Rio de Janeiro: capital of wave riding in Brazil

Flavio Brito and a Brazilian team of supporters have announced a brand new event in Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil.

It will be the richest bodyboard event of 2012 boasting a total prize money of $75,000 dollars. The Rio Bodyboarding International with feature a $30,000 WWT Grand Slam combined with a $45,000 6-Star GQS for Men.

The contest will be surfed between September 11th–16th, so riders will be able to fly directly from the Jenks Pro to Brazil. This is a history making moment for Brazil after the success of the Itacoatiara Pro, with many of the world's best expected to attend.

"Among the city we have 3 to 5 possible waves. We will have two structures plus a mobile one and will be broadcasting in two languages, Portuguese and English", says event promoter Flavio Brito.

"For next year, our intention is to run this event back to back to Itacoatiara, because it is better for everyone that way", he added.