01.04.2009 - 08.04.2009 84 °F
After successfully hiking 400m through the jungle with 2 very heavy surf boards Nora and I made it to Praia do Cachadaça where we were going to try to do some surfing. We were actually pretty impressed with ourselves given the fact that we had struggled with hike the previous day without the boards (some surfer guy with a surf board ran up the trail right in front of us!!!).
Nora has surfed maybe a dozen and a half times before and I have had maybe 3 really bad experiences attempting to learn how to surf so I don´t know why this sounded like a good idea, but it did. End result, same as before, I´m not a surfer, I´m a snowboarding....two completely different things!! The waves were getting up to about 2 or so meters and crashed pretty frequently making it very difficult to learn, but apparently it was a good day for surfing for "real" surfers because there were several other surfers out there having a great time (Nora included) and some were very good. Interesting thing about Brazilian surfers, that I haven´t seen anyway else, is that some of them surf without a leash!!!
I think some of the surfers felt bad for me and decided to try to help me out by giving me a little instruction on how to surf. Unfortunately, it was in Portugese so I only understood some of the gestures that the guy had made. Oh well it was a nice thought anyways. Later that evening we joined our brazilian surfer friends and several other people at Praia do Rancho for a bonfire. Several people switched off playing guitar as others sang these beautiful Brazilian songs. Not wanting the night to end I was one of the last people to leave. The waves crashing along the beach, millions of stars, bonfire, great people, it was a great night!!