LDS (Loucos Do Surf - 'Crazy ones of Surfing') Family


The poor urban planning of the Brazilian metropolises since their construction resulted in a long process of suffocation and exhaustion of the public transport system. Only in 2012 a federal law obliged cities with more than 20 thousand inhabitants to comply with the National Urban Mobility Policy norms that aimed at reducing the number of years of neglect.


The sale of motor vehicles in Brazil has always guided the public policies that were designed for the individualism of cars and the industry was one of the main pillars of development of the national economy. For a large part of the population that uses public transportation every day to get around, with overcrowded wagons and buses, it's a humiliating routine.


In the 1990s train surfers, who risked their lives as they made trips from the center of Rio de Janeiro to the suburbs on top of the wagons dribbling electric high voltage wires, became popular in the Brazilian press. After strong police repression the practice was disappearing from the daily transport.


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I met the LDS (Crazy ones of Surfing) Family from a video on facebook where the group leader "surfed" on a high-speed bus in some peripheral neighborhood of northeastern Brazil. I discovered the route of the bus in the city of Olinda, near Recife, in the state of Pernambuco, and I went there the following month.


LDS is a family for this group of young people living in the Olinda favelas. In the periphery of the Brazilian metropolis, they live a common reality. The absence and neglect of the state manifests perversely in their lives in many ways: the school that does not attract them, the violence all around, the lack of sports and cultural centers and the lack of perspective. They found in the Surfing practiced on the bus a way to break free of the moorings.

These photos are the result of my first week living with the boys and girls of the LDS family of which I am affectionately part of today.


The project is in progress and aims to produce a documentary about the group.

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