Sunset time in Leme, man surfs a wave on the Jacaré style. Jacaré is the name cariocas gave to body surfing.
Jacaré is an important part of the carioca beach culture. Washed by the Atlantic Ocean, the oceanic beaches in Rio de Janeiro (not the ones on the coastline of Guanabara Bay) generally offer great spots for surfing all year round.
But what if you don’t have a board? Or left yours at home? Use your body instead! Some people prefer wearing fins, but the majority won’t wear any accessory.
So here is the game that some kids and grown-ups play: Wait a few minutes and choose the best wave from the swell; surf it down with your body. You have to manage your movements in order to avoid “taking a caixote” (which means that you are being crushed by the wave). The person that gets further down, closest to the sand, wins.
But hey! Watch out for not losing your trunks, speedo or bikini parts when body surfing!
There are even organized competitions of Jacaré!
Photo taken on 05/Aug/2016