SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Sunday, October 16, 2011) – The Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Event No. 9 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title season, will commence this today at 1:15pm in clean, building three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Supertubos.
“We’ve monitored conditions throughout the morning and are seeing the first consistent signs of the swell filling in,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We’ll begin with Round 1 at 1:15pm and expect conditions to build and improve throughout the afternoon.”
Up first will be Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, Jadson Andre (BRA), 21, and Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 29, in the opening heat of Round 1.
The Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be webcast LIVE via http://live.ripcurl.com
The event will also be broadcast LIVE on FUEL TV in Australia and Portugal, Ma Chaine Sport in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and Africa as well as ESPN in Brazil.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, are calling for a new, long period northwest swell will build in through the day, be strongest tomorrow and then will fade through the middle to second half of the week. At this point, wind conditions look generally favorable for Supertubos today and tomorrow. Much stronger wind will pick up for Tuesday-Thursday, but will still be from a decent direction for Supertubos.
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RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Justin Mujica (PRT)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Chris Davidson (AUS), Francisco Alves (PRT)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Travis Logie (ZAF), Bruno Santos (BRA)
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Heitor Alves (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 11: Mick Fanning (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 12: Josh Kerr (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW)