Fernando De Noronha: A Diamond in the Mush

When you think Brazil, your mind undoubtedly darts to images of tan girls in tiny bikinis, crappy waves, and Ronaldinho.

Fernando De Noronha is the exception to the rule. The hard-to-access beachbreak is situated on a small cluster of islands 221 miles off the Eastern tip of Brazil.
The waves get squeezed between rock outcroppings that refract the swell into an assortment of mutated wedges which detonate on the abrupt and shallow bank.

A massive swell at this February’s Hang Loose Pro provided an eye-opening glimpse at the rare gem.

Here are two mental videos of the wave: one from Hawaiian Mason Ho and the other from Frenchmen Joan Duru, Marc lacomare, and Charles Martin.

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Fernanchi Pt. 2 from rory pringle @ conceptblue on Vimeo.

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Fernando de Noronha from French Connexion on Vimeo.