LIVE WEBCAST! Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche concluded in good conditions at Praia dos Supertubos, and we went back on after several lay days exploring Europe. Tuesday’s shock elimination of Kelly Slater (USA), 41, in Round 2 opened the door for current ASP WCT No. 1 Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, to capitalize in his hunt for a third world surfing crown. Local Portuguese competitor Frederico Morais (PRT), 21, current ASP World No. 96 was the instrument of upset this morning, taking out the 11-time ASP World Champion in Round 2 of competition. Rounds 2 and 3 of competition completed in powerful four-to-six foot waves at the primary venue of Supertubos.
The ASP World Champion Tour stop welcomes the world’s best surfers, currently converging on the sand-bottom barrels of Supertubos for the second and final stop of the ASP’s European leg. Watch all the action from the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche from October 9 – 20, 2013, here on TheSurfChannel.com!
LIVE WEBCAST OF THE 2013 RIP CURL PRO – ENGLISH :
UPCOMING RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Mick Fanning (AUS)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Nat Young (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 4: Miguel Pupo (BRA), C.J Hobgood (USA), Taj Burrow (AUS)
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.84 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.77
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 12.57 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.77
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.00 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.16
Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.20 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.73
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) 16.97 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 8.83
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.00 def. Jacob Willcox (AUS) 11.53
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.33 def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.60
Heat 8: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 6.03
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.67 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 8.83
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.40 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.67
Heat 11: C.J Hobgood (USA) 13.50 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.30
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.33 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.67
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 5: C.J Hobgood (USA) 10.34 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 8.00
Heat 6: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.03 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 6.33
Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.66 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.10
Heat 8: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.10 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.13
Heat 9: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.83 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 8.33
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.26 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 14.27
Heat 11: Adam Melling (AUS) 13.84 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.37
Heat 12: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.60 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.93
Did you see Julian Wilson’s perfect 10-point ride? Watch one of the biggest alley oops ever landed in competition:
Heading into Portugal, there remain five contenders for the 2013 ASP World Title: Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, Kelly Slater (USA), 41, Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32. Only Fanning can clinch the crown in Portugal.
On Tuesday, U16’s ISA World Champion Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, AUS) won the final remaining wildcard spot into the main event by defeating an all-European field of Supertubos specialists with his brilliant barrel riding skills. The 16 year-old from Margaret River, West Australia, netted the highest wave score of the trials tournament – a 9 point barrel ride – to secure the highly coveted wildcard.
Willcox has drawn eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA) and Kolohe Andino (USA) in round one of competiton. He surfed Supertubos for the first time on Tuesday, and said he was looking forward to the match-up.
Watch the video heat highlights of the Moche Trails:
Moche Trials Final Results: 1. JACOB WILLCOX (11.80), 2. NIC VON RUPP (10.00), 3. MARLON LIPKE (7.05), 4. RUBEN GONZALEZ (6.05)
In addition to the hunt for the 2013 ASP World Title, the battle for requalification amongst the world’s elite is heating up as well. With two events remaining on this season’s calendar, the action promises to be dramatic and dynamic in Portugal.
On Sunday, Portuguese national surfing hero and ASP Top 34 surfer Tiago Pires announced that he will not compete in Peniche because of an ongoing knee injury. He will be replaced by reigning Portuguese national champ Frederico Morais. Morais will be joined by fellow countryman and 19-year-old rising Portuguese star Francisco Alves, who also received an injury wildcard into the main event, replacing Dusty Payne (Hawaii). Alves, from nearby Costa Da Caparica in Lisbon, is arguably the most experienced Supertubos surfers in the draw.
“I had the chance to compete at Supertubos during the (Portuguese) Nationals events so I feel that I got some experience from a young age there,” Alves said. “It feels like home but the waves are really tricky and anyone can get a 10 at any time, so it’s a really exciting wave for everyone.”
This will be Alves’ second time competing in the main event of the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal. In 2011 Alves received a last-minute injury wildcard into the main event when he was just 17. He was eliminated by Taj Burrow in Round 2, but gained valuable experience from the opportunity.
“It’s hard to tell because every year the waves are so different, but for sure I’ve learned a lot of things about the waves at Supertubos,” Alves said. “I have really good memories of the year I got into the main event, so Supertubos will always be a special place for me. It should be really exciting to be a part of all that and an amazing experience to be surfing on the same stage as the world’s best again.”
If Fanning wins the event:
– Slater will need a 3rd or better to take the title decision to Hawaii.
– Smith, Burrow and Parkinson will be out of the race.
If Fanning finishes Runner-Up in Portugal:
– Slater will need a 9th or better to take the title decision to Hawaii.
– Smith will need to win the event to take the title decision to Hawaii.
– Burrow and Parkinson will be out of the race.
If Fanning finishes 3rd in Portugal:
– Slater will need a 9th or better to take the title decision to Hawaii
– Smith, Burrow and Parkinson will need to win the event to take the title decision to Hawaii.
If Fanning finishes 5th or worse in Portugal:
– The ASP World Title decision will go to Hawaii as, even with a 25th in Portugal, Slater can still win in Hawaii.
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