The world’s best surfers on the ASP World Tour arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today for the Billabong Rio Pro, the 3rd men’s event of 10 in this year’s quest for the best in surfing. This event runs from May 9-20.
This latest stop on the ASP World Tour also sees the men’s and women’s tours aligning for the first time since the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach on April 3-14. Last year, Adriano de Souza beat Taj Burrow in the final, while Carissa Moore beat Sally Fitzgibbons on her way to winning the women’s world title.
Yesterday, Kelly Slater, who is currently sitting at the top of the overall standings, withdrew from the Billabong Pro Rio due to a heel injury sustained in Java. With Slater’s withdrawal, the current frontrunner spot on the ASP WCT ratings is up for grabs in Rio de Janeiro. At this time, Slater is followed by Adriano de Souza and Billabong’s own Taj Burrow is currently in third. Mick Fanning (fourth) and Jordy Smith (fifth) are both well placed to take advantage in Brazil.
The women, meanwhile, will be competing in their fifth event. Stephanie Gilmore is still out in front after two wins and a second place, but Sally Fitzgibbons (second) and reigning world champion Carissa Moore (fifth) are close behind.
We’re looking forward to watching the action… in hot and sexy Brazil. The LIVE webcast will be available at www.billabongpro.com.
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