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“Sunset” – Wave painting by Adam Brett
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Florianópolis, Brazil – Surf Travel
Florianópolis, Brazil – Travel to Surf, Surf to Travel.
Florianopolis (or Floripa, as the island is known by locals) is a must visit if you are planning to surf and travel around Brazil. Located in the South of Brazil, this beautiful island will take your breath away and surfer’s will be spoilt with over 40 pristine beaches to choose from. With waves, gorgeous scenery, soft white sand dunes and sparkling lagoons, Floripa is not to be missed.
Surf: Floripa has some of the most consistent surf spots in Brazil. It picks bigger swells coming from the South Atlantic and Antartica. The best surfing periods are from early March to late May, and late September from early November. Always take your wetsuits, even in summer as the currents are cold!
Places to surf: Most famous beaches in the area are Joaquina, Praia Mole, Praia Brava and Naufragados.
Beginners: Barra de Lagoa, it’s a beach break with a sandy bottom and breaks both right and left. Lot’s of fun. Best during the week at any tide, with an easterly swell and south facing wind (3ft).
Intermediates: Canasvieiras, Galheta, Ingeleses and Praia Mole. These breaks are all different, but all provide great waves, make sure you check the surf report before you pick!
Experienced: Joaquina, Naufragados and Caldeirao. These breaks are powerful, fast and demanding. However, if you paddle out you will be rewarded.
Travellers tip: Be friendly and beware of hostile locals (these guys deal with massive influxes of tourists to their home breaks). The guy to girl ratio is 9:1 and while you don’t need to worry about anti-girl sentiment, the guys may snake your waves. Prepare to challenge and call people off your waves, be assertive and you’ll get more waves.
Places to stay: I stayed at Back Packers Share House Floripa, which was incredibly fun. Located on the beach front at Barra da Lagoa, the area is stunning. They rent free surfboards and are only a bus ride from popular surf beaches like Moçambique, Mole and Joaquina. Other great hostels include Floripa Surf Hostel (closer to breaks), Backpackers Sunset (incredible view, great facilities) and Submarino Hostel (more bang for your $$$).
Travellers Tip: Make sure you try the ice cold Acai with granola and banana at the beach hut on Barra da Lagoa. It’s healthy and delicious!
Other things to do: There are loads of other adventure sports to get involved in such as sand-boarding, diving and dune racing. Check at your hostel for more information. The nightlife in this area is also fantastic and you will find a good number of dance floors.
Getting there: If you want to fly, Hercílio Luz International Airport is the closest to the city (12km). Catching a bus from there to Floripa is easy as it is a well known tourist destination. Alternately you may want to travel by bus from Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, many companies service this route and your closest bus station will offer tickets. For more information check out ‘how to travel to Florianopolis‘.
Check the Surf Report and find more breaks.
When looking for places to stay in Brazil, don’t miss Hostel World.
Have a travel question?
Feel free to add your tips or ask any travel advice in the comments. Or you can email us your travel stories. 🙂
Photos by: Carmen Angerer and Bruno Matos. Bruno is a brazilian surf photographer who’s blog we loved. Check out his other photos!
Tallow- Australian Swimwear for Surfers
Our new favourite Australian swimwear label Tallow, has been showcased on a cute little blog called Spell and the Gypsy Collective.
As summer nears, this Byron Bay based swimwear company is well worth checking out for sexy wetsuits and lovely surf inspired outfits.
Surfer Chic Style: Roxy x Cynthia Rowley
These wetsuits are incredible, not to mention that board spray! I’m saving up for some of these babies.
I’m so happy to have found that designers are collaborating with sports brands to create some chic surf wear! While browsing magazines at the hair salon yesterday, I spotted this adorable Roxy x Cynthia Rowley wetsuit.
More great news: she designed a whole collection of chic, colorful, and stylish surf wear!
My typical black wetsuit and white rash guards are definitely not cutting it.
Even though my surfing isn’t up to par, at least I can look good while I flail in the water!
Photo credits: InStyle, Refinery29, Be Sportier, Rising Hollywood.
Ola Niña On Pinterest!
If you get excited looking at photos of waves, surfing and beach babe style, hit up Pinterest and follow our boards.
Pinterest is an awesome new social media site, that allows you to create pin boards of your favourite stuff on the internet. For us at Ola Niña, that means surf related goodness that’ll sustain you when you aren’t in the water.