Coming off this great time in Portugal and looking forward to spending the summer with friends and family, it wasn't an easy decision to move to Nicaragua. In the end, everything happened really fast and some of you might not even know where I am. F*, I don't even really know myself yet :p. On this note, I am really happy that I could spend a couple of days in Vienna with my brother, sister, cousins and good buddies. It was as always, amazing. And it felt as always, home.
Ever since I started surfing, it has been a driving factor in my decisions. If you are a surfer, you probably know what I am talking about. Once the bug bit you, you are hooked. Oversimplified, I moved to Cali because I wanted to learn how to surf, I worked as a surf instructor in Portugal becsause I wanted to stay close to the ocean, I completed my Masters in Lisbon because there is dozens of good waves around. And now, I am in Nicaragua.
However, it is always about more than just surfing. It is about an experience, it is about a challenge and it is about developing a set of skills. To me, Nicaragua is the chance to develop my photography and live my passion in a professional manner, to dive into a new culture and experience a country where issues are other than choosing the right dress or driving a nice car. It is my chance to get back in shape, wake up at 6 am every day, and think and reflect upon my life. I am here to enjoy my time, make friends and of course, surf some of the best waves in the world.
Sooooo, many of you are probably curious about what's going on at this remote place. I am located in the northern part of Nicaragua, somewhat close to a town called Chinandega. Walking the streets today felt a bit funky because we were basically the only gringos around. There is no tourism here and it takes a bit getting used to being the only "chele", as they call you. Without a doubt, it is a whole other world that I will try to bring close to you in the next couple weeks.
The camp is located 40 minutes away from Chinandega. Where we live, there is absolutely nothing you would call modern civilization.
I am not going to tell you too much yet, but one thing is for sure. Thunderbomb Surfcamp in Nicaragua has an amazing location with epic surf just in their backyard. From my bed, it takes me about 30 seconds to find perfectly peeling lefts and rights. It is offshore every morning and the best thing is that there is not a single soul out there. Well, somethimes Jonathan, the freaky but absolutely charming and warmhearted owner, tries to sneak some of my waves.........but that's ok, for now. As I also want to say thanks to him, for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.