Parting Shots From The Rip Curl Pro Peniche
A few days before we boarded our plane to Marrakech (more soon on the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of Morocco!), we drove an hour north to Peniche, Portugal, to watch some heats from the Rip Curl Pro contest going on at Supertubes. We caught rounds 3 and 4, and Supertubes was spitting out huge, intimidating barrels — many of them closeouts.
Kelly Slater was eliminated in Round 3. Conditions at the time were big and messy:
Wilson Wright scoring a beautiful left barrel:
The next sequence is
Gabriel Medina Adriano de Souza who went on to the finals but in the end lost to Julian Wilson. Gabriel Medina surfed incredibly well the whole contest, and more than a few people in the audience were disputing the judges’ scoring of Julian Wilson’s winning wave in the finals.
Watching the contest in person highlighted the fact that the pro surfers on the World Championship Tour are from a different stratosphere of talent that’s difficult to even imagine for us. Very inspiring, and a nice cherry on top of our Portuguese surfing sundae!