Surf illustrator Elena Grib is originally from a small town in Siberia, Russia. After a year of travelling around Sri Lanka, France, Spain and Portugal looking for a place that felt like home, Elena found Baleal in Peniche and never left.
For the last three years Elena has been living and working in Portugal, with a dreamy daily routine of surfing, drawing and yoga.
What do you love about Baleal?
I liked the atmosphere here. Baleal is a small surf village with a great way of life, great food, and the nature here is magnificent!
What’s your average day like?
Morning yoga, a delicious breakfast (very important!). Then surf if possible, painting, walking on the beach. Sometimes I do few hours in a surf shop, emails, maybe surf again. Then dinner!
Where’s your favourite place to surf in Portugal?
I love to surf in Baleal. Early mornings or late evenings are perfect for calm, chill time in the water.
How long have you been an illustrator?
I’ve been painting since I was four, but I have never put my passion in the commercial side. I wasn’t that I came to Peniche that I discovered that I could do it “seriously”.
Today I fully enjoy what I do everyday! It’s a priceless feeling to create your own things and to share them with everyone.
WhAT inspires your work?
The ocean is endless source of creativity, inspiration and energy. I try to show the beauty of simple things in life.
Thanks Elena, where can we find your work?
All images provided by Elena.