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Lay Day at Oi Rio Pro: Small, lumpy, bumpy surf on offer

Yago Dora © WSL/Smorigo



Oi Rio Pro

World Surf League Men's CT Event
World Surf League Women's CT Event
Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
9 - 20 May 2017

Forecast looks best for the end of the week

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 May, 2017 -  Saquarema - The Oi Rio Pro presented by Corona, the fourth stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), has been called OFF for the day due decreased swell and unfavorable winds on offer at Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema. 

"The conditions are not great out there, so we are calling the competition OFF for the day," said Travis Logie, WSL Deputy Commissioner. "We anticipate there will be a bump in the swell and improved conditions tomorrow. We will come back at 6:45 a.m. local time on Tuesday to reassess and potentially call on a Finals Day for the men." 

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:45 am local time to assess conditions and make the next call.

When competition resumes, men's Round 5 will provide one last opportunity for the surfers to make the final series of the Oi Rio Pro presented by Corona.

2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) will be up against event wildcard Yago Dora (BRA) in Round 5 Heat 2. This match-up with see two of the best progressive aerialists do battle for the win.

World No. 2 Jordy Smith (ZAF) will look to earn a second CT win this season, but will first need to get through Julian Wilson (AUS) in Round 5 Heat 3. 

Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) will be up against 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) in the opening heat of Round 5. 

Surfline, official forecaster for the Oi Rio Pro, are calling for: Strong SSW to S windswell/swell mix will build Monday afternoon/evening, peak Tuesday and ease on Wednesday. Breezy side/onshore wind Monday will ease some for Tuesday, with much lighter wind possible by Wednesday morning. Confidence is increasing that another strong swell, this one from the SSE, will fill in for the end of the week, likely peaking late Thur-Fri before easing by Saturday. Light wind is possible Thursday, with increasing side-shore wind for Fri-Sat.   


Oi Rio Pro Men’s Round 5 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 2: Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 4:  Kanoa Igarashi (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

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