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Catch a queer wave at South America’s first lesbian surf camp

Catch a queer wave at South America’s first lesbian surf camp

CREATED ON // Thursday, 22 January 2015 Author // Andrew Shaw

Out in the Line-up, last year’s doco on queer surfers, generated a lot of interest in queer surfers around the world, including the beaches of South America. 

It turns out that many surfing greats, past and present are LGBTI, and to cater for this growing trend, Brazil Ecojourneys is hosting South America’s first lesbian surf camp in Santa Catarina, South Brazil.

From May 9-16 2015, Brazil Ecojourneys invites women to catch some of the sweetest waves in the country.

After successfully hosting a mixed LGBT surf camp, the lesbian-owned tour company felt 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,” says Marta Dalla Chiesa, owner of Brazil Ecojourneys. “I see how there really aren’t many opportunities for gay women to get together and learn to surf in a friendly environment.

“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.”

An area long appreciated by the local LGBT community, in recent years Santa Catarina has become a popular gay and lesbian vacation destination.

Its bay, Praia do Rosa, is the only bay in Brazil to be recognized as one of the 38 “Most Beautiful Bays in the World”.

Thanks to the half-moon shape of the bay, it is considered a “Disneyland” for surfers – you will always find great surfing there, no matter the direction of the winds or swells. Winter months (June-August) often bring major waves that lure the world’s pro-surfers, but year-round Praia do Rosa it offers great conditions for all levels of ability.

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 trained some serious surfers.

While the week was created for lesbian surfers, it is open to all women allies, family and friends. For more details on the camp or about gay surfing in general, please visit the Brazil Ecojourneys site.



Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of QP [queensland pride magazine].

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