Rio Beach Ruled out of Surf Contest

Surfers say Brazil break is too polluted

Apr 30, 2015
Outside Magazine
Rio Beach Ruled out of Surf Contest

A Rio de Janeiro beach is too polluted to hold WSL's surfing competition in May.    Camila Clarke/Flickr

Sao Conrado beach in Rio de Janeiro has been eliminated, due to pollution, as a backup venue for a World Surf League (WSL) competition scheduled for May, the Guardian reports.

WSL spokesperson Dave Prodan confirmed on Wednesday that the break, which had been a backup to Barra da Tijuca, the main stage for the Rio Pro event, is no longer under consideration. A ruptured sewage main leaks untreated waste from nearby slums into the surf spot, creating a large brown stain in the water.

“You could have a situation where most of the beach is awash in this putrid water,” Mario Moscatelli, a biologist and environmentalist, told the Guardian.

As the 2016 Olympic Games near, athletes and organizers have voiced concern over Rio’s water quality, particularly sailors who must compete in Guanabara Bay’s polluted waterways