Pororoca

 This Week Surfers Will Ride a Wave in the Amazon

 By JOANNA KLEIN MARCH 14, 2016

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People surf on the wave of a tidal bore known as “Pororoca” in March 2015 during an annual festival in Sao Domingos do Capim, Brazil. Credit Tarso Sarraf/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The beast that river-dwellers have long feared is coming later this week.

It’s a wave called Pororoca, the great roar, and its low bellow can be heard up to an hour before it arrives. It tumbles in from the ocean and travels up the Amazon on a path of destruction. While the region’s residents accept the river’s wrath and start moving their boats and animals, daredevils called bore riders grab their surfboards. Read more.