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One swell after another…

aprile 24th, 2012 | Posted in surfing |

Spring has arrived and brought some swell in a row, almost every spot was activeted and we enjoyed and shared so many waves that we felt on vacation for a week in the ocean. Three swell from west come one after the other. Good waves, bad waves, wind and glassy condition alternated each other but the most important thing we stay in the water enjoying these beautifull gifts that Meditarranean Sea was so generous to give us. Avoiding the flat that oppress us here there are some of the waves passed through our hearts.   Respect nature, respect people and surf!!!   More »

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My best friend…

aprile 12th, 2012 | Posted in surfing |

The wind blows and shouts louder and louder, it arrives on time as a friend, I have hunted it everywhere and as soon as I found it I rejoiced. It is my best friend, it carries gifts so desired and expected  from far away, it rocks me and caress me for hours until it gets me drunk with his gusts. I’m grateful, but now i’m bewildered, with a heavy head I close my eyes and everything slow down starting to flow peacefully. The time now unrolls fluid as eternal waves that make me slip away forever.

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Driving Moonlight

marzo 26th, 2012 | Posted in surfing |

It’s a Friday like many others, waves have been fickle for the last two months, but desire to go surfing is so strong that we keep watching all kind of forecast to understand which spot will work first, swiping away the long flat spell of this winter that is finally going to end.

The phone ring, the destination has has just been decided, in few hours we pack everything and also the Canon is ready to captures all the stories of the forthcoming unforgettable weekend. More »

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ITW – Diego is B(l)ack…

marzo 24th, 2012 | Posted in interviews, surfing |

I remember when I met  for the first time Diego, it was the end of 1999, i was building a miniramp in what it would be, a little later, the first surf shop in Palermo. Sticking his head out from under the shutter he had offered to help, and between one session and the other our friendship was born.Together we mapped many of the coast line in search of the best surf spots. We were excited every time we discovered one, we had the same spirit of the pioneers and and we had thousand of solitary sessions. Then we were filled with excitement every time we crossed a car with surfboards on the roof, we talked at length exchanging advices and informations… …Time has passed and the number of surfers has increased with it, one day I asked myself: << however Diego where is? >>

itw & cover photo by helmut berta – other pix from sri lanka taken by lukisha   More »

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One thousand km of surf hunting

marzo 13th, 2012 | Posted in surfing |

This time i wished doing some true surf hunting, i really wanted to drive no matter the distance or the time it tooks… I was looking for the best spot available chasing the swell that was blowing and turning fast around sicily. I have run for more than 1000km from coast to coast during 3 days, meeting some of the oldest friends and many new ones. I found the most genuine hospitality and friendship and some very good surf conditions. Enjoy and share the true surfing spirit!

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The perfect swell

febbraio 5th, 2012 | Posted in surfing |

After fifteen years of surfing in Sicily a few times I’ve seen a combination of favorable factors all together, in order to create a perfect swell like this. The direction from North West give the right angle to the swell to hit all the spots on the north and west coast, the wind was practically absent, the period between waves pass the rare limit of 10-seconds and the buoy swing from 3.9 to 5,6 meters, ​​that would normally only see with the wind blowing at more than 40 knots. But this time everything went different, at seven in the morning the waves were already well formed and not a leaf was moving. For once the swell was perfect.

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Best of Holidays…

gennaio 9th, 2012 | Posted in surfing |

As always the period between December and January matches with the most consistent a frequent waves on our shores. Here some photos taken around Agrigento, Trapani and Palermo. Enjoy…

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December, best bet!

dicembre 23rd, 2011 | Posted in surfing |

text & photos copyright Helmut Berta

Dicembre, è di solito un periodo di bilanci e considerazioni, certamente dal punto di vista del surf è anche il mese dove finalmente ti senti un vero “surfista”e non vorresti essere altrove  (ovviamente mi riferisco a chi vive nel mediterraneo), è il mese che ti fà amare i tuoi spot e la tua terra, Dicembre rappresenta sicuramente la miglior scommessa.

Ma a proposito di considerazioni, ti sei mai domandato che cosa è per te il Surf?   More »

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Winter is coming

ottobre 18th, 2011 | Posted in surfing |

As usual the first storm coming from north east marks the beginning of the winter season and with it the arrival of larger swells. Winds from the N/E that have affected this weekend of mid-October brought heavy waves on all sicilian sides. And now enjoy these images full of water from the north coast …Sicily rules!   More »

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On the run with Ulysses…

ottobre 6th, 2011 | Posted in surfing |

Acitrezza …

Every summer I find new concrete blocks placed there to moor the boats, the small matter that the already dangerous rocks, emerging at the water, suddenly blew up the fins. Before the swell I have to go out at night to cut the buoys, with the consequent threat of complaint by municipal entities. The stinking water made from open sewers, is a witness to all the injustices that this coast suffers (in the middle of marine reserve of the Cyclops). There is no respect for the historic port of Giovanni Verga narrated in “I malavoglia”.

The cars’ horn encourage me to dive on the walls of crystal clear water, the smell of the sea is alive, so alive that it remains under the skin and flows in my veins mixed with adrenaline, and I run away from rudeness in front of the legendary rock that Polyphemus pulled to Ulysses on the run, seeking the harmony that this place gives off.

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