World SUP Champion Vinnicius Martins on surfing a tidal bore

If there was ever a moment in modern times that called out for a good old-fashioned adventure trip, somewhere deep in the distant beyond where rolling news and social media algorithms can’t be accessed without a great deal of effort and phone battery life, this is probably it. Vinnicius Martins and friends heeded that call, did some research, and headed for the Amazon.

In Brazil, when you are a child in geography class, you may learn about a peculiar phenomenon that happens in the Amazon Forest, called Pororoca.

Every full and new moon, instead of the regular change in the river flow, the high tide comes in the form of a very strong and large wave that rushes down rivers in that area, breaking trees, boats and scaring the natives.

Its name comes from the indigenous term ‘poroc-poroc’, which in the native language was a way of expressing the act of destroying everything. This was basically all I knew about the wave when I started to think about surfing it. The only other thing I knew was that, by the looks of it, the Pororoca was perfect for foiling!

For the full story, see: https://www.thefoilingmagazine.com/features/chasing-the-pororoca/

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