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Eric Lepeingle


Hang Loose philosophy

Suddenly the smell of damp neoprene and SexWax left the back of a van, wafting down to Praia do Tonel in Sagres. It was the fall of 2020, right in the midst of the global pandemic.

A flow of memories from Santa Barbara and SoCal in the late 90’s surfaced.

My feelings connected the moment that my photographer’s brain switched ON:

“I will document this authenticity as real as possible.”

I loaded my Leica Rangefinder with a roll of Kodak TriX and began to roam and witness.

Ten Rolls later, and back in my studio, I realized that Portugal, and especially the Algarve, has become a European factory for surfing and the glorious pursuit of freedom – much as it was back in the day in California decades ago.

Eric Lepeingle

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