Category: Brazil

My August Getaway – Ilha do Guajiru, Brazil!

After the PKRA in Germany I wanted to go somewhere to train and to unwind at the same time. I thought of Egypt as it’s cheap and most kitespots have perfect conditions for Freestyle. But Paul wasn’t too crazy about me going alone to Egypt so we decided that Brazil would be a good choice. We have already been once in Ilha do Guajiru and I absolutely love it.

After the PKRA in Germany I wanted to go somewhere to train and to unwind at the same time. I thought of Egypt as it's c...

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Açai – A kiteboarder’s best friend?

My first encounter with Açai was on Facebook when some of the Pro Kiteboarders posted a photo of an Açai breakfast somewhere in Brazil. At that time I often felt tired and lacking energy. As I am kiting a lot I figured I might have to change something in my nutrition. So I looked up Açai. The Açai berry is an inch-long reddish, purple fruit. It comes from the Açai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. The healthful superfood contains omega fatty acids, dietary fiber and phytosterols, which support the immune system. Açai is also rich in antioxidants which may help prevent diseases caused by oxidative stress such as heart disease and cancer. 

My first encounter with Açai was on Facebook when some of the Pro Kiteboarders posted a photo of an Açai breakfast somew...

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Insano! Pre-flight Thrill

The Insano water slide – Beach Park, Fortaleza, Brazil

The Insano water slide is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the tallest water slide in existence as of 2012.  The Insano tops at 41 meters high, which is approximately 135 feet – the equivalent in height to a 14-story building. The drop takes about 5 seconds from top to bottom and riders can reach a speed of over 65 miles per hour. Constructed in 1989, the thrill ride attracts daredevils from all over the world.

 

The Insano water slide - Beach Park, Fortaleza, Brazil The Insano water slide is listed in the Guinness Book of World Re...

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Heading back – Anacondas & Co

After a decent breakfast at Casa de Caboclo, our boat driver Frank picked us up.

After a decent breakfast at Casa de Caboclo, our boat driver Frank picked us up. (more…)

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Delta do Parnaíba – A magical place!

 

Our new driver picked us up at our pousada to continue our journey. His name is Airton, but everybody calls him “my friend”. Super nice Brazilian guy, 45 years old. He doesn’t speak English but a little bit of Spanish. We drove about 2-3 hours to the Delta do Parnaíba. Airton parked the car and we loaded Frank’s boat with our kite equipment and suitcase.

  Our new driver picked us up at our pousada to continue our journey. His name is Airton, but everybody calls him "...

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Day 2 in Barra Grande

Today we were on the water by 11am. The wind was good for my 8m Cabrinha Siren. Paul was on his 10m Cabrinha Switchblade. I did my unhooked tricks in front of BGK and then we headed down to the lagoon where I landed a couple of unhooked pop to blind tricks. The water was perfectly flat and we had a great time in the lagoon. Even though I really want to try out the donkey ride back, we decided to kite back upwind.

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Today we were on the water by 11am. The wind was good for my 8m Cabrinha Siren. Paul was on his 10m Cabrinha Switchblade...

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Day 1 in Barra Grande

We left Jericoacoara around noon and in arrived at 1:30pm in Barra Grande. All the nice beach front accommodations like the BGK (http://www.barragrandekitecamp.com.br/) were fully booked due to a wedding. We decided to stay at the pousada Rota dos Ventos (http://www.pousadarotadosventos.com/)

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We left Jericoacoara around noon and in arrived at 1:30pm in Barra Grande. All the nice beach front accommodations like...

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Day 2 in Jericoacoara

We started our day at Cafe Latte Project. I tried to order in my best Portuguese but the guy (the owner) was actually from New York with Greek origin. He spoke perfectly Portuguese. He told us that he has been living in Jeri for 1 1/2 years. Before that he was traveling the world. But he really liked Brazil. He and his wife then decided to have a kid in Brazil in order to get the permanent visa to live and work in Brazil. She gave birth in Brazil but they then went back to New York and continued living there for 5 years. They ended up getting a divorce, she stayed in New York and he and his son went back to Brazil. His son is now 8 years old and they might go back to the United States in a year so that the son could get a better education. Interesting story.

We started our day at Cafe Latte Project. I tried to order in my best Portuguese but the guy (the owner) was actually fr...

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Day 1 in Jericoacoara

We left Ilha do Guajiru around noon and 2h later arrived in famous Jericoacoara. 

Jeri is known as a beach hippie mecca and the kind of idyllic place where many travelers end up deciding to stay for longer than they had originally planned. It is also a very popular spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Jericoacoara is full of sandy pathways. There are no paved roads and almost everything can be reached by foot. Until about 20 years ago, Jeri was just a fishing village with little contact with modern life. There were no roads, no electricity, no phones, no TV’s, no newspapers, and money was rarely used. Over the past years, tourism grew rapidly and the beach village became a popular destination. Electricity arrived in the village in 1998 and today almost every place has hot showers, air conditioning and wifi.

We left Ilha do Guajiru around noon and 2h later arrived in famous Jericoacoara.  Jeri is known as a beach hippie mecca...

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Another day in paradise – Ilha do Guajiru

Morning session: With the tide going out everybody kites downwind where the lagoon connects to the open ocean. We kited a bit in front of our pousada and then headed downwind as well. The water was already really shallow but fortunately we didn’t fall or get stuck. The spot downwind became really flat and I managed to land my first pop to blind with a pass. I did loop the kite at the end but whatever;-) I’m happy and super stoked. We decided to kite back upwind in the open ocean. When we reached the upwind spot, we still had to cross over land and through the lagoon to get back to Casa Suiça. Walking with our kites over super slippery mud was not an easy task. Fortunately none of us fell but I think we were just lucky. The tide was at its lowest and when entering the lagoon Paul found himself in mud up to his knees. LOL. I wish I had a camera with me. We must have really looked funny. After 2,5h kiting we were happy to be back at our pousada and get some rest.

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Morning session: With the tide going out everybody kites downwind where the lagoon connects to the open ocean. We kited...

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