About the Venue: Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema
Saquarema is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Rio de Janeiro, located in the region called Região dos Lagos. The city is known as the “Brazilian Mecca of Surfing” and, since 2017, has hosted the WSL Championship Tour. Saquarema is known for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, waterfalls, and mountains. It is overlooked by the iconic church of Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, which was founded in 1630.
Saquarema receives many swell directions and has contestable surf conditions in sizes ranging from 2-to-12 feet. The best swell direction for Itaúna Beach is east, with offshore winds from the northeast or north.
The City of Saquarema is the only location in the world to host the three main WSL competitions. In April, the Saquarema Surf Festival QS 5000 was held as part of the Qualifying Series, and won by Ian Gouveia (BRA) and Tainá Hinckel (BRA). In June, Saquarema hosted the VIVO Rio Pro Presented by Corona, Stop No. 8 on the CT, and saw Yago Dora (BRA) and Caitlin Simmers (USA) celebrate event victories. Now, the Corona Saquarema Pro Presented by Banco do Brasil will complete the 2023 Challenger Series and top off an incredible run of events in the region.