Surfer Grrrls Brazil

by Mira Manic

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I am a rapper, surfer, and environmental educator. A couple years ago, I received a very special award from the outdoor school where I worked that allowed me to go on my dream adventure.

So in July of 2012 I set off for a solo girl surf safari up the coast of Brazil. I had many goals – to become a better surfer, to immerse myself in Brazilian culture, to meet other female surfers and musicians, and to document my adventures through a blog and original hip hop videos to inspire other women and girls.

I did all these things, and the journey changed my life. The music and videos here are the immediate products of my trip. But since returning from Brazil, I've been continuing the Surfer Grrrl adventure every day! I am now co-running the organization Brown Girl Surf, and working to create a more diverse alternative surf community in the Bay Area and shifting the media around women’s surfing.

I created the music and video of the Surfer Grrrls project, to celebrate the beauty and fun of communing with the ocean on a surf board, to inspire women and girls to boldly invent their own ways of being in the world, and to raise the profile of women of color in the ocean.

You can get the full story of my journey on my blog at www.surfergrrrls.com.

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released October 11, 2014

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Mira Oakland, California

¡Mira Manic! I am Mira ¡Mira Mira! Looking at the world with eyes wide open. Manic, gulping up life with a ravenous hunger. Honoring Manickam, the dazzling gem inside the head of a cobra, who could hunt at night by it's sparkling light, the name of my ancestors. 6 foot tall, nature-nerd, surfer, ninja, educator, author, ethnically complicated, M.C. Rooted in Oakland by way of Jerzzy. ... more

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Track Name: Mira Manic and Surfer Grrrls Brazil featuring Jenny O'Connell - This World is Yours
Sittin there clackin smackin with her sticks
Every day on the stairs from bout 4 to 6
And she’s learning the licks
And she’s pickin up quick
If she sticks with it, this kid is up in the mix.

You gonna trip when you start,
But you gotta have heart.
To be a better shredder
You gotta get out and get 'er every day.
Every wave, every face, ever chance, gotta take.
Make mistakes, play hard, when you find the break

So after supper kids
Pull out the Tupperware lids
Plastic straps smack that, a couple of hits
Oil drums tin cans
Sticks or bare hands
And Soon you’ll be the girl at the front of the band.

SO… Keep on working hard girl you know its gonna pay
You gonna get your spot in the line someday
Paddle hard, live large, battle for every wave.
Cuz Girl this world is yours and its time to play

Keep on working hard girl,
Your gonna get your spot in the line some day
Paddle hard, live large,
This world is yours, yeah

You know I got my task handed
Crash landed, ace planted
ate sand and got stranded. in the white water,
Then I paddle out again like a pig to the slaughter
But by the end of the day,I found my wave and I caught her

CUZ The secret to success is simply persistence
Resistance to give in, cuz you gonna get this.

Be the first one out, and the last one in,
You’ll be the worst at first but then you try again.
Best avoid the crowd, best to laugh out loud,
And best to Tuck and roll when yr board gets plowed.

Cuz, you gonna rave when you catch that first wave. and
You gonna pop when you make your first drop
And first time, you ride the line, pull out the champagne wine cuz girlfriend you ain’t never gonna stop…..

Keep on working hard girl you know its gonna pay
You gonna get your spot in the line someday
Paddle hard, live large, battle for every wave.
Cuz Girl this world is yours and its time to play

Keep on working hard girl,
Your gonna get your spot in the line some day
Paddle hard, live large,
This world is yours, yeah

Pelourinho cobblestone
No we’ don’t wanna go home
Samba reggae on the daily getting up in my dome
I'm eatin acaraje in Itacare With Iyamanje on the coast of Dende

Salvador da Bahia, Love ya first time I see ya
so play that Axé out the back of the Fiat
Jardim da Allah, Farol da Barra
I took the bus there stuck the fare in my bra
I’m a big brown burly girl
Not very girly girl
Not Roxy or Rip Curl or Hurly Girl
I’m the one who dove and found the black pearl,
I’m the one who chose to take back the world.

