The Beautiful Town of Ericeira, Portugal

2016 has been a very exciting year for us and we’ve been to some incredible places, but very few can surpass the beautiful Portuguese coast line and the wonderful fishing town of Ericeira.

The town of Ericeira is famous for its surf and incredible beaches, but there is so much to enjoy here on top of the swell; beautiful seafood restaurants, enticing independent bars and an exploding culture are begging to be enjoyed.

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We stayed for four days in a brilliant apartment high above the old town boasting a balcony view with sight lines from Foz do Lisandro  in the south right across to the beach at Matadouro to the north.

Having arrived late on the Monday we spent the first full day getting our bearings and investigating the local surroundings. A short walk down the hill from our apartment towards the coast led us straight on to the boulevard, which stretches from the edge of the old town to the beach at Matadouro, home to some of Ericeira’s best surf. On the boulevard is a charming café where we sat for a late breakfast and coffee. Right on the path, Esplanada Sebastiao Café is the perfect place for a bite to eat and a coffee whilst enjoying the sea breeze and the often glorious sunshine.

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From here we walked along the coast to the already highly credited Matadouro beach front, here we stood and watched the busy waters of the late morning and planned the surfing lessons we went to Portugal to take. Down on the seafront we met Sami, surfer and owner of Activity Surf Centre, but more about them to come.

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This beautiful spot is an absolute must for all holiday makers, surfers and explorers trekking along the coast. There is access to Matadouro beach, where at low tide you can walk out across the rocks and shallows for 100’s of meters. Overlooking the gold sandy beach is a wonderful seating area which is provided by a perfectly placed American style pop up eatery serving a range of classic food and drink. This is one of my fondest memories of Ericeira, sitting with my feet up enjoying a beer and basking in the glorious heat of the late afternoon.

For the remainder of the day we walked leisurely back into Town to get our first taste of classic Portugal. We drifted in between cobbled streets dressed with white and blue buildings until we arrived at the town centre. From here we ducked down a side street and came across Cassa Portuguesa an authentic restaurant on the corner of Esperanca and Outubro. We sat on the street in the sunshine and both enjoyed freshly caught Octopus; not our usually plate of choice but honestly it was incredible, the rumours of the sensational seafood in Ericeira were true. Finishing our meal and topping off our water we received the bill.  One of the great surprises of Portugal and Ericeira was that it is dramatically cheaper than the rest of Europe, in fact you could certainly enjoy yourselves on a budget, enjoying Portugal with out breaking the bank.

For the week that we were staying in Ericeira the Portuguese Surf Film Festival was on, showing two films each evening on a variety of surf culture issues. This was too good of an opportunity to miss so we purchased tickets for every night we were there.  The films typically ran from 9pm until 11pm, which meant that after a few drinks beforehand we were usually ready to head home and get some rest before the morning surfs lessons.

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The following days passed by in a brilliant routine of surfing in the morning and enjoying lunch at Matadouro; then heading back home to change before walking down into the old town to eat at one of the many seafood restaurant, then watching a few surf films in the evening. We rarely had reservations, but this was not an issue if you are ok with eating between 7pm and 8:30pm as the Portuguese like most Europeans tend to eat dinner a lot later than us British.

The second evening we ate at a place called Restaurante Tik-Tak, decorated with nautical themed antiques with a wonderful collection of wine on display throughout the walkways.   Located directly opposite Cassa Portuguesa where we ate lunch the day before. This choice was not made because of its location, in fact it came highly recommended and with great reviews. We got to the restaurant just before 7, found all the tables were reserved and they were completely full for the evening. However one of the staff noticed us reading the menu and kindly highlighted that there was a table for two reserved at 8, but if we were happy to finish our meal within the hour she could seat straight away. Another example of the kind and friendly nature of the people in Ericeira.

The meal itself was divine. Nicole had the catch of the day and I had Monkfish Rice with Prawns. Although we only had an hour the staff weren’t pushy and the service was expertly delivered with recommendations for drinks and bars for after. We left the table at 7:55pm completely satisfied and raving about another brilliant meal.

