- Title: BRAZIL: Adilton Mariano sets new world record in Amazon river surfing
- Date: 30th May 2003
- Summary: AMAZON, BRAZIL (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS AERIALS OF AMAZON VARIOUS AERIALS OF ARAGUARI RIVER AND WAVE VARIOUS OF CHAMPION, ADILTON MARIANO, SURFING RIVER VARIOUS OF WAVE VARIOUS OF MARIANO SURFING MARIANO CELEBRATING (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) ADILTON MARIANO SAYING: "I had a moment when I almost disappeared into the wave, I recovered and thank God I was able to overcome my limitations and take maximum advantage of the wave." MARIANO SURFING VARIOUS AERIALS OF RIVER
- Embargoed: 14th June 2003 13:00
- Location: AMAZON REGION, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA1D62XLFZHV049L4E48CZG7UN
- Story Text: A 20-year-old Brazilian surfer has set a new world record in the Amazon's river-surfing championship.
A 20-year-old Brazilian from the northeastern state of Ceara set a new world record during the country's river-surfing championship recently.
Adilton Mariano surfed for 34 minutes and eight seconds on a wave that was five metres high and lasted for some 40 minutes with a speed close to 20 kilometres per hour. The previous record, also set by Mariano, was 26 minutes and 19 seconds.
"I had a moment when I almost disappeared into the wave, I recovered and thank God I was able to overcome my limitations and take maximum advantage of the wave," said a relieved Mariano after the competition.
The river-surfing event occurred on the Araguari (ar-ah-GWAR-ee) River in the city of Macapa (mah-KAH-pah), located 2000 kilometres north of Brasilia.
The Amazon's giant wave, known as a "pororoca", is a unique phenomenon that attracts surfers throughout the world.
It differs from ocean waves in that it has two currents pushing across each other. As a result, the wave exhibits great strength and duration and repeats itself every twelve hours.
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