Have you ever practiced any extreme sport?
Well, I haven’t. At least not yet, since I am planning to do something different next holiday.
What do you think? Can you help me choose among the following options? You can help me by voting here in my blog and also by posting comments and suggestions.
Windsurfing: the sport of sailing on water standing on a windsurfer (a long narrow board with a sail, which you stand on and sail across water on).
Florianópolis is a very special place for windsurfing because it has constant winds from all quadrants and water all around. One can try some lagoons, surf the waves in most of the beaches, or even test one’s endurance going around the island (just picture that!). One hour of winsurfing in Lagoa da Conceição costs about 30 reais.
Snorkeling: the sport or activity of swimming underwater with a snorkel (a tube that you can breathe air through when you are swimming under the surface of the water).
People say Ilha do Campeche is the best place for snorkeling in Florianópolis and that it is wonderful for beginners as well. The boat trip to the island plus one hour of snorkeling cost about 50 reais.
Rafting: the sport or activity of traveling down a river on a raft (a small boat made of rubber or plastic that is filled with air).
One hour of rafting in places near Florianópolis costs about 60 reais per person. The best thing is that I can take some friends with me (any volunteer?!?).
Paragliding: a sport in which you wear a special structure, like a parachute (a device that is attached to people or objects to make them fall slowly and safely when they are dropped from an aircraft. It consists of a large piece of thin cloth that opens out in the air to form an umbrella shape), jump from a plane or a high place and you are carried along by the wind before coming down to the ground.
Here in Florianópolis, people say the best place to land is on Praia Mole. There are several schools which offer double flights for about 50 reais.
Wakeboarding: the sport of riding on a short wide board called a wakeboard while being pulled along through the water by a fast boat.
Boats and equipment are available for rent in the area of Lagoa da Conceição. Classes with all equipments included cost about 150 reais per hour. People say it is better to practice wakeboarding in early mornings and at the end of the day when the wind is calmer and the water glassier.
Sandboarding: the sport of moving over sand on a sandboard: a long wide board that a person stands on to move over sand. There is also another type of sandboard: the one you can sit on. People say sandboarding is snowboarding minus cold and snow, plus bikinis and shorts. Here in Florianópolis people call it “esquibunda”, which I think is a funny name!
Boards can be rented at the bottom of the dunes of Joaquina for about 10 reais per hour, which I think is more than enough since the only way to go back up is by walking.
Remember, I am waiting for your help to take this decision!
Hope to hear from you guys!