On our third evening we decided to treat ourselves and we ate at a beautiful seafront restaurant called Esplanada Furnas. This restaurant is idyllically placed, right on rocks with a view of horizon supplied by the restaurant glass fronting. A wonderful piece to Esplanada Furnas’s romantic charm is the option to choose your fish from the counter upon entry, where the staff then grill it there and then. We had an entrée of barnacles and prawns; a messy affair but definitely worth it, the barnacles were superb. Our main was the Flounder we had picked at the start, grilled to perfection and professionally served. Perhaps not the choice of fish if you’re looking for a fish with a lot of meat on the bones, but a wonderfully light and flavourful fish. We stayed for a while after we finished our mains and watched the sun go down; this was possibly one of the most beautiful views and moments we have had on a holiday and if you do make it to Ericeira you must head down to coast on a clear evening.

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On our final evening we ate at Restaurant Prim and much like our evening at Restaurant Tik-Tak this place was all reserved and we hadn’t made a reservation. Classic! But true to form the wonderful restaurateurs of Ericeira found us a table. We sat down at 7pm and had to be at the Town Hall for 8 for our final evening at the surf film festival. Once again the staff were expert and helped us with our orders and drink choices, which came in plenty of time for us to enjoy at a slightly increased pace, but still one of pleasant company. Nicole and I both had the steak, a change in diet and menu after days of fish and other seafood. Perhaps it was the overdosing on fish that made the steak all the better, but it was so good.

So ladies and gents that concludes our whistle stop tour of Ericeira, the restaurants and the beautiful spots we found. In short you have to visit for the surf, the food and most importantly the place.

GVSCO x

The London Surf Film Festival

Another day, another film festival! So we are continuing on what appears to be our world tour of Surf Film Festivals and are off to the Gala evening of the London leg this evening. It is definitely becoming one of the biggest surf film festivals on the circuit and seems to just be going from strength to strength!

In terms of recommendations, tonight will in fact be our third time watching the fantastic Icelandic film ‘The Accord’. This has been GVS Co’s favourite films throughout both Bristol and Ericeira Surf Film Festivals as not only is it beautiful it is absolutely hilarious.  We were even lucky enough to meet the main man Heiðar Logi Elíasson when we were in Bristol and not only is he a great surfer he was just an all round nice dude. So if you can make it down tonight, make sure you check it out.

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Don’t fret if you can’t make it down today as this year not only are they hosting two nights at the Genesis cinema in East London but they are also holding two further nights a week later in a Cinema in central London.

The Line up is looking jam packed with goodies, so if you can get down make sure you do. The following schedule has come from their website and includes all links and info that you will need to get your tickets booked.

 

THURSDAY 22 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 1 // 7pm >> TICKETS

UK PREMIERE: Peninsula Mitre  Dir. Gauchos del Mar, 2016 

From the multi award winning filmmakers, Gauchos del Mar comes this stunning travelogue. Undertaking a 2 month journey on foot to the uncharted South American Tierra del Fuego Province, the two brothers Joaquin and Julian Azulay set out in search of a mysto, world-class wave that has never before been surfed. They must overcome unforgiving terrain, serious injury and a harsh climate but will they find what they are looking for. A true tale of exploration capturing the spirit of surf adventure. An inspirational tale to stir the wanderlust.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: Beauty & Chaos Dir. James Skerritt 
LONDON PREMIERE: The Accord Dir. RC Cone
Shorties shortlisted film

Peninsula Mitre: UK Premiere London Surf / Film Festival 2016

THURSDAY 22 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 2 // 9pm >> TICKETS

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Sorria  Dir. Gabriel Novis, 2016 

