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Everything You Need To Know About The Rip Curl Pro Portugal

24 October 2019

Go behind the scenes at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. This is your one-stop-shop for everything from wildcards to World Title races.

The town of Peniche is unassuming. Home to one of Portugal’s largest fishing industries, it’s a bustling, working-class economy. At first glance you’d never assume it held any secrets – but if you look just a little bit closer, you’ll see that it plays host to one of the world’s best barrels. Supertubos.

Supertubos is a pumping sandbar that offers both left and right barrels running at the speed of a freight train, perfectly hollow yet never forgiving.

In 2009, Rip Curl’s Search event series took the world’s best surfers to the tiny town of Peniche, and from the second we laid eyes on the green beauty that is Supertubos, we were hooked. We haven’t missed a year since.

In 2019, we are pleased to announce that the world’s best female surfers are once again returning to compete at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

During the event waiting period you will see the best men and women in the world compete in barrels ranged from 2 – 12 feet, pounding into the Portuguese sand bank, giving us a show to remember.

The World Title race also heats up in Portugal. As the second-to-last stop on the World Tour each year, Supertubos plays host to heart-stopping heats that make or break World Title dreams. This year, the heat is on and the race is firing.

To help you digest everything that goes down at the Rip Curl Pro we’ve decided to make this a one-stop-shop. From wildcard announcement to World Title races, this is the home of all the action at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Raw, real and as behind the scenes as it gets.

Check back daily for updates, and be sure to tune in to the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal via the World Surf League from October 16 – 29, 2019.

Event Updates:


Italo Ferreira and Caroline Marks Win the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Italo Ferreira and Caroline Marks have just won the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the penultimate stop of the World Surf League Championship Tour. In six-to-eight-foot heaving Supertubos barrels, Italo and Caroline put on incredible performances throughout their quarterfinal and semifinal heats, ultimately taking victory over Jordy Smith and Lakey Peterson in their respective Finals.

Italo Ferreira came into this year’s MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal as the defending event winner with a target on his back, but once again rose up through the rounds to culminate on Finals Day with a performance for the ages claiming back-to-back wins in Peniche. With a huge air that became the only 10-point ride of the event, he not only took the win but also the Yellow Jersey. Italo will be heading into the final event of the year at Pipeline as World Number 1 to battle it out for his maiden World Title.

Caroline Marks, the 17-year-old surfing phenomenon, showed once again that she is a major threat to the world’s best surfers. After a ten-year hiatus from female competition in the heaving barrels of Supertubos, Caroline’s win makes history in women’s surfing.

Caroline not only clinched her second Championship Tour event win at Supertubos today, but has also given herself a shot at a maiden World Title in only her second year on the elite Tour. Carissa Moore was the only surfer who had the chance to clinch the Title today, but with her Semifinal loss against Lakey Peterson and Caroline’s event win, the 2019 World Title race was pushed to the final event of the year in Maui.

Congratulations to the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Champions Italo Ferreira and Caroline Marks!


Potential Finals Day Called ON at the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals have been called ON in two-to-four-foot Supertubos.

It could be the moment we’ve all been waiting for here in Peniche, with a potentials Finals Day called ON in two-to-four-foot Supertubos at the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

After a holding pattern of lacklustre swell, Supertubos is finally showing its face again and size is expected to build throughout the day. Barrels will be on offer for the world’s best surfers to put on a show.

Men’s Quarterfinals is first in the water today, followed directly by Women’s Quarterfinals. Pending conditions, we could see the event continue and roll through to Semifinals, with a potential Final finish.

The Women’s 2019 WSL World Title is on the line today, with all four contenders set to battle it out in the Quarterfinals. Carissa Moore is the only surfer who can clinch the Title here in Portugal, and it could all go down in the next few hours.

