QS Men and Women Head to Itacare for Mahalo Surf Eco Festival 2014

The tropical setting at Praia da Tiririca, located in city of Itacare, Brazil, will host the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival pres. by Skol from October 27 to November 1, 2014.

Home to one of the longest-standing sites for professional surf competitions in Brazil, Itacare will gather some of the best surfers on the Qualification Series (QS) who are hungry for an opportunity to move up in the rankings.

In addition to men’s competition, the 2014 Mahalo Surf Eco Festival will witness competition from the ASP Women’s QS for the first time. Altogether, the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival will distribute over U$125,000 in prize money and crucial world ranking points.

The Mahalo Surf Eco Festival a traditional proving ground for future World Championship Tour stars. In 2008, the inaugural Surf Eco Festival was held at Praia do Forte, in northern Bahia, and saw Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Silvana Lima (BRA) claim the event titles. In 2009, the contest moved to Salvador, the capital of Bahia, and witnessed Alejo Muniz (BRA) defeat Gabriel Medina (BRA) for the ASP South America Pro Junior title. Following in their footsteps, Miguel Pupo (BRA) was crowned event champion in 2010, succeeded by Filipe Toledo (BRA) in 2011. All aforementioned surfers went on to join the elite ranks.

There has always been an innate relationship between surfing and music at this event. The Mahalo Surf Eco Festival has been in tune with that connection since 2008 and has entertained the energetic crowds in Bahia with live music as a compliment to the show in the water. This year, the bands O Rappa, Ponto de Equilibrio, Strike and Massa Sonora will perform.

Itacare, located south of Salvador, is a small, idyllic town surrounded by natural beauty. Gorgeous beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, preserved flora and fauna, unique geology and one of the best waves in Brazil are all part of the surroundings found in Itacare, Bahia. Because of this natural exuberance, the Festival has unfailingly supplied each event with a number of ecological activities, lectures, exhibitions and films. The 2014 event will be the first-ever surf contest in the world to be run on solar energy. Dendê Productions, together with the University of Sao Paulo, under the supervision of the leading authority in solar energy in Brazil, Dr. Aurélio, will be erecting a large solar platform on the event premises for the implementation of this pioneering achievement.

The 2014 men’s and women’s QS events in Itacare hold an event window of October 27 to November 2.

Champions in the history of Surf Eco Festival in Bahia, Brazil:

2013: ASP 4-Star Men´s – Halley Batista (BRA) in Itacare
2012: ASP 1-Star Men´s – Krystian Kymerson (BRA) in Jaguaribe Beach
2012: ASP South America Pro Junior – Deivid Silva (BRA) and Rosanny Alvarez (VNZ)
2011: ASP 2-Star Men´s – Bino Lopes (BRA) in Jaguaribe Beach
2011: ASP South America Pro Junior – Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Gabriela Leite (BRA)
2010: ASP 4-Star Women´s – Coco Ho (HAW) in Armação Beach
2010: ASP South America Pro Junior – Santiago Muniz (ARG) and Johanne Defay (FRA)
2009: ASP 3-Star Men´s – Marcio Farney (BRA) in Armação Beach
2009: ASP South America Pro Junior – Alejo Muniz (BRA) and Diana Cristina (BRA)
2008: ASP 5-Star Men´s – Adriano de Souza (BRA) in Forte Beach
2008: ASP 5-Star Women´s – Silvana Lima (BRA) defeated Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)

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Halley Batista Wins ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival

Itacaré, Bahia / Brazil (Saturday, Oct, 19, 2013)
The final day of the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol was held under sunny skies and in front of a packed audience on the sand and surrounding point break at Praia da Tiririca in Itacaré. Halley Batista (BRA), 27, pulled off an impressive aerial performance to defeat Alan Jhones (BRA), 24, in an exciting final battle. For his victory, Batista took home U$15,000 and 1,000 ASP World Ranking points.

“I feel blessed to have won another Mahalo event,” stated Halley Batista. “The quality waves here at Tiririca have shown that they can’t be left off the circuit. The vibe here is great, the crowd is amazing and I feel so thankful to have won this event. Now I’m off to Venezuela for the next event of the Latin American Circuit.”

