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Danger - Tres Marias - The guys that work in the port and cargo ships call it "Hawaii" and it is important to remeber that this is a very dangerous wave and can produce some giant series after series killers that will push you back to shore like a tsunami! So you must always have caution and rescue boats around.
Pictures - Tres Marias - I don't know how the policy of copyrights works here, but these are the only two pics of Tres Marias in the web http://www.jornalagora.com.br/imgs_noticias/52331_1007_surf_marias.jpg
Acording to the web site it was taken by Pablo Bech, and on this web site is the other
Additional Info - Tres Marias - Cassino beach ("praia" in portuguese) is located in the city of Rio Grande, in the south of Rio Grande do Sul state. The city has one of the biggest ports of South America and is very close to the conection between Lagoa dos Patos (one of the largest lagoons in the world) and the Atlantic Ocean. If you look in Google Maps you will be able to see two fin lines that goes from the shore into the ocean called "Molhes" in portuguese... in the tip of the left one (Molhe Oeste) is where the magic happens! This stone barrier has a little wind-cart (a mine cart with a sail) and you can take it to go to the end of the Molhe, more than (4km long). Along the way it is possible to see sea lions and wolves hanging out in the rocks (those guys really know the best spots!) and sometimes dolphins.
Secret Spot - Tres Marias - There is a very unknown secret spot in Cassino beach with possibly the biggest waves in Brazil. Around 5km from the shore next to the end of a huge breakwater structure built to help cargo ships go to Rio Grande port by entering in the lagoon, it's a sand bar that breaks only in the right conditions but when it does it's huge and dangerous. Tow-in only! When there are big swells it's possible to see the Tres Marias (three Maries) from the shore, so you can imagine how big they are (clear image from 5km away!)... few locals have dropped the Tres Marias.
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