Friday, 23 April 2010

Santa Catarina hosts the surfing elite again

Starts today the only Brazilian stage of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, the Santa Catarina Pro.

The competition will be held from 23rd April to 2nd May and will attract a big crowd to Imbituba, on the southern Santa Catarina coast, to watch all the big names in the sport such as the legend Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Andy Irons, fighting for the 2010 title.

The main competition is scheduled for Praia Da Vila beach, but it might be moved to nearby Praia do Rosa if sea conditions change.

Santa Catarina surf culture is huge, having some of the best waves in the country. Now with the full support of the State Tourism board, the Santa Catarina ASP Tour stage reaches its 8th year and should be made into a permanent stop of the World Tour.

Even if you are not a pro-surfer, Santa Catarina has a lot to offer.
Surf schools offer week long, affordable courses for all levels. For those that just want to try for a day, Brazil Ecojourneys offers a 5 days program of local experiences that can include a surf lesson.

Brazil Ecojourneys tips:

  • Conditions for beginners are good year around;
  • Advanced surfers will find the best waves during our winter - June to September- when accommodation is much cheaper and you might share the water with the amazing Southern Right Whales
  • Water temperatures, even in our winter, are never as cold as Californian or English seas
  • Some beaches are closed for surfing during Mullet season- May to June. Consult us.