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Pororoca Circuit 2010 - Rio Maranhao

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The last full moon heralded the Mearim stage of the 2010 Pororoca Circuit with local surfer Álvaro Bacana taking the trophy on the Maranhao Pororoca.

Once the home of exploration and the location of the inaugural meeting of the international bore riders community it is nice to see Arari become part of the national circuit and I hope the people of an otherwise impoverished village have benefited well from the presence of the surfers and media. Nice to see a few of the old regular faces in these photos from the Mearim event.

Meanwhile, Sergio has been holed up in the Amazon jungle capturing the Pororoca for film and reel. Watch out for a slew of videos to be released later in the year from an extraordinary season on the Araguari Pororoca.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 06:38:00.

Big Swell Season at Godrevy

Also relates to Photography

A solid groundswell was running earlier this week. Tuesday morning it was peaking around 12 feet with a 12 seconds wave period and a light south easterly breeze. We briefly made it down to the Red River to see a few big sets close out the bay. A couple of surfers attempted the paddle out back. The first gave up while the second after much peak chasing got maxed out and lost his board on a rogue wave. So alas no surfing pics this time!

Big waves at Godrevy 200mm 1/6400s @ f/2.8, ISO 100

Lone surfer duck dives a big set wave 200mm 1/5000s @ f/2.8, ISO 100

Surfer paddles over a big set 200mm 1/5000s @ f/2.8, ISO 100

Lone surfer salvages his lost board 200mm 1/4000s @ f/2.8, ISO 100

Surfer heads home 200mm 1/1600s @ f/5.6, ISO 100

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 at 00:34:54.

Surfing in the Jungle

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Exactly a week from now I will be lieing on a bed in the town of Arari on the southern rim of the Amazon rain forest, no doubt with the magnified sound of insects keeping my mind alert as the hour draws close for my first encounter with the Amazonian Pororoca.

We are travelling as a European team of six tidal bore surfers - three from the shores of the Severn here in Gloucestershire (Steve the Wizard, The Owl and myself) and three from the French Mascaret (Colas brothers - Yep and Fabrice, and Bruno 'no bend is too far' Boue). Our guide and host for the trip is Serginho Laus one of the pororoca pioneers and regular competitor on the Pororoca championship tour, who has himself set up surfing trips on the Mearim pororoca for travelling surfers. However this trip is special, being the first international gathering of tidal bores surfers from the three (alaska excluded) major river communities. Serg has visited France, Fab and Bruno have visited the Severn, and we have visited the Mascaret. Now we will congregate on the shore of the Mearim river, heralded to be the cleanest, hollowest and glassiest of all Pororocas with current expectations for a wave ranging from 1 to 3 metres in height travelling around 25 kilometres per hour. Just got to watch out for those nasty little critters in the water.

It has been a monster of a trip to plan, and massive thanks to Yep for putting out the call. But now the tickets are booked, the blood has been immunized and the training is complete. We just wait for poroc-poroc to roar?

Aerial view of the Mearim Pororoca. Courtesy Serginho Laus. Clean right hand wall waiting to be surfed. Courtesy Serginho Laus. A hollow section that may produce a standup barrel. Courtesy Serginho Laus. All photos courtesy Serginho Laus. They may not be reproduced.

And for anyone in the local area after a more sober tidal bore experience, look out for Inside Out in the west country next Monday (7th March) where Steve guides presenter Niki through her first attempt on the Severn bore. We will be hovering over the Atlantic at that time.

Posted on Mar 02, 2005 at 06:28:00. [Comments for Surfing in the Jungle- 0]

Surfing the Cribbar

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No not me - I wish! But early December saw a run of large swells hitting the south west of England as K2 repeatedly breached 30 feet and local high pressure provided offshore winds. None better than December 9th - the day the Cribbar went off. These photos on the BBC website show that British waves can occasionally compete with Hawaii, Indo and the rest.

Posted on Dec 23, 2004 at 04:15:29. [Comments for Surfing the Cribbar- 1]

UK2K Up For Grabs

Also relates to Peregrinations

Back in 2001, I joined forces with Donny at Still Stoked Longboard Skates to cut more than 50 hours of surfing, skating and travel footage aroung the British Isles into the 2 hour feature UK2K, A New Wave Rising. The film was the first pure British Longboarding film to be released in the modern era of longboard surfing, and following some rave reviews it rapidly became a cult classic.

It is hard to recommend a film that I was actively involved in making, but even now I find it as watchable as the first time the entire cut was run, backed by an impressive soundtrack - and an entertaining interlude featuring myself and fellow bore riders! If you missed it the first time round, one of the original copies of A New Wave Rising, which are now becoming very rare, is currently available to bid on at Ebay.

Posted on Nov 14, 2004 at 22:08:37. [Comments for UK2K Up For Grabs- 0]

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