Surfing Rio de Janeiro in a time of football

April 29, 2014 | Surfing
Gabriel Medina: negotiating a safe exit in Rio de Janeiro

Gabriel Medina is the captain of the pro surfing fleet, as the ship reaches the warm waters of Copacabana for the 2014 Billabong Rio Pro, in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro is a busy world capital. The FIFA Brazil 2014 is about to kick off in the multiple green fields of the country, and tourists are flocking to Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) for the world's most popular sports event.

But Gabriel Medina is currently focused on his own challenge. The young talented surfer from Maresias wants to add another page to the history of his own sport. That is why he is a man on a mission. Could he be the first ever Brazilian to claim a world surfing title?

At Barra da Tijuca, there will be a packed beach full of Brazilians cheering him and Adriano de Souza. If the spot doesn't pump, there's always Arpoador and Canto do Recreio as backup sites.

The 2014 Billabong Rio Pro will be surfed between 7th-18th May, in Rio de Janeiro.

2014 Billabong Rio Pro Round 1 Matchups:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza, Bede Durbidge, Dion Atkinson
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina, Sebastian Zietz, Tiago Pires
Heat 3: Taj Burrow, Adrian Buchan, Raoni Monteiro
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson, Adam Melling, Brett Simpson
Heat 5: Kelly Slater, Jeremy Flores, Peterson Crisanto
Heat 6: Mick Fanning, Mitch Crews, David do Carmo
Heat 7: Josh Kerr, Fred Patacchia, Travis Logie
Heat 8: Jordy Smith, Filipe Toledo, Aritz Aranburu
Heat 9: Julian Wilson, Miguel Pupo, Alejo Muniz
Heat 10: Nat Young, Glenn Hall, Jadson Andre
Heat 11: Michel Bourez, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson
Heat 12: John John Florence, CJ Hobgood, Kolohe Andino

2014 ASP World Championship Tour Rankings:

1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) - 19,200
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) - 18,400
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) - 16,950
4. Kelly Slater (USA) - 16,900
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) - 16,250

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