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December 16, 2016  (from www.philipsoltysiak.com      
Secrets of Jeri      

So we continue with the eat, sleep, windsurf theme of my blog. After all that’s pretty much all I do. So in this post you’ll read about bakeries, what I do when I should be sleeping in Jeri, and I’ll even squeeze in a bit about windsurfing.

Food secrets – bakeries!!!

There are numerous bakeries here, but my favourites are two you might have never seen while roaming the streets of Jericoacoara.

La Boulangerie has a simple selection of croissants and baguettes, and is the only one which offers this european style of baked goods – they’re almost always hot and fresh from the oven. It’s a great morning stop if you’re an early bird who loves a croissant and coffee. Don’t forget to ask for a jar of their maracuja marmalade. It’s situated on the corner of Rua Principal and the 3rd alley crossing between Rua Principal and Rua San Francisco.

The midnight bakery, or Padaria Santo Antonio is no secret to the night owls, but the innocent may not be aware of this hidden gem on their rare nights out. Only open from 2am – 5am, it’s got a selection of “salgados” – savoury baked breads – to satisfy your post “Forro” hunger. The streets of Jeri may be quiet at that time of night, but the midnight bakery is always happening. Find it near the top of Rua San Francisco.

Forro – Serramar or Sweaty – choose wisely!

Forro is a traditional music and dance originating from Northeastern Brazil. Here in Jeri you can listen and dance Forro every night.

The most popular spot is a restaurant called Dona Amelia, which has live Forro music and dance floor. At exactly 22:37 the restaurant dims the lights, moves the tables, and a live band starts playing on the traditional accordion, zambuba and triangle. It has rightfully earned the name “sweaty Forro”. If you don’t have enough dancing skills to strategically follow the oscillating fans, you’ll be sweaty within seconds…and that’s where Serramar comes in.

Espaco Serramar also has Forro nights with live music, but in an open-air atmosphere under the starlight sky overlooking Praia de Malhada and the Serrote hill. The Jeri winds keep you cool as you spin through the latest dance moves.

Dona Amelia has Forro on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while Espaco Serramar’s big nights are Sunday and Tuesday.

Windsurfing secrets – mix up the sports and spots

Thousands of windsurfers flock to Jeri every fall because the wind is relentless. This means you’ll be windsurfing every single day. Whether you’re renting or have your own gear with you, the pattern is the same; 10am the wind kicks in, windsurf all day, squeeze in lunch, and do it again until sunset. If you’re spending a lot of time in Jeri repetitively windsurfing the same spot can become uninspiring, so take the time to travel around a bit.

Mix up the spots – If you don’t want to pack up the gear and travel you have a few options. Cruise upwind 200m to Malhada for an onshore wave spot. Windsurf downwind of the dune, where the wind is stronger and there’s almost nobody on the water. My personal favourite is to go off and windsurf in the middle of the ocean. I sail downwind and far away from everybody to enjoy the big swell and steadier winds. Make sure to always bring a friend just in case something goes wrong!

If you don’t mind packing up and moving around, check out the lagoons, the Guriu river mouth, or venture out to Icaraizinho, Camocim or Maceio.

Windsurfing on a daily basis can take a toll on your body, even if you’re use to windsurfing all year long as I am. Mix up the sports! I find there is nothing more refreshing for your body than adding some other sports to your daily routine in Jeri. Enjoy the waves with your surf board or SUP, play some beach volleyball, join in on some pick-up football games on the beach at sunset, or sign up for Capoeira classes. Your windsurf abused body will thank you for moving it in other ways. Your mind will also be grateful for a break from thinking windsurfing, windsurfing, windsurfing.

My personal eat, sleep, windsurf routine is coming to a close here in Jeri. I only have 2 days left on the water. Soon it’s time to pack things up and head home to Canada for a few days of family Christmas time. Check in soon for more!



Fall 2015  
La Ventana, Baja California, Mexico 
By  Andrée Gauther

This past November I had the opportunity to visit La Ventana in Baja,
Mexico. Thanks to Jean-Robert from Makani Fins for promoting a special
deal with Pro Windsurfing La Ventana. A group of strangers arrived for 12
days of windsurfing (not including the travel days). Our hosts, Wyatt Miller
and Tyson Poor, showed us around and helped us settle in. What a
wonderful two weeks of wind, fresh fish, yoga with Kay-Kay, donut truck,
Mexican sushi and ATV riding.

What a group of diverse people who came together November 1-14, 2015.
There was myself and Chris Hope from Toronto, JR, Louis and André from
Québec, Isobel (JR’s sister) from Montréal, Matt the aerospace engineer
from California, Chris the endocrinologist from San Diego, and Ray from
Wyoming (a retired fresh water fish biologist). What a group!

The wind was very consistent over the 2 weeks. It would start around 11
am and end by 4-5 pm. Wyatt did recommend we wait until the wind was at
its peak before going out otherwise we’d be too tired to last the day. Of
course, coming from Toronto I had to get out as soon as there was wind.
Windsurfing 5 days in a row from around 11-4 pm did catch up to me.
Luckily my sick day happen to fall on a no wind day! In the 12 full days I
was there, I was able to sail 8. The water was warm, the air was warm and
there did not seem to be any scary critters in the water. My sail
size ranged from 3.7 to 5.4 and board size ranged from 70-103L. There is
so much choice of equipment but my favorite was the 80L Naish Koncet
and the 4.4 Servern Freek. The waves are wind driven and this was great
for my learning. They were not as intimidating as in Maui. I was able to
learn so much more with the help of the group. We would sit down for
dinners or on the roof to watch the stars and discuss our jibes, jumps,
wave riding struggles and get great tips from the pros.

On the few no wind days the group split up and took advantage of the
snorkeling, fishing and ATV activities. A group went ATV riding into the
mountains. One night we had fresh marlin for dinner. What a meal. Even
the vegetarians had to try it.

The conditions were just a little too much from Chris Hope but in the end
he became an expert ATV rider. He was seen around town riding the ATV
and even went deep into the desert. He hired a dive master and went
scuba diving with the sea lions while a few of us tagged along for
the snorkeling.

La Ventana is a 2 hour shuttle ride from San Jose Los Cabos. For this trip,
the shuttle was included. It is not a commercially developed tourist town.
We drank the water! We could sleep with our doors open at night and
never locked our rooms. The accommodations are houses within
hidden areas surrounded by cactuses. The fences are there only to
keep the cattle out of the 
gardens. The cows roam freely and even sat on
the beach on occasion. We did run into them 
coming up from the gear shed
after windsurfing on a few occasions. For food we would eat out at 
Mexican restaurants and had breakfast and lunch at home.

Save the date for the first 2 weeks in November 2016 as Makani Fins’ Jean-
Robert wants to do this again.