from june 6th until 13th, we spent a week in portugal at the mellowmove surfcamp. we had already been there in 2010 and loved it, so it was a no-brainer to decide to visit sao lourenco again.
here is my holiday diary from our stay:
we arrived in lissabon at 5pm local time and got picked up by gregor and christoph. after an one hour drive, we got to the mellowmove camp in sao lourenco.
for dinner that day was a noodle salad.
thursday, 7th of june:
had breakfast at 9, went to peniche at 10 and stayed there till 5. tried to get back into it but got exhausted soon.
in the evening we went to eat sushi. the vegetarian sushi plates were really creative and tasty, just a bit too sparse for my appetite that night ;)
friday, 8th of june:
went to peniche again, before surfing checked out the waves at the world-famous spot supertubos.
was able to ride more than on thursday. everything felt better from the first try on. managed to catch about 5 waves and properly take off & ride 3 of them. after not really getting the hang of it in 2010 and on monday, i was really stoked after that session.
in the evening medi cooked for us: ratatouille with soychunks, breaded rice-cheese balls (!) and salad. very good!
saturday & sunday:
the crew cleaned the house and we accompanied peter on his recycling tour. as a reward for that, we visited the quiksilver store in ericeira. what an amazing shop! i was blown away when we entered by the overall greatness of it. huge shop and on the ceiling it has a conveyor belt transporting surfboards in a circle.
the best thing is situated behind the building: a decent concrete skatepark with a big bowl.
i wished i had my bike at hand when i saw that…
saturday night is bbq time, so at 8pm the (quite luxurios) bbq got heated up and medi prepared vegetable skewers for us, aswell as 2 different types of hummus (with honey and with red beet), guacamole (not for me sadly, avocado gives me belly ache :/ so i didn’t even try it) and 2 salads.
on sunday, we went down to the beach and had breakfast at the beach bar. afterwards we went home and did nothing…
later on, medi showed us how to repair dings and i got to sand one of the dings in marc’s board. after ding repair workshop, we went to the old town center of ericeira for some sight seeing/shopping.
it’s a really lovely town, with narrow alleyways, lots of tiles on the houses and stoney paths, laundry hanging outside to dry and a group of elder people sitting right next to the church, chatting away loudly. i bought myself the current issue of surfgirl magazine. maybe if i put it underneath my pillow over night, i’ll be able to ride like the pros in the mag?
in the evening we went to ribheira d’ilhas beach to get pizza. i have never seen a place like that beach bar. it looked like how i imagine burning man or ibiza ;)
a mix of goa party location and hippie shack.
the pizza cook there is originally from belgium, he chatted with us in at least 3 different languages (portugues, english, german) and i’m sure he knows many more. he said he’s a really lucky guy, living and working at his favourite wave in the whole world.
his co-pilot was a young lady who was really friendly. she even brought us a thin mushroom pizza as a starter for free.
we immediately felt welcome there.
the beach club has a balcony where we sat down to eat our pizza, while watching the surfers in the water. i had a rucola pizza with nuts and olives. the pizza dough was more like flammkuchen, the pizza as a whole was pretty tasty, not the best i’ve ever had, but together with the very special nice atmosphere it scored 10/10 points.
can’t wait to surf again tomorrow!
monday, 11th of june:
went to praia azul at 3pm, surfed whitewater. was pretty okay.
tuesday, 12th of june:
went to praia azul at 2pm, whitewater once again, but the current was even stronger this time.
managed to do my first backside curve, but focussed more on my position on the board and doing proper take offs. twisted my knee a bit later on and decided to call it a day then.
goodbye portugal, see you soon!