While not everybody can be a champion lesbian surfer like Keala Kennelly or Cori Schumacher, it doesn’t mean nonetheless that lesbian surfers (or wannabe surfers) shouldn’t try. From May 9 to 16, Brazil Ecojourneys is inviting women to catch some of the sweetest waves in – where else? – Brazil, during South America’s first-ever lesbian surf camp.
This event comes after Brazil Ecojourneys hosted a mixed LGBT surf camp, with the lesbian-owned tour operator feeling it was time to offer women a week of their own.
“I surf all the time, and I’m usually the only lesbian out there, surrounded by heterosexual men. I see how there really aren’t many opportunities for gay women to get together and learn to surf in a friendly environment,” said Marta Dalla Chiesa, owner of Brazil Ecojourneys. “Here’s the chance for a group of women of all sizes, ages, skill levels and nationalities to come together to learn a beautiful sport and enjoy an amazing vacation together.”
The surf camp will take place in Santa Catarina, considered a hidden gem known for its “gorgeous beaches and mild climate”. Thanks to the half-moon shape of the bay where the camp will take place, Praia de Rosa, those who will join will always find great surfing there no matter the direction of the winds or swells. An area long appreciated by the local LGBT community, in recent years it has become a popular gay and lesbian vacation destination.
The surf camp will consist of lessons for beginners and intermediates, followed by surf clinic with exercises/practices for better performances, aided by analysis of videos filmed during lessons/sessions. Experienced surfers will have “Surf with a Local” sessions and the surf clinic of up to four hours daily.
With this also comes the services of surf coach Capitão David. His surf school, founded in 1995, is the oldest one in all of Praia de Rosa. The “Captain”, as he is known by his more than 15,000 student/friends, has taught generations of beginners and trained some serious surfers.
This trip also includes a two-night stay in Florianopolis. Also known as the “Magic Island”, this island has been known for its surfing culture and LGBT-friendliness since the 1980s.
While the week was created for lesbian surfers, it is also open to all women allies, family and friends.