• This Place Is Swell: The Billabong Girls In Rio

Billabong women's surf team manager Megan Villa shares snaps from her trip south for the Billabong Pro Rio event.

aproador

Aproador where the contest was held on the first day. One of the most beautiful backdrops in the world-you are staring straight at a favela right under those two huge rocks-the irony abounds in Brazil.

grafitti

Rio has some amazing graffiti, everywhere you go there is art.

sunset

Aproador sunset

boardroom

Boardroom at local surf shop in Recreio just outside of Rio.

sculpture

Corcovado, Christ The Redeemer- a must see when in Rio, the views are amazing.

brazillian

My husband Homero, a Brazillian from Bahia at Aproador.

courtney

Courtney Conlogue who finished 5th at the event a Brazilian big wave charger Maya Gabeira.

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Alessa Quizon, all smiles after a semifinal finish in the event.

laundry

Laundry day in Bahia

Alessa

Alessa Quizon, the Billabong Rio Pro wildcard going out for an afternoon freesurf in Barra De Tijuca.