In just over a week the fishing town of Peniche will play host to the 2013 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Peniche, the home of the famous Supertubos (Supertubes) barrels, welcomes the world’s top surfers as they compete from October 9-20 on the second to last stop of the ASP World Tour. Who will be the 2013 ASP world champ? We’ll just have to wait and see. Right now the competition is fierce at the Quiksilver Pro France, which began on September 26 and will run through October 6.
From ESPN’s X-Games site:
As the Quiksilver Pro waiting period arrives, there are only three ASP World Tour events remaining to determine the title. At this point it’s really looking like a battle between Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater. There are definitely some other long shot contenders, including Taj Burrow, Jordy Smith and Joel Parkinson, but the task at hand is much more difficult for them as they need to win and need Kelly and Mick to lose early in events.
But we’re already looking forward to the Rip Curl Pro Portugal leg of the tournament. What’s unique about this year is that there are three events in Portugal, starting with São Miguel in the Azores, followed by Peniche and finishing in Cascais.
From an article in News International:
The 2013 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal also marks the second event of the first-ever Portuguese Wave Series Cascais Trophy. Already being hailed as the “Triple Crown of European Surfing,” the trio of events is the largest ASP surfing series in Europe’s history and boasts an additional $50,000 USD prize money up for grabs, awarded to the surfer who achieves the best two results from the following three ASP events: The SATA Airlines Azores Pro (PRIME), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal by Moche (WCT) and the Cascais Billabong Pro (PRIME). Each event will have an equal pointing system.
For more information on this year’s Rip Curl Pro Portugal and to watch the official teaser head on over to the event homepage.