Sorria or “smile” in Portuguese will make you do just that. Serving up an all star cast of Brazil’s hottest talents from Yago Dora and Filipe Toledo to Caio Ibelli Sorria takes performance surfing to the next level.  Featuring the eye widening waves of Mexico, Indo, California and Hawaii, Director Gabriel Novis has produced what Surfing Magazine has called, “the first surf film to rival the likes of Steele’s, Neville’s or Joe G.’s in terms of high performance surfing with, well…a point.” And we whole heartedly agree. Combining incredible cinematography, killer sound track and dream like waves, this is not to be missed.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: Inna da Caribbean Dir. Arthur Bourbon
Presented by surfer / filmmaker Arthur Bourbon
Shorties shortlisted film

FRIDAY 23 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 1 // 7pm >> TICKETS

UK PREMIERE: The Zone  Dir. Jack Coleman, 2016 

Award winning independent filmmaker Jack Coleman serves up an alternate surfing dimension to blow minds. Featuring the fins free wizardry of Derek Hynd and Ryan Burch as well as mind blowing artistry from the likes of Rob Machado, Alex Knost, Ari Browne, Ozzie Wright and Bryce Young through Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico, and California THE ZONE is pure, must see, mind expanding inspiration.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: The Adventures of NASASA, Dir. Ian Lewis
UK PREMIERE: The Road to Galicia, Dir. Luke Pilbeam 
Presented by surfers Mike Lay & Elsie Pinniger
Shorties shortlisted film

The Zone Jack Coleman UK Premiere London Surf Film Festival 2016

FRIDAY 23 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 2 // 9pm >> TICKETS

LONDON PREMIERE: View From A Blue Moon Dir. Blake Kueny, 2015 

This hotly anticipated film follows the world’s most dynamic surfer John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favourite surfing destinations around the globe. From the dreamy blue perfection of the South Pacific to the darkest uncharted waters of Africa (and everywhere in between), Florence accompanied by Bruce Irons, Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Eli Olson, Jamie O’Brien, Jack Robinson, Koa Rothman, Jordy Smith, Koa Sith, Frank Solomon, Felipe Toledo, continues to redefine just what is possible in the ocean. The first surf film shot entirely in 4K this film was made for the big screen.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: BrotherBruce Irons Dir. Sebastien Zanella (20 mins)
WORLD PREMIERE: Persistence of Hope Dir. Roger Sharp (5 min)
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

FRIDAY 23 SEPT, Genesis Cinema, E1 // SESSION 2 // 9pm >> TICKETS

LONDON PREMIERE: View From A Blue Moon Dir. Blake Kueny, 2015 

This hotly anticipated film follows the world’s most dynamic surfer John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favourite surfing destinations around the globe. From the dreamy blue perfection of the South Pacific to the darkest uncharted waters of Africa (and everywhere in between), Florence accompanied by Bruce Irons, Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Eli Olson, Jamie O’Brien, Jack Robinson, Koa Rothman, Jordy Smith, Koa Sith, Frank Solomon, Felipe Toledo, continues to redefine just what is possible in the ocean. The first surf film shot entirely in 4K this film was made for the big screen.

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: BrotherBruce Irons Dir. Sebastien Zanella (20 mins)
WORLD PREMIERE: Persistence of Hope Dir. Roger Sharp (5 min)
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

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FRIDAY 30 SEPT, Regent St Cinema, W1 // SESSION 1 // 7pm >> TICKETS

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Fire & Water  Dir. Thomas Brookins, 2016 (73 mins) 

From award wining documentary filmmaker Thomas Brookins comes the compelling tale of Fire & Water. In the late 1950’s Don Eichin and a small crew of pioneering NY surfers set out to make a life in Hawaii, testing their wits in the infamous big waves of Oahu’s Banzai Pipeline & Waimea with some of the greatest named legends of the time. Combining incredible never before seen archive Bolex footage with candid tales, interviews and stunning surf action from New York’s finest, and featuring the likes of Rusty Miller, Rob Machado, Ricky Grigg, Mikey DeTemple, Kassia Meador Balaram Stack, Greg Noll, et al, this award-winning, eye-opening exposition confirms New York’s place in the surfing world.

