Cidade Negra opens Itacaré 2017 Carnival


Icon of the 90’s, the Brazilian Reggae group Cidade Negra opens the Carnival in Itacaré. Toni Garrido, Bino Farias and Lazão perform on the main stage on February 25 (Saturday) and will provide a special repertoire, full of hits, as well as new features.

With the theme “Joy and Sustainability”, the Itacaré carnival will be held from February 25 to 28. There will be two trios elétricos during the day, about seven blocks and cultural manifestations in town, and two stages mounted on Castro Alves Avenue for the main concerts.

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)


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:

via ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival Confirmed in Bahia, Brazil : ASP World Tour – The Association of Surfing Professionals.

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

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!

Happy New Year!!!

by Lala the Sunchaser.

It’s HOT in Itacaré and getting hotter! The streets are over flowing with people from all over Brasil and other parts of the world: London, Vienna, Santiago del Chile, New York, Réunion, Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, Oslo, Milan.

So far the New Year promises sun, fun, live music, and plenty of parties.

On Saturday, January 5th, the year starts off with Jau & Diamba at Cabana Corais located on Concha Beach. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at various shops in town.
jauThe following day, Sunday, January 6th, American musician and surfer, Donavon, will give a FREE performance on Tiririca Beach in the evening … sometime after 5 p.m.

On the main road called Pituba …

Sham Rock & Blues Bar which opened a few months ago, offers an eclectic line up of local musicians playing MPB, blues, and rock every night this summer after 8 o’clock. It is a cozy spot for any game lover and fan of alternative music. Plus every Monday evening, there is an “open mic” session that draws an enthusiastic crowd.
shamrockOf course, you don’t want to miss the action at the popular bars, Jungle and Favela. Both bars host daily parties that bleed into the wee hours of the morning with DeeJays, bands, and street performances.

If you’re looking to escape the crowds on the beach or Pituba, visit Boteco da Vila (the Blue House) Wednesday through Saturday evenings and relax to the sounds of soul singers, bossa nova and MPB musicians, and enough chocolate to satisfy any addict.
For a Saturday night of sweating, stop by Casarão Amarelo (the Yellow House) for live samba music and lots of dancing. The last time I was there, I believe I lost 5 pounds despite the two or three beers I had. Like Boteca da Vila, they are also located along the Orla where there is an incredible view and refreshing breeze.

Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

10 must-know phrases for Itacaré

By: Bella Papadopoulou.

1. Aí sim (Oh Yeah).
This is probably the most used phrase in Itacaré. It is used in order to encourage a good situation and is a also a way for people to share excitement and success. If you catch a good wave or pop open a cold beer in the summer heat there is nothing better than hearing a simple yet so great ”Ai sim”!

2. Boas ondas/Altas ondas (Good/High waves).
For anyone in search of good waves: Itacaré delivers! It’s no surprise that the town’s character is partly shaped around it. When walking to the beach with your surfboard under your arm, people passing by will most likely say this to you, along with a big smile.

3. Vamos nessa galera (Let´s go everybody).

Your days of solitude are over! Itacaré is a big family and you are welcome to be a part of it. If the language is indeed a mirror of the culture then the fact that the word ”we” is referred to as ”a galera” (meaning ”the gang”) says it all.

4. To ligado (I got it/I understand).
Also a very common thing to say here and it is used to give your friends a heads up that you are on the same page. “To ligado” can be used as question and statement: practical!

5. Bahian time.
Oh yeah, this phrase is just perfect and should be enforced everywhere in the world. If anyone hustles or stresses you , turn around and simply say ”I’m on Bahian time”.

6. Mais uma (One more).

Imagine being on the beach on a hot summer day and your cold beverage is all gone. Is there a better thing to say then ”mais uma” in that situation? I don’t think so!

7. E ai beleza (Hey, all beautiful/amazing/great).
The perfect greeting phrase. Why stick to a regular ”hello” when you can ask someone if everything is going beautifully? In Itacaré it almost always is, so the answer to this would be ”Beleza pura” (meaning ”pure beautifulness”)!

8. Bora (Let´s go/Let´s do it).
Don´t wait around, don´t hesitate, don´t think twice… Bora!

9. Show de bola (Everything is awesome).
It is not enough to say that things are good around here, they are ”show de bola”, a fun expression to say that certainly ups the atmosphere.

10. ”Bota fé” (You can believe it).
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that things are for real here. It can almost seem like too good to be true. In a place with such beautiful nature, great waves, cool music or a gripping moonrise sometimes just that someone tells you ”Bota fé”!