Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Everything You Need to Know About Rio Bodyboarding International 2013

Everything You Need to Know About Rio Bodyboarding International 2013

Date: September 3rd-8th, 2013
Location: Posto 5, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rating: IBA World Tour 2013
Status: Men's GQS (Global Qualifier Series)/ Women's GSS (Grand Slam Series)
Prize Money: $60,000 USD Prize Purse ($40,000 Men's, $20,000 Women's)
Points: 2000 points for both divisions

IBA Technical Director: Alex Leon

Event Organizer: Flavio Brito


Rio Bodyboard International 2013
Copacabana – Brazil
September 3rd to 8th –  $ 60.000 USD Men and Women

  For the second consecutive year, the famous Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, will receive the best bodyboarders of the world. The Rio Bodyboard International will take place in one of the most beautiful places in Brazil and the best riders will compete for a total of U$60.000,00 between 03rd and 08th of September.

  Rio Bodyboarding International will offer 2000 points in WWT and GQS rankings. In 2012, Isabela Sousa won in Rio making a big step towards her second world title. Among men, the Moroccan Brahim Iddouch won leaving Yoan Florentin in second after an equal final.

It’s not being that easy to host the event for this second year. Governmental and economic issues have complicated a bit the pre-production of the event but we still believe that is very important to Rio and Brazil to have one of the biggest events of the tour once again in the city. Last year we had 181 competitors, from 19 countries. Would be nice to have the same or even more competitors this year.” Says Flavio Brito, president of the Rio Bodyboarding Federation and organizer of the competition.

  All international riders must confirm their presence by emailing Natalia – with their full name and country. There will be a Check-In on September 2nd(Monday) from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on the venue site at Copacabana beach.

The event will be broadcasted in two languages (English and Portuguese) at:

...and there will be online updates at:

Rio Bodyboarding 2013 is sponsored by Governo do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – Secretaria de Estado de Esporte e Lazer and is organized by Federação de Bodyboarding do Rio de Janeiro.

For more information
Media Information – Danilo Caboclo - +55 11 97667-9636 /

IBA South América – Francisco Garritano + 55 21 8674-5100 /

Entry Information – Natalia /

Event information – Flávio Brito + 55 21 8855-1774 /



  All international riders must confirm their participation at the Rio event by submitting the payment information sheet (word document) to the following email: 

Submissions will be accepted until August 31st.

Entry Fees:
Men's- $220 USD
Women's- $200 USD

The entry fee payment for international riders will take place at the check-in on Monday, September 2nd at the Copacabana venue.



Galeao International Airport (for most international flights)
Phone: +55 (21) 3398 5050
Driving from Galeao to Copacabana: approximately 30 minutes

Santos Dumont International Airport (for most domestic flights)
Phone: +55 (21) 3814 7070
Driving fron Santos Dumont to Copacabana: approximately 20 minutes


  The Copacabana beach break of Posto 5, also known as P5, is one of the most famous waves of Rio de Janeiro and the homebreak of 6x World Champion Guilherme Tamega.  The wave is very fast and heavy, and starts working at 2-3ft.  The water temperature is usually around 20C/68F, so a springsuit is usually good for the morning and boardshorts for the day will normally be fine.  If the swell is from the east, though, the water temps can get a little cold.

Type of Wave: Beach break
Wave Direction: Rights (main wave) and lefts
Tidal Conditions: Breaks during low and high tides
Swell Direction: Picks up swell from the south, southeast, and east
Wind Directions: Southeast, south, and northeast winds are preferable
Swell Size: Starts working at less than 1m/ 3ft and holds up to 3m/ 9ft+


-Please look after personal belongings especially passports, traveler's checks, and cash.  Lock them away when not needed.  have copies made of all your important travel documents.  Please come to the site office if you need help making copies upon your arrival.

-Please be careful when leaving or arriving at your accommodation during the evening, and avoid going out by yourself.

-Weather in Rio de Janeiro this time of year is usually warm during the day and during the evening.

-Please book your hotel AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!  The city's accommodations tend to fill up very quickly this time of year.

-At the moment, the current exchange rate is approximately $1 US Dollar= R$2.40 Brazilian Reais.

Rio's Official Website:


Copacabana Praia Hotel (Official Hotel)

Hotel Canada-
Hotel Rio Othon-
Mar Palace Hotel-
Hotel Atlantis Copacabana-
El Misti Hostel-

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