Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Is surfing part of your life???





























Surfing is definitely part of my life.
Last week i got together with leah,Reid and a few other people to go for a 3 day surf trip where we could get some different surf shots for our common sponsor Sitkasurfboards.
It all started with Leah picking me up in Victoria and from that we started our driving to the North Island.Surfing was suppose to be super fun at our end destination.
We stop on the way for some gas and to buy some food so we could have enough for the next 3 days.We drove for a few hours and close to 9pm we were arriving at our friends house where we stayed the entire time.The surf was great but quite far for some surfing pics,but some great scenary and lifestyle shots were taken by our friend Kyler.Marty was with us the whole time getting everything on video so we can put a little video together of our 3 day adventure.
While in Ukee we visited some good friends and also checked some surf spots that i had never being before,but unfortunately the waves were not big enough or with the right direction to be had at those spots.We decided to check some of the beach breaks and clean conditions with some great sunshine plus minus temperatures were part of the scenary.
For the next three days we had some great surfing and some other great experiences in the wild west coast such as seals chasing me out of the water,some fricking cold weather and some crazy roads with huge frozen roles in which Reids car fell in while driving on it .We also had some great snow coming down where at a point i taught i was snowboarding without gogles.
Anyway, it was pretty fun days and really soon i will post a video with our 3 day trip.

Cheers,

Chris Careca Moutinho.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A new life(Chapter 1):


Long week full of great things and good times. Just got home from Sitka Surf Shop Vancouver store party. Met with some good people and had fun with my good Canadian friends. These Sitka guys came a long way and I am super stoked to see the progress Sitka surf shop and brand is doing since the first day I walked into their old shop on Douglas street. At that time I had just arrived from Brazil with my wife and dog Kirra. We hadn’t thought about Julian yet but sure enough he was coming into this world soon enough. A lot of hard work at the time to find a place to live and start understanding a city that both of us had no idea about. All I knew was that this town had some waves close by in the winter time and in the summer my only option was Tofino, which is 4 hours away from Vic. Pretty crazy or maybe adventurous, but I left my home country to come into a new culture and language that I was and am still learning more everyday about. I left a really good job behind, all my close family and friends to start a new life in a promising country. Surfing is in my blood and until I can’t walk anymore I will still do it. No friends, no house, but a car full of $%%$5~!@,wife a dog and a lot of time on my hands since I had no job but 10 brand new surfboards that I brought with me to surf in Canada or in my next trip somewhere. I stopped at that shop (Sitka) everyday and many others in town to chat with people and see what surf was about. I did not know that I had to drive at least 40 minutes to get some waves but I was about to find out. Did my first surf at Sombrio and the waves were quite fun but the cold, the big trees, wildlife and so on was all new to me. I had a good time in the water saw some surfers but no crowd at all. Over the past 5 to 6 years surfing has being growing a lot and that’s not because of one or two individuals, that’s because the whole industry is growing and growing fast. Some people don’t understand that it is an inevitable thing to happen but others are fine with it as long as respect it is in place. Yeah guys, surfing it is growing and we even have a recent champion from Canada that won a world surf event (Pete Devries). Since that happened lots of people that maybe did not know anything about surfing are aware now of this peaceful sport that has come to stay and make some headlines. I hope you all have a great weekend or day with your family and friends because I will have with mine. Cheers, Chris “Careca” Moutinho.

Ps:This video is from my last trip to Tahiti.I surfed some amazing waves and met some amazing “locals” in and out of the water.

PPs:I talked to a friend about my writing the other day.It does need some editing,but hey, this is ME.

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