Getting to Know Búzios, Brazil, ground zero for the iconic “King of Búzios” SUP race and the forthcoming ISA Worlds

Video by Anna Verônica Fernandes Ribeiro

The King of Búzios, or “Rei de Búzios,” is one of Brazil’s oldest and most renowned standup paddle races.

Since its debut in 2011 the competition has returned annually to the resort city of Armação de Búzios on a small peninsula outside Rio de Janeiro. This year’s race saw a heated tiebreaker between two athletes fighting for the crown, Luis “Animal” Guida and Búzios’ hometown hero Vinni Martins, each of whom had already won the competition twice.

Martins prevailed in the end, finishing the race with his third Búzios title.

Looking forward to this year’s paddling season, Búzios is preparing to set the stage for the 2018 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Championship, one of the most prestigious events in the international standup paddling community. From November 23 to December 1, the worlds best standup paddle athletes will descend upon the peninsula to compete for the world championship title.

To get a better feel for the Búzios race and what the course might look like for the 2018 ISA Worlds, check out this video by Anna Veronica Fernandes Ribeiro profiling Martins’ path to victory at the 2017 “Rei de Búzios” event and dig into our interview with Ribeiro below.

SUP: Why is this event/race important to you?

AR: Búzios is a little, charming town with almost 20 beaches, each one good for a different water sport. I’m a photographer/filmmaker who loves use a waterhousings to shoot many sports. In this race I could see all the beaches with a different view from the boat. I really recommend seeing Búzios from this point of view. (Rei de Búzios) is a good opportunity to see some of the best Brazilian athletes in standup paddling.

What makes it special for the local community and for the country of Brazil?

Almost every one in the SUP community has already heard about this race, so almost every good Brazilian paddle athlete goes to Búzios for this race. It makes the tourism in town increase and also means more visibility for this town. 

How’s the competition in Brazil’s pro paddling scene?

I see a lot of good athletes in the new generation, so I believe Vinni (Martins) will have to prove to the people and also himself that he is the best athlete of Brazilian SUP.

What's next on your list of visual photo or video adventures?

Iceland and Norway (mainly Lofoten), Hawaii and some secret spots in northern Brazil!

Follow Anna at @annaveronicafr and Vinni @vinmartins

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