With the Billabong Pro going on, I know there is always complaints about the waves in Brazil. Like a lot of events, you can't hold a contest in a spot with no parking, no room for a crowd, and of course the massive structures that these events operate out of.
I always liked surfing around Posto Nove and there are loads of other spots too...with no proper parking, etc. I posted this up about the subject and showed one day at this spot which is pretty close to Arpoador. I was walking it the whole time.
Posto Nove gets a lot bigger and heavier too. Spongers love the place but it is very surfable.