MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal
Solid swell charges Supertubos this weekend while North-NNE wind and good conditions prevail
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 October, 2017 - Peniche, Portugal - The event window for Stop No. 10 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, opens today and runs through October 31st, 2017. Strong winds at Supertubos have forced a lay day today but with an excellent forecast on hand competition looks set to get underway in the coming days.
"We've called a lay day on this opening day of the waiting period at supertubos," said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Renato Hickel. "We only have three-to-four foot surf today with strong onshore wind and a lot of rain. The good news is that we have an incredible swell forecast on hand so we're going to make another call tomorrow at 7:45 a.m again. We're expecting surf in the eight-to-ten foot range with maybe even bigger sets."
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 charges Supertubos this weekend while North-NNE wind and good conditions prevail. Smaller yet plenty contestable surf in the head high+ range continues for the first half of next week. More swell possible towards the back portion of the contest waiting period.
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:45 a.m. (local time) tomorrow at Supertubos to assess conditions and make the next call.
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)