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Creeking Portugal - a winter of surf and exploration

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Created by supthecreek 2 months ago, 11 Jan 2019
Happyhaydo
NSW, 54 posts
23 Jan 2019 10:24PM
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Great pics Creek your definitely a inspiration to us all buddy keep exploring, get that foot better soon mate

supthecreek
1679 posts
23 Jan 2019 11:44PM
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nmpg said..
You should go up to Arrifana: goo.gl/maps/Erck6d9oE8G2

It should be aprox. 40 to 50 klms north from sagres.

It is a protected bay from the northerly winds you will see in the next couple of days.
You can have a look at: beachcam.meo.pt/livecams/arrifana/


Thanks ... been watching the forecasts for Arrifana, it looks like a good spot

Explored that way, but not that far yet!

I went to walk the beach next to my house, that has been totally flat every day.
Holy crap... there were waves!
Took some pics cuz there was a SUP out

Ran home to get my stuff.... but by the time I got back, the tide had filled in a little too much.
Small, but looks like a good break when the swell actually gets in there!







nmpg
4 posts
24 Jan 2019 12:28AM
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supthecreek said..



Thanks ... been watching the forecasts for Arrifana, it looks like a good spot

Explored that way, but not that far yet!

I went to walk the beach next to my house, that has been totally flat every day.
Holy crap... there were waves!
Took some pics cuz there was a SUP out

Ran home to get my stuff.... but by the time I got back, the tide had filled in a little too much.
Small, but looks like a good break when the swell actually gets in there!



For that spot to work you need a rather unusual swell !! But when it's working it's great.

JEG
VIC, 1021 posts
24 Jan 2019 9:09AM
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supthecreek said..

nmpg said..
You should go up to Arrifana: goo.gl/maps/Erck6d9oE8G2

It should be aprox. 40 to 50 klms north from sagres.

It is a protected bay from the northerly winds you will see in the next couple of days.
You can have a look at: beachcam.meo.pt/livecams/arrifana/



Thanks ... been watching the forecasts for Arrifana, it looks like a good spot

Explored that way, but not that far yet!

I went to walk the beach next to my house, that has been totally flat every day.
Holy crap... there were waves!
Took some pics cuz there was a SUP out

Ran home to get my stuff.... but by the time I got back, the tide had filled in a little too much.
Small, but looks like a good break when the swell actually gets in there!








my kinda of right

supthecreek
1679 posts
29 Jan 2019 8:23AM
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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 in video 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 good when you push your comfort zone....... and today was a good day

FRP
232 posts
29 Jan 2019 11:38AM
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Thanks Rick!

Your video made my day. (I Hope to get out tomorrow in the small surf that is predicted.) You are such a wonderful ambassador for sup surfing.......there really should be such a position. Your video demonstrated clearly how to kick a board over a sizeable wave. Beautiful countryside, those dairy cows looked healthy and well fed. Hope you got the tire changed without incident and home in time for a much deserved dinner.

Cheers

Bob

MangoDingo
NT, 218 posts
29 Jan 2019 9:45PM
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Yep - "back in the game" you are STC!!!
Hooking in to some beauties, throwing the 9'4 around and cruising home through the cows with the sun out - dude!!!
The simple things in life are often the best eh.
What a great vid - yeeew!!!

Piros
QLD, 5335 posts
30 Jan 2019 9:58AM
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Way to go Rick best thread in a long time , thanks for all the effort you big grom.

Helmy
VIC, 648 posts
30 Jan 2019 11:55AM
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Piros said..
Way to go Rick best thread in a long time , thanks for all the effort you big grom.



Surfed my 9'1" Creek this morning with the VP 6's fins in some size at the local secret break...
Jeez I love that board!

donut4u
33 posts
30 Jan 2019 9:20AM
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supthecreek said..
Thanks LeeD,
Tarifa looks interesting, does he SUP surf or paddle?
is that THE Goya's house?!?

Thanks Kami and MangoDingo it's almost recovered, now that the wind has gone bad

I have been hiking and biking to keep my ankle loose and strong
Plus I am using the time to explore some breaks around the region.

