SURFER WALKS ALONG DEVASTATED TRACT OF IPANEMA BEACH IN RIO DE JANEIRO.
A surfer walks toward an exposed sewage pipe along a devastated tract of Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro April 20, after heavy waves washed away tons of sand. Raging surf, whipped up unseasonably by the La Nina weather phenomenon, ripped through world-famous Ipanema beach, punching a crater in the boardwalk and exposing sewage pipes. While the area has been declared a no-swim zone because of raw sewage being dumped into the surf as the result of a leak in a pipeline which was being repaired, the big waves have attracted dozens of surfers. A city environment official said the churning breakers may help clean the seawater, but may have also spread contamination further.