For his runner-up finish in Itacare, Alan Jhones earned U$7,500 and 750 ASP World Ranking points. With several dramatic victories throughout the week, Jhones was pleased with his result.

“Even though I didn’t win, I think I did really well here,” said Alan Jhones. “I had some come from behind victories and a few high scores, but the wave conditions deteriorated in the Final and I couldn’t pick the right wave. I knew that whoever threw a big move would win the heat, and Halley did great.”

Krystian Kymerson (BRA) had been the standout performer all week long by consistently landing big airs, but was eventually defeated by Batista in the Semifinals.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t find the right waves in the semis and I fell on all the airs that would have made a difference,” said Krystian Kymerson. “I’m still pleased with a 3rd place result and I’d like to thank everyone that filled the beach and cheered me on.”

Due to his fluid style, former South American champion Jean da Silva (BRA) was unstoppable leading up to the final day of competition before falling to Jhones. With their equal 3rd place results, both Kymerson and da Silva earned U$4,500 and 563 points.

“Conditions kept getting worse because of the onshore wind, the waves got a little choppy and I just couldn’t execute against Alan (Jhones),” stated Jean da Silva. “Next stop for me is the ASP Prime at Cascais in Portugal and I feel confident after doing so well against so many good competitors here.”

The Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol is produced by Dende Produções and sponsored by Mahalo, Petrobras, Bahiatursa and the City of Itacaré and is supported by Backdoor, the Tourism Institute of Itacaré, the Bahia Surf Federation and the Itacaré Surf Association. The event is approved by the ASP South America as a 4-Star event. More information: www.surfecofestival.com.br

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Quarterfinalists Decided at the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival

Itacaré, Bahia / Brazil (Friday, Oct, 18, 2013)
Competition continued for the fourth consecutive day at the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol at Praia da Tiririca in Itacaré, Brazil. Fair conditions with moderate winds and waves in the 2-3 foot range (1 meter) were maintained throughout the day. The initial 128 athletes that started the competition have dwindled down to the remaining 8 Quarterfinalists that will battle for essential ASP World Ranking points and a portion of the U$95,000 in prize money.

Krystian Kymerson (BRA) continued his outstanding week-long performance by boosting a full rotation aerial to earn the day’s highest single-wave score of an 8.33 (out of a possible 10 points) from the judges. Kymerson, who is defending his title at the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival, is focused on repeating his victory once again.

“It feels great to have found that good righthander and land that air at the beginning of the heat,” said Krystian Kymerson. “Now I’m relaxed and I’m going to give it my all tomorrow (Saturday) and will try to win the event again.”

Halley Batista (BRA) and Victor Bernardo (BRA) also advanced into the Quarterfinals by defeating Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and local favorite Bino Lopes (BRA) in Heat 3 of the Round of 16.

“That was such a tough heat,” said Halley Batista. “Everyone has been surfing so well all week, but I was able to throw that big layback snap that made the difference in my heat. Tomorrow the heats will be in a man-on-man format and I hope to reach my goal and make it to the final.”

Showing a fluid style and committed turns, Jean da Silva (BRA) has been obtaining 8-plus scores all week long and had guaranteed his spot in the last day of competition.

“I’ve just been trying to do my job out in the water, searching for the right waves and concentrating on my heats,” said Jean da Silva. “Although conditions are difficult, I was able to find that good left and get the scores to win my heat. I’m stoked to make it this far in the event and will try to use my experience in the two-man heats tomorrow. Everyone remaining has been surfing so good, so I think whoever finds the best waves is going to come out on top.”

Local surfer Alandreson Martins (BRA) had the crowd on their feet beach as he took down ex-WCT surfer Heitor Alves (BRA) in his first heat of the day and continued his torrid pace as he advanced into the final day of competition alongside Artur Silva (BRA) by defeating Ian Gouveia (BRA) and Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) in Heat 2 of the Round of 16.

“I’m so happy and so thankful for being in this position,” exclaimed Alandreson Martins. “The waves were tough to find today (Friday), but I was lucky enough to win my heat and make it to the man-on-man part of the event, which is a format that I enjoy. I’m hoping for the best, but of course I’d love to win this event here at home and at the beach where I learned how to surf.”

A call is set for 10 am (local time) on Saturday for the final day of competition. Jean da Silva will be faced up against Artur Silva in Heat 1 of the Quarterfinals.

The Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol is produced by Dendê Produções and sponsored by Mahalo, Petrobras, Bahiatursa and the City of Itacaré and is supported by Backdoor, the Tourism Institute of Itacaré, the Bahia Surf Federation and the Itacaré Surf Association. The event is approved by the ASP South America as a 4-Star event and is transmitted live on the internet: www.surfecofestival.com.br

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Mahalo Surf Eco Festival – Itacaré October 15-19

Mahalo Surf Eco Festival Itacaré

The tropical setting to the coastal town of Itacare, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, will host the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol from October 15-19 at Tiririca Beach, where U$95,000 in prize money and 1,000 ASP World Ranking points will be on offer to the event winner and in addition, will also crown the 2013 ASP South America Surf Series champion.

“We’re pleased with the changes this year to the Surf Eco Festival,” stated Railton Lemos of Dende Productions, which has organized the ASP events in Bahia since 2008. “After four years of the contest in Salvador, the mayor of Itacaré (Jarbas Barros) was kind enough to host the event and was also made possible by the local sponsor. I’d like to thank Mr. Barros, Tony from Mahalo, who has always been a supporter in the surf industry, to Petrobras, which is promoting eco-awareness and Skol, which will be providing the entertainment and musical acts.”
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The Surf Eco Festival has hosted ASP Men’s, Women’s and Junior competitions in Bahia and was first held at Praia do Forte in 2008, where Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Silvana Lima (BRA) came out victorious. Other winners included in the event’s history are Alejo Muniz (BRA) in 2009, Miguel Pupo (BRA) in 2010, and Filipe Toledo (BRA) in 2011.

“The confirmation of this ASP 4-Star event in Itacare was great news for the surfers that are striving for a boost in the rankings on the world circuit,” said ASP South America regional director, Roberto Perdigao. “In the name of the ASP, our events and affiliated surfers, I’d like to thank and congratulate Railton Lemos for his dedication to running this event and to Mahalo for the enormous support that they have given to the surfing events here in Brazil.”

The Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol is produced by Dende Producoes and is sponsored by Mahalo, Petrobras, Bahiatursa, the city of Itacare and is supported by Backdoor, the Itacare Department of Tourism, the Bahia Surf Federation, and the Itacare Surf Association. The ASP World 4-Star event is approved by the ASP South America and will be broadcast live on the internet: http://www.surfecofestival.com.br

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Health in Itacaré

Nearly every day a local Brazilian asks me what I like about living in Itacaré. I usually run down a list of attributes that first attracted me here seven years ago: the beautiful nature, spectacular beaches, warm weather, happy people, and the fact that I have been a fan of Brazilian music long before I arrived.

During the day Itacaré is full of sunshine and lots of activity. There are no shortage of “healthy” things to do. Kayaking, fresco ball, surfing, swimming, running, cycling, capoeira, and slack lining, to name a few. All one needs to do is go outside and make an effort.

I asked three different alternative health professionals what it means to be healthy in Itacaré.

“What makes one healthy are life habits. Sleeping well, eating natural foods, maintaining a positive disposition, and being in harmony with nature for it is the foundation of life, said Wellington, licensed Holistic Therapist at Clinica do Sol.

Unlike most major metropolitan cities, nature is free and available to all in Itacaré. However, there is another side to this gorgeous tourist destination. What happens when a healthy person becomes ill. What are his or her options?

“At night, the town takes on a different energy,” a former Pilates instructor who frequently visits Itacaré said to me. “For a small city, temptation is every where. I have a hard time being healthy here.”

And she’s right, beers and caipirinhas flow from one hand to the next, the night air is filled with smoke, and barely-covered bodies lurk the streets on the hunt for a dance partner. It’s possible to spend an entire night moving and grooving, making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep if you live anywhere close to Pituba, the main road.

“The quality of life in Itacaré is paramount; we live in the Atlantic rainforest with access to an abundant amount of fruits and vegetables; however, we are sorely lacking in public health care and this has been a major concern, said Veronica, Massage Therapist at Easy Drop Surf School.”

I understood what Veronica was saying. When I was stung by a maribondo (black hornet) two weeks ago, I was reluctant to go to the hospital in town because of its poor reputation.