The scenarios are as follows:
– If Carissa Moore wins the MEO/Rip Curl Pro, Lakey Peterson needs a 2nd to force a “Surf Off” in Maui;
– If Carissa gets 2nd, Lake Peterson needs a 3rd, Caroline Marks a 1st to take the World Title decision to Maui;
– If Carissa gets a 3rd, Lake needs a 5th, Caroline a 2nd (force a Surf Off), Sally Fitzgibbons a 1st to take WT decision to Maui;


On the Men’s side of the draw, a World Title is not possible here in Portugal – but we are down to the wire in points, and every heat will count. Watch the Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals, and stay tuned to see a potential Finals Day finish and World Title showdown.

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Rising Tides Comes to the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

The ladies return in 2019 and with it, the younger generation is inspired.

In 2019 the World Surf League has brought in a new initiative called Rising Tides, an event they hold at each Championship Tour stop where the women of the world tour spend a few hours surfing with and inspiring the younger generation of local female surfers.

Here in Portugal Rip Curl partnered with the WSL to help Rising Tides come to life –as 2019 is the first year the ladies have returned to surf Supertubos since 2010, it was only fitting.

About 30 young local girls came down to the event site at Supertubos to surf with their favourite pros and learn from the best. It was a great afternoon of surfing, and it was fantasticto see the women of the World Tour rise up to the occasion and inspire the younger generation.


Nikki van Dijk and Rosy Hodge Go Searching Around Peniche

Lay days in Portugal with Nikki van Dijk and Rosy Hodge.

They say that there are waves in Peniche365 days of the year, and as it’s a swell battered peninsula that makes sense. When it’s small on one side, it’s big on the other –when it’s onshore at Supertubos, it’s offshore at Baleal. Turns out, however, that there are a few select days where surfing in Peniche isn’t as easy as it sounds.

During one of the consecutive lay days here in Peniche at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Nikki van Dijk and Rosy Hodge made it their mission to find waves. What they found even the local caravan crew warned them about –a tumultuous ocean, hectic currents –but sometimes you just have to go surfing.

Join Nikki van Dijk and Rosy Hodge as they go searching around Peniche on one of the lay days here at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.


Mad Steez Makes his Mark at Supertubos

The large scale mural artist Mad Steez brings colour to the Rip Curl store in Peniche, Portugal.

For the past 12 months Rip Curl has been collaborating with large scale mural artist Mad Steez, bringing to life different lineups and events around the world with bold colours and his unique graphic style. After painting a lineup at Padang Padang, a World Champion mural at Bellsand an incoming set at Swamis in California, he is now here in Peniche bringing colour to the side of the Rip Curl store.

His canvas, sitting about seven metres in the sky, was white just three days ago. Looking at it today, you will see a unique interpretation of an iconic Supertubos barrel, grinding down the line with the Portuguese skyline in the background.

This mural makes history for the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, and we look forward to sharing it with the town of Peniche for years to come.

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Huge Heats called ON for Day Three of the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Three-to-five-foot swell and mild winds offer up contestable sections at Supertubos.

The Round of 16 was called ON for both the men and the women today, with Supertubos offering up clean sections in three-to-five-foot surf. World Titles are on the line today, with huge heats of consequence in both the men’s and the women’s events today.

In the Women’s, all four Title contenders will be surfing elimination heats today; Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Caroline Marks and Sally Fitzgibbons. All eyes will be on Carissa Moore in Heat 5, as it is critical for her to advance in order to be able to clinch the World Title here in Portugal. If Carissa cannot surf her way through to the semifinals here in Portugal, the World Title decision will go to Maui.

In the Men’s, again all Title contenders will be surfing today in the Round of 16. The biggest heat of the day will be Heat 5, Gabriel Medina versus Caio Ibelli. Gabriel is the only male surferwho can clinch the World Title here in Portugal, and in order to do so he must surf his way to the Final.If he takes a loss prior to the Final heat, the World Title decision will go to Pipeline.

Tune in to a huge day of action and consequence at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

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The Women Return to Supertubos

Deep dive into the return of the women to Supertubos in 2019, exactly one decade after the original Rip Curl Search event.

It’s been almost a decade since the world’s best female surfers competed in a Championship Tour event at Supertubos. In 2009, both women and men were introduced to Peniche, Portugal, with the iconic Rip Curl Search event. It was at that event that the surfing world was introduced to the heaving beach break we now know at Supertubos – a barrelling wave that many relate to Pipeline on the beach.

