Get to the choppah! We’re headed to Saquarema! Photo: Jimmicane

Don’t say we didn’t warn ya.

The Oi Rio Pro, for reasons including shitty water, shitty waves, and general crime in the region, has seen its final days. Since 2012 the Top 34 have cut their teeth between the mediocre breaks of Postinho and Grumari, only to be dealt subpar conditions, frequent illness, and the odd kidnapping or shooting. It’s safe to say none of them will miss Rio, except for maybe John John, who happens to have his career-best results at the dumpy closeout.

Hopefully John can keep the streak in Saqua. Photo: Jimmicane

As we all know, the totality of Brazil is not to blame for Rio’s shortcomings. Brazil has many wonderful people, places, and waves, and therefore it is our pleasure to inform you that the 2017 WSL Brazil event (no longer sponsored by Oi) will take place in Saquarema. Located roughly 100 kilometers east of Postinho, the beaches of Saquarema offer usually-superior waves and definitely-superior water quality. The last Saquarema CT event was in 2002 and won by Taj Burrow. For obvious reasons, the odds of a repeat are infinitesimal at this stage.

I, along with most international fans of surfing, am greatly pleased with the WSL’s decision to move the Brazil event. Brazil absolutely deserves a CT event. Their talent pool and fanbase are arguably the biggest and best across the globe, and we would never dream of stealing their homecoming. But Rio just ain’t safe.

Saquarema here we come!

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Leo will be there! Josh and Seabass too. Photo: @theroadsoda