After football and driving cars very fast Surfing is Brazil’s national obsession. The beach culture associated with its most iconic city, Rio, makes it the obvious place for a tour stop.
Some say the changeable beachbreak conditions are not worthy of the ‘Dream Tour’ but the electric Brazilian crowds and open competition make it one of the most exciting stops.
The wave is a standard beachbreak so it is totally sandbar and swell development, someyears it’s been all about barrels other times it’s all about turns and airs, it’s the variety of condiditons that make it exciting.
Who to watch?
This is one of the most open events of the year. The shifting beach break conditions really mix things up. The top four of Moore, Fitzgibbons, Gilmore and last years champ Tyler Wright are ones to watch, but it’s anyone of the top 16’s for the taking.
How to watch?
The whole of the tour is broadcast live on a free webcast, just go to www.aspworldtour.com and follow the link.
Rio is GMT -3, so for us in Europe it’s a pretty easy watch. The event runs typically over the best three days of the holding period.