Diary   2020


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Start of year surf days 1630

January   2020.. Surf days end of month 1650
01..Mareta. Very good apart from bumpy.
02..Belichevery good. Clean
03..Pt Moss. Small , 2ft. Michaela got 15 waves. Phillip developed a taste for longboarding.
04..Pt Moss. 2 to 4 feet.
05..belicheVery good.
05..Mareta. Not easy
07..Tonel. Very nice waves.
11..Just enough to surf, but had to wait for set.
15..Mareta. At lw, small and windy. Rising water not possible to get out.
16..Mareta. Too bumpy. Better at mid tide.
17..Pt Moss.
19..ZavGood,sometimes big sets. I was a bit on inside taking small clean waves, or white water.
21..MaretaSwell from SE and NW
23..Tonel..Max for me.
27..Punta. Point working. I was sitting further in.
February  2020.. Surf days  end of month 1666
It was the warmest and most sunny February in many years. A lot of good surf also. Crowds were less, but now the Corona virus started to move in on us.
I ordered a new board . A lufi 10 foot longboard. I left the design to the shaper. Letīs see what he will create.

video/200203maretmovi.mp4  This video show how you can easily turn a longboard to move along the wave ( second surf ) even when lying on the board
Marts 2020.. Surf days  end of month. 1675
The  first days I surfed Beliche. Not an easy beach with a long board. believe me. i did a lot more wave reading, and that helped.
Then my new board arrived. 10 feet Lufi. First try was in Mareta. Only 1 to 2 feet waves. Much to my surprise I managed to surf these waves. It did take some hard paddling however.
Two next days still small waves. Then some bigger waves came. 3-4-5 feet. I was surfing twice that day. From line up to the beach several times. I have been surfing 10 feet boards before, this is the better of  them.
The following day the 12 of March 2020, was the last surfing day. beaches were being closed due  to the Corona virus.
So far I have been home for 4 weeks, only going out to buy essentials.
Date 12 Last day of surf ...New board...New board 
New board dimentions.. Date 05, easy day at Beliche.
April  2020.. Surf days  end of month. 1675
Lock down
May  2020.. Surf days  end of month. 1702
04..First dayb surfing after lock down. 05..06..07..08..10..11..14..15..16...17.18..18..19..20..20..
Surfing around Sagres.
I am using 10 foot LUFI board now. It is different to start down the wave on such a long board. It seem that some times some angling is needed, but so far the board has been a positive surprise
June  2020.. Surf days  end of month. 1735
The 10 foot LUFI is too big and heavy for me when waves are getting bigger. I weighed the board to 9,4 kg , Including leech and fin. So I started to bring 2 board , and using the smaller Magic as well. Towards end of month I changed and used the California Dream , also fro LUFI, as the only board . The weight is 7,9 kg of this board. Including leech and fin.
I started to look into boards of carbon fiber. CJ Nelson design makes some .
video/200603cordoamafb.mp4   10 foot at Cordoama beach
video/200613amadofb.mp4     Long surf with Magic board
video/200616tonelmovi.mp4   Turning down the line with 10 foot board
video/200627tonelfb.mp4       Tonel with California Dream board
July  2020.. Surf days  end of month.  1768
Towards end of month I used Magic 9.1 and Lufi 10 feet.Trying the different boards in different conditions.The 10 feet is best in moderate wave that are bumpy , from wind or current. Most surfing done at West Coast. The trick during summer is to get an early start. However there are less tourists than last year in general.
Photo www.portugalsurfshots.com  
August  2020.. Surf days  end of month.  1795
 I used Magic 9.1 and LUFI 10 feet in beginning of month, later changing to using LUFI California Dream 9.6 long board this mnth. A great all round board. I can surf 2 feet and what look like 6 feet, but is likely less. The fact that weight is only 8 Kg help a lot if I have to carry it a long distance. A lot of windy days this August..
September 2020.. Surf sessions end of month. 1820
Surfing Amado a lot. Using LUFI California dream board . I tried to do some nose riding, but no way. Cross step. I can not even move one foot forward of the other.
video/200924Tonel1fb.mp4  long boarders at Tonel beach

Octobre 2020.. Surf sessions  end of month. 1851 total 221 in year so far
Another month with a lot of surfers in the water. You do get used to it. I stay away from the bigger peaks . With a longboard there are a lot of other waves that can be used. Towards end of month I started to use the LUFI 10 feet and the Magic Model. having to carry 2 boards on the roof of the car is a bit awkward. I am looking at an other board to get on with my nose rider project. i think board need more volume, wider, I am just not sure, and there is nobody to ask.
During October the Autumn started. Photos above.
November 2020.. Surf sessions  end of month. 1878 total 248 in year so far
During the month there was a lot of good surf, but also a lot of surfers. I had useful info about nose riding. Y need to be surfing along the wave at the top 25%. Going shore side in foamy water is good for training cross stepping. So far I just shuffle.
One day I forgot my booties. I always use booties. I found it was a lot better without, so now no booties.
The up current can be very strong on the front side of a wave I found one day. I was surfing down the wave full speed, only not moving downwards
Photo www.portugalsurfshots.com 
December 2020.. Surf sessions  end of month. 1896 total , 266 in year 31 dec...
This month I use mostly the LUFI Noose Secret board. It works very will in the more powerful winter swell. Still a lot of surfers. Due to the Corona issue, there is limited possibility to fly oversees. Resulting in more coming to spend the winter here.
The solution is the usual. Start early. Not so great during the winter, as the mornings are very cold. .
Photos from 2020 Dec