Boa Tarde! It is my picks and blabbering for the Billabong Rio Pro 2013!
Since I started this blog awhile ago, I wrote something about the waves in the area before and I believe what I wrote still has some merit. Here is the article I wrote previously…check out the waves just around the corner of Arpoador!
I know must people think of Arpoador as the awful mush burger off the rocks. The approval rating for the beach break (Barra da Tijuca) is higher but not by much. To be honest, I always thought the event should be at Fernando de Noronha or even in Saquarema.
Rio does have waves and I must say from experience that I like Aproador better than Barra though it is an odd wave with a ton of moods depending on the rapidly shifting sand bars. Hollow, mushy, backwashy, peeling, closing out…I can say that I have experienced it all there and sometimes all on a trip lasting a week and a half.
Anything can go here so picking a team will be tough for Fantasy Surfer. If it is closing out or crappy, it will be the luck of the ocean. This event can be a good event for guys like Brett Simpson and the air guys to do something before they have to face the big guns in the Pacific leg.
I am not finished picking and I probably will not be done until close to the event’s start time. I have to check the heat draw and wrangle a few new people onto my team. The Brazilians will be a good choice here depending on injuries. I am thinking that Josh Kerr is another solid choice because he is small and light weight and can do airs. If it gets bigger and barrels, Josh is in the game as well. Julian Wilson is another good choice. I am on the fence with Jordy Smith although he is in great form. Owen Wright could eek something out too although the luck factor has not been going his way of late. He could be a pick to shore up the top guys on your team.
What are you guys thinking for your teams??