The Best of Brazil
Dia de Surf no Brasil
Surf's up in Brazil. With nearly 5,000 miles of coastline, there's no shortage of surf opportunity here. It's home to one of the world's largest surfing populations: From Rio to Florianopolis, it seems everybody's getting in the water in Brazil.
The explosion of Brazilian talent on the world tour in the past 24 months has not gone unnoticed. Spearheaded by 19-year-old X Games Real Surf finalist Gabriel Medina, this next generation has been much discussed in the surf media -- and for good reason.
Fernando do Noronha
In the northern portion of the country lies the island of Fernando do Noronha. Known for its stunning beauty and high-quality beachbreaks, it's long been a stop for traveling surfers.
While known for its bounty of beachbreaks, Brazil does boast an array of below-sea-level slabs. Local boy Marcelo Trenkino in deep on a thick one.
Attracting the ASP World Tour, at the start of May the Billabong Rio Pro will get underway. Past winners include Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow and Adriano De Souza.
Mercado Municipal Da Catareira
Employing more than 1,500 people, the Mercado Municipal Da Catareira in So Paulo is a must for those in search of good food and an authentic Brazilian experience. Known for its produce, poultry and seafood.
Christ the Redeemer
The signature landmark above Rio, the Christ the Redeemer statue is considered the largest art deco statue in the world, and fifth largest statue of Jesus.
Adriano De Souza
The savior of Brazilian surfing, Adriano De Souza is a national sports icon in his native country. He's long been considered a hopeful to bring home Brazil's first world title, and with a win at the recent Rip Curl Pro, he's well on his way this year.
Florianpolis has some of the most consistent surf spots in Brazil. It's open to swells from the South Atlantic and Antarctica. The best season to hit it is from early March to late May, and late September to early November.
Carissa Moore will try to hold on to her world number-one ranking when the Billabong Rio Pro hits the water this May. Familiar with the waters, she won the Brazil event in 2011.
Rio de Janeiro
Home to 6.3 million people, the colors of Rio flood down to the edge of the Atlantic.
Another one of Brazil's rising surf stars, Alejo Muniz has finished rated as high as 10th on the ASP World Tour. Born in Argentina, his surfing roots are in Brazil.
When Kolohe Andino was trying to qualify for the tour it was his success in Brazilian surf that put him over the edge. With ramps aplenty, the beachbreaks suit his lofty approach to the sport.
With millions of surfers around the country, Brazil is a natural, fun-loving beach beach culture ... just hope you don't ever draw one in a heat.