I always like to know where I am on a map, so here’s a little geographic orientation for Surfer Grrrls Brazil. I am starting my journey in Brazil on the island of Florianopolis in the State of Santa Catarina in Brazil. Florianopolis, or Floripa as they call it here, is the surfing capital of Brazil, and has something like 43 beaches. No matter what the wind or swell direction, its always breaking somewhere on this island, so its a perfect spot to get my Brazilian surf mojo in order while I work on my Portuguese. It’s also home to some of Brazil’s best surfer grrrls. Much of the island is designated as ecological reserve areas (yay!), and there are seemingly endless possibilities for beach exploration.
The idea is to get to know people here, connect with some rad female surfers, surf a ton, create some music and videos, and get some contacts for the later stages of my journey, when I will be traveling up the coast of Brazil. My partner in grrrl surf adventuring, Miho Aida, should be joining me at some point for that leg of it.
On a side note: upon arriving in Brazil, my computer died. I depend on it for all my musical and video creations, so I have been a bit stymied in getting started on the multi-media aspect of things. But I love writing, and I can do that on any old beater PC (which is what I am using now) while my sad little Apple computer travels through the very very very slow purgatory-esque system of Brazilian Apple care. I’ve been keeping a journal of my travels, so for those who might be interested in hearing about my exciting first dozen days in Brazil “pre blog launch” and pre-camera carrying, when I decided to just relax and soak up what I encountered around me, you can click below for the full story in the old fashioned format of the written-word. Read the rest of this entry