Rumblefish. The Closing Chapter. And on the 16th day, the swell did recede on the west coast.
Lay Days are common on surf trips, lay weeks are slightly more rare. Plagued by huge swell and the accompanying winds the second week of Rumblefish took a slightly slower pace… After having in one person’s words “Completed Lisbon” we had a few more days to kill until the surf turned on. Luckily we were joined by the Volcom Artists; Schoff, Santi Zubizarreta and Fortifem. Whilst the sun shone intermittently, the beers were cold and the guys painted away. You can scope some of their work below….
As the swell grew and grew. The wind lightened and whispers of Nazare being on the cook floated around camp Rumblefish. Alex B, in his usual calm fashioned gave it the nod and we headed up to Nazare…. We met his tow partner Hugo Vau and we’re blown away by the humility and calm atmosphere that is at the farm as the boys set up. The exact opposite atmosphere is to be for said driving around the corner on the headland and watching 50ft bombs imploded below the cliffs. Nazaré in semi beast mode is still a beast indeed, and was certainly a lot more chunky then the last swell at the WSL’s Medium Wave tour stop. However a big high tide and currents cut the session a little short as the boys still snaffled a few.
And then the surf for mere mortals returned and reminded us what an incredible place Central Portugal is. From Coxos, to Supertubos, the beaches and everywhere inbetween pumped. Early nights (what’s wrong with us?) and early mornings prevailed. Barrels, smiles and fine times all round….
Thanks to Volcom for showing us an unreal time as always. We’ll be releasing Rumblefish this summer – so watch this space…