But The Search event moved on after 2009, and after one more year competing in Peniche, Portugal, so did the women.

In 2019 the World Surf League and Rip Curl are proud to announce the return of the women to Supertubos. An opportunity to put the world’s best female surfers in challenging and critical surf – an opportunity for World Titles to be won in heaving, spitting barrels – and opportunity to continue to push the progression of female surfing and showcase the talent and bravery that runs through the Women’s World Tour.

As WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt so aptly says, in line with equal prize money, the women can and will surf in the same conditions as the men.

In the first few days of competition at the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, we deep dive into what the return of the women to Supertubos means for the sport of female surfing.


Swell Builds for Day Two of the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

After a big day of seeding rounds yesterday, the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal has been called ON for Day Two.

Elimination Rounds will be held in four-to-six-foot Supertubos and lighter onshore winds will keep the faces clean while offering up some solid sections.

Women’s Rd2 and Men’s Rd2 and Rd3 will see us through to the end of the day. With World Title contenders surfing today, the next eight hours will play a huge role in the outcome of the 2019 World Title, for both the men and the women.

To add to the drama, Olympic qualification is also on the line for athletes from around the world – each surfer in the top 34 and top 17 vying to solidify their place in the top two for their country.

Stay tuned. The consequences are high and Supertubos will put the World Tour to the test.


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The MEO Rip Curl Pro Kicks Off for Seeding Round 1, Men and Women

The event has been called ON today, Wednesday October 16, in three-to-five-foot Supertubos. The wind is onshore today and conditions are challenging, but open faces and sneaky barrels offer up solid scoring potential and opportunity for athletes to let loose.

Seeding Rounds for both Men and Women will be run today, a total of 18 heats and nine hours of surfing.

With the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal off to a huge start today, World Titles are now on the line and every heat counts.

Tune in via the World Surf League and check back here each day for behind-the-scenes updates with the Rip Curl team.


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MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Seeding Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Willian Cardoso (BRA), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Soli Bailey (AUS)
Heat 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Yago Dora (BRA), Frederico Morais (PRT)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Crosby Colapinto (USA)
Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA), Miguel Blanco (PRT)
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS), Jack Freestone (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Deivid Silva (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 9: Julian Wilson (AUS), Conner Coffin (USA), Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 10: Seth Moniz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 11: Ryan Callinan (AUS), Wade Carmichael (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 12: Kelly Slater (USA), Michel Bourez (FRA), Michael Rodrigues (BRA)

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Women’s Seeding Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Brisa Hennessy (CRI), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 4: Caroline Marks (USA), Johanne Defay (FRA), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 6: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW)


Crosby Colapinto and Miguel Blanco Become Wildcards for the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

18-year-old Californian surfer Crosby Colapinto just won the Men’s Trials event in Supertubos, gaining entry to the main event –the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Earlier today 18-year-old Crosby Colapinto won the Men’s Trials event at Supertubos, earning himself entry into the main event, the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

This win ushers in the start of Crosby’s second-ever World Tour event, a huge feat for the 18-year-old from San Clemente, California.

“Oh wow, I am so excited,” Crosby said directly after the Trials event. “I had the chance to surf in the wavepool as a wildcard this year, and I can’t believe I just won and get to surf another World Tour event this year.”

There were four men surfing for their chance to compete in the main event –Crosby Colapinto from the USA, Gearoid McDaid from Ireland, Jacob Willcox from Australia and Vincent Duvignac from France.

Two-to-three-foot waves and strong onshore winds offered up some tricky conditions for competitors, and in the end Crosby won his heat with a combined total of11.4.

“Supertubos is a really tricky wave,” Crosby continued. “But I really like it. I’ve spent almost a month here now practicing and learning how to surf it, and I feel confident. I am so excited to surf against the best in the world out here.

