Back to the grind as Rio Pro opens Friday

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    South Africa’s Jordy Smith takes to the air as he captained Team World to a win at the Founders’ Cup, Sunday in Leemore, Calif. The Championship Tour now resumes at the Oi Rio Pro, which gets underway Friday in Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Alright, I may have been a little hard on the Founders’ Cup. It was a unique event that definitely created plenty of buzz and fanfare, but I just had some problems with a few pieces of the process. At the end of the day, we did get to see every active world champion compete and lots of really cool single-wave performances. Sure, there’s still plenty to iron out moving forward and it was a little more confusing than it probably needed to be — enough so that I forgot about Sunday’s third run in my column — but no new event debuts perfectly. The technology is great and should only get better.