Champion Paulo Dolabella thinks everyone is born to surf—which is just the kind of attitude you want from Rio's top instructor. The 40-year-old teaches private and group classes on Ipanema beach, providing the board, wax, wet suit, and lots of patience and encouragement. He has taught four-year-olds and septuagenarians alike—the only requirement is that you know how to swim. "I love watching people familiarize themselves with the sea," Dolabella says. "Surfing is the greatest therapy for stress." Private hour-long lesson, $30; 55-21/9814-9702; email@example.com.