Beach prowlers

Bertioga, a municipality in the state of São Paulo, is a beach town surrounded by lush mountains and low-sitting clouds. (photo by Kat Buchanan)

Bertioga, a municipality in the state of São Paulo, is a beach town surrounded by lush mountains and low-sitting clouds. (photo by Kat Buchanan)

On Sunday morning Brian, Bethany and I woke up before the sun rose and made our way through a series of mishaps to the bus station to travel southeast to a little beach town called Bertioga. Bethany’s story required a trip to the coast and I –– being a first-time photo trip taker –– went along for the ride to see how a story is shaped and contacts are made in a foreign city. We spent a lot of time touring the city with Bethany’s guide Ailton and trying to find surfers for Bethany to talk to about starting her multimedia piece.

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A fisherman gets up from his post at a pastel stand near Bertioga’s ferry. (photo by Kat Buchanan)

A little girl leans out her family's VW bus while parked on the ferry that takes travelers from Bertioga to Guarujá. (photo by Kat Buchanan)

A little girl leans out her family’s VW bus while parked on the ferry that takes travelers from Bertioga to Guarujá. (photo by Kat Buchanan)

The cloud cover over the mountains was absolutely gorgeous, but we were getting antsy with the lack of surfers on Bertioga’s main beach. We decided to take Ailton’s advice and hop on the ferry to get over to this surfer trail through the mountains. The winding path led to a beach in Guarujá that is notorious for surfer camps and communities (perfect, right?). We walked for about 30 minutes through the jungle, listening to the sounds of the birds and bugs and trying our best not to fall flat on our faces on the slick rocks under our aching feet. The trip was worth it tenfold –– we found the surfers that Bethany was looking for, and spent time interviewing various natives about their surf stories.

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Eduardo, a 10-year-old surfer from the hills of Praia Branca, poses between his grandparents’, aunt’s and parents’ homes. Eduardo comes from a family of surfers and is already lining his dresser with trophies and prizes from surf competitions around Brazil. (photo by Kat Buchanan)

We met a lot of friendly faces, walked a lot of miles and got plenty of help from Ailton along the way. I’m excited to see what kind of story Bethany gets from the people on the coast –– I know there are plenty to be told. I will be heading down to the far southern coast of SP tomorrow morning to get to work on my photo story, so check back soon to see how it unfolds.

A balloon salesman waits next to his helium pump in Bertioga. (photo by Kat Buchanan)

A balloon salesman waits next to his helium pump in Bertioga. (photo by Kat Buchanan)

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–– Kat Buchanan

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One Response to Beach prowlers

  1. I like the fisherman picture and the VW picture with the little kid looking out. Hope you are having fun and learning a lot on your first UNL J-School trip. Safe travels home.

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