Alongside the Trials winner, the World Surf League also gives one Wildcard spot to a local surfer. It was announced today that alongside Crosby Colapinto, Miguel Blancowill have the opportunity to surf as a wildcard in the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Miguel was chosen for his impressive record as 2x National Portuguese Surfing Champion, both in 2018 and 2019

“I am honoured to havebeen chosen to compete in the event this year at Supertubos,” Miguel said. “It means so much to be recognised for my achievements locally and to be given the wildcard to compete against the best surfers in the world at my home break.”

Congratulations to Crosby Colapinto on winning the Men’s Trials, and good luck to all the wildcards of the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

The event waiting period kicks off tomorrow, October 16, and runs through to October 28. Tune in via the World Surf League.


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Interview: Alana Blanchard Scores the Women’s Wildcard for the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Alana Blanchard has been given the women’s wildcard to compete at Supertubos for the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Alana Blanchard has just been given the wildcard for the women’s event at the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal. This wildcard gives her the chance to once again compete against the world’s best surfers in at one of the heaviest barrels in the world, Supertubos.

Alana had the opportunity to compete at the first-ever World Tour event at Supertubos back in 2009, when it was the Rip Curl Pro Search. As this is the first time the women have returned to Supertubos since 2011, Alana will be among a select few female athletes who have had experience competing at the wave.

We had the opportunity to catch up with her in the lead-up to the event to talk all things Supertubos, Wildcard and World Tour.

How are you feeling about getting the wildcard to the Rip Curl Pro Portugal?
I am super excited, especially to have the opportunity to surf Supertubos. It’s been my goal this year to get into a CT event, and it feels good that the time has come! I am actually coming off a back injury so I haven’t been able to surf that much in the last few months, but even so I’m feeling really strong and I can’t wait to get the jersey on again.

You had the opportunity to compete here in 2009… how do you feel about coming back to compete at Supertubos again?
You know, it’s such a tricky wave! We actually ran at the other site over at Baleal in 2009 and that was super fun, we got really good waves. I remember back then thinking what a hectic wave it was, so gnarly – I think a lot of the guys that year got hurt. I was only 18 at the time though, so things are definitely different now. I surfed it the other day when it was pretty big and I started thinking how sick it was, it’s almost like a Pipeline on the beach. I’m really excited to compete at Supertubos again, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous!

And tell us about your back injury… what happened there?
I actually injured my back earlier this year in February, and I didn’t realise how severe it was. I had a few back spasms and they just didn’t go away. You don’t realise how serious back injuries can be – I got to a stage where I couldn’t do much. I finally realised that I just needed to rest and rehab my back.

Jack, Banks and I had plans to come to Europe so I was aiming for Europe as my goal to be healthy again, and I feel like I am at least 95%. It’s definitely a lot better, and I’m super focused on doing exercises and making sure I’m strong.

After having a baby and continuing to surf, you can really do a number on your back. Being a rotation sport, a lot of surfers have back injuries – that’s something I didn’t really even know until now. Being a surfer is hard on your body, and we have to train to ensure we don’t get injured! And I mean, being a mom adds to it – Banks if 40 pounds, and I basically carry around a 40-point weight all day!

And we heard a rumour that you were considering putting some time in on the QS this next year?
I mean, yes, I am definitely going to do some QS events next year. I don’t know if my rating will let me get into some of the 10,000s, but that’s what my goal is. They’ve put some a huge emphasis on making the women’s World Tour so much better, and I would love to be a part of it. I feel stronger than ever, despite my back injuries, and it would be so fun. I would love to start the year off great and win a 10,000 – but we’ll see how it goes, you never know what the year throws at you. This year was hard because every time there was a contest my back went out, and I have tried to take that as a learning. I am super positive at the moment about the future and my focus is to just get stronger and stronger.

Why now? After so many years, what has made you decide you’re ready to try and come back to the World Tour?
Honestly when I was doing the Tour I was so young, and I feel so much more mentally stable now. I feel more aware of things that I wasn’t then, and some things bothered me then that don’t now.

I’m a lot different now, in how I think – and I think if I made Tour I would handle it a lot better now. I was doing it by myself and I was 18 years old, I never had anyone travelling with me, and it was a lot. Nowadays I have a support group and that’s such a big thing. It would be a different story, and I’m excited to see what is possible.

With a potential World Title on the line, Alana is coming in as a dangerous wildcard with some big goals. Stay tuned for her performance in the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, with the waiting period kicking off October 16.


Can Gabriel and Carissa both lock down their World Titles during the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal? Let’s break down the scenarios.

As the second-to-last event of the year, the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal isn’t just another display of excellent surfing - it’s the event that makes and breaks year-long World Title campaigns, and sometimes sees a Champion crowned.

So, what’s possible for the front-runners in Portugal this year? There are only two surfers who can clinch a World Title at Supertubos - Gabriel Medina and Carissa Moore, both precious Champions at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Here are the scenarios:

Women’s CT World Title Scenarios going into Portugal

- If Carissa Moore wins the MEO/Rip Curl Pro, Lakey Peterson needs a 2nd to force a “Surf Off” in Maui;

- If Carissa gets 2nd, Lake Peterson needs a 3rd, Caroline Marks a 1st to take the World Title decision to Maui;

- If Carissa gets a 3rd, Lake needs a 5th, Caroline a 2nd (force a Surf Off), Sally Fitzgibbons a 1st to take WT decision to Maui;

- If Carissa gets a 5th, World Title decision goes to Hawaii.

Men’s CT World Title Scenarios going into Portugal

- If Gabriel Medina wins the MEO/Rip Curl Pro, Filipe Toledo will need a 5th or better, Italo Ferreira a 2nd, to take the World Title decision to Pipe;

- If Gabriel gets 2nd, Filipe will need a 9th or better, Italo a 5th (to force a “Surf Off” at Pipe) or better, Jordy Smith & Kolohe Andino a 3rd or better to take WT decision to Pipe;

- If Gabriel gets 3rd, World Title decision will go to Hawaii.

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So there you have it. Gabriel and Carissa can both clinch World Titles at Portugal in 2019, wrapping it up before the final event of the year at Pipeline.

But for the most part, a win in Portugal relies on the results of their competitors. Even if both Gabriel and Carissa win the event, their closest rivals can still push the World Title to Pipeline with solid results.

For the women a World Title in Portugal would be monumental for female surfing. 2019 is the first time the world’s best female athletes have had the opportunity to win a World Title at Supertubos - yet another historic moment for the progression of the women’s sport.

For the men, this could be Gabriel Medina’s third World Title - a record that very few surfers have achieved. A win here in Portugal would put Gabriel in exclusive company with the likes of 3x World Champions Tom Curren, Mick Fanning and Andy Irons.

So the only question now is, will Gabriel and Carissa’s opponents give them the opportunity they need to make history?


Do you like sardines?

Flashback to 2009 where WSL commissioner (although CT competitor in '09) Jessi Miley-Dyer, along with World Champion Stephanie Gilmore and former CT surfer Pauline Ado gave the local delicacy a go... and what better place to do so than the Sardine capital of the world, Peniche, Portugal.

Here, the girls sink their teeth into the local culture... literally.


Forecast: Solid Swell Set for Start of MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Supertubos is one of those waves that, when it’s on, it’s on. A thick, heaving lip, a shallow sand bottom bank and a hollow, spitting barrel.

Each year the MEO Rip Curl Pro gives the world’s best male and female surfers the chance to put on a show and take on one of the heaviest barrels on Tour.

This year? The forecast is in, and it looks like we’re in for a quick start and solid swell.

Surfline the official forecast partner of the WSL are calling for...

- Potential early start to competition on the 16th - 20th with head-high surf for Supertubos during the morning hours.

We’re currently tracking an overlapping WNW swell increase from the low-pressure system over the North Atlantic - combined with the high-pressure system building towards the Azores which should produce desirable swell. Here’s hoping we see some action from the seeding and eliminations rounds in the early stages.

- Following this initial bump, a storm brewing near Greenland and moving towards the Northeast Atlantic may send "surf in the head-high to 1-2’ overhead range" to Supertubos over the weekend.

The rest... it’s too early to say. Stay tuned as we keep an eye on the charts. There will be an updated forecast on Monday, 14th October. Check back here.

 

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