A Week of Waves in Portugal

It’s happened once before. When we were on the coast between Nigeria and Ghana we were so caught up in the cultural and hedonistic frenzy that is the Kingsley Holgate expedition that we forgot to blog about Togo – a small sliver of a country nestled next to Benin. Because we’re racing towards London now [...]

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The AfricanSurfer London Arrival Party – Venue Confirmed…

As you may know, we’re having a party to celebrate the culmination of 15 months on the road from Cape Town to London, on the first ever trans-African surf trip. Although we were actually supposed to arrive in September 2007, this time we really do intend to arrive in London on June the 7th 2008, [...]

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Keep in touch…

In his backpacking documentary ‘A Map for Saturday‘, Brook Silva-Braga – who we met in Dakhla – talks about ‘24-hour friends‘. These are those people you coincide with on the road, have a great time with, and then bid farewell to as each party continues in their own direction. And no matter how fantastic or [...]

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Rock-on, AfricanSurfer…

“Good day lads, anything to declare? Are those tents on the roof? I must just let you know that no camping is allowed in Gibraltar…” The border official was addressing us with in pristine, polished queens’ English, before proceeding to pull us over after regarding Tims’ SA passport with a certain degree of skepticism. “Not [...]

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Joao’s Home is his SurfCastle

Surfers have simple needs: …a large rambling house on the beach Guests at the SurfCastle just have to stroll down from the house for a surf …with an interesting history Our friend Joao’s family has been all over the surf in this region for decades … funky décor Sea views from every window …a few [...]

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Clutch-time in Gibraltar!

“…yes, every now and then we get a chance to travel a bit… but it’s mostly Cor. He does all the really crazy stuff. He’ll go anywhere in Africa… warzone or not, he’s the one that goes…” We were asking Sergio, the mechanic working on our vehicle in Gibraltar, about the African travel opportunities associated [...]

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Joining AfricanSurfer: more difficult than you’d think

Shortly before Christmas 2006 we sent out a group email titled “West coast of Africa 2007 – get involved…” to a few hundred folk on our mailing list, inviting them to come along on our little trip. Team AfricanSurfer, April 2007. This is Stu’s place near Etosha in Namibia, where the trip was conceived, and [...]

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Flat days in Tarifa…

The AfricanSurfer crew keep themselves occupied on a flat day in Tarifa, Spain. If for nothing else – it’s worth watching Pacha Mama manager, Dawid, doing a little freestyle Italian opera (this is how he is ALL DAY!). The Wax Tailor background tune is a goody too… enjoy! [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns4I1VCHgyg]

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Flat days in Tarifa…

It’s no secret that, bordering on the Med, Tarifa is not exactly a world-class surfing destination. Kitesurfing and windsurfing, maybe… wave surfing, not so much. And while we’re on the topic, you may be surpised how many people we’ve had to explain the difference to on this trip: Random subject: “oh, you make surfing? It [...]

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When your simple surf-trip goes global…

When we left home in March last year, we were just planning to see if we could make it from Cape Town to London in our ancient truck… interested if we would maybe find some good waves to surf along the way. Then things took a turn. Maybe notoriety is a more accurate description than [...]

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Blame it on the ‘Levante’…

Stone grew up in a city in South Africa, Port Elizabeth, more fondly known as ‘the windy city’. Prior to departing on this trip all of us were based in Cape Town, well known for the infamous ‘Black South-Easter’. We’d like to think we know a little bit about wind… Sometimes, when the Levante blows [...]

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AfricanSurfer Gardening Services Ltd…

I remember quite clearly a scene, from one of the million-or-so surf films we’ve watched in our time, of one of those big Hawaiian chargers talking about the act of wave-riding with your friends. Inbetween clips of some big tropical waves somewhere he says something along the lines of (in gruff voice, dark sunglasses, pensive): [...]

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AfricanSurfer Siblings…

What’s the least you expect from family? In an incredible display of commitment to the cause, one of the AfricanSurfer crews’ siblings flew most of the way around the world to welcome the AfricanSurfers to Europe. Normally domicile in Los Angeles, Calif. Rob Fleming, caught connecting flights through Europe, the Middle East and the Indian [...]

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The original trip

March 2007: Tim, Lurks & Stone mission north from Cape Town up the west coast of Africa, in search of good waves and good times. Their vehicle: a trusty 1981 Landcruiser named Mzee Kobe (The Old Tortoise). Their final destination: London... finally arriving almost a year behind schedule in latter 2008!

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