Submitted by maddogmorley on Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:08
What's the forecast looking like for the pro's in Brazil? Don't usually watch Brazil cause I'm sick of seeing air reverses but if there is some swell this year I might tune in.
Looks like they'll have some waves, MM. The forecast tops out at about 6' faces, 3'-4' surfers height, with light onshores. Just great for air reverses...
Just had a quick look at the charts - doesn't look too flash at this stage. A small but fun, long range SE swell is due to move into the region in the next 24 hours, but it looks like we'll be on the backside of this pulse for Day 1 of the event window. Haven't had enough time to do any analysis on the low but at a rough guess I suspect we might see a few stray 3ft sets before it eases steadily during the day.
A small pulse of SE swell is due Thurs (Fri Aust time), and then a small long period S/SW swell Fri (Sat Aust) but no great size is expected from either of these sources - and an onshore SW change is due around the same time.
The only feature of interest at this stage is a weak trough modeled to form off the coast on Friday (in association with the change) which may deepen slightly and generate a fun mid-range SE swell sometime later Sat or Sun (local time). However the models suggest this trough will be pulled to the east which may reduce its potential.
All in all its looking on the small side.
Ah just saw your post Stu - and consequently read the Surfline forecast. At least they're now consistent with their measuring scale!
"WEDNESDAY 7th: Good size SSE swell: 5-7’+ faces, some larger sets very possible" - that'd suggest somewhere in the 4ft range by our standards (they also clarify it by saying "we are expecting head high to overhead sets on Wednesday"). Will be interesting to see what transpires.
Surprise, surprise - looking on the small side.....also for such a big country it's surprising they don't have any reefs.....well perhaps they do but we never get to see 'em.
Looks like I'll be missing another year - bring on J Bay!
Webcast has just kicked off. Looks to be a peaky 3ft fun beachie, judging by the intermittent waves they've panned too so far.
Webcast stream is freezing majorly here though. Can't get any more than about 10 seconds without the whole thing feeezing up.
And - ASP press release just came through - they've called the event on.
Surf size? "Three foot (1 metre) surf. No wind. Cloudy skies."
So how do they equate that against Surfline's call for "Good size SSE swell: 5-7’+ faces, some larger sets very possible"?
I know it's annoying that some forecast sites measure surfers feet (ie Swellnet) and others measure face feet (Surfline) but the ASP has to have some consistency in their product.
Argh! The webcast keeps freezing endlessly.
So I refresh the page - sit through another pre-roll ad - and then it replays the same 10 seconds as before (wide shot of a 3ft peak, with the cameraman zooming in while a surfer buggers the take-off on the left), but then it freezes in the same spot.
This is the worst start to an ASP webcast I have ever seen.
Judging by the ASP's webcast page (48 pissed off comments in the first 10 minutes since they posted the live link) that I'm not the only person having problems with the feed.
I'm gonna give it 5 more minutes.
Look I may be wrong here, but I think you'll find that since Billabong have added Occy's son to the team they haven't got enough money left for anymore than 5mins of broadcast.
You aren't missing much Ben looks 2-3ft at most not a lot of action on fuel
Came back for 15 seconds - at the 8 minute mark (Pottz said there was "22 minutes remaining") but it froze shortly afterwards and has been that way for the last few minutes.
What a train wreck.
Of course Turpel thinks it's amazing
And the wecbast 'concurrent viewer' numbers are plummeting as everyone cracks the shits and does other things. Just like me!
Well .....drop this brazil comp ............lets have a faultless Indonesian webcast showing quality waves
bring back the G land Pro !
as much as a despise the little Medina sook he would likely win there. without doing an air.
You can watch it on the Portuguese stream. The scores and sound aren't working on there either but at least you get vision.
But then, it's not really showing much, just wobbly 2-3 foot closeouts.
What would you have to do to get a 10 out there?
Ace looks pretty pissed out there. I would be.
I've got vision, but no sound.
Maybe a blessing in disguise.
Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.
am i looking at last years event?cause it looks exactly the same,craptacular.Can only hope for a massive improvement.They should pan along the beach,forget the surf and zoom in on the g-bangers.
Wow looks like Manly under a peaky 2-3ft NE windswell. Boring..
