Kelly Slater

Rio's sewage-filled waters a health threat for surfers, too

Rio's sewage-filled waters are not only a problem for next year's Olympics.

Organizers of Brazil's stop on the World Surf League hope to move their event from a beach at Barra da Tijuca to a clean beach further west.

The Rio suburb of Barra da Tijuca is the main venue area for South America's first Olympics. Though surfing isn't an Olympic event, Rio's water pollution is also causing health concerns for the sport.

"I hope we can put on some pressure to fix this pollution," Rio event organizer Xandi Fontes told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

An independent study by AP published two months ago showed high viral levels from untreated sewage in all of...