Oi Rio Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw 2016

Oi Rio Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw 2016

Oi Rio Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw 2016Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2016 WSL Oi Rio Pro.

H6: 1. Adriano de Souza 24. Keanu Asing 36. Lucas Silveira
H5: 2. Matt Wilkinson 23. Jadson Andre 35. Marco Fernandez
H4: 3. Italo Ferreira 22. Miguel Pupo 34. Bino Lopes
H3: 4. Julian Wilson 21. Davey Cathels 33. Deivid Silva
H2: 5. Gabriel Medina 20. Stuart Kennedy 32. Leonardo Fioravanti
H1: 6. Filipe Toledo 19. Kanoa Igarashi 31. Dusty Payne
H7: 7. Nat Young 18. Michel Bourez 30. Alex Ribeiro
H8: 8. Jordy Smith 17. Connor Coffin 29. Jack Freestone
H9: 9. Jeremy Flores 16. Josh Kerr 28. Adam Melling
H10: 10. Kolohe Andino 15. Wiggolly Dantas 27. Ryan Callinan
H11: 11. Sebastian Zietz 14. Adrian Buchan 26. Alejo Muniz
H12: 12. Caio Ibelli 13. JJ Florence 25. Matt Banting

Oi Rio Pro: Past Results 2012-2015

Oi Rio Pro: Past Results 2012-2015

Here are the Oi Rio Pro past results and winners from 2012-2015.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2015 Filipe Toledo Bede Durbidge Italo Ferreira
Matt Wilkinson
Ricardo Christie
Jadson Andre
Josh Kerr
Owen Wright
Matt Banting
Jeremy Florence
Keanu Asing
Mick Fanning
2014 Michel Bourez Kolohe Andino Kelly Slater
Taj Burrow
Nat Young
Bede Burbidge
Jordy Smith
Sebastian Zietz
Adriano De Souza
Travis Logie
Joel Parkinson
Josh Kerr
2013 Jordy Smith Adriano De Souza Gabriel Medina
Mick Fanning
Kelly Slater
Adrian Buchan
Sebastian Zietz
Filipe Toledo
Taj Burrow
Nat Young
Michel Bourez
Glenn Hall
2012 John John Florence Joel Parkinson Mick Fanning
Josh Kerr
Tiago Pires
Alejo Muniz
Julian Wilson
Adriano De Souza
Jordy Smith
Michel Bourez
Jeremy Flores
Taj Burrow

Oi Rio Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Oi Rio Pro: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Oi Rio Pro, the fourth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Pick ’em
The Elite: Toledo, Taj
The Grinders: Medina, Slater, Jordy, Jadson
The Strugglers: Kolohe, Banting

Maybe consider
The Elite: ADS
The Grinders: SeaBass
The Strugglers: Alejo

I thought long and hard about this one but in the end decided not to throw [Adriano] on my team. After looking over the past 4 years of results, it’s solid. 9th, 2nd, 5th, 1st. Sure the win came in unison with floatergate, but for an event that’s basically a crapshoot, Adriano shows solid consistency. Unfortunately, Passion Picks doesn’t give a shit about consistency. And of course, his dream run is bound to end at some point. Maybe it’s unlikely to think it ends in Brazil, but I want a good title race and Adriano is currently in the way of that by doing too well.

– Jimmicane -more-

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Oi Rio Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw

Oi Rio Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL Oi Rio Pro.

H6: 1. Adriano De Souza 24. Kai Otton 36. David Do Carmo
H5: 2. Mick Fanning 23. Italo Ferreira 35. Alex Ribeiro
H4: 3. Gabriel Medina 22. Fred Patacchia 34. Alejo Muniz
H3: 4. John John Florence 21. Wiggoly Dantas 33. CJ Hobgood
H2: 5. Kelly Slater 20. Adrian Buchan 32. Ricardo Christie
H1: 6. Taj Burrow 19. Jeremy Flores 31. Brett Simpson
H7: 7. Josh Kerr 18. Jadson Andre 30. Dusty Payne
H8: 8. Jordy Smith 17. Sebastian Zietz 29. Keanu Asing
H9: 9. Nat Young 16. Bede Durbidge 28. Glenn Hall
H10: 10. Filipe Toledo 15. Kolohe Andino 27. Adam Melling
H11: 11. Julian Wilson 14. Miguel Pupo 26. Matt Banting
H12: 12. Joel Parkinson 13. Owen Wright 25. Matt Wilkinson

Oi Rio Pro Wildcard David Do Carmo

Oi Rio Pro Wildcard David Do Carmo 2015

Oi Rio Pro Wildcard David Do Carmo 2015

Oi Rio Pro Wildcard

David Do Carmo has been named a wildcard in the 2015 Oi Rio Pro and will surf against either Mick Fanning and Italo Ferreira, or Adriano De Souza and Kai Otton in Round 1. Along with Do Carmo, a second wildcard will be determined after the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.