I’m a surf ninja warrior
Fast – fighting furious
Salt water jedi, red eyed and glorious
Write my own story until I’m notorious
Lead you through the mines of Moria, victorious

Keep on working hard girl you know its gonna pay
You gonna get your spot in the line someday
Paddle hard, live large, battle for every wave.
Cuz Girl this world is yours and its time to play

Keep on working hard girl,
Your gonna get your spot in the line some day
Paddle hard, live large,
This world is yours, yeah

Keep on working hard girl you know its gonna pay
You gonna get your spot in the line someday
Your beat is gonna pop when its time to play
Cuz Girl this world is yours , now its bombs away
Track Name: If You Love to Ride
Well the kids on the street run down like a storm
Like a swarm to the beach and they each got a board
And they strap on a leash when they reach, you’ll be floored
By they way that they ride, sing praise to the lord.

Rocinha is hoppin, jumping, surfing
Samba on Thursday get your body working
Slidin skatin got you booty shakin
Make you first world kids quit your belly achin.

Chorus
So put your hands up, if you love to ride
Put your hands up, if you follow the tide.
If you paddle for the outside giant set,
If you are looking for the best one yet.

If you got sand in your hair and sand on your feet
Sand in your underwear and sand in your sheets
If you dream of waves from the night before
And you wake at first light cuz you'd like some more.

Skinny little lanes and skinny little houses
Skinny little kids but they don’t think about it
When they catchin waves on overhead days
And surfin don’t pay but the beach is still crowded

Bocao’s got a room full of surfboards the worst boards
That you ever seen but soon they’ll be worth more
Put a little sheen, and soon they'll be worth more
Open the ocean to business, what you work for.

Chorus

Put your hands up si você gosta de surfar
Put your hands up, todos os caminos do mar
Put your hands up esse e geral da Rocinha,
A galera unida, surfe e nossa vida

Chorus in English
Track Name: Mira Manic and Surfer Grrrls Brazil, featuring Danielle Antunes - Ela Era Assím
We’re Attached to our boards
Like umbilical cords
Charging waves like mongol hordes, like matadors, like
Young lords you better draw your swords.

Cuz on Sundays with fun waves, we run straight to corners with surf boards and thumbs raised.
We done crazy! I like my days wavey, like my waves with gravy, You might try to save me, I aint gonna trade see, not even maybe, I'm a surf baby!

Ela era assím,
subia descia
sorria pra mim
queria podia
coria caia
ia até o fim
coria caia
ia até o fim

menina folia
alegria jasmim
surf skate
dance patins

o mar e as ondase
as flores e o canto
o verso e o pranto
a ventania nos cantos
e amor e os anjos

City nights, city lights, got my heart tight
Mind's like give me five and I can get right.
Between carlights and barlights there's starlight.
Get on board our boards, and we can take flight
Kick flip, drop dip, stick it, oh that felt nice.
Surf streets under streetlights and keep the curves tight.

We know something and they don't understand it
Feeling that I get when I kick flip and land it
On the board, oh lord, the first time I stand up,
Make my first drop and my universe expanded.

Ela era assím,
subia descia
sorria pra mim
queria podia
coria caia
ia até o fim
coria caia
ia até o fim

a sintonia naturaleza
o movimento da beleza
forca e delicadeza
coragem e destreza

ela era assím

I push over the ledge, now I’m over the edge. Its life as I know it, I better not blow it, the wave shows its face to me, puts me in my place, but it’s Ok, cuz it's the place to be.
On the shining blue sea, where the river runs free, and you and me are free to be you and me.

I gotta hop to it, pop, make the drop into it, don't stop, just do it, don't think, intuit, like kids do it, let your legs carry you through it.
Before you know it you'll be flying down fluid,
And forgetting your life as you knew it.

Ela era assim,
subia descia
sorria pra mim
queria podia
coria caia
ia ate o fim
coria caia
ia ate o fim