Pictured: Michel Bourez (PYF) put on a strong performance in the Supertubos barrels.
Credit: © ASP / SCHOLTZ
Rip Curl Pro Portugal
Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour
October 10 - 21, 2012
SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Saturday, October 13, 2012) – The Rip Curl Pro Portugal finally started at Supertubos after three consecutive lay-days, and ran through to Heat 8 of the second Round in pristine conditions at the iconic beachbreak of Peniche. The World's Best were greeted this morning with clean offshore 2-3Ft waves that kept building throughout the day to offer perfect 4-6Ft surf in front of a massive crowd of Portuguese surf enthusiasts.
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 24, won his opening Heat in Portugese waters against fellow European Michel Bourez, to move directly into the third round where he will be facing Bede Durbidge (AUS) when competition resumes.
"I always seem to be surfing against Michel and he's my good friend so it's kind of bad.." Flores said. "But it was 'Gentlemen rules', the three of us didn't hassle and I love heats like that, everyone got waves.. It's a bit tricky cause there aren't that many out there, I got a first one and broke my board, so you got to find the right ones."
A European Tour competitor for years before he qualified for the Elite ASP Top 34, Flores has been traveling to Peniche and the Portuguese coastline several times but was once again struck by the energy and dedication of the fans at Supertubos.
"I've never seen anything like it before, it's so crowded !" the young Frenchman stated. "The Portuguese people are really big fans and so amazing. I got out of my car and it took us almost an hour to get to the event ! Sometimes I was even trying to tell them I had to surf my heat but they wouldn't let me go aha !! I've been coming here for so long for the Junior series and other small events, so this is a special place for me, Portugal has got some of the best waves in Europe ! I came here back in January with a a few friends and we surfed perfect 6-8Ft waves by ourselves !"
Michel Bourez (PYF) 26, currently World No. 15, later joined Flores in the third round defeating Jadson Andre (BRA) in their 30mn matchup. Bourez opened his wave account with a perfect 10.00 point ride, the third of the event so far, and backed it up with an average second wave to take the win over the Brazilian.
"It was unexpected," Bourez stated about his perfect wave. "I saw a couple waves in the previous heat and realized that there were some sets, so as soon as Jadson paddled into the first wave I knew I had to wait for a good one. It came through and I was in the right spot, maybe a little too deep, but I made the drop and was in the barrel and when I made it I thought 'That was crazy' you know.."
In an elegant move to congratulate his opponent, Jadson Andre came to shake hands with Bourez and had a nice word about his excellent wave, showing sportsmanship still exists in the sport of Kings.
"I was happy with that wave, but he was maybe even happier than me saying 'that was a good one !' and that's such a cool thing to see at that level, we all just want to get barreled ! If he got that one I would have been stoked for him as well."
Bourez, who is still to crack the quarter-finals in his 2012 season with only three events remaining including the Rip Curl Pro, hasn't had a significant result since the Pipeline Masters last year in Hawaii where he placed equal third and will be looking to confirm his good form and tube riding skills when competition resumes tomorrow.
"It's a different year for me, kind of a transition, cause I just had a baby and it's a new life for me. It's a bit hard to figure out how to balance surfing and my family life, but it's going good, I'm still in the CT and I just want to make some good results and make everyone happy !!"
Local Hero Tiago Pires (PRT) 32, will be surfing in the remaining heats of the second round tomorrow against Californian phenomenon Kolohe Andino (USA). Pires found the highest scoring wave of his Round 1 bout, an incredible 9.77 out of 10 but was unfortunately unable to back it up with the necessary 5.76 needed to advance.
The next Call has been to 7:45am tomorrow morning for event officials to assess the conditions and decide of the day's schedule. When competition re-starts, up first will be Brett Simpson (USA) against Matt Wilkinson (AUS).
The Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be webcast LIVE via http://live.ripcurl.com
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RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 6.30, Brett Simpson (USA) 5.06, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 3.67
Heat 2: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.33, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.36, Jadson Andre (BRA) 6.73
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 14.73, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 7.34, Kai Otton (AUS) 4.13
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.67, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.70, Dusty Payne (HAW) 2.33
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.67, Dillon Perillo (USA) 6.60, Damien Hobgood (USA) 5.90
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.17, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.36, Pierre Valentin Laborde (FRA) 2.96
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.26, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.94, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 7.65
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.70, Taylor Knox (USA) 7.43, Heitor Alves (BRA) 5.53
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.50, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.83, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.67
Heat 10: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.00, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.87, Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.67
Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.73, Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.83, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.03
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.53, Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.27, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 3.13
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.17 def. Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 6.17
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.33 def. Dillon Perillo (USA) 10.37
Heat 3: Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.80 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.77
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.50 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 17.73
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.73 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.93
Heat 6: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 15.00 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.93
Heat 7: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 16.10 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 8.24
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.63 vs. Taylor Knox (USA) 12.33
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL REMAINING ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 9: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)