The Rio Sul Skate Bowl: If you stay on the same expressway leaving Downtown Rio and
heading SW (Avenida General Henrique) towards the beaches, you go just past Botafogo and
look for a large shopping mall called "Rio Sul". Find the Botafogo Soccer Team
Clubhouse, and right next to it is the perfect kidney shaped Rio Sul Bowl. This skate
jewel is in the median a busy intersection of highways and the Rio underground subway.
You will miss it if you allow yourself to be distracted by all the pretty girls walking
around all the time. There is nothing else in this spot except by this kidney shaped
"step" concrete bowl that spans up to 10 feet + deep with a couple of feet of vertical.
Skating it is free, just be careful where you park and try not to look like an
out-of-place "gringo" with a lot of expensive gear. You will loose it; this is a high
crime area... Just try and lay low... This bowl reportedly is one of Bob Burnquist's
favorite when he goes home down to Brazil. Two digital photos of this bowl are attached
to this message.
Hector R. Valle