Wakeskaters ride stunning Lençóis Maranhenses opal lakes

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Vráblová and Grubb unite to pull off outlandish tricks in Brazilian wilderness.

Zuzana Vráblová and Brian Grubb joined up to travel deep into the Brazilian wilderness in order to wakeskate the stunning opal lakes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

Here is all you need to know:

– Slovakian Vráblová and American Grubb, who both had the other-worldly location on their wakeskate bucket list for a long time, were based in a camp along the northeast coast of Brazil then had to navigate a river and drive off-road for two hours to reach the opal lakes.

– In the South American rainy season, fresh water pools in the slacks that dissect the rolling sand dunes because it is trapped by the impervious rock below with the resulting opal lakes providing breathtaking scenery.

– The water conditions were also challenging with the legendary riders having to battle stiff winds, searing heat and awkward winch lines to pull off their tricks.

– Multiple world champion Vráblová, 30, revealed: “It’s just a beautiful place. It’s really hard to go for some harder tricks so every time I ride here I start with something more simple just to figure out the rail, the speed of the winch and once I land something more basic then I try to step it up a little bit. Being here and seeing sandy dunes next to the water, obviously you want to try to maybe get on the sand and ride it too.”

– Grubb, 39, is the most decorated global rider in wakeskating with the sport’s pioneer revelling in the chance to ride the thrilling setting with Vráblová.

– He already has projects like Human Trailers, Urban Assault, Winch Masters, Capital Chaos and Project Blackout to his name and added: “We talked about coming here for many years and to finally see it in person was pretty amazing. When you first see this place it appears so much bigger than every photo you ever seen. It’s a one-of-a-kind place.”

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