Billabong Pro Rio Preview

The Dream Tour makes its annual stop in Brazil this wednesday for the Billabong Pro Rio. Previously this event had been held in Florianopolis, a small city in Southern Brazil, and was sponsored by the amusingly named clothing company HANG LOOSE. This year seems to be the Dream Tour’s coming out party, as new events in big cities such as San Francisco and New York City have been scheduled. Joining this trend, Billabong has stepped up as the event sponsor and moved the show to Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in all of Brazil. Surfing is one of the biggest sports in the country, with massive crowds flocking to watch their national heroes in the water. Now that the event is in Rio, we may see the biggest crowds in competitive surfing history.

With Joel Parkinson snatching a win at Bells, the race for the title is beginning to take shape. Kelly is still on top of the world after his Snapper win, and a 5th at Bells, but Parko is only trailing by 1200 points, with Jordy Smith only 100 points behind him.

The swell forecast is looking promising, with some good sized swell on the charts, the first heat could hit the water at 4am West coast time on Wednesday.

Below are the event preview webisodes from Billabong. More on the event website here.

2011 Billabong Rio Pro – Webisode #1 from Billabong USA on Vimeo.

2011 Billabong Rio Pro – Webisode #2 from Billabong USA on Vimeo.