New York and Rio de Janeiro open the urban surfing era

January 26, 2011 | Surfing

Barra da Tijuca: crystal clear waters

The new generation of surfers will have the opportunity to shine in giant wave arenas. New York City and Rio de Janeiro are going to be under the spotlights of the media, as the two cities prepare to host the big surfing circus.

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has announced that urban surfing is the next big thing. The idea of having top competitions in metropolitan surf cities is quite good for the sport and spectators.

USA and Brazil are two relevant surfing nations. Thousands of surfers live in the ultra crowded urban areas of NY and Rio. Plus, you've got world class surf spots and consistent conditions throughout the year. Long Island's Long Beach is a classy spot for local with plenty of room and waves for the best surfers in the world.

Then, Barra da Tijuca is also a must. With solid swell, consistent and rippable beach breaks, it will be fun to see the how the pros will cope with good waves and beautiful girls. Praia da Arpoador and Canto do Recreio will serve as the secondary sites, if needed.

So, after urban surfing, what's next? Indoor surfing, who knows? The Kelly Slater Wave Company might unveil a new laboratory wave to be installed in pools, lakes or rivers. For now, let's enjoy the Billabong Pro Rio de Janeiro 2011 and the Quiksilver Pro New York. Stoked.

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