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Here’s the third and fourth of our short-listed entries to our Best British Barrel competition, featuring Portuguese/ German surfer Nic Von Rupp in a cold green haven. You can see the first two entries on the short list here and here.
Born to a Swiss dad and Portuguese mother, Nic Von Rupp’s family moved to Portugal when he was a baby, and Nic soon started surfing the beaches around Lisbon, where he lived. He’s surfed on the QS for a number of years, whilst maintaining a healthy free surfing career, putting out a myriad of high quality clips over the last few years and most recently, turning his attention to charging crazy slabs around Europe.
It was amazing to see that a place so sheltered from the swell has such good wave
These two clips were filmed at two different locations during one swell, on a trip back in the winter of 2012, from which he subsequently made his much celebrated edit ‘Sanctuary Of Green‘. Here’s how he describes the mission:
“We’d been eyeing up this place in England for a while and I really wanted to go and finally the conditions lined up and we went there for two days and absolutely scored, it was amazing to see that a place so sheltered from the swell has such good waves.
I’d say it has some of the best set-ups in Europe, it’s just a matter of if the swell hits or not. It was really amazing, I haven’t been back since, but I really want to go.”