Do Carmo made his mark on the CT last year when he defeated then-reigning World Champion Mick Fanning in Round 2 of the Rio Pro. In the next round he led 11-time World Champ Kelly Slater for the majority of their heat, though Slater ultimately won the heat. On the Qualifying Series, Do Carmo’s best finishes in 2014 were ninth place at the 6 Star-rated Burton Toyota Pro and at the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival. His career best is a runner-up finish at the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Piedras Negras Pro Ilo-Moquega. That same year, he became the Brazilian Professional Surfing Champion, a regional title. -more-

Oi Rio Pro: Surfline Preview

Oi Rio Pro: Surfline Preview 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Surfline Preview 2015

Surfline preview

Ben Mondy gives a preview of what we can expect at the Oi Rio Pro, the fourth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Watch for: Toledo, Medina, ADS, JJF, Kolohe, Kerr, Julian, Banting, Ferreira, Taj, Mick, Flores, Dusty, Jordy

While the haters may debate the sometimes marginal conditions, Rio does provide surf that 99% of us can relate to. There is also a real tuberiding element to the competition, as Barra da Tijuca has the potential to provide sand-dredging barrels, given a push of south swell, but only if the shifting sands align.

– Ben Mondy-more-

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Oi Rio Pro: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Oi Rio Pro: Ross Williams Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Ross Williams Start 'Em, Sit 'Em 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ’em, sit ’em pundit pick list for the 2015 Oi Rio Pro, the fourth stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Toledo, Medina, Kolohe
Sit ‘Em: Taj, Freddy-P, CJ
Darkhorse: Dusty

Stack Your Rio Roster with Young Guns
It’s time to clean up your roster and make way for the whipper snappers on this year’s Championship Tour. I know what you’re thinking: Last year Michel “the Spartan” Bourez, a far cry from a whippersnapper, won the event. But we’re looking at playing the odds, people, Bourez is out with an injury and the odds this year favor the surfers who will punch, float and fly in the tricky beachbreak of Barra da Tijuca. The tight, fast waves at Barra makes it difficult for the guys who prefer to draw out their lines and rely on large open faces to move.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Oi Rio Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks

Oi Rio Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks 2015

Shea’s detailed write-up

Oi Rio Pro: Shea Lopez Pundit Picks his team for the 2015 contest in Brazil.

The current world champion, Gabriel Medina, is Brazilian; the current world number one, Adriano De Souza, is Brazilian; the winner of the last WSL event at Lowers, Filipe Toledo, is Brazilian. What in the world is in the water down in Brazil? The turbo-charged atmosphere that surrounds their surf scene is producing some of the best competitors in the world. As the event gets underway, you can expect a continued onslaught from the Brazilian contingency as they attack the beachbreak wedges of Rio. With that in mind, I’ve built my Fantasy Surfer team to reflect a mix of surfers that can get it done in a wide range of beachbreak conditions.

– Shea Lopez -more-

Kelly Slater $10,500,000
Filipe Toledo $7,000,000
Jordy Smith $9,2500,000
Owen Wright $7,750,000
Kolohe Andino $6,000,000
Matt Banting $4,500,000
Dusty Payne $3,000,000
CJ Hobgood $3,000,000

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Oi Rio Pro: Michel Bourez Withdraws

Oi Rio Pro: Michel Bourez Withdraws 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Michel Bourez Withdraws 2015

Michel Bourez broken hand

Michel Bourez will not be surfing at the fourth stop of the WSL Championship Tour in Rio. Bourez suffered a broken hand and vertebrae from a wipe out at Teahupo’o that will require surgery and at least a six week recovery. He will be replaced in Rio by Alejo Muniz.

One of the worst wipeout I’ve ever had at #teahupoo!! One Brocken hand and 6 weeks out of the water minimum!! Thanks to everyone out there today that helped me out when that happen!! I’m about to get a surgery now!! That drop was worth it tho!!! #GoBigOrGoToTheHospital

– Michel Bourez -more-

Oi Rio Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

Oi Rio Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Oi Rio Pro: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

Groundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his Hot & Cold Oi Rio Pro pundit picks for 2015. For his detailed write-ups and other WSL contest picks, check out his forum posts.

HOT: ADS, Toledo, Bourez

COLD: Dusty, CJ, Parko

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Medina, Kolohe

CAUTION: Jordy, wildcards

– Groundswell -more-

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