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By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Anyone who is enamored with surfing will certainly have a warm welcome in Rio. From Copacabana to Barra de Tijuca, the city is teeming with surfing spots, which hit their peak in June, July and August - but draw surfboards to the beach all year round.

For Thiago Castro, a Paulista who has been in Rio since the age of six, “surfing is a kind of therapy – it’s the time when I can forget my problems and concentrate only on the water and the sound of the ocean.”

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