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Crossing of Barra da Tijuca Beach to Reach Islands Turns Area Into "The Sea's Boardwalk" During Rio Summer

01/18/2016 - 15h49

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LUIZA FRANCO
FROM RIO

"The Sea's Boardwalk" is what they are calling the new summer trend in Rio: the crossing of Barra da Tijuca Beach to reach an island chain nearly 2 kilometers from the coast known as the Tijuca islands.

Since the start of summer, every Saturday and Sunday morning, dozens of people set off on a pilgrimage out into the sea to Alfavaca, the closest island. The other two are Pontuada and do Meio.

"The same way that you can skateboard, rollerblade and walk along the boardwalk, you can make this passage in a number of ways. When you arrive, it's like being on the beach, chatting, having a beer, going for a dip", says Paula Varejão, 28, who has already tried all of the methods of access and says she prefers
the biciboat, a bike that drifts on floats.

"I grew up living directly in front of that archipélago. They always seemed so distant to me, unattainable. I never imagined that I would arrive here standing on a board and paddling", said Deise Miranda, 34.

The islands, rocky formations without beaches, have small ravines you can paddle through. It is a good idea to look up before entering one of them, since the rocks also function as trampolines for swimmers.

STAND UP

The trip by Stand Up Paddle Board, the most affordable, takes about 40 minutes and is not recommended for people who have never used a board before.

The trips usually begin at 8 am, when sea conditions are most favorable for the beginning of the trip. Before they were discovered by tourism companies, the islands served as a sanctuary for Stand Up Paddle Board enthusiasts, swimmers as well as fishermen.

Translated by SUGHEY RAMIREZ

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