In the latest episode of No Contest, Red Bull and Stab bring you behind the scenes at the Brazilian leg of the tour to talk backwash, acai, and ‘budgie smugglers’ from beautiful Saquarema.
After a so-so Aussie leg, more notable for sharks than shredding, and the contest held in Kelly Slater’s wavepool, Brazil just delivered the best event yet of the 2018 world tour surfing season. In and out of the water, the Rio Pro was a roaring success.
To give us the local rundown, we met up with Brazilian world champ Adriano de Souza to find out what’s delivered him his competitive edge over the years. Big wave lunatic Lucas Chianca checks in to give us the rundown on his beloved Saquarema, and magazine founder and all round debonair man about town Steven Allain explains some of the ins and outs of the Brazilian way of life.
As well as grilling the Top 34 on their knowledge of local clothing (or lack thereof), we hang out with Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson and Adrian Buchan at an impromptu Cheeseburger Challenge surf-off, and carve big chunks of meat from the bone in celebration afterwards, with contagious smiles the order of the day.
Stop No.5 of the world tour sees the big dogs ready to launch in Bali, but before Keramas kicks off, why not reminisce one last time about the most surprising and satisfying locations we’ve visited this year. Hit play now to join the party, and just see how long you can last without wanting to hop on the next flight to beautiful Brazil. Enjoy.