I’m dual nationality, Brasilian and Italian. I live in Jericoacoara, a small fishing village, a mecca of windsurfing, kitesurfing, wingfoil, longboard surf, in Ceará, Brazil. Located around 340 km west of Fortaleza. Jeri, as it is better known, is the kind of idyllic place where many travelers end up deciding to stay for longer than they had originally planned.
In 1984, the "Washington Post Magazine" named Jericoacoara as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Since then, the small fishing village has been slowly growing. However, thanks to building limitations, you will not find massive buildings or hotels.
It became popular amongst backpackers and more adventurous travelers seeking unknown and unusual locations.
Jericoacoara is a place removed from the hurried modern world of screeching sirens, maniac deadlines, traffic jams and endless lineups. A place where streets are paved with sand, where beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and where warm water marries with palm swaying breezes. Until about 20 years ago, Jericoacoara was still a secluded and simple fishing village. There were no roads, no electricity, no phones, no TV's, no newspapers, and money was rarely used.
Since 1984, the area around Jericoacoara was declared Environmental Protection Area (APA) and became a National Park in 2002. This brought many building restrictions and tourism controls, what helps to preserve the area. Electricity arrived in the village and today, hot showers and air conditioner are no longer luxury articles. However, street lighting is forbidden by local law.
I was born next to Jeri, in the Parnaiba Hospital, around 300 km east of Jeri, my father meet me for the first time 2 days after my birth on the back beach way home, he was at work hook on the Kite.
I grow up on the beach, surrounded of sails, kites and boards , on the water sports center of my father( istructor and coach ).
The water is my favorite element, my nick name in the village is the shark and I never stop in the water like him.
The sea is my mother, the wind is my father and the waves are my sisters, this is my passion, this is my life !!! Pierfrancesco