We've riffed about Rio's mutant slab, Shock, before – an ugly, mutant slab that'll sooner throw grist to the grinder than let you out comfortably.
Queue a hardy Brazilian crew, pumped on adrenaline, that aren't afraid of a few ill-timed tunnels, and you'll neatly sum up the vibe at Shock, whenever this thing rears its head.
“As surfing is allowed and contests are forbidden by the local authorities, organisers of Itacoataira Big Wave decided in July to begin the launch of the Brazilian Wave of Winter at Niteroi, a city 45 minutes away from Rio de Janeiro,” says Brazilian photog Tony D’Andrea.
“Since then, every significant swell has attracted a bunch of top pros like Lucas Chumbo and Pedro Calado to Itacoataira and its notorious mutant slab, ‘Shock.’ The latest swell from a couple days ago was no different. A crew of local chargers, led by Gabriel Sampaio, put on a show.”
Spot guide: Rio
“While it is technically meteorological spring in the Southern Hemisphere, the South Atlantic continues to churn out some impressive storm activity,” explains forecaster Kurt Korte. “This recent one strengthened as it drifted eastward through the South Atlantic, then interacted with trailing high pressure to produce a wide and well-directed fetch towards the Brazilian coastline. Satellite observations confirmed large areas of 20’ seas with maximum heights in excess of 25’.
"The swell peaked in the early morning hours of the 2nd and continued to produce solid surf for the Rio area on the 3rd. Local conditions weren’t great but the winds were rather mellow, allowing for manageable conditions at the spots that could handle the solid swell.”
A version of this story originally appeared on Surfline