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January  Sagres  2018.. Surf days 1228
During new year Phillip and family came for a visit. That was a nice break in the daily routine. We managed to find some decent surf and  weather was reasonable with quite a bit of sun shine. We were lucky with some Westerly swell that entered Mareta.
I got to know some van people as well. Mike invited for a great Curry, then everybody took off for El Palmar, some with the intention to continue to Marocco.
During the period I was trying to place an order of a new surf board, first with Lufi in Lisbon, and when that failed I managed to get Barbossa in Arrifana to make me a board. That should be finished in end February.
I bought the surf guide "I love the seaside" . The authors are staying in our condo at the moment. I like this guide because apart from describing the surf beaches; not all of them, but enough, they also guide you to a lot of the surf accommodation and smaller guest houses etc.
Also I got a Quicksilver 4/3 winter suit, super stretch. very comfortable. I replaced my booties for some 3 mm neoprene socks. Works well, it gives a better feel with the board, only sometimes I "double" a toe. That hurts a fair bit.
 Also i started The 100, a more than 50 section 4 season Netflix series. So before I knew it January almost over.
1 st January 7.45 Mareta. A good start of the year.
Mareta  11 January
Luz 17 January 2018
Sagres 25 January
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February 2018 Sagres and West Coast
February seem to be the month with a lot of action. I was surfing the Sagres beaches, but I went to Arrifana as well. That was too big waves however, but I did get into the water.
The next excursion was  to Sao Torpe near Sines. I got the tide wront. Hw is the time to go. I did see a very nice wave between Sao Torpe and Porto Covo.
The hotel was ice cold, and nothing going on in town.

Back in Sagres I surfed some good waves in Zavial. Some waves I was using the home made easy pop up, and I could see some of the other surfers were a little impressed, because it was close to overhead,

Towards end of month I took a trip to Milfontes. To surf in the river estuary. I figured out that the safest time is Lw. At other times the current can be quite strong. First day was a mess. Current dragging me everywhere. Second day was a lot better. I really liked it there. Hotel had buffet dinner foe 16 Euro. The room was cold and the air con noisy. I brought my electrical blanket and a sleeping bag. However I found out that getting the arms into the sleeping bag as well can be dangerous, as I was about to roll over the side of the bed, with arms stuck inside the bag.
7 February. Sao Torpe area.
8 Feb. Milfontes
21 Feb. Milfontes estuary. Small point breaks. About 3 feet when they are best. I had 1 very long ride.
22 Feb. Beliche
22 Feb 20218 The end of "Old faithfull"
This is what happened: It was a day with biggish waves. Actually to big, so i decided to find a small wave to get me back to the beach. A suitable wave was arriving, but just before it got to me it hit some current and almost doubled in size. I did not like the sight of it, so decided to get one more deep breath, while paddling for it.

The speed was accelerating fast and next I was diving under water with mouth open. Lots of water entering my mouth, and felt like going into the throat before I got the mouth shut.

Next it was a lot of tumbling around into the now breaking wave. I tried to keep hold of the board. In a powerful breaking wave a lot of air bubbles are mixed in the water, and a surfer without a board will sink towards the bottom. But I lost hold of the board. The whole situation was just becoming too interesting for me.

Just then I could feet " Old faithful " was nudging itself under me, and next we were going full speed towards the shore pushed by a angry small white water wave.

Time for a good deal of sneering and coughing. Next the board, now with a broken back, so the fin did not cut into the sand and stop the board, ran way up on the beach and I was in safety.

I will admit that I was shedding a tear when I left  my old friend, now in 2 pieces, by the garbage bins. And I will admit that I was there the next morning to retrieve one half, with the plan to hang it on the wall in my home. But the collectors had been there, it was gone.

Maybe that was the best. Else It would have ended with me sitting having  long conversations with one half of a old broken surfboard, hanging on the wall, about  the sunny days and the good waves.
February 22 Mareta
Feb 27 Beliche By the end of the month the swell turned South West and increased.