An Irish Surf Story

a month spent Surfing the west coast of ireland; fireplaces, cold water and precious moments It had always been on the cards really, even if we hadn’t admitted to ourselves yet. We had always known that some part of our surf journey was going to bring us to Ireland. The west coast of Ireland is…

Surfing in Ericeira – Intermediate

With its rugged coast and rocky sea bed, Ericeira is not the easiest place to figure out where to surf. Previously I wrote about where to learn to surf in Ericeira and which spots are the best for beginners. After a lot of work, it is now time to share some of the best intermediate…

Beach Break Surfing

Beach breaks and reef breaks and what I have learned from surfing the sandy bottoms after months of hiatus. When I started surfing, the thought of surfing reef breaks terrified me. The first time I went to a reef break it was exactly like when I go skating – all I could see was the…

The Azores – SΓ£o Miguel

Despite spending the longest amount of time on SΓ£o Miguel, it is ironically the island I saw the least of. The largest of the Azorean islands, with the largest population, it is also the most popular island for tourists to visit. If I am completely honest, I do not think I gave SΓ£o Miguel enough…

Basque Coastal Explorations

A non-surfing adventure along the coast of France’s Pays Basque – Le Sentier du Littoral It is easy (especially if you are surfing) to come to Biarritz and not explore the region at all. Biarritz offers a wide enough variety of things to do, and if you mosey up to Anglet or into Bayonne for…

Getting Started (part 2)

So, previously I wrote about getting started and made it sound like a sabbatical was granted and *poof* I was in Portugal. As with all things, the reality within the cut-to sequence was infinitely more varied and yes, stressful. The apartment packing was exactly like every apartment packing has ever been since the beginning of…

Getting Started

“We have talked to HR, but they say it is not the time to be offering sabbaticals, they cannot guarantee you your job in one year’s time” The words came from my brutally honest and extremely supportive manager. The month is July, the year 2018 and I am sitting with my Head of Section and…