Battle of Brazil.
Professional surfing, at its second tier, is back upon us and are you relieved? Thrilled for man-on-man, or woman-on-woman penultimate action? Oh, I’m certain the Challenger Series has been wildly successful for our World Surf League, millions, like tennis icon Billy Jean King, ready to tune in to see who will head to the Big Dance, who will stay home.
And let us turn our eyes toward Brazil and its days’ away Corona Saquarema Pro. There are many surfers of note in the draw, including Miguel Pupo and Jadson Andre, but none bigger than Gabriel Medina who is making a return from mental injury and, if I recall, a knee injury too.
Fire burning in belly.
Missing is sitting champion Filipe Toledo though he currently rules the region.
King of Saquarema.
You, certainly, remember when Toledo marked his conquest with a tattoo featuring the town, some palm trees, a gaping barrel and the years 2018, 2019 and 2022, applied to his lower calf by a competent artist. By all accounts, the population has been pleased with Toledo’s reign and doesn’t chafe under his yolk.
A light burden.
If Medina wins the event and steals the throne, will he be as benevolent?
Or will he invite friend Neymar Jr. in and turn the place into a den of iniquity with droit du seigneur etc.?
Classic bad guy stuff.