• Love from Brazil with a Grenade Launcher

A local bodyboarder says to me In broke English ‚Äö?Ñ??You come to my home,with me no problem,but today, no‚Äö?Ѭ?no today have Drug War, is big problem. Have many machine gun and grenade launcher ‚Äö?Ñ??¬¨‚Ć hes referring to the hills behind me, no more than a few hundred metres away there is a full on drug war blazing, However where I'm standing the only thing blazing is the sun a 4 foot beachy, and hundreds of¬¨‚Ćpeople out kicking back enjoying the sun‚Äö?Ѭ?. its makes me realize that there are 2 worlds right next to each other‚Äö?Ѭ?it also makes me realize i'm not in Australia anymore.

I'm in Brazil.

I love this place, its around my 7th time here and I love everything about it,the care free culture, the people and the food‚Äö?Ѭ?like a lot of people I never knew about the waves here, my first trip was spent bodysurfing, pulling into small closeouts at Impanima, not knowing what was around the corner. It wasn‚Äö?Ñ?¥t until my 2nd trip back until I realized that just around the corner was bouncing wedges off every headland. Literally left and right wedges in every bay made for bodyboarding. Sao Conrado is one of my favourites, it‚Äö?Ñ?¥s a left wedge that bounces of a huge headland, its also home to the biggest Fa vela (slum) in Sth America, so the lineup has it share of heavyweights but they are some of the friendliest people i've met.

So is it as dangerous as people make out?...if your walking around with gold watch‚Äö?Ñ?¥s and video cameras hanging off you, you better believe it, but in general, boardies thongs and common sense and your fine, Brazil is full of wonderful interesting people, so relax and enjoy it.

In saying that, my wife Gabi has been robbed at gunpoint around 5 times, ive seen people pull out guns in road rage and heard ragging machine gun fire only streets away. But that‚Äö?Ñ?¥s brazil, always something going on. And that‚Äö?Ñ?¥s why I love it.

Righto now i'm in Bahia (home of current world champ Uri Valadao), in the North East of Brazil, with a population of 14 Million,70% being African American decent, little old white boy here sticks out like a sore thumb....I'm finally getting back on my feet after a solid 4 days of jetlag‚Äö?Ѭ?.looking out the window all ive seen for the past week is wind and rain, so with not much to mention of my travels so far, ive put together a bunch of pics from past trips to Brazil.

Ill be here in brazilfor the next few weeks, so keep posted as the mayhem unfolds, in a land where heaven and hell is only streets apart.

Brazo Tip‚Äö?Ñ?? They don‚Äö?Ñ?¥t flush there toilet paper‚Äö?Ѭ? apparently it clogs the toilets‚Äö?Ѭ?I learn't that one the hard way. (as you can see in the pics, elbow deep and gagging all the way.)