We're just a bunch of guys who really like that surfing thing. Different background, different goals and dreams, sharing moments in the water. Here you can follow our everyday adventures, struggles, success and failure. #mqcrew
FRANCISCO HENRIQUE MELIM
Francisco was raised amidst Sintra’s green mountains and Mafra’s historical village. His first photographs were captured through a dusty Vivitar V3800N inherited from his mother. He was 15 at the time. Influenced by the suburban rhythms and idiosyncrasies linked to skateboarding’s culture, he early on sought to develop a unique and singular perspective of his surrounding world. Melim’s favourite languages are those of photography and filmmaking. His portfolio showcases a body of work blending urban and natural references featuring the human’s intimate interactions with these distinctive environments.
Swedish runaway engineer turned chef. Jakob left the office for a life near the ocean perusing the love for perfect waves ridden on different crafts. Weak for organic, local, spicy, simple, complicated but more then anything tasty food, he worked in everything from local shacks to Michelin stared restaurants all over the globe. "All I want is to have fun, surf good boards and home shapes. Spend time with friends and family and enjoy what I have. Portugal gives me a chance to do that and I’m ever grateful." Jakob is supported by Oh Dawn.
Bernardo spent the 90’s wandering, surfing, skateboarding and BMX riding at the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema until he left behind the dream of becoming a professional athlete and decided to pursue a University degree in Product Design with an emphasis on Sustainable Development. In China he studied the application of Bamboo in product design and went back to Brazil to startthe world’s first organic Brazilian bamboo skateboard manufactory. He also returned to the surf scenario, as a surfboard shaper. His research on shaping and riding surfboards began with Alaias and Paipos, moving to hollow wood, and then to foam blanks. Bernardo spent the following years roaming the Pacific coastline of Chile, Peru and California. After some back and forth between the Golden State and Brazil, Bernardo decided to relocate to the other side of the Atlantic, the beautiful cold water coast of Ericeira where he spends his time with research and design.
Viktor grew up in Switzerland and spend most of his free time Skateboarding and Snowboarding. He studied industrial mechanics and worked for a big technology company. On a trip to Morocco he discovered surfing and realised he will need more time in his life to be close to the ocean and explore. He quit his job, became a surf teacher and spent the next few years traveling and surfing. Viktor developed interest in diverse cultural concepts of health and general wellbeing. He turned his interests into profession. Immersed into the yoga philosophy, became a yoga teacher and over the years also received many trainings for various massage techniques around the world. He keeps on following his passion and centres his life on surfing, yoga, and massages. He moved to Ericeira in 2012, being close to the waves while teaching yoga and running a massage service and school.
From the cold waters in the North of Portugal, Nuno (aka ´Grilo´) started doing airs 15 years ago when it wasn’t so common to see in Portuguese waters. A new school surfer that craves for barrels and airs, loves music, art and knows how to enjoy life. Nuno entered some regional and national competitions but realized he was more into the free surfing thing. Computer Engineer by choice he brings the geekiness onto the water jumping through sections like the Millennium Falcon over the Imperials. And yes it’s a Star Wars reference. Changing between suits, he manages to have time to work and surf and create stuff. And don’t forget parties. He just throws the best parties. Beers included.
Everybody in Ericeira knows Osorio. Growing up in the village, he is a true neighborhood local. Gonçalo spent his years surfing the breaks around Ericeira and knows the waves like the back of his hand. Gonçalo is a Jack of all Trades and known as a painter, sculptor, goldsmith, photographer, location scout among many other vocations. The sea, nature and recycling are recurring themes in his artwork.
The 13 year old super grom is embracing the ocean in every aspect an quickly growing into an all around waterman. You can find him in or around the water, surfing, bodyboarding, bodysurfing, fishing... Usually with a big smile and a cheeky line.
João Pereira was raised with the sounds of the sea in the fishing village of Ericeira. Surfing since 2000 and fascinated by design and audiovisuals. His creativity emerges from experiences in the ocean, nature and during his travels. A passionate heart and a backpack are his perfect combo for adventure.
His father is a surfer, he is a surfer, his children will be surfers. Growing up in Paris and the Basque country, he has been exposed to the urban and to the rural side of life. This influences his way of being. Surf is his ... Interesting times. Times when the boundaries blur. There’s no limit. No segmentation. SKOYA is part of a new breed. Not a writer. Not a painter. Not a poet. Not a thinker. Not a force of nature. Not a skater. Not surfer. Not a traveler.
But all of the above.
Mischief in command at Magic Quiver. Nomad at heart. Hailing from the landlocked country, Mario felt the constant call of the ocean since young age. After a long spell in an Asia he decided to come back to Europe and find a quiet little town on the Atlantic coast to call home. Ericeira became the base camp for explorations up and down the coast.