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The penultimate stop of the WSL Championship Tour is the final countdown. It’s the bottom of the eighth inning, five minutes left in the fourth quarter, mile-24 of a marathon. Because when the top-32 arrives in Peniche, Portugal, there are only two more o
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This Way In - Portugal

Oct 202017

Location, Location, Location

The penultimate stop of the WSL Championship Tour is the final countdown. It’s the bottom of the eighth inning, five minutes left in the fourth quarter, mile-24 of a marathon. Because when the top-32 arrives in Peniche, Portugal, there are only two more opportunities to gain ground or fall behind. To win or to lose. To stomp the air or come unglued. It is where, in the thumping beach breaks of a surf-obsessed town, things suddenly get real. (Real good.)

The Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal waiting period runs from October 20 – 31. Portugal is eight hours ahead of California, so if the thought of Filipe landing a massive air or Owen getting blown out of a deep pit without you watching is just too much to handle, enjoy their heats at worldsurfleague.com.

Monster Threats

Owen Wright: After France, Owen crept up one spot to world No. 4, and looks to leap frog a couple more to solidify his world title bid going into Pipe.

Filipe Toledo: While Filipe is, for all intents and purposes, out of the world title race, there is a silver lining — he has nothing to lose. No pressure + his talent = showtime!

Miguel Pupo: Miggy finished fifth in France, his best event of the year — what’d we tell ya? The kid performs when the kid needs to perform. Which is to say, Miguel will perform in Portugal.

Conner Coffin: CC finished runner-up here last year. What do you think, Conner? Make it one better in 2017?

Frederico Morais: The Portuguese Prince returns! With an electric hometown crowd behind him, we can see Freddy going all the way to the podium to punctuate an already stellar year. 

 

3 Questions

1.     What about the girls? They are done in Europe already. Watch them compete in their final event, on Maui, in just a few weeks.

2.     How’s the forecast looking? Is Portugal ever flat? Nope. There’s plenty of surf on tap! The winds might be an issue, but the 21st-23rd look promising for an overhead start.

3.     Who’s Monster’s best hope for a world title? Hint: their last name is Wright. Yes, it’s conceivable that Owen and Tyler Wright could be the first brother sister world champ duo in surfing’s history! Fingers crossed.

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