Thursday, July 19, 2012

GEOGRAPHY: Posto 5 (Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

GEOGRAPHY: Posto 5 (Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

  With the confirmation of the IBA Rio Bodyboarding International 2012, I thought this would be a good time to cover the waves of Posto 5, one of the primary competition locations for this recently announced event.  To learn more about the IBA Rio Bodyboarding International 2012 event, please visit the IBA world tour website at the following link:

  Located in Copacabana, in the Zona Sul (Southern Zone) section of Rio de Janeiro, Posto 5 (also referred to as P5) is a powerful beachbreak wave that breaks in shallow water. On larger swells of 3 meters (10ft) or bigger, there is an outside reef called "Sorriso" (meaning "Smile") that starts to break. During these larger swells, the waves peak up over Sorriso as mostly fat slow-rollers requiring alot of cutting back and positioning until working into the inside at P5 where the wave stands up and turns into a heaving beachbreak wave with fast wide-open barrels on the clean days.  International bodyboarders such as Matt Lackey (Australia) have referred to P5 as "the Puerto Escondido of Brazil."  For an idea of what to expect from a session at P5 on a big swell, check out this video clip:

Also, click on the link below to watch another clip from P5:

  Even on smaller swells, Posto 5 tends to have a lot of power as well as a lot of current in the water.  If you paddle out at P5, you are going to want to be sure to line yourself up with the buildings on the beachfront and pay close attention to the visible signs of rips pushing out through the line-up.  Also, the line-up can get very crowded and requires some aggressive paddling if you are going to get any waves there.  If you're looking to score P5 less crowded, hitting up an early morning dawn patrol session is going to be your best bet.

Posto 5 local Daniel Ferreira airing it out.  Daniel had solid results at the Arica Chilean Trials and made the main event at the Itacoatiara Pro this year.  He's one of the young Brazilians to keep an eye out for. Photo: Oswaldo Luiz Siqueira

  Posto 5 is the home break for a very large group of talented bodyboarders including the likes of 6x World Champion Guilherme Tamega, Hermano Castro, Francirley Ferreira, Diego Roberto, Rodrigo Octavio, and Daniel Ferreira as well as Brazil's versions of the "supergrom" with Socrates "Doutorzinho" Santana and Matheus Bastos.

With waves like this, it's easy to see why Posto 5 is called "The Puerto Escondido of Brazil."  P5 local Hermano Castro scoring the goods. Photo: Oswaldo Luiz Siqueira

  So, there you have it...a quick look at Posto 5 and perhaps a taste of what we might see during the IBA Rio Bodyboarding International 2012 (Sept. 11th-16th)...until then, pray for surf... YEEEWWW!!!

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