Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

September 26, 2018

El Gringo Day Two

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El Gringo – Arica – Day 2

This morning I went to El Gringo again. It was a bit smaller but there were a few more guys out. The wind was blowing off-shore nicely and there were shifting peaks to be had.

maxi
maxi

Diego in the tube
Diego in the tube

Maxi in the barrel
Maxi in the barrel

maxi in tube
maxi in tube

getting bounced around
getting bounced around

and getting launched
and getting launched

Nice turn Alberto
Nice turn Alberto

Upside down
Upside down

going right
going right

September 25, 2018

El Gringo

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Surfing El Gringo – Arica, Chile

I got out of bed about 7:30am because that is when the sun comes up. Chile is two hours ahead of Peru. Do not ask me to work that one out. I walked down the end of the street and caught a bus to La Isla del Alacran. There was nobody out when I went surfing but I bumped into a couple of dudes named Max and Diego who allowed me to tag along when they went for a surf out at El Gringo.

Diego's First Wave
Diego’s First Wave

El Gringo is really scary. It breaks onto rocks. There is no easy way out or in. You have to jump off the rocks and force your way out through the very powerful breaking waves.

Maxi taking the drop
Maxi taking the drop

After this wave Maxi lost his boogie board and had to swim in. It was a major struggle with waves breaking all over him and the rip dragging him out again.

Maxi in the barrel
Maxi in the barrel

Maxi eventually got in and retrieved his boogie board and then paddled straight out again!

Maxi take off
Maxi take off

Maxi hit a bump on the take-off and got launched.

Diego going right
Diego going right

There were some good right-handers coming in as well. Some of them were lining up and tubing massively.

Maxi drop
Maxi drop

The wind starting blowing onshore about ten o’clock so the waves were still glassy.

Diego in the tube
Diego in the tube

Diego made sure that his last wave was a good one. Thank you to Maxi and Diego for the opportunity to take some photos at this famous surf spot. Woot!

First Day in Chile

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Mollendo to Arica

I got going from Mollendo about 10am and walked up the hill to get a taxi to Ilo. At Ilo I swapped over and got another collectivo taxi to Tacna.

A point between Ilo and Tacna
A point between Ilo and Tacna

I found my hostel next to the bus terminal in Tacna and settled in for the night. I got all my money changed over to Chilean pesos and so I was set to go. The next morning I walked up the road to the international terminal and jumped straight into a taxi for the border. The border was the easiest and quickest one I have ever been through. I arrived at the terminal in Arica, Chile, got a new chip for my phone, changed the rest of my money and found my way to the next hostel.

Church at Arica
old church at Arica

In the afternoon I blundered around until I found my way to the surf spot at Arica. The wind was wrong but I saw how it broke. There were some guys surfing around the other side.

Mounted police
Mounted police

I am going to go back tomorrow morning early to see if I can get some photos on my real camera.

Blackish Oystercatcher
Blackish Oystercatcher (Haemotopus ater)

These Blackish Oystercatcher were taken on the point and shoot. Hopefully tomorrow I will get some shots on the canon. They are found in Chile, Peru, and Argentina.

Surfing the left
Surfing the left

June 17, 2018

Costa Rica Surfing

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Surfing at Jaco – Costa Rica

Just a few photos from a couple of days at Jaco, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. There were quite a few good surfers out so I was able to get some nice shots.

5203 Sik air
Sik air

This guy got some great air. Good shot.

5207 hitting the lip
hitting the lip

I had to straighten the horizon, doh!

5204 More sik air
More sik air

Nice and high here.

4737 Lost focus
Lost focus

This is totally out of focus, but I just like it.

4711 Nice carving cut back
Nice carving cut back

I really like this photo of this guy doing a nice carve. Sweet as, bro.

5210 Re-entry old skool
Re-entry

Nice style, old skool.

May 8, 2018

Surfing El Tunco

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Surfing in El Salvador

I arrived here in El Tunco yesterday and late in the afternoon I went for a walk to see what the waves were like.

cut back 0133
cut back

The waves were not fantastic but they were ok. There were a few guys getting some good rides but not that many.

In the critical section 9879
In the critical section

I met a one-legged El Salvadorean surf photographer at the beach and hung around talking to him and taking some photos. He sold his photos to the visiting tourist surfistas.

cut back 9898
cut back

I went back this morning but the surf had dropped off a lot and it was not very big.

off the top
off the top

longboarder cranking it
longboarder cranking it

February 18, 2018

Going North in Morocco

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Immsouane – Essaouira – Safi

Here are some of the tourist photos that I have taken on the way from Immsouane to Safi. There was nothing else to do in Immsouane. It was a small village on the edge of a barren desert-like landscape. There were two beaches and one of them was very protected from the north wind. And excellent for beginners to learn surfing.

Immsouane panorama
The beach at Immsouane.

I was lucky getting from Immsouane. I bumped into some Canadians in the village and we shared a taxi to the highway. We waited five minutes and then a bus came along. My hostel was easy to find but not very nice. I spent most of my time walking around the old city and the fishing harbour.

Trawler going back out.
Trawler going back out.

Grilled sardines were popular with the tourists. I never seen so many white pasty-skinned Europeans.

Grilling sardines
Grilling sardines

All the fishing boats were painted blue. I have no idea how they knew which was which.

