Travel Diary: Rio Pro

Alessa, Courtney & Laura have been in Rio these past two weeks for the latest ASP world tour event. The women's event got started early and was over in a flash which meant tons of time for relaxing and exploring. Here are a few suggestions if you ever find yourself in Rio...

  • Climb the famous tiled stairs, Escadaria Selaron. The most beautiful steps you will ever take!
  • Visit a Favela, a shantytown on the outskirts of Rio.
  • For the best Acai in town & free wifi, go to Big Polis. Our girls like it because they mix the honey and granola together. If you want them to do this, say "acai, granola Mel batidu".
  • Paddleboard to an island!
  • Explore Santa Teresa, the hilltop, bohemian neighborhood of Rio. Have lunch at Aprazivel and get the one and only caipirinha: cachaca, lemon, ice and sugar.
  • Visit the local open market on the weekend.
  • Get the best view of the Cristo Redentor in a helicopter!
  • Relax poolside at the Hotel Fasano. Later, hang out at the bar.
  • Eat some Brazilian BBQ.
  • On the weekends, they close down the streets along the beach and everyone bikes around and enjoys the sun.

the snack lineup

Laura's airplane snack lineup.

billabong rio pro

fruit tray

laura sequence

Courtney Conlogue on the first day.


laura Alessa split

Laura sipping down a caipirinha in Santa Teresa.

laura black-red

red tiles

Tiles from the famous stairs, Escadaria Selaron.

Cristor Redentor

A helicopter tour is the way to view the famous statue of Jesus Christ.

courtney the great madness

alessa beach blanket


courtney andy davis

acai cup

Our favorite acai place, Big Polis.

prata split



Party at the Billabong house!

sky and fins


Exploring the hilltop Favela in Rio.

alessa courtney <3

Alessa with her man, Caio Ibelli

Alessa & her man, Caio Ibelli.


alessa laura backside


street view

farmers market

Local open market during the weekend.

Santa Teresa


Laura on day 1.

alessa waxing

Alessa getting ready before the comp starts.

Outback island trip

Laura & Granger Larsen paddleboarding to the islands across from our hotel.

alessa courtney oceanview

courtney coconut

beach cliffs

View from the Billabong house.


courtney ledge

laura paddle



Translation: More love please!

Images C/O:, Laura Enever, Alessa Quizon, Courtney Conlogue, Megan Villa.

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May 16, 2013

Posted By Billabong