Roots, Rock, Reggae...This is Itacare

Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
Trip End May 15, 2008

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Taking the bus to Itacare was easier than i thought, which took an overnight bus to Ilheus and a 2 hour bus to Itacare. Itacare is a small fishing village about 8 hours south of Salvador which i believe is a Surf and Reggae paradise.
Upon arrival, i was offered help to find a place to stay. i refused cause i knew where to go and this guy kept insisting that he take me to the hostel. I let him follow me for a while and then he started asking me if i wanted marijuana or cocaine. Sheez, i just arrived and this dude is trying to deal at 9 in the morning. I guess thats the way it goes here. I checked in and met a cool french dude named Sebastian and we decided to catch some surf today.
Our first stop was Tiririca beach which is a 15 minute walk from Town. Along the way, we were approached by the skank of Itacare. This girl was disgusting and was probably a creation that brazil is not proud of. She obviously had several children cause her belly was wrinkled like a prune. She kept talking to us in broken english and offering us a massage. Her meaning of massage was not the literal meaning. Her dialogue was a little something like this "i like surfing, i like itacare, i like my life, and i like massage." This girl was like one of those enemies on Super Mario Brothers that you had to keep jumping so you can get her off of you. I mean, she would not stop and kept offering us a massage. She was definitely on crack and probably had more STDs than James Bond. In fact, if she was going to give us her so called massages she should pay us. anyways, we shaked her off of us at the beach onto some German guy, who later told us "thanks" sarcastically.
Surf at Tiririca wasnt too shallow and the idea of breaking a rental board here wasnt a good option. We decided to check out some other spot called Itacarezinho, which was a hella of a lot better. We needed to take a bus here and put our boards in the undercarriage compartment which was a little sketchy. However, it worked and no damage to the boards. The beach break was awesome! We had our own brazilian break on a tropical paradise. Easy takeoffs and nice rights and lefts. I rented a 76 board and it was the perfect board for the day. The backdrop of the beach was a jungle full of palm trees. it seemed like there were palm trees on top of palm trees. it was an amazing backdrop similar to hawaii, but different cause it was a jungle next to the beach. by the way, the water is warmer here than hawaii. i dont think the people here have ever seen a wetsuit.
The vibe here in Itacare is great cause everyone is so chill and no one seems like they are in a rush. People are really friendly and always saying Belezza(cool) and Tutto Bom (how are you). I really feel comfortable here, but i dont have much pictures to explain how nice the beaches are here cause its not safe to bring your camera to the beaches. apparantly there have been some robberies at beaches, so its a risk to bring it. ill try to sneak a picture at some point. however, at the end of the trip, i dont want to risk losing any of my prized pictures. we'll see.
Other than that, ill press my luck at another day of surfing, but with no rash guard my stomach is killing me. its a little tender and bruised. anyways, enough of the bitching, things are awesome here and if you want to chill and listen to reggae music as you walk the streets. Come to Itacare!!!
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