Gay Surfing In Brazil

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Here’s something to mark down on your 2017 to-do list. A gay friendly surf camp is being held in beautiful Santa Catarina, Brazil from 25 March to 1 April 2017.

The camp, held annually since 2013 by Brazilian company Ecojourneys, is held in Santa Catarina, South Brazil. The area is known throughout South America for its great waves, beautiful beaches and mild climate. The success of the camp can be seen by the number of people returning year after year, from all parts of the world.

The location helps. Praia do Rosa, the only bay in Brazil to be recognised as one of the “38 Most Beautiful Bays in the World”, is famous for its perfect waves, laid-back atmosphere, rustic-chic guesthouses and great restaurants.

Thanks to the half-moon shape of the bay of Rosa, it is considered a “Disneyland for surfers.” You will always find great surfing there, no matter the direction of the winds or swells.


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With this fantastic surfing environment also comes an amazing surf coach, Capitão David. His surf school, founded in 1995, is the oldest one in all of Rosa. The Captain, as he is known by his more than 15,000 student/friends, has taught generations of beginners and serious surfers.

Besides the quality of the surf, the friendly atmosphere, the supportive environment for beginners and the friendships that are built, make it for a great trip.

In 2017, there will have an extra bonus: the Camp will happen at the beginning of autumn, meaning that there should have fantastic weather and warm seas.


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On top of the 5-day surf camp, this trip also includes a 2-night stay in Florianopolis. Also known as “the Magic Island” or “Floripa’, this island has been known for its surfing culture and LGBT-friendliness since the 80’s!

Here’s a look at the 2017 program:

Saturday 25 March – Arrival in Florianopolis. Check in at your Town Home right in front of Praia Mole – one of the best beaches for surfing on the Island and the most LGBT-friendly beach south of Ipanema. Afternoon free. Welcome Dinner. Optional G&L nightlife tour.

Sunday 26 March – Breakfast at your leisure. Day free to enjoy the beach (previous host to both WQS and WCT competitions).Optional afternoon tour of the Island.

Monday 27 March – Early breakfast then transfer to Praia do Rosa. Check-in at Village Praia do Rosa.

1:30 pm: Start of the Surf Camp: Surf Introduction for Beginners/ Evaluation session for experienced. Duration 3 hours.

5:30 pm: Yoga lesson/session to stretch those sore muscles

Tuesday 28 March

8:30 am: Breakfast

10 am: Surf Clinic followed by Surf Session. Duration 4 hours.

2:30 pm: Lunch at the Resort. Rest of the afternoon free for relaxation at the beach or by the pool.

Wednesday 29 March

8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Yoga lesson/session by the beach

10:00 am: Surf Clinic followed by Surf Session. Duration 4 hours.

2:30 pm: Lunch at the Resort. Rest of the afternoon free for relaxation at the beach or by the pool.

Thursday 30 March

8:30 am: Breakfast

9:30 am: Departure for a full-day Surfari. We will explore the Southern Coast of Santa Catarina looking for the best spots for our Surf Session. If conditions are good we will go up to Farol de Santa Marta, a remote fishing village with a famous lighthouse and good waves. On the way there, you’ll have the chance to see the famous Laguna Dolphins.

Friday 31 March

8:30 am: breakfast

9:00 am: Yoga lesson/session by the beach

10:00 am: Surf Clinic followed by Surf Session. Duration 4 hours.

2:30 pm: Lunch at the Resort. Rest of the afternoon free for relaxation at the beach or by the pool.

Saturday 1 April: Breakfast & Check Out. Optional open surf session with invited local members of Gaysurfers.net Afternoon transfer back to Florianopolis airport for return flights.

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