(23 APRIL 2013)
|Steve "Action" Jackson at Copacabana Shorebreak. GoPro Photo: Felipe Watson|
Don't let the name fool you. Copacabana Shorebreak (in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) is anything but a shorebreak wave. This short, fast right-hander breaks over an extremely sharp and shallow reef. Even when the waves are small this spot packs a serious punch. As swell lines roll in, the water sucks up off of the reef, the wave stands up and it surges forward as a slabbing barrel. According to the cariocas (locals) here in Copacabana, the wave was previously known as "Scorpion Express" but the locals started calling it "Copacabana Shorebreak" back in the 80's as sort of a deceptive misnomer so as to hide it's location. It's quite understandable that people would want to conceal this wave. With a very tight takeoff zone and a short length-of-ride, the line-up tends to get crowded if there are any more than six people in the water. These days, though, Shorebreak isn't really much of a secret.
|My friend Flavio's brand new "Shorebreak Tattoo"...ouch! GoPro Photo: Felipe Watson|
That's all for today from BODYBOARDING 101. Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson. I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!