William and I had a great day out in the woods. After that I took care of my boat and got it all done for winter. I ended the day with a night paddle in the lake.
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.
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!
This past week I started working at my new job. This means a more interesting job, but also more freedom as I wrote in the last post. Me and Lasse my surf buddy who is the guy I developing Hapfind with, worked on Monday and a couple of hours the next day before it was time for the first lunch break surf session. We went to a place called Oljehamnen just outside Vänersborg. We have surfed there a couple of times before and the wind direction was pretty good.
Later on this past week we the wind picked up again and we where able to long board at another spot in Lake Vänern. Really good week!!
Last night I looked at the recordings from earlier that day, and was very happy when I saw the result. The videos almost looked as good as it felt… witch isn´t normal if you ask me. The wind was perfect, the sun was going down behind Dalbobergen, the water was warm and the surf felt goooood.
Next week I am starting a new job were I can be even more flexible with the hours so I can jump in the water when it´s good surf and work when it isn´t.
This is one of the rides I got out there.
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.