- Title: Surfers delight as strong waves pound Rio
- Date: 12th August 2017
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AUGUST 12, 2017) (REUTERS) VIEW OF RIO DE JANEIRO'S GUANABARA BAY WITH SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN IN BACKGROUND PLANE TAKING OFF OVER THE BAY GROUP OF BODYBOARDERS LOOKING OUT AT THE POWERFUL SURF AT RIO'S SAO CONRADO BEACH LARGE WAVE CRASHING WITH AN ISLAND POKING OUT IN THE BACKGROUND MORE OF WAVES CRASHING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE HOPPING OVER A BARRICADE BLOCKING ACCESS TO AN OCEAN-SIDE BIKE PATH WAVES CRASHING ON ROCKS VARIOUS OF A SURFER WALKING OUT ALONG ROCKS AND JUMPING INTO WATER AT RIO'S ARPOADOR BEACH SURFER AND PHOTOGRAPHER LOOKING OUT AT WAVES (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) SURFER, MARCELO GUIMARAES, SAYING: "A swell that comes along once in a decade and today we're here at Arpoador (Beach), the cradle of surfing in Brazil with 2 to 3 meter (6 to 9 foot) waves. The waves are a little bit to the side here, but there are big waves and the gang's already in the water going for it." GUIMARAES ON BOARDWALK WITH SURFBOARD GUIMARAES PADDLING TO CATCH A WAVE GUIMARAES RIDING A WAVE SURFERS CATCHING WAVES AREA RESIDENT, 41-YEAR-OLD ENGINEER, ANDRE MARQUES, LOOKING OUT AT WAVES (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) AREA RESIDENT, 41-YEAR-OLD ENGINEER, ANDRE MARQUES, SAYING: "No, I've never seen it like this. This is rare. Look at how big those waves are. They're (the surfers) good." SURFER RIDING A WAVE AT ARPOADOR BEACH SURFER FALLING OFF WAVE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SURFING
- Embargoed: 26th August 2017 21:24
- Keywords: Brazil surf surfers swell waves
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Sport,Surfing
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TUPJCZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Surfers in Rio de Janeiro took to the city's fabled beaches on Saturday (August 12) as unusually large waves washed ashore.
Surfers took to the waters of Rio's Arpoador Beach, known for its good surfing waves, but with atypically large waves in the area, surfers were also able to practice their sport on other beaches which are generally flatter.
An alert has been issued for Rio's beaches with the navy saying waves could reach up to 4.5 meters (14.75 feet). The alert has been issued for all of Saturday and Sunday and is only expected to be lifted on Monday (August 14) morning.
The city has closed parts of a coastal bike path as a preventative measure. Two people were killed in 2016 when part of the bike path collapsed under crashing waves just months before the start of the Rio Olympics that year.
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