(9 SEPT 2012)
I arrived at Galeao International Airport in Rio on the morning of the 9th. I was really looking forward to today. I had arrived on my wife's birthday and our three year wedding anniversary. Little did I know that this was going to be a temultuous start to my time back in Rio. My wife, Leticia, and her father, Hamilton, picked me up at the airport and drove me back down to our apartment in Copacabana. We were at the apartment long enough for me to drop off my luggage and give my wife her birthday and anniversary presents. The rest of the day would be spent at the hospital. My mother-in-law had been battling advanced cancer and went into the Intensive Care Unit at Sao Joao Hospital the day before. We stayed at the hospital waiting for visiting hours and, when we were able to go in and see her, I have to admit it was rather difficult to see my mother-in-law Luiza in an ICU hospital bed. After visiting hours, we went back to the apartment only to get a call that Luiza's condition was worsening and would most likely not make it through the night. My wife stayed with her mother through the night.
(10 SEPT 2012)
In the early morning hours, Luiza slipped into a coma. By around 10am, she had passed away. Her funeral services were held that same day. It was a very intense and emotional day. I did my best to be strong for my wife, but even I couldn't fight back the tears. Beijos, mae..eu amo voce!
(11 SEPT 2012: Day One of Competition)
I left the apartment and walked up to the contest site at Posto 5...all of three blocks away from where my wife's family lives here in Copacabana. I ended up going to grab a quick breakfast with my friend Alexandre and IBA judge Dudu Pedra. The competition was on call for 7:30am, and was underway by 8am. I hosted the English-speaking webcast for the day with IBA Tour Manager Teza McKenna sitting in on occasion so that I could take a break here and there. I used my breaks to grab something to eat, walk back to the apartment to check up on my wife, and walk around the contest site taking some behind-the-scenes photos to post on Facebook. At the end of the day, I wrapped things up in the webcast booth and went outside to film for a highlights clip. I would follow a similar schedule each day of the competition. Check out some of the photos and the video highlight clips for Rio Bodyboarding International 2012...
(12 SEPT 2012: Day Two of Competition)
(13 SEPT 2012: Day Three of Competition)
(14 SEPT 2012: Day Four of Competition)
(15 SEPT 2012: Day Five of Competition)
(16 SEPT 2012: Final Day of Competition)