memmo Surf Talks


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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