Grumari Beach is the primary contest site for the Oi Rio Pro 2016

May 6, 2016 | Surfing
Grumari: the the primary contest site for the Oi Rio Pro 2016 | Photo: Ivan Serpa/WSL

The Brazilians love surfing, and the Oi Rio Pro 2016 is back in town. Thousands of enthusiastic surf fans will flock to Grumari between May 10th-21st.

The decision has been made. Grumari will serve as the primary contest site for the Oi Rio Pro after a storm destroyed the event's official structure at Postinho. The spot is located 45 minutes west of Rio de Janeiro, and offers multiple surfing opportunities: deep barrels and steep ramps.

The competition will be broadcasted at Postinho, and local teams will work to try to get it back as an option as soon as possible.

"In some places, we can move just the judges or just some of the commentary team. The key is having all of that mapped out, so when it's time for your plan B to hit, it's just about pressing go and moving forward," explained Megan Grant, general manager of the Championship Tour.

The logistic challenge is just the tip of the iceberg. Because all eyes will be on surfers and their ability to adapt to conditions and change. And there are many variables to dissect.

Will Matt Wilkinson keep his winning pace? How will the Brazilian Storm behave in home waters? How will the rookies cope with the intensity of the Brazilian beaches?

"I have been working really hard, and obviously I have had a bit of luck come my way. Everything feels right and it has been such a fun year for me so far. Hopefully I can keep this momentum going. I feel like my surfing and competing has grown-up a lot in the last year," explained Matt Wilkinson.

Meanwhile, Kelly Slater informed the World Surf League that he will not participate in the competition. Is the Floridian retiring from pro surfing? Slater seems too focused on his wave pool investments to keep chasing heat wins, and last-minute scores.

Finally, the World Surf League didn't express any concerns regarding the quality of the water in Rio de Janeiro. Were the problems solved? Have pro surfers been informed of recent tests?

Oi Rio Pro | Round 1 Match-Ups

Filipe Toledo (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Gabriel Medina (BRA), Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Julian Wilson (AUS), Davey Cathels (AUS), Deivid Silva (BRA)
Italo Ferreira (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Bino Lopes (BRA)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Marco Fernandez (BRA)
Adriano de Souza (BRA), Keanu Asing (BRA), Lucas Silveira (BRA)
Nat Young (USA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Jordy Smith (ZAF), Conner Coffin (USA), Jack Freestone (AUS)
Jeremy Flores (FRA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Kolohe Andino (USA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Caio Ibelli (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Matt Banting (AUS)

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