I am sure to you Aussies, walkabout in the outback is everyday stuff
so Old man lost, is nothing new.
I don't use the GPS away from my wifi,
so I have to memorize the directions.
Goole map routing tried to kill me the other day



If you're already doing this, please ignore, but you can download Google maps of an area over wifi for use offline if you want. You won't see exactly where you are (no GPS) but you won't have to memorise directions. I use this when traveling O/S to minimise roaming costs.

btw, photos and vids look great! Keep them coming. Some of the pics look like they could have been shot in Aus. Very cool

Echobch
6 posts
2 Feb 2019 9:34AM
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Nice Vid

supthecreek
1679 posts
3 Feb 2019 2:57AM
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donut4u said..

supthecreek said..
Thanks LeeD,
Tarifa looks interesting, does he SUP surf or paddle?
is that THE Goya's house?!?

Thanks Kami and MangoDingo it's almost recovered, now that the wind has gone bad

I have been hiking and biking to keep my ankle loose and strong
Plus I am using the time to explore some breaks around the region.

I am sure to you Aussies, walkabout in the outback is everyday stuff
so Old man lost, is nothing new.
I don't use the GPS away from my wifi,
so I have to memorize the directions.
Goole map routing tried to kill me the other day




If you're already doing this, please ignore, but you can download Google maps of an area over wifi for use offline if you want. You won't see exactly where you are (no GPS) but you won't have to memorise directions. I use this when traveling O/S to minimise roaming costs.

btw, photos and vids look great! Keep them coming. Some of the pics look like they could have been shot in Aus. Very cool


donut4u.... thanks for the info!

I ended up with maps.me
Downloadable maps that give precise, voice prompted, step by step navigation.
Same as full blown Google Maps.... but no cell service requirement.
I use an older Iphone that I don't even have a SIM card in.... so no mobil provider can figure a way to charge me

maps.me/

donut4u
33 posts
4 Feb 2019 10:43AM
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supthecreek said..

donut4u said..


supthecreek said..
Thanks LeeD,
Tarifa looks interesting, does he SUP surf or paddle?
is that THE Goya's house?!?

Thanks Kami and MangoDingo it's almost recovered, now that the wind has gone bad

I have been hiking and biking to keep my ankle loose and strong
Plus I am using the time to explore some breaks around the region.

I am sure to you Aussies, walkabout in the outback is everyday stuff
so Old man lost, is nothing new.
I don't use the GPS away from my wifi,
so I have to memorize the directions.
Goole map routing tried to kill me the other day





If you're already doing this, please ignore, but you can download Google maps of an area over wifi for use offline if you want. You won't see exactly where you are (no GPS) but you won't have to memorise directions. I use this when traveling O/S to minimise roaming costs.

btw, photos and vids look great! Keep them coming. Some of the pics look like they could have been shot in Aus. Very cool



donut4u.... thanks for the info!

I ended up with maps.me
Downloadable maps that give precise, voice prompted, step by step navigation.
Same as full blown Google Maps.... but no cell service requirement.
I use an older Iphone that I don't even have a SIM card in.... so no mobil provider can figure a way to charge me

maps.me/


nice one!

supthecreek
1679 posts
5 Feb 2019 7:17AM
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Big winds for many days.
Big waves for a few of them.
I ranged around a lot for the past few days, finding out what different breaks do on these swells.
Found some good surf today, but when I went to turn on my "Kook Hat Cam" ... the battery was dead

It was good to get back in the water.... hopefully I'll be able to get some video in the next few days.
Meanwhile... I love these dirt track adventures, I always find such beautiful places and some interesting stuff.
Pics.... I guess they are better than a blank page



I went in search of breaks and passed some beautiful country.



I followed the Yellow Brick Road.......

and found pigs playing footie





At my local break.... it was a bit bigger
I saw 1 ride in an hour of watching

I finally toured the Fort down the street from my apartment.

I drove endlessly to find these gems..... pics of my wandering, below.

Really good day of back roading, on the way to some breaks!









I was so hungry, I started seeing things

ahhhhh.... late day Brie, in Brie country



HBsups
58 posts
5 Feb 2019 4:33PM
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Nice one STC! I'm enjoying your adventure from here in NZ...
HB

hilly
WA, 4510 posts
5 Feb 2019 7:30PM
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Epic travelogue love it

Kami
1311 posts
6 Feb 2019 3:29AM
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Glad to share the same values, Brie and Algarve!

Supnorte
178 posts
6 Feb 2019 4:43AM
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Love the Southwest!

supthecreek
1679 posts
16 Feb 2019 8:34PM
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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




Been windy for a few days... 30 -35 mph
Big on West side of town.
Last night, I got some lumpy wind swell on the South side of town, just at sunset when the wind laid down a bit.

Kept busy watching the fisherman and surviving the stampedes



















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