memmo Surf Talks


The 2nd edition of Memmo Surf Talks took place on 11st May at the memmo Baleeira Hotel in Sagres.

In an edition dedicated to celebrating surf culture in Portugal and presented by João Valente, we had the presence of special guests who enriched this session by sharing their incredible experiences.

The event began with the presentation of the book ‘SALITRE’, a compilation of the best surf photographs captured throughout 2023 through the lenses of some of Portugal's most talented surf photographers and the book's authors: André Carvalho, Hélio António, João Bracourt, Pedro Mestre and Tó Mané
We also had the pleasure of announcing the new memmo Unforgettable Hotels ambassadors: Charlotte van Berkum and Alex Botelho, two renowned surfers in Portugal who told their stories and connections to the region and to surfing.

The 2nd edition of the Memmo Surf Talks was accompanied by a welcome cocktail and took place at the end of 11 May in the Scape room of the memmo Baleeira Hotel.

1ST EDITION 2023 – 9TH MAY 2023

On 9 December 2023, Memmo Baleeira in Sagres hosted the 1st edition of Memmo Surf Talks, an event that brought together big names from the world of surfing and maritime culture.

The event was hosted by João Valente, founder of SurfPortugal magazine. Notable guests included João Bracourt, a renowned photographer from the Algarve whose reputation and work are recognised nationally and internationally, who presented what has been described as "the best surf photo book in Portugal", according to João Valente - the Oestrymnis book. Also present, as a special guest, was Australian Peter "Joli" Wilson, considered the surf photographer of the century. 

In the audience were some well-known personalities such as Tiago "Saca" Pires, one of Portugal's best ever surfers, and Ruben Gonzalez, a four-time national champion. Álvaro Costa, founder of Polen Surfboards and representative of Pyzel, and Ricardo Bravo, renowned photographer and editor of surf photography in Portugal, further enriched the experience of this event. Also contributing to the success were local figures such as Charlotte, Uwe (the only local shaper), António Ferreira (promoter of Carrapateira as a Surf Village), Amélia from Surf Planet, João and Marta Mealha, among others.

A welcome cocktail preceded the event, which took place for two hours at the end of 9 December in the Fireplace Room of memmo Baleeira Hotel, in an intimate atmosphere with the 50 participants present.

Two photographs by João Bracourt remain as a tangible souvenir in the Fireplace Room, enriching the experience and capturing the singular beauty of Sagres.

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