The world’s best surfers are getting ready for Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, to be held in Peniche, Portugal, at Supertubos starting this Wednesday, October 10 through the 21st, 2012. This leg plays a vital role in the determination of the 2012 ASP World Champion.
Front-runners Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and John John Florence (HAW) know that the Portuguese waters might decide their fate in the 2012 season. Parko, 31, current frontrunner on the ASP WCT rankings, overtook the tour’s top position from country-mate Mick Fanning, 31, at the recent Quiksilver Pro France, but the race is still tight and anything can happen.
Other names to watch include 22-year-old Californian surfer Dillon Perillo, who has been awarded the first event wildcard. Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, defending Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner, is currently ranked 6th on the ASP WCT. Also, thousands of Portuguese fans are expected to show up in the beach to support the local surf star, Tiago Pires.
Supertubos is one of the best beach breaks in the world. The perfect tubular waves are famous for its lefts but mainly provides epic rights. The best swell direction is from Southwest and the most favorable wind direction is Northeast.
Here’s the Round 1 lineup:
Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (Brazil), Brett Simpson (USA), Raoni Monteiro (Brazil);
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (Australia), Alejo Muniz (Brazil), Jadson Andre (Brazil)
Heat 3: John John Florence (Hawaii), Kai Otton (Australia), Pat Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (Australia), Kieren Perrow (Australia), Dusty Payne (Hawaii)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Damien Hobgood (USA) and Wildcard
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (Australia), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Wildcard
Heat 7: Owen Wright (Australia), Bede Durbidge (Australia), Yadin Nicol (Australia)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (Australia), Heitor Alves (Brazil), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Miguel Pupo (Brazil), Matt Wilkinson (Australia)
Heat 10: Jeremy Flores (France), Michel Bourez (Tahiti), Adam Melling (Australia)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (South Africa), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Travis Logie (South Africa)
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (Australia), Adrian Buchan (Australia), Tiago Pires (Portugal)
We’re ready for Supertubos!