I don't mind these comps, seeing the pros in conditions that are most common here in SEQ/NNSW.
Also, there are a couple that are 4ft on the take off, and 5-7ft faces is 2.5-3.5ft surf right?
The forecast on the ASP site calls 3-5ft faces with possible 6fters.... are we looking at an increase in size later in the day? Not enjoying the current grovel-fest.....
Aaaaand why does bong advertise boardies so hard? Does that kind of say that even at a surfing event, surfers aren't really the target audience?
It's the leadup to the northern hemisphere summer (the biggest surf industry markets) and boardies are surf brand's flagship summer products. You'll see the same thing here Oct/Nov-ish.
I would think that most of the surfers would right off the brazil event as the one they'll drop. Even when a decent size wave comes through they get about 2 turns on it before it closes out. Banks are shit and I think yesterday was the biggest it's forecast to get. Bring on J bay!!!
They used to when it was at the end of the Tour. Now they can't afford to.
How can they run a WCT event at a spot that isn't even a surf spot?
Ummm... And the size of Brazil's coast?.... They choose to hold a comp there? At that shitty spot? Between Salvador and Praia do forte, there seems to be good setups.... Itacare looks great, too.... I'm sure these big regional towns/cities would love to host an event.....
Big top surfing, bums on seats.
I suppose, but Cali for example doesn't get warm enough for boardies does it? Or do a lot of people go south to surf? Is France warm enough?
Boardies are worn in and out of the surf, Mitch. Not just used for surfing purposes.
Alright alright. One of the few industries who don't always try to upsell (to rubber, more $$$) then?
True, free ride... But Salvadors population is bigger than Sydney..... Sydney ranked 94th, Salvador - 90th...http://www.worldatlas.com/citypops.htm
No problem re' bums on seats.... ps - Even sleepy little Praia do forte has 1/4 million people....
They have to think beyond Rio.... I mean our biggest city doesn't host a "major'.......
They get plenty at the Gold Coast, accessing both that and Brisbanes pop and Bells gets a shiteload of Melbourne people.
It's the only formula that works SD.
Thats why Rio has a sponsor but J-Bay and Fiji do not.
Wow, forecast looks TOTALLY uninspiring. When they finally get something reasonable size wise to surf, onshore winds also accompany it. Cya's all in Fiji!!!
After watching some of those heats in Brazil, I really don't think the pros are getting paid enough to surf it.
Glad the ASP aren't still telling us they're the worlds best surfers in the worlds best waves and FFS how the hell do the Brazos learn to surf so well in that Shit!!
Good to see they got the webcast sorted today. Running super smooth for the last 30mins.
Pity it's almost flat...
Not very inspiring on the webcast right now, surely it'll be a layday.
Looks like we'll see a decent increase in short range punchy SE swell over the coming days but it'll be onshore at the same time (so quality will be low). Nothing of any significance on the charts beyond that either, so they'll have to make the most of this upcoming bumpy swell.
Why oh why do they persist with Brazil?
Change the venue to Gland fuk the bums on seats.
I assume the webcast ratings are dismal for Brazil? So what is the reason for a continued competition in Rio?
Brazil has a large surfer base (ie ready-to-go audience) and there are a large number of Brazilians on the WCT. The potential local audience is massive. However the event is being held in Rio due to the obvious factors of (1) easier to get crowds to the comp site at a suburban beach, and (2) logistics are cheaper and easier to coordinate, compared to a remote event.
So are there any past event locations that would fill the rio prerequisites and but actually have surf? Surely theres somewhere?
Have they had a crowd there yet?i havent tuned in long enough to know.Are they getting bums on seats.?
Saw highlights from 'QS contest there a few years back at Saquarema (I think it was?) and they got pretty epic waves - looked like it had a lot more potential.
Holy shit, Slater just scored a perfect ten (!) for the first ridden wave of the day. It's slabbing - we're gonna see a lot of broken boards.
No Zillars left in their own comp!! Serves them right for holding it such shit waves when there is bound to be better elsewhere in the country. Bet they don't hold it there next year!
And I don't know about you guys, but I think I would sooner see the tour at Keramas than that dog's breakfast in Brazil.
Can't see anyone arguing with you there.
That wave was a miracle... haven't seen much worth watching since though :(