A new trawler
A new trawler

A few trawlers were getting a fit-out.

The blue fishing boats
The blue fishing boats

Fixing the nets
Fixing the nets

This guy was repairing the nets while other dudes were unloading fish.

A trawler coming home
A trawler coming home

Surrounded by a cloud of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Surfing some small waves
Surfing some small waves

This morning I caught the bus from Essaouira, glad to escape my horrible hostel. Walked down the road to my luxury hotel with TV and air-conditioning and had a nice hot shower. After that I got a taxi to the beach but the waves were a bit too small. Nevertheless, there were a couple of keen guys out surfing.

Under the cliff
Under the cliff

I walked about a kilometer and got a taxi back to my hotel, had a quarter chicken for dinner and am now sorting out all my photos, watching French TV.

February 13, 2018

Taghazout to Cap Ghir

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Boiler Point Excursion.

This morning after breakfast I walked up the hill from the Taghazout village to the highway roundabout and caught the 33 bus which goes to Thamri. I got off at the end of Cap Ghir. I did not know there was a surfing spot there. It is called Boiler Point.

Early wave at Boiler Point
Early wave at Boiler Point

The tide was coming in fast so there were not many waves. When I came back later no-one was out because the waves were not even breaking any more. There were a heap of fishing boats out to sea.

Fishing Boats
Fishing Boats

And quite a few rock fishermen trying their luck. I only saw them catch one fish.

rock fishermen
Rock fishermen

unknown, id please
blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius) – female

I took a photo of this bird but I have no idea what it is or where to start. Edit: Thanks to Gustav Erikson for the ID.

Anchor Point at sunset
Anchor Point at sunset

This is a bonus photo from yesterday afternoon, just above the village of Anchor Point. It was low tide at this stage.

Cap Ghir birds

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Yellow-legged Gull
House Sparrow
European Stonechat
blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius)

February 12, 2018

Anchor Point Surfing and Birds

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Taghazout Birds and Surfing.

I set off early from Mirleft after having breakfast and saying an emotional goodbye to my French friends. I have met some really nice people in Morocco. I got a shared taxi from Mirleft to Tiznit. Then I got a really old Mercedes Grand Taxi and was squashed up in the back, my foot went to sleep and it was so dead I could not move it. When I got to Agadir I got a taxi all to myself for only 60 Dirhams and arrived about mid-day or so.

Anchor Point wide shot
Anchor Point wide shot

After a shower and a shave I headed out to the beach and followed the coast out to Anchor Point. The surf was totally flat, the tide was going out and there were only a few guys out.

Lucky to get one
Lucky to get one.

Not many waves were coming in, so the guys were lucky to latch on to anything coming in.

do not hit the rocks
Don’t hit the rocks!

The waves were breaking a bit close to the rocks. I was expecting someone to wipe out and smash into the rocks but it did not happen. I also took some photos of birds along the way. I was lucky to get a few new races of species already photographed.

Southern Grey Shrike - race algeriensis
Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis algeriensis)

This one is Southern Grey Shrike, race algeriensis, seen along the coast of Morocco. Race elegans is seen inland near the deserts.

African Chaffinch
African Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs africana)

Most properly called Common Chaffinch, race africana.

Taghazout Bird List
Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis algeriensis)
African Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs africana) (Common Chaffinch)
Sardinian Warbler
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Bulbul
House Sparrow

February 3, 2018

Anza Beach Surfing

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Surfing Contest in Morocco.

There was a surfing contest at Anza Beach here in Morocco today. I think it was an event for all of Africa maybe. No idea.

Off the lip
Off the lip

Most if not all the photos are of guys doing re-entries off the lip. There was not much else they could do. The waves were not that great.

Backhand Sequence number 1
Backhand Sequence number 1

This guy did a nice floater off the top. He was surfing really nice.

Backhand Sequence number 2
Backhand Sequence number 2

And here he is coming down. He made it. I think he should have got lots of points for this manouver.

The rights.
The rights.

There was a right hander coming off the peak but the left was much better.

Morocco beach wear.
Morocco beach wear.

This is what they are wearing on the beach in Morocco. Very colourful.

January 28, 2018

Barcelona Birding and Surfing

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Llobregat Delta Again.

I hired a bike from the hostel this morning and that saved the legs a few kilometers walking. There was not much around. No birds, that is. Plenty of people out for their Sunday walk, run, bike. Too much lycra! My eyes!

Greater Flamingo
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

Common Chiffchaff
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

This may be a Cetti’s Warbler but I am very doubtful. I will have to get some expert assistance on this identification. Edit: it is a flaming Chiffchaff, doh! Boy do I feel like a fool. 🙂

Wizz Air
Big Old Jet Airliner

The Llobregat Delta is right next to Barcelona Airport.

a little snail
A little snail

No birds so I photographed this little snail.

Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Not sure what all the white on the belly means. Maybe a young one?

Surfing at Barcelona
Going left.

I went all the way to the beach after the wetlands. I was quite surprised to see about twenty guys surfing. It was bigger than I would have expected. Not the best but certainly ridable.

Surfing the Mediterranean Sea
Going Right.

Barcelona Bird List

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)
Grey Heron
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Mallard
Brown-headed Gull
European Serin (Serinus serinus)
Common Coot
White Wagtail
Eurasian Magpie
Chaffinch
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

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