After a long break we are back to World Tour action in the samba town of Rio. With the ratings still wide open after Adriano took down Bells much to the disbelief of most of the surfing world, all the big names are in the hunt and Rio is known for throwing some curve balls. Kelly is always the danger man, John John Florence is still injured, so the event has no defending champion. Jordy Smith has been on fire and with a gold medal win at the Xgames he will be brimming with confidence. I am really liking the new kids on the block, Nat Young and Filipe Toledo, who hav eboth been super impressive on their debut tour events. Toledo with a home crowd could be super dangerous. Gabriel Medina has had a slow start, but will always be on the hunt at home in Brazil. Adriano Da Souza after a win at Bells, will be feeling the eye of the tiger and claiming floaters all over the show! Let the battle begin!
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