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The Brazilian surf capital of Saquarema is known as a place of stunning natural beauty.
That beauty is only going to be enhanced this weekend by the women who will be in Saquarema to compete in the World Surf League’s Oi Rio Pro event this weekend.
Stocked with 18 competitors, the six-round tournament will run from May 11- 20 and will give some of the best surfers in the world to put on a hella good show south of the equator.
In case you miss some of the action, or all of it, here are four Oi Rio Pro competitors we’d suggest hanging ten with or, failing that, following on Instagram this weekend.
Name: Coco Ho
Surfing for: Hawaii
Her deal: The daughter of Triple Crown-winning pro surfing pioneer Michael Ho, Coco started surfing at age nine after her brother pressured her. Often described as a blonde bundle of joy, Coco has become a fixture on the World Surf tour.
Name: Tatiana Weston-Webb
Surfing for: Brazil
Her deal: Born to a bodybuilder mother and surfer father Tatiana’s family moved her to the Garden Island of Kaua in Hawaii so she could enjoy dual citizenship days after she was born in Brazil. The goofy-riding surfer has been a force on the women’s Championship Tour since her full-time arrival in 2015.
Name: Nikki Van Dijk
Surfing for: Australia
Her deal: A master of the fundamentals, Nikki honed her approach on Phillip Island and regularly beat out boys when she began competing at 13. Now a Melbourne resident, Nikki once needed 16 stitches near her eye following a heavy wipeout in Fiji.
Name: Pauline Ado
Surfing for: France
Her deal: The first surfer in her family, Pauline originally asked her parents to get her a surfboard so she could have fun, not compete. That changed when she won her first competition at age 10 and then went on to win the World Junior Championship at 15.