Official Event Site
May 7 - 18, 2014
Barra da Tijuca: Rio de Janerio, Brazil
PRIZE MONEY: $250,000
TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT - 3
COORDINATES: 22Â°54â€²30â€³S 43Â°11â€²47â€³W
BAGGAGE CLAIM: Rio de Janeiro International, Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
TRANSPORTATION: If you're planning to go rental be sure to pack a protective talisman because the highways here are terrifying. If you're not in the mood for a thrill ride there are plenty of taxis available to take you to your final destination.
ATTITUDE: The Brazilians are rabid surfing fanatics, so prepare to be worshipped. Everyone from Capoeira instructors to frothing junior champions prowl the lineups in search of waves, and the punchy beachbreaks boasted by the region play host to a proud surfing community that is as passionate about the sport as it is its homeland.
THE WAVE: The 2014 Billabong Rio Women's Pro boasts three locations, with the primary event site being the rippable beachbreak of Barra da Tijuca. Backup sites include a lefthand point by the name of Praia da Arpoador and a more sheltered third wave named Canto do Recreio, a solid option if the winds at the aforementioned breaks aren't cooperating.
PERKS: Fun waves, amazing food, fun nightlife, rich culture and beautiful people. What more could you want?
PERILS: To say it's tough to get a wave here is an understatement. The Brazilians are fiery and determined, in and out of the water, and it's not a strange sight so see hoards of people paddle-battling for even the smallest of scraps.
APRES SURF: The iconic Cristo Redentor sits atop Corcovado mountain, offering stunning panoramic views of Rio. A tram ride up the Sugarloaf offers more breathtaking views of the South American coastline. Looking for some evening adventure? Rio is renowned for its nightlife and if you spend enough time in Brazil you'll quickly learn why. Things don't get truly underway until the early hours of the morning though, so plan accordingly.
ASP WORLD TOUR HISTORY: Brazil has played host to a bevy of women's ASP World Tour events over the years and now, with the move to Rio de Janiero, the Rio Women's Pro will run in conjunction with the counterpart men's ASP World Tour event for the fourth consecutive year.
PAST EVENT CHAMPIONS:
2013: Tyler Wright (AUS)
2012: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
2011: Carissa Moore (HAW)