The Oi Rio Pro, previously held in Rio de Janeiro, has now moved to Saquarema, a small town east of the Brazilian metropolis that has hosted a QS 10,000 event in the past and has one of the more consistent (we’ve heard), cleaner (we hope) beachbreaks in Brazil.
But my gut is telling me that Medina is going to be throwing all kinds of gravity-defying airs to climb out of his current ratings slump, not to mention to finally make a statement on his home turf in Brazil.
My brain is telling me that JJF is going to blow the Brazilian storm back out to sea and take the event in similar fashion to last year.
JJF has a lot of momentum following his world title year, but Medina has one of those big silver title trophies, as well, lest we forget—I’m sure the crowd on the beach at Rio won’t.
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