Sunday, November 29, 2009

A rainy afternoon with waves.






Thats right.Today is Sunday and i am by myself, since my wife left to Toronto for a week.Me and my son Julian are and will become great friends.We seem to get along pretty good hehehhe.
Anyway, today the surf was pretty good i heard,but when you dont have family around,the wife is away and all your friends are living their life,you will have to hang with your son and not go surfing.Thats ok,i have plenty of time to get waves and Julian is a lot of fun and keep me super busy.
You know here in Canada if it is 2 foot people say it was overhead,so not too worried,hehehe.I am sure it was great.
Every year I go traveling for work or pleasure and end with my passport full of stamps.Next year wont be different.
2 years ago I had a great time in Indonesia with Noah,Leah and Dean Azim(Photographer).We surfed some great waves and had a lot of fun around Bali and a few other Islands.This trip was for a Canadian Magazine SBCsurf(Sbcsurf.com) and apparentely we will go on another trip pretty soon but this time to the Mentawaii Islands.
In the meantime i will surf some fun swells on the Island and wait for my trip to Hawaii that it is coming real fast.
Surfing in Canada is a mission and you must love surfing.Living on the south Vancouver Island you depend on your car 100% and the surf is at least 40 minutes away from home.But, when the surf is good,the drive is totally worth it.
The weather is a bit better now and Julian is sleeping,so i might go and make myself some food while i have some time.
Attached are a few pics of my last trip to Indo.I hope you guys enjoy.
Have fun in the surf and dont think you are too cool because there is always someone better than you out there.

Cheers,

Chris "Careca" Moutinho.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How to be happy in the surf

Two years or so ago, I had a chance to surf a Rip Curl heated wetsuit.At the time they were developing the suit to finally get to a perfect model which nowadays they call the H Bomb. Surfing in Canada is always cold,but in the wintertime the water gets really cold and so is the temperature outside.A few months ago i got the H- bomb from my wetsuit/clothing sponsor Rip Curl.All I can say is that the suit is super flexible and warm.It is heated with 2 small lithium batteries in the back providing the warmth you need in the frigid waters of Canada.Paddling is super easy due to great flexibility from the E3 material and also from the fact you are surfing a 4/3 mm suit when everyone else is surfing a 6/5mm or 5/4mm with 5mm gloves and 7mm booties.Since I surfed last time i went from 5mm gloves to 3mm and from 7mm boots to 3mm.If your core is warm during your session your body's extremities will be super warm as well. Anyway, i just loved to be able to have this suit and recommend anyone to get one. Surfing has being really good over the past few weeks and it is looking great for in the next few days as well. See you in the water. Cheers, Chris "Careca" Moutinho
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

We do what we can...


Since the Oneill cold water classic competition i havent done too much.I mean,i have being doing lots but whenever you are doing things you enjoy it seems that you did not do too much.
Anyway, havent surfed in a while and last friday i taught it would be good to go out and try to get some waves.It was messy and windy at this spot i surfed ,but it was good to see some real swell rolling in and be back in a water again.I could not surf as i normally do,due to a shoulder injury that happened a month ago when i got hit by a car riding my bike to the gym.
After that me and my friend Keegan decided to leave and go home.We were both super hungry,because my lovely beagle ate our breakfast when we were outside the car checking the waves at JR.Oh man that dog is fast,she ate 2 baggles in a few seconds and did not leave anything behind to tell the story.
We stoped at this other spot and the waves were looking pretty good.I decided to stay and find a ride home while Keegan kept going.I suited up and went back in the water.Got some great waves and felt a little bit better but not even close to what i normally surf.At least i was in the water again.
Since, i want to do a few more things that only money permits me to i decided to get a side job painting windows for shops and other few places with my good buddy Mario Labonte(www.artistbc.com).The money is good and the work is pretty sweet.Check the pic i posted on this article and let me know what do you think.
I am tired of writing and will watch some tv and dry my wetsuits so i can go for a full day of surfing tomorrow.

Cheers.

Christian Careca Moutinho.

check: www.artistbc.com - Artist Mario Labonte