Let’s make a case for the World Surf League event we love to hate (also known as the sixes turn to nines Rio Pro). Brazil needs to be on tour for one reason, when the Australian leg, Portugal, or any of the surrounding events are shit, the WSL has something for people to compare it to. Brazil ups every other event’s average. Today, we can all sigh a collective, “at least it’s not Rio.” Feels good, doesn’t it? Now, let’s watch Filipe Toledo navigate the backwash and small pocket of the venue. Tell us, are these rides fives and sixes or are they really eights and nines?