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Watch In Awe As Supertubos Makes And Breaks World Titles

24 October 2017

  • The crowds are always big in Portugal, but this year has reached new levels.
  • But, with Title races and waves like this, it’s not hard to figure out why…
  • Two perfect days, an uncountable number of perfect barrels.
  • Medina, making a steep drop straight into the World Title race of 2017.
  • Zeke Lau on one of the biggest bombs of the day.
  • There has been absolutely no holding back here in Portugal, especially from one Mr Josh Kerr.
  • It’s hard to believe that THIS is Owen’s first year back in competition. He might be out of the Title race, but hell, he’s had one incredible year…
  • Conner Coffin putting it all on rail, and all on the line.
  • #ClaimWorthy
  • Mick Fanning, comfortable in one of his pet events on Tour.
  • Matt Wilkinson might have bowed out of the Title race for 2017, but something tells us he’s not letting go of the dream. Watch out, 2018.
  • Wildcard Mason Ho and a breezy offshore Supertubos barrel.
  • John Florence is the only surfer that can clinch the Title in Portugal, and Gabriel Medina is the only man who can stop him.
  • If he makes the Final, Gabriel has to win the event. But if he doesn’t make the Final, everyone’s heading to Pipe with World Title hopes.
  • Jordy Smith bowed out early in Portugal, meaning his Title hopes are in John and Gabriel’s hands.
  • Gabriel Medina surfs Supertubos better than just about anybody… and it could all come down to that.
  • See you on Finals Day. Gabs Medina, signing out at sunset.

The opening days at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal offered up some of the best surf we’ve seen on the WSL webcast this year. Pumping, perfectly offshore, six-to-eight foot barrels pulsed through the lineup at Supertubos as rounds one, two and three were run and done. The world’s best had a canvas they could stretch out on, and they didn’t let it go to waste.

But not only has it been an event filled with high-octane rides, it’s been an event filled with moments that have made, and broken, 2018 World Title runs.

At the start of this event there were eight remaining World Title contenders: John John Florence, Jordy Smith, Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Julian Wilson, Adriano de Souza and Filipe Toledo. Now, halfway through the event, there is only one scenario remaining:

If John John Florence falls short of making the Final in Portugal, OR if Gabriel Medina wins the Rip Curl Pro, the World Title race will head to Pipeline.

If John Florence makes the final in Portugal and Gabriel Medina DOESN’T win the event, the Title is John’s for a second year running in Portugal.

Only time will tell… tune in to the World Surf League for all the action.

Surfline, the official forecaster for the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, are calling for a fresh run of head-overhead WNW swell filling in through Tuesday and continuing through to mid-week.

Stay tuned!

News | What’s In The Bag: Mason Ho’s Portugal Pack

As you all must know by now, Hawaii’s Mason Ho got the call-up to be one of the wildcards at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal this year. As soon as he hung up the phone on the North Shore, he packed his bags and immediately jumped on a plane.


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