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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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Brazil, Rio de Janeiro City

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By Anonymous , 12-01-2010

No good in summer - In the summer, due to lack of decent regular swells, Ipanema and Leblon are usually just a shorebreak, as no sand is deposited on the outside and thus the sand banks that make this place surfable are non-existant. With the first winter swells, however, the sand banks start forming on the outside and Ipanema and Leblon can have some sweet waves with some nice little barrels...and when u get out of the water, the fauna on the beach is preeeeetty sweet! Enjoy!

By Nelson Gutochi , 05-12-2005

awesome - Im from the north shore of Oahu and visited Rio for 2 weeks in August. I stayed in Ipanema and to my amazement the best place to be was across the street from my hotel. for a week straight consistent 10-14'' sets and almost perect shore break. I was told that was an exceptional week and the summer months can be slow with crowded surf.

lets just say i was more interested in the ladies this week however!

By anonymous , 10-05-2005

not so good - I spent a fortnight hanging around Ipanema and Leblon. The waves never held up particularly well and because it's a bit of a shorey the rides were invariably short. One day with the correct swell (direct southerly?) a good right began to form on the west end of the bay near Leblon. Whenever the waves got even half decent about 5 million kids invaded the water. Millions of people in the water also but less so on bigger days. Arpoador is much better wave but has the crowds also...

By SNOWMONKEY , 24-03-2005

good barrels and hot tan tight girls - Surfed here alot, the points are very crowded when its on, but if you
look around you can get a good wave or two. Swimmers
are all over the place when its hot. Speaking of hot, girls are all over the place as well! 7-1 m-f ratio!!!
and they love American surfers! Go now.
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