First post here so cheers all!
I'm skipping on my Japan working visa next month for Brazil to live with my gf in Sao Paolo who works at the Japanese consulate there. I'm taking off with nothing but a Nike duffel full of clothes.
I'm going to pick up surfing, something I always wanted to do. I always loved the beach and the waves but I have always been more of a snowboarder so let's see how that goes.
Should I invest in a longboard or a fish? I hear longboards are recommended for beginners. How are Brazilian waves in July/August? Should I be more worried about criminality in Sao Paolo?
Any advice appreciated.