Rio is a surfers’ haven, luring wave junkies from around the world to the beaches of Arpoador, Barra, Recreio, Prainha, and Grumari. If you want to hone your technique, Escola de Surf Rico de Souza (tel. 21/2438-1821, www.ricosurf.globo.com) offers daily lessons at its headquarters (in front of Posto 4 at Barra) and at Prainha. Private lessons (including equipment) cost R$60 per person for one hour.
The school has lots of information about surfing conditions, events, and equipment rental. It even operates a special surfer bus service (R$2), with buses departing daily from Largo de Machado in Botafogo and stopping off at all the best surf spots between Copacabana and Prainha.
To buy or rent surf equipment, check out the stores at Galeria River in Arpoador (Rua Francisco Otaviano, 67).
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition