SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Saturday, October 21, 2017) – Stop No. 10 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, will get underway today in excellent conditions at Supertubos. Round 1 has been called on in building six-to-eight foot (1.8 – 2.5 metre) surf and competition will start at 10:05 a.m. local time.
“With the low tide at 10:20 a.m and the offshore wind reinforcing we’re confident that with the building swell we’ll have epic conditions this afternoon,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Renato Hickel. “We’re planning on running Round One and have put five heats of Round Two on standby. Realistically we’ll probably do four, which would still get us in a position to complete Rounds Two and Three by tomorrow night.”
This season’s thrilling title race is wide open with eight WSL Title contenders going into the event: John John Florence (HAW), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Adriano de Souza (BRA).
Defending event winner and reigning WSL Champion Florence is the only surfer that can clinch the 2017 World Title in Portugal and can only become champion in the following scenarios:
- If Florence wins the event, Smith will need a 5th or better to stop him;
- If Florence finishes 2nd, Smith will need a 9th or better to stop him and Medina, Wright and Wilkinson will need to win the event;
- If Florence finishes 3rd or below, the World Title decision will go to Hawaii.
Surfline, official forecaster for the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, are calling for:
Solid swell and well overhead surf this weekend (peaking Saturday afternoon), while side-offshore North-NE wind and good conditions prevail. Smaller yet plenty contestable surf around the head high+ range continues Monday the 23rd through Thursday the 26th, and with good wind conditions for at least the mornings. Nothing of much significance is lining up for the last days of waiting period (27th-31st) at this time.
The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Stu Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS), Conner Coffin (USA), Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Mason Ho (HAW)
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Joan Duru (FRA), Nat Young (USA)
Heat 10: Kolohe Andino (USA), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS), Frederico Morais (PRT), Ian Gouveia (BRA)