“In order to define a city as healthy, one must consider not only individual health but public health as well. In Brasil, like many parts of the world, there are still too many uneducated, poor and sick people”, says Wellington who also offers weekly classes in Tai-Chi and Bio Dance. “My objective is to help others understand how the body works, to bring awareness to what it truly means to live in a healthy body AND community.”

I have participated in both Tai-Chi and Bio Dança classes hosted by Wellington and found it to be a great nighttime alternative to going bar hopping. I have also received massages from both Veronica and Wellington and will vouch for the healing power of their incredible hands. Massage has many physical and emotional benefits and can help prevent illness in the long run.
As the social and economic situation shifts in Itacaré, we must not take for granted the preventive health care available to us here in this paradise. For more information about Wellington and his services, click here. To schedule a massage with Veronica, visit the Easy Drop web site.

Wellington finalized by saying “Itacaré is a meeting point for creative, special people from all over the world. It’s important for our community to be strong and fit for the years ahead.”

By Lala the Sunchaser.

Grito Rock 2013

When I asked a few Itacaréense what the highlight of this past weekend’s Grito Rock Festival was, I heard repeatedly: the clowns.

“Itacaré is no stranger to live musical performances and parties so when there’s an event that includes children and laughter, it’s refreshing.” said Julia, a resident of Itacaré.
And, I wholeheartedly agree. When I arrived at the entrance of Cabana Corais along Concha Beach, the atmosphere was spirited but in a calm way. The first band, Mulambo Sound System, was doing a sound check on the stage made from an old and weathered boat. There were a couple hundred of people mulling around plus a handful of booths selling clothing, home accesories, and natural food. The scene reminded me of the Sarau held every second Saturday in Serra Grande (just 30 minutes outside of Itacaré).
Walking towards the view of the majestic lighthouse, I was greeted by another beautiful sight. Families and friends gathered around as two clowns emphasized the importance of REUSING, REDUCING and RECYCLING waste using jokes and innocent play to lighten the mood.
Considering that it was the first edition of this 300 city integrated festival tour, an alternative to Carnival, I would say that it was a success with plenty of room for growth. I left shortly after the first band began but was told that the festival continued with juggling, music, and mingling into the night.
Thanks to all of the performers, producers, participants, and sponsors of Grito Rock 2013 Festival for stopping by to learn, laugh, and dance with us.
By Lala the Sunchaser.

Noite Boa! (with Myreia)

A skyscraper among trees, Myreia Barbarella Anthoniete Lavarro, is a beacon of light and s/he knows it.

When I asked  Myreia to describe herself, Myreia responded:
I am a people person. I am important. I am simply me.

Where do you live?
In Porto de Tras (behind the harbor) where I was born and raised. It’s a Quilombo where families live and support one another. We share everything plus trade goods and services just like the old days.

What do you do in Itacaré?
I work as a part-time public employee at the Camara Municipal (City Council) building next to the Mayor’s office. I also do massage therapy, babysit, and teach dance to children at the community cultural center.

Pretty astonishing for someone who doesn’t have a telephone or internet at home.

How would you describe Itacaré?
Magnificent. It’s a wonderful city … mystical. It’s a place that requires living. You gotta really LIVE in Itacaré… if you live it, magic will happen.

Describe your favorite type of day?
I like when it rains. Everything is much calmer. It fully demonstrates the existence of God.

I really like your style, from where do you get your fashion sense and inspiration?
Myreia blushes then confidently states: Life mainly…. just knowing that we exists inspires me. I also adore fashion magazines but I don’t buy them. There are various friends who give me clothes and I create my style from these hand-me-downs. In my neighborhood, I am the “go to” person when it comes to fashion. Both men and women ask for my advice whenever there is a party or something … It’s about the small touches … a belt, the right jewelry. I’m always adjusting; it depends on the mood and the occasion.

Tell me about your family.
My family is GREAT!! (with an emphasis on “great”) My mother is wonderful for many reasons. And my father was too. He passed on six years ago. They had five children, 3 girls, 1 boy, and me. I love my family.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
To Africa … the Ivory Coast. I would like to volunteer for the Red Cross there.

What do you like to do on the weekends?
Dance at the Jungle Bar. I love pop music, rock, electronic, dance, samba and pagode.

