If you are planning to go surfing in Rio de Janeiro, you may want to ditch your wetsuit and pick up a HAZMAT suit – since more than half of Rio’s raw sewage is dumped directly into the ocean without treatment.

But Instituto-E, the group behind this brilliantly crafted; yet artistically stomach-turning Brazilian PSA, is seeking to pull in enough support to clean up Rio’s coast.

But the clock is ticking. Rio de Janeiro is the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and an in-depth investigation by the Associated Press found that swimming and boating in Rio’s water could put athletes at risk of “becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games.” Gross.

Brazilian Surf Icon Paddles Out for Instituto-E

Instituto-E teamed up with the creative design studio Om.art to put together this PSA featuring Brazilian surfing icon Carlos Burle.

We see the tall and tan, young and lovely surfer from Ipanema paddle out on Rio’s coast to the tune of Zoë Keating's violin-heavy “Escape Artist.” Burle swims out over a shimmering black tarp that mirrors a polluted ocean.

Then Burle does what he does best and surfs through a full pipe, running his fingers along the canvas. But as he shoots out of the other side of the wave, he is covered in putrid sludge, glistening in the Brazilian sun.

And as Burle walks back on the shore, we finally see the full contrast of the white beach against the thick black grease caked over his body.

Brazilian Activists are Literally Sick of This Crap

Extreme water pollution is common in Rio de Janeiro – home to the Favelas, one of the world’s largest and most recognizable slums. Due to the lack of adequate plumbing in the shoddy neighborhoods, raw waste runs through open-air ditches, into streams that all feed into the ocean.

The International Olympic Committee conducted studies of Rio’s water, and concluded that athletes would be safe when competing next summer. But an independent investigation from the AP noted that the committee only tests for bacteria – not viruses. Adding that into the mix, some tests measured up to 1.7 million times the level of what would be considered hazardous at, say, a Southern California beach.

With such a monumental task ahead of them, it’s hard to see how Brazil will be able to mobilize the army of clean up crews it would take to polish up Rio’s beaches before the 2016 Summer Olympics.

But we have seen the Olympic games push countries to accomplish dramatic feats of human engineering before – and help from a beautifully crafted PSA certainly can’t hurt.

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