The fourth stop on the Men’s Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour 2017. After the conclusion of the Australian Leg of the tour, the WSL migrates across the globe to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, for the Rio Pro.
Typically held in average beachbreak conditions that can deliver a punch. The contest is as close to an old ‘80s beach party as you’re going to find on tour today. The Brazilian crowds on the beach swell to hundreds of thousands of peoples, all frothing to take in the action. With world titles going to Gabriel Medina and Adriano De Souza the country has fallen in love with surfing. If you’re thinking of traveling there to take in the contest, get ready for a heady dose of South American beach culture.
Hang at the world-famous Copacabana Beach or Ipanema to soak in the culture, or make the trek to the top of a nearby mountain to visit the 100-foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue and get a crazy panoramic view of the area. If you’re feeling frisky, there’s no shortage of nightlife in Rio, but remember to keep your wits about you as petty crime is common.
May 9-20, 2017
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Highlights from the Oi Rio Pro 2016 Final:
For more information head to World Surf League.
Feature image: A frame at Grumari, Rio Pro. Photo by Ivan Serpa