Who are your favorite music artists?
Madonna, Cher, and music by Relicário (I love the song Cassia Eller).

You mention that you rarely sleep or eat. When you do eat, what do you like?
Pasta with garlic and olive oil or caruru that comes with Acarajé. I love them both equally.

Where is your favorite restaurant in Itacaré?
I usually eat at home but I sometimes go to Tia Zinha, it’s near the Rodoviaria (bus station). I order the grilled chicken, salad, beans, rice, and pimenta.

What is your favorite beach and why?
Ribeira. It has that native feeling and I enjoy going to the nearby waterfall.

What do you want people to know about you?
I want people to simply get to know me if they so choose. Any one can ask me anything!

Should I refer to you as a man or a woman?
Physically I am a man but spiritually and mentally, I am a woman. I have no desire to change my body; I accept it; however, I feel more feminine than masculine.

Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend?
No, I prefer to be single and free. I have “friends with benefits” (paqueras).

I’m convinced that there are many benefits to getting to know Myreia. It took an entire evening to complete this interview because Myreia knows EVERY ONE in town. And each person, had a question to ask, a hug to give, or a smile for the glamorous one from Porto Atrais.

P.S. I found this film from 1984 called Quilombo, feel free to watch here.

By Lala the Sunchaser.

Carnival 2013

Do you hear that? It’s Carnival marching towards the gates of Brazil. The world’s biggest and longest lasting street party, Carnival will begin Saturday, February 9th and continue until Tuesday, February 12th. Itacaré is no different from other cities in Brazil, except the parties and blocos are much smaller yet equally as loud.
The Mayor’s Office of Itacaré is hosting “Eco Folia 2013″ bringing diverse attractions to the Carnival festivities promising smiles and good times for locals and visitors alike.

During the day along the boardwalk (orla), there will be two or more local blocos or groups performing at 12 pm and 4 pm each day. At night, there will be live performances of samba, axé, pagode e reggae. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Feb. 9th – Priest Tiger “o papa do reggae”,
Sugar Roy and Conrad Crystal,   Dada Yute e Solano Jacob
Sunday, Feb. 10th – Gasparzinho
Monday, Feb. 11th – Viviane Tripodi
Tuesday, Feb. 12th – Jau Peri

One particular group that has been participating in Carnival for years is Libélula. Libélula is a Brazilian non-profit whose focus is to empower teenage girls and young women. They have been working for weeks on the fabulous Carnival costumes made from soda bottles, coffee filters, old newspapers, recycled goods, trash, and anything else you can imagine. This, in an effort to bring awareness to our environmental issues. Their group is called, O Luxo do Lixo (The luxuriousness of trash).

If you are interested in joining their group for Carnival on Saturday, February 9th. Stop by Libélula to purchase your costume ($R10) and support them in their mission to educate and provide assistance to the young women of Itacaré.

Happy Carnival to All!!!

By Lala the Sunchaser

Yemaja, Queen of the Ocean

By Lala the Sunchaser / Photography by Nigia Vieira.

This weekend many places in Brasil will pay homage to Yemaja, Goddess of the Sea. In Itacaré, fishermen, natives, and visitors will gather along the Orla (boardwalk) to make an offering by bestowing flowers, perfumes, candles, champagne, combs and mirrors into the ocean. In addition to adorning the sea with perfumes and gifts, there will be traditional music, samba and capoeira circles to honor one of the many orishas or spirit deities.
yemanja_1Starting Wednesday, January 30th until February 1st, any one can leave an offering for the offering at the Association for Fishermen (Colonia Z-18 Itacaré). These offerings will be placed into large baskets for the procession on Saturday.

On Saturday, February 2nd at 5 am, an early morning procession will kick off with fireworks and a parade around the town starting at the Association.
yemanja_3At 2 pm, fishermen, locals and visitors alike will march along the boardwalk carrying offerings and gifts to bring out to sea by boat. If you’re interested in chartering a boat, contact Jorge Lázaro at 73 – 9961 3382 or e-mail him at jorge.jus@hotmail.com.

At 4 pm in front of the Association, there will be a presentation by Casa dos Bonecas, in addition to Afro-Brazillian dance, capoeira, and a samba circle with traditional music.
yemanja_3It is sure to be a peaceful and pleasant experience for all involved.
Have a lovely weekend!