Shop Rider John Noris Surf Travel Update: Rio, Florianopolis, and Argentina

by Raleigh on June 14, 2011

Part 1: Rio De Janeiro

The days are already beginning to blend together. Talks of going to Brasil and meeting up with friends have become a reality. Its all coming at me so fast and I know that even though I’ve only been here for a week and a half the whole trip is going to go by like the blink of an eye. I started out my journey in Rio De Janeiro where I met up with my friend Bruno Dana. Bruno lives in Ipanema and treated me like a king! We ate fresh acai, surfed some of the fine beach breaks and wedges of Rio and had a great time, even though it was short lived. After only a day and a half, I flew into Florianopolis, not knowing if anyone was going to pick me up from the airport or what my plan exactly was. I was greeted at the entrance of the airport by Caue Wood and Pedro Husadel…Thank God! The next couple of days we surfed some insane waves at breaks called Matadeiro and Lagoinha, both wedgy a-framing beach breaks. The 5 star WQS contest at Atlantida Beach in Xangri-la was the next day so we headed down to be greeted with shitty weather and even worse waves. About this time is when Lele Usua popped his head inside our hotel room! The Grinch! Caue and I lost first heat so we took off back up to Florianopolis after a couple days of hanging out. Lele continued making heats so he stayed. Back in Florianopolis, we scored some insane waves at a place called Campeche. Triple barrels were going down and we truly had some insane sessions! The wind switched, the swell died and the surfing stopped as of this afternoon. Lele ended up making finals and getting 3rd overall, so now it’s time to party!

Part 2: Floripa

Back in Florianopolis, we we’re instantly greeted by perfect waves. Caue and I surfed an insane sand bottom right point called Campeche where we were getting double barrels regularly. We got two other great wedgy barreling beach breaks called Matadeiro and Lagoinha and had a great time just cruising and relaxing. We hung out with beautiful women, got good waves and got to chill with our friends Elohe and Felipe as well!
Good times in Floripa… I’m headed back in October and can’t wait!

Part 3: Argentina

With the contest in Chile coming up, Lele and I decided to go hang out in Argentina for 10 days before heading over there. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, we were notified that the contest in Chile was cancelled, so we were left wondering what to do. We decided to hang out for my birthday which happened to be on Argentina’s Independence day and to say the least, Argentina rages! Nights generally don’t start out until 2AM in Argentina and usually end at around 7 in the morning. The Usuna’s are celebrities in Mar Del Plata and we were VIP at some of the biggest and best clubs in all of Argentina.
Everything about Argentina was absolutely amazing. The meat is the juiciest sweetest meat that you’ve ever tasted. The people are nice. The women- oh my God the women. The most beautiful women that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Most foreign countries I joke around about falling in love, particularly because of the broken English that they seduce me with, but here there’s an exception. Not are the women breathtakingly beautiful but they are kind, sincere and very intelligent people! After this trip, I’m 99% sure that I will marry an Argentinian woman…
Although we didn’t get great waves, we got some fun little beach breaks and to be honest, I could care less about surfing in Argentina next time I go. I just want to find my future wife!

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