Archive for September, 2008
Pororoca, a word coming from the tupi for roar, could be the perfect title for a B-side movie. The truth is that is hard not to stare at the pororoca in awe, for the mightiest tidal bore in the entire world commands more than respect.
The pororoca is a phenomenon resulting from the meeting of the Amazon waters with the Ocean waters. As the sea level rises, its waters invade the mouth of the rivers, forming waves that are dozens and even hundreds of meters wide and up to five meters high, travelling at maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour. The irregular river basin makes it impossible to tell when will the next pororoca rise, and how strong it will be.
There are several tidal bores around the world, but the most spectacular ones happen in Brazil, in the mouth of the Amazon river and specially in the river Araguari, in the state of Amapá.
The first video I have selected contains a short documentary on the phenomenon. It contains some beautiful images. From minute 2:40 onwards you will see several shots of the effec the pororoca has on the river side. A real river tsunami.
The second video is a trailer for a documentary on the activity that has given the pororoca world-wide fame: surfing. The chance of surfing on a never-ending wave is every surfer’s dream. As the pororoca extendes for dozens of kilometers, it offers a unique chance to turn that dream into reality. Some of the images on the video are really spectacular. You will see how the motorboats have to sail before the wave to drop the surfers.
The world record for the longest distance covered on a surf board is 10,1 kilometers and belongs to Brazilian Sérgio Laus – he spent 33 minutes surfing on the river Araguari. The record for the longest time surfing the pororoca belongs to Picuruta Salazar, who spent incredible 37 minutes surfing in the river.
Yet another amazing secret Brazil keeps in store for us.
You might remember this blog’s entry on our top 10: beaches, published quite a while ago. This new entry is a reworking of the original list, to which we have added satellite images of the beaches. Sweet dreams of crystal water beaches!
7. Praia de Domingas Dias, Ubatuba, São Paulo.
10. Praia de Barra do Sahy, Barra do Sahy, São Paulo.
This is the 7th of ten entries entries presenting videos from the artists I wrote about at Top 10: Brazilian music (B-sides). I am following the alphabetical order I used on that entry.
The seventh artist on the list are O Rappa. Exceptionally I have included three clips on the entry. They are one of the Brazilian bands that pay particular care to the way their videos are filmed. The first two videos I’m showing here were directed by Kátia Lund, co-director of City of God. They portrait two hard-hitting stories. The third video is a good example of kinetic typography made years before it became fashionable and everyone decided you couldn’t do a video if you didn’t have letters dancing around.
A Minha Alma
O Que Sobro do Céu
The Projeto Tamar is a Brazilian environmental organization as well-known as it is respected. Strictly speaking Tamar is not an NGO, as its organization chart includes a government body. The organization benefits from a very powerful sponsor: Petrobras, the mighty Brazilian oil company, always eager to appear as an environmental asset – and not a hazard.
The Projeto Tamar field of action is the Brazilian coastline and its Oceanic islands, and its main aim is to work for the protection and preservation of sea turtles. Brazil is home to five out seven species of sea turtles, all of them endangered species. From September to March, along the coast, and January to June, on the islands, the organization monitors the beaches where the turtles lay their eggs. Tamar estimates each year 14.000 nests and 650.000 baby turtles.
As well as their preservation work, the secret of the Projeto Tamar’s success lies in the way they have build links with the communities, in an effort to spread a culture of preservation replacing a deeply-rooted tradition of destruction, and also giving employment opportunities to less well-off comunities.
Tamar’s HQ is at the Praia do Forte, north of Salvador de Bahía. The organization has bases in other 8 Brazilian states, including Ceará (Almofala), Rio Grande do Norte (Atol das Rocas), Pernambuco (Fernando de Noronha), Sergipe (Pirambu, Ponta dos Mangues, Abaís and Aracaju), Espírito Santo (Vitória, Comboios, Pontal do Ipiranga, Guriri, Itaúnas, Trindade and Anchieta), Rio de Janeiro (Campos de Goytacazes), São Paulo (Ubatuba) and Santa Catarina (Barra da Lagoa).
At many of its bases the emphasis is on education. We have visited the bases of Fernando de Noronha, Ubatuba and Barra da Lagoa (Florianópolis) and it became quite clear that educating is as important as the contemplation of the reptiles. Fernando de Noronha is probably the best place to get acquainted with the work carried out by the Projeto Tamar. Depending on the time of your visit to the island, you might be able to contemplate the birth of the turtles. All year round you have a unique an unforgettable chance of diving with the turtles in the wild.
At the Projeto Tamar’s webpage there is plenty of information. It has en English version.