The beaches of Rio are the city's wondrous and carefree backyard. Here cariocas from all walks of life – rich and poor, young and old, black and white, model-thin and beer-bellied – come to play and socialize against a backdrop of crashing waves and the ever-present green peaks towering over the city. Although the mix is incredibly democratic, postos subdivide the beach into different sections, with each subculture drawn to its particular posto. Sports are a big draw, including surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, jogging, cycling and skating the beachside path, football, volleyball and futevolei – that uniquely Brazilian combination of volleyball played with football-style rules (no hands allowed!). Other beachgoers just relax and enjoy the scene. For sun-lovers, there’s much to take in: the sand, the sea, the food and drink vendors and the passing people parade.