wetsuit for the upcoming kid.
Me and Lars just got back home from another trip to Gran Canaria. We spent a week there and where lucky to have waves every day. This is some of the photos from the trip. To be able to surf all over the island we got a rental car for the week. We spent some time in the west, east and north surfing. Overall it was a really good trip !!
During the Christmas holiday the ice set at Vassbotten in Vänersborg. Thanks to strong wind a couple of degrees warmer weather we got some open water. During the afternoon on January second the wind was good enough for Lars and I to jump in the water to get the first surf of 2015. The water temperature was about one degree Celsius and the air was about the same. Even though we put on the winter suits it was pretty could and hard to hold on to the sail when the wind picked up. Lars seems to be chilling in the water on one of the photos, but I can tell you that my toes was pretty cold and my index fingers was frozen hard.
The surf wasn’t perfect but it felt good to be in the water again after a kind of slow fall. Thanks IH for taking the photos!
After a couple of good days up in Hoddevika Andreas and I said goodbye to all the old and new friends we had meet. Twelve hours later I was home, another six hours I was at work… Life feels weird some times.
A couple of hours in to work earlier today Lars called me and asked if I couldn´t get of earlier since the wind looked really good and the sun started to come out. I just got back home from a surf trip but why not get some more surf at the lake. I am glad I got the afternoon of since the surf was probably one of my best at Vänern. We surfed until sunset and now I am trying to figure out which Alt-J song I should use to the recordings.
Last night the storm hit Hoddevika. Andreas and I woke up at 2am when the whole house was shaking because of the strong winds. Apparently the storm was classed as a hurricane. So today we started the day with a morning walk out to the pier to check out the wave conditions. It is still a bit stormy to paddle out. Hopefully the storm will create some good sandbanks for later today or tomorrow morning before we leave.
Andreas and I got a message from my friend who is working at the surf hostel Stad Surfing in Hoddevika. They told us that a good swell were kicking in this weekend so we decided to check it out. After a car breakdown in the beginning of the trip we were finally on the road with a new car 3 hours later than expected. Finally there we got two surfs sessions the first day. During the sunset a guy staying at the hostel snapped some photos from the beach. I asked him if I could have them so that’s way I am able to make this post.
The swell is picking up right now and Andreas and I are ready for the second surf today. Tomorrow is supposed to be big.. could be interesting 🙂
Training is good! Chilling in my couch with tiered shoulders, back, and legs. I have been skiing about 25 km this weekend and I think that the average time have been decent. Yesterday at Hunneberg and today at the Skihut. To get more upper body training I have been working more and more on my poling. Two times the last week I have been passed by two older guys that have told be that poling is the the secrete if you want to go fast and that I am poling like a pussy right now 😉
The tracks starting to run out of snow at some places, so we hopefully have some more snow tomorrow if the forecast is correct.
Well this is a photo of what we can get if we start to train more outside 🙂