I have just returned from a few days in Portugal, a location that at this time of year should deliver perfect kitesurf conditions and locations – wind, sun, lagoons and waves. Unfortunately this time round the Country was going to make us work extra hard to get the footage and photos we wanted in such a short period of time.
As a low pressure settled across most of Europe we were greeted each morning in Peniche with windless fog and drizzle and temps of around 16 degrees. The mornings were spent making calls to ‘those in the know’ and kite schools up and down the coastline, checking Wind Guru and generally cursing the miserable weather. Whispers of wind filtered through by lunchtime at locations that were generally atleast 200km way in either direction. The afternoons were spent driving up and down the A8 and realising that selecting ‘Do not avoid unpaved roads’ on a TomTom can leave you driving down a track that at points was so narrow it would be tricky enough to walk across!
But all this effort on a trip that should have been so easy made the times we finally found wind and sun all the more rewarding. I was lucky enough to enjoy these moments with Jo Wilson (Naish, Protest) and Jalou Langeree (Naish, O’Neill, Ben & Jerrys) – and the footage and stills are a testament to their dedication to make the most of what Portugal ‘didn’t’ chuck at us.
Video and pics to follow.