Forecast: Rio Pro
The Championship Tour has done its fair share of globetrotting of late: Australia, Indonesia, Central America, and now across to Brazil.
From reef to boulder-strewn point waves, we’re back to the beach and there’s plenty of swell on the way for the stretch of sand between Barrinha and Praia de Itauna.
The quality of the waves here are often underestimated, yet this stretch of the Brazilian coast faces due south, so it picks up any lick of swell rounding Cape Horn, and with rock outcrops at either end of the beach sand is often stacked into semi-permanent shape - a righthander at Barrinha and a longer left up at Itauna.
The first day of the waiting period kicks of this evening, around 8pm our time, right as a new southerly swell fills in. This swell was generated earlier this week by a strong low sitting south-east of Argentina and should provide good 4-5ft sets under a morning offshore wind. Weak sea breezes are expected into the afternoon creating bumpy conditions as the swell starts to ease.
Friday will be clean again with easing surf from the 3-4ft range, bumpy into the afternoon again with a shallow southerly change linked to approaching frontal activity and further pulses of southerly swell.
We’ll see plenty of southerly swell to follow from Saturday afternoon, though weaker in nature as a series of relatively weak cold fronts will push up the east coast of South America.
From Saturday afternoon through Monday we should see surf to 4ft though freshening cross-onshore south-west winds through Saturday and Sunday will likely see them called as lay days. It should also be noted that there'll be 2ft of background easterly trade-swell in the mix, though hard to distinguish under the southerly energy.
Lighter southerly winds are due on Monday, likely variable in the morning allowing competition to get back under way.
As we head towards the end of the waiting period (Thursday week) the southerly swell will ease in size and power but morning offshore winds will kick back in ahead of afternoon sea breezes.