Florianopolis, an island just off the coast of southern Brazil, deserves to make it onto any travelling surfer’s list of places to visit.

Known as the 'Island of Magic' or 'Floripa' to her friends, this is a land full to the brim with stunning views, powerful waves, friendly people, wild parties and a fierce local drink similar to cachaca, which seems to go in everything from cocktails to cars. 

We headed straight for Joaquina where a fresh swell was just beginning to roll in, and having reversed the hire car into a lamppost in an overexcited panic, paddled out just as the light was beginning to fade.