The World Surf League (WSL) has announced the shift of the primary venue for the 2017 Rio Pro from Postinho Beach, Rio, to Itaúna Beach, Saquarema.
Postinho has served as the event's main location since 2012, but challenges regarding wave and water quality in recent years have prompted the WSL and event organizers to explore alternative venues in Brazil. Saquarema, a location that has been utilized by WSL Qualifying Series (QS) events in past seasons, will welcome the world's best surfers on the elite Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour for the second time since 2002.
"I'm excited to confirm the new location of Saquarema for the 2017 Rio Pro," said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. "The athletes will benefit from its consistency and potential for excellent waves. Postinho was a great spot, but we rarely got it at its best and the water quality in recent years has been a big challenge. We were committed to keeping the tour in Brazil, and look forward to delivering an outstanding event for fans all over the world.
We'd also like to thank Mayor Eduardo Paes and Riotur for their years of unconditional support for the World Surf League and the Rio Pro, and to the people of Rio for hosting us in their great City," concluded Perrow.
The winner of the men's 2016 Oi Rio Pro was John John Florence (HAW) while Tyler Wright (AUS) won the women's competition; Tyler has since been crowned the 2016 World Champion following the completion of the Roxy Pro France and Florence is the current men's frontrunner on the WSL Jeep Leaderboard.
The complete 2017 WSL Schedule will be released on November 15, 2016.