|Experience level:||Intermediate, Advanced|
|Time of year:||Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|Group type:||Bodyboarders, Kite Surfers|
|Board type:||All types|
"Florianopolis was amazing, the place we stayed at was so so nice, the best location. Just literally across the road from a great surf spot. The people from the surf school were so lovely to us. It was maybe our favourite out of all of the places you sent us to. The island it"- Jacqueline
Nexus Surf has created an unparalleled surfing adventure in one of the world’s best surf spots and most stunningly beautiful locations. This adventure offers much more than your average surf vacation. In addition to access to surf lessons or guided surf excursions (depending on ability level), your stay with Nexus also means high-end beachfront accommodations, optional VIP access to the hottest nightlife in Florianopolis, and an array of extreme sports activities to choose from.
You’re not travelling thousands of miles from home to go surfing in Brazil on an average break. Florianopolis is Brazil’s surf capital and host of South America's only WCT pro surf tour event. Surfing in Florianopolis (or Floripa, as the locals call it) means consistent swell, great shape, incredible variety, and a culture that lives and breathes surfing.
With nearly 100 miles of pristine coastline, Floripa is blessed with over 40 beautiful beaches and is home to many world-class surf spots such as Praia Mole, Joaquina, Campeche and Lagoinha do Leste, while numerous other renowned breaks lie within close reach. You will have your choice of everything from deserted breaks - where the only competition for waves will be an occasional dolphin passing by; to vibrant beaches packed with Brazil’s most beautiful people. Although Brazil may be best known for its powerful beach breaks, Florianopolis and the south of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina have a diverse mix of points and river mouths as well, providing a tremendous variety of waves suitable for all levels of surfer. Beginners typically enjoy learning amid the calm waters and gentle swells at beaches such as Barra da Lagoa and Galheta while more experienced surfers have a seemingly unlimited variety of spots from which to choose from.
Florianopolis sees its most consistent surf during the months of April through October when the southern hemisphere’s Atlantic seas send major swells pounding into the South American coastline.
November-March is perfect for those looking for a balance between great surf, incredible nightlife (shifted up a few notches during the Brazilian vacation season of New Year’s through to Carnaval), fantastic weather and warm water temperatures. Though the surf is slightly less intense, you are still likely to score solid waves (overheads not uncommon) thanks to the consistent swell and large diversity of surf spots on and around the island, at least a few of which are likely to be “on” at just about any given moment.
High-end beachfront accommodations in the very best location on the island, Praia Mole beach. With Nexus you will stay in private residences in the very best location on the island of Florianopolis, directly in front of two world-class surfing beaches (Praia Mole and Galheta). From here you will be walking distance to the stunning Lagoa da Conceição lagoon and just minutes away by car from several other incredible surfing breaks as well as the charming Lagoa town center where you will find everything you need during your stay in Florianopolis, including fantastic dining and nightlife options, shops and boutiques, banks, supermarkets, post office, pharmacies and more.
Your Florianopolis surf holiday with Nexus also means amenities you won’t often find in Brazil (particularly not at any other surf camp!), such as air conditioning, wireless high speed internet access, international phonelines, cable tv, private backyards with BBQ area and more. So forget the notion of sharing bunk beds at a run-of-the-mill surf camp in Brazil because Nexus will make sure your Florianopolis vacation is set up in comfort and style from start to finish.
In addition to world-class surfing, you’ll also have access to a tremendous variety of additional activities and extreme sport adventures. There is kitesurfing, windsurfing, yoga, sandboarding, paragliding, snorkeling, hiking, river rafting, horse riding, motorcycle tours, boat tours, massage therapy……take your pick!
Kitesurfing in Brazil
The best kitesurfing conditions in Florianopolis arrive during springtime (September, October and November). However, given the island’s unique topography and exposure to the Atlantic tradewinds, it generally offers excellent kiting conditions all the way through March. Even during the rest of the year, Florianopolis generally provides suitable kiting conditions from mid-afternoon on, offering overall 250+ kiteable days per year. For beginners, you will have coordinated kite surfing lessons that will have you enjoying the sport in no time with expert instruction, top notch equipment and in complete safety. We recommend a minimum of a 7 night stay to ensure completion of at least one training module. Our entry level module focuses on the basics and will take you through all phases of wind and tidal awareness, site assessment, and safety procedures necessary for proper kiting. On day 1 you will start off on dry land learning the basic techniques of kite handling with a practice kite on the sand dunes of Campeche or Joaquina, before progressing on day 2 to the lagoon, doing body drags and water starts with full equipment. This is followed by 1-2 days of boat assisted starts. Most beginners will be getting up and riding by the end of day 3. If time and conditions permit, you’ll be able to put your skills to the test, stepping up to a larger kite and taking on up winding in Module 2 where you will improve your riding stance and ability to ride further distances. Topics covered in this module include: rigging and tuning, assisted and self-launching/landing, relaunching from the water and performance tips including edging and multi-directional riding. With the benefit of the expert kite instructors you will be speeding across the waves and flying high in no time!
For experienced kitesurfers, there are guided kitesurfing excursions in Florianopolis and nearby kiting hotspots along the Santa Catarina coastline. The kite guides are bilingual; have years of kite experience and tremendous local wind/wave knowledge.
Brazil is known worldwide for its outrageous parties, beautiful people and appreciation for living life passionately. It is not in any way an understatement to say that you have not really partied until you have partied with Brazilians. In Floripa, you’ll get a true insider’s view into the vibrant and exotic Brazilian culture……the samba dancing and capoeira - a lively Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics and music with fighting techniques……..Caipirinhas – the local drink - and Carnaval!!! So if you’re looking for a bit of after-surf action you can make good use of the included nightlife guide & VIP access and shuttle service to the hottest bars, clubs and restaurants in Floripa every night of your stay. Your guide has built strong relationships with the local hotspots to ensure that you will enjoy the very best of Florianopolis nightlife in class and style. Your guide takes care of everything : escorting you to the club, admittance with no waiting in line, setting up bottle service at your VIP table and getting the festivities going strong!
For centuries Brazil has symbolized a bold escape into a primordial, tropical paradise, igniting the Western imagination like no other South American country. From the intense passion of Carnival to the immensity of the Amazon jungle, it is a country of mythic proportions and staggering natural beauty, with stretches of unexplored rainforest, islands with pristine tropical beaches, dramatic coastlines and endless rivers. And of course there are the people themselves, who delight visitors with their charm, sensuality and vitality, of which Carnival, surf, samba, capoeira and the omnipresent beach and party cultures are just a few of the many wonderful by products.
Florianopolis is the capital of Santa Catarina, one of the richest states in Brazil, and there is virtually no crime on the island. Locals often leave their doors unlocked, kids play in the streets and residents hitchhike (and get picked up!) regularly because it’s that safe, so what better destination for your Brazil surfing trip. Brazilians as a whole are incredibly friendly and are quick to open their arms to foreign tourists.
** The weeks of New Years Eve and Carnival (falls towards the end of February) are extremely popular in Brazil and as such prices are subject to increase during those weeks. Please contact us for an exact quote if you’re interested in either of these dates – the more advance notice the better
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Florianopolis was amazing, the place we stayed at was so so nice, the best location. Just literally across the road from a great surf spot. The people from the surf school were so lovely to us. It was maybe our favourite out of all of the places you sent us to. The island itself is beautiful. There were heaps of different surf spots around the island that we got taken too also. And our surf guide Ernie was one of the nicest people we have met... he was so good to us. Jacqueline - WA Aug09