Showing with:

UK PREMIERE: Surfing Europe: Surfing Farmers Dir. Matt Crocker & James Dean (5 min) Presented by the filmmakers
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

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FRIDAY 30 SEPT, Regent St Cinema, W1 // SESSION 2// 9pm >> TICKETS

LONDON PREMIERE: Dirty Old Wedge Dir. Tim Burnham, 2016 (60 mins) 

The Wedge is a mythical man-made mutant.  Since its creation, people have flocked to stand and stare in awe as a tight crew of surfers and bodysurfers take on the monstrous waves where injuries are common and where deaths have occurred. Featuring epic womping, wipeouts, hard charging and insight from Keith Malloy, Mark Cunningham, Ron Romanosky   Mike Stewart, Danny Kwock, Bill Sharp and the hard charging WEDGE CREW this multi-award winning documentary is an epic ‘eyes-on-stalks’ visceral feast not to be missed! Presented by the filmmaker and accompanied by a Q+A

Showing with:

Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

London Surf Film Festival 2016 LONDON PREMIERE: Dirty Old Wedge Dir. Tim Burnham,

SATURDAY 1 OCT, Regent St Cinema, W1 // SESSION 1// 7pm >> TICKETS

UK PREMIERE: Chasing Zero CJ MIRRA and Chris McClean, 2016 (60 min)

Having collaborated on a number of award winning projects, composer/ musician CJ Mirra and filmmaker Chris McClean bring their other-worldly live audio visual interactive cinematic experience to London. CJ Mirra’s haunting soundscapes, original scores and improvised performance and Chris McClean’s evocative cold water cinematography combine to create a sublime, one-off performance. Synthesisers, guitars, vocals and live processing will be soundtracking some of the most dark and beautiful surf footage which McClean will be projecting and manipulating live to create this immersive and interactive performance, not to be missed. A very special live audio / visual one off performance accompanied by Q+A

Showing with:
UK PREMIERE: Bruce Gold Dir. Anders Melchoir (7 mins) – Presented by the filmmaker
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

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SATURDAY 1 OCT, Regent St Cinema, W1 // SESSION 2// 9pm >> TICKETS

UK PREMIERE: Forbidden Trim Dir. George Trimm, 2016 (75 mins) 

A very special 35 mm screening presented by the filmmaker, Forbidden Trim is one of the year’s most hotly anticipated movies – for good reason. Here’s the scenario: using a group of surfers for cover, a crack commando is sent deep into the jungle on a clandestine mission to eliminate the global crime syndicate, the Caldera Network.

In the words of the film’s director George Trimm, “It’s a Grindhouse, Surfing, Sci-Fi, Horror, Comedy, War film.” What’s not to love? Shot on Super 8 and 16mm and combining classic B movie vibes, with a killer, custom scored sound track and some of the world’s most stylish surfers – Alex Knost, Jared Mell, Harrison Roach et al – this celebration of truly independent filmmaking is definitely not your standard surf movie.

A very special 35mm screening accompanied by Filmmaker Q+A and Forbidden Trim Band

Showing with:
Shorties shortlisted film (5 min)

Forbidden Trim UK PREMIERE LONDON SURF FILM FESTIVAL

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So hopefully see you there!

Stay Stoked GVS Co.

 

The Meaning of Life: Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen lets us into his life and thought process in a touching and inspiring short film, if this doesn’t strike a chord and invigorate your sense of adventure then nothing else will.

Press play and drift away for 5 mins ….. trust me you will not regret it.

Stay stoked

GVS CO.

One Day to go – Bristol Surf Film Festival!

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We have our travel booked, the schedule is out and we are ready to go to Bristol!

Having only been to similar events which over the course of an evening it will be interesting to see how it pans out having it over a full day and if we are sober enough by the end to remember the last film!

