Gerard Edinberry, an ex-PE local, dropped us a mail from Rio recently:
"Greetings from Rio De Janeiro...reading through your web page made me feel like packing my bags, chucking my wife and kid in the mix and heading back to my home town! I left P.E in the late 90's and sure do miss surfing the Bay, from my days as a lifeguard to spending so much time on the beach.
But hey, you want crowds come surf in Rio. Here the rule of thumb is...there are no rules! First one standing gets to burn everyone else J Drop in's, getting snaked you name it...but hey, it's all good. I manage to get my share and represent. The guys respect the gringo from South Africa most times! Surfing in Rio is huge... loads of people surf here and the energy is almost tangible. The level of surfing is high, as everyone wants to be a pro and groms are everywhere - punting airs.
Respect be given, and in return you get respected here in Rio. The guys here are friendly and it is easy to spark up a chat on the beach as everyone knows each other. So you really do not want to be a prick around here, because you not going to get klapped once, but a few times if you ask for it.
Bikini’s here are made to perfection and it is not uncommon to see a two-piece in the line-up. Usually I give the chick the wave in return for the smile thereafter! Warm water and cold beer beats cold water and warm beer!
Attached is Rio on a good day, doesn’t happen often…. but here is the proof! Close to Copacabana in Rio. Not worth a plane ticket, as this wave needs a lot of factors to work.
Thanks P.E for great beaches and Millerslocal for giving me a piece of home via your pics and articles."
Shot Gerard- glad we can keep the home fires burning. Once a PE local, always a PE local!