2014 Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Peniche
EVENT WINDOW: October 12 - 23, 2014
LOCATION: Peniche, Portugal
TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT 0
COORDINATES: 39º20' N, 9º22' W
BAGGAGE CLAIM: Lisbon Airport (LIS)
ATTITUDE: Portugal is a sports-loving country and when the World Championship Tour (WCT) rolls into town, hundreds of thousands of zealous surf fans descend on Peniche. Need proof? Look no further than the 2009 event, when 30,000 fans hiked five kilometers to see the men do battle at the backup site, Belgas. With the country's love for the sport comes its love for Portuguese WCT surfer Tiago Pires, who is a hero there.
THE WAVE: Supertubos is a pumping sandbar that offers left and right barrels, plus great launch sections when the size stays in check. Backup sites for the contest include the lefthand reefbreak of Lagide, the wedging righthander of Molhe Leste and the rippable beachbreak peaks of Belgas.
CONDITIONS: The town of Peniche has stacks of waves and the season's biggest storm seems to detonate on the Portuguese coastline during the event waiting period each year. Barrels range from 2-to-12 feet (1-to-4 metres) high.
PERILS: Supertubos packs a punch, and regularly exhibits its ability to break boards and humans. At Peniche for the Rip Curl Search event in 2009, then-wildcard Owen Wright (AUS) ruptured his eardrum and tweaked his spine in a sand-dredging barrel of doom.
ASP WORLD TOUR HISTORY: In 2009, Rip Curl’s Search event series took the ASP Top 45 to the barrels of Supertubos. The event was such a hit that the ASP made it a permanent fixture of the Tour. Reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) won the inaugural competition and Kelly Slater (USA) took the title in 2010, the year he won his 10th ASP World Title.
PAST EVENT CHAMPIONS:
2013: Kai Otton (AUS)
2012: Julian Wilson (AUS)
2011: Adriano de Souza (BRA)
2010: Kelly Slater (USA)
2009: Mick Fanning (AUS) – As Search Event