We are also really happy to see the film ‘The Accord’ on the line up. We saw this at the Ericeira Surf Film Festival and it was a firm favourite of ours and even went on to win. Let’s see if there is any of the other films on the list that give it a run for it’s money.

Anyway if you around, make sure you head down and say hello to us!!

Stay Stoked!!

GVS Co.

 

 

 

Bristol Surf Film Festival 2016

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Bristol Surf Film Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever and we are really excited to be giving you a sneak look at what they have coming up.

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‘The Bristol Surf Film Festival is a celebration of surf film, surf culture and creativity in the UK’s south west. A day and night of international feature films, award winning shorts and home grown productions is accompanied by exhibiting brands and organizations that represent the core of grassroots surf culture in the UK.

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This year Spoke & Stringer join forces with Deus ex Machina to bring you the very best of Ride Culture.

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Films include the Premier of South to Sian from Deus, The Accord, Ababco and more to be announced!

Food & Drink will be provided by Spoke & Stringer & Friends with award winning Street Food and Beerd Brewery Craft Ales Tasting Stand

There will be a fully licenced bar (Cash only)

Music & Band listing – Coming Soon!’

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Portuguese Surf Film Festival – Ericeira

So two of the team members over here at GVS Co. have booked a surf holiday to Ericeira for the start of August but we have only just realised that this coincides with the annual Portuguese Surf Film Festival! We cannot believe our luck!

It is the 5th annual festival and is being held on  July 30th – August 6! There will be 21 films screened over the course of the festival and they will be judged in 5 different categories: Best Surf Film, Best Short, Best Sustainability, Ericeira in Shorts and Best Soundtracks

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We cannot wait! Also if any of you lovely people are going to be out there, let us know!

The London Surf Film Festival!

So this is a wee bit overdue, but nonetheless here is our review of the London Surf & Film Festival, Friday 16th @ Genesis Cinema.

We had bought ourselves the full Friday evening pass so we could enjoy all the films that were on that evening and of course sample the free beer from Sharps Brewery.

Firstly what a wicked cinema the Genesis is, located on the Mile End road next to Stepney Green tube the building itself has a grand entrance hall arching back to the glamour of cinema of years gone by. However housing the Surf film festival this glorious building provided a juxtaposing backdrop to the laid back, rough and ready clientele of the evening.

We took our seats after meeting some friends and grabbing beer number one and waited for the first film of the evening. This was to be the European Premiere of Faroes – The Outpost Vol 2 from Director Ben Weiland and Chris Burkard.

Faroes – The Outpost Vol 2  was an incredible documentary of harsh yet calming environment of the Faroe Island. The film showed how the environment that for the cast and crew was unpredictably foreign and how the seas provided new challenges with their plummeting temperatures and unsurfed swell.  Come the end credits we certainly understood the challenges faced by the crew during filming, but also how that same crew left the Faroes with a new appreciation for not only the conditions, but also those who inhabit it.

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The second film of the evening was the world premiere of Sean Collins – The Ripple Effect directed by Peter Hamblin.

This was brilliant documentary into the extraordinary life of Sean Collins who was renowned for his incredible talents of surf forecasting, but of course was founder of surfline which became the worlds leading surf forecasting broadcast.

The film took us through his life, through ups and downs in business and in life, stitched together with heartfelt interviews from close family and friends. Again a really emotive film, which shed light onto one of the founding members of modern surf.

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Our final film of the evening was the world premiere of Freezing directed by Rob Lockyear and Jeremy Joyce.

Freezing was of a different elk to the films that we had seen before it, it was a comic tale of two friends on an exploration of the harsh cold north in search of that mystical perfect wave.

Comedy at every turn Freezing see’s the surfing zeitgeist really showing its worth with friendship, laughs and unfortunate circumstances a plenty. Thoroughly enjoyable movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously!

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 In conclusion a wicked evening with some truly inspiring and heart warming stories. Next time they’re in town we can’t recommend getting a ticket enough.

GVSCo x