Dillon Perillo Named Rip Curl Pro Portugal Wildcard

Dillon Perillo

2012 Rip Curl Pro Portugal wildcard Dillon Perillo. Photo: Rip Curl

Dillon Perillo Named Rip Curl Pro Portugal Wildcard

Supertubos, Peniche – Portugal (Monday, 0ctober 8, 2012) – Thunderous tubes, the world's best surfers and a world title race going down to the wire. These are the elements that are destined to make the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche a truly historic surfing event. Add the wildcards craving big scalps, thousands of screaming Portuguese fans and the 2012 European Rip Curl GromSearch final and you can see why from 10-21 October the fishing town of Peniche, and its famous break Supertubos, will be the centre of the surfing cosmos.

"Last year's Rip Curl Pro Portugal featured some of the best surf and most exciting heats in the history of pro surfing," said contest organizer and two-times Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Champion, Damien Hardman. "We just hope we score the same conditions; big, perfect, wave-pool like A-Frame tubes, sunny skies and offshore winds. The early indications are that this is entirely possible."

With the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche event 8 out of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour and with the world title race one of the closest in years, added drama will definitely be added to the epic conditions. "This year’s event is going to be especially important," said Mick Fanning (AUS) who was leading Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA) in the ASP World Title ratings going into the European leg of the tour. "With the race so close, every event gets more crucial as we get to the pointy end. If Supertubos delivers the waves it did last year, it's going to be epic."

While those three ratings frontrunners can be considered favorites, the defending champion Adriano De Souza (BRA) and tube maestro wunderkid John John Florence (HAW) are tipped by many to be dangerous. The wildcard for the event, 22-year-old Dillon Perillo (USA) possesses a super smooth style honed on his local Malibu point-breaks and is excited about the opportunity to take on the world's best surfers in perfect conditions.

"I've surfed as a wildcard in two ASP World Championship Tour events before, and am again just super excited to take on the world's best surfers, especially if the surf is pumping," said Perillo. "All you can do is give it everything you have and I'm just hoping to surf some incredible waves." The other wildcard place will come from the winner of the Moche Wildcard Trials event featuring 10 of Portugal's best surfers plus a stacked invitee field of European talent like Jayce Robinson (UK), Pablo Guetirez (ESP), PV Laborde (FRA) and Francisco Alves (PRT) as well as Brazil's Bruno Santos.

Also serving as a glimpse into the future, the 2012 European Rip Curl GromSearch series presented by POSCA will be held on 8 October, with the Finals webcast live on 9 October. Up for grabs is not only the chance to be crowned European GromSearch Champion but also the golden opportunity to win a trip to the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in 2013 to compete in the Rip Curl International GromSearch final.

The Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche will host the world’s best surfers from October 10 – 21, 2012 and will be webcast live atripcurl.com, broadcast live on Fuel TV in Australia and Portugal, ESPN in Brazil and MCS Extrême in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and Mauritius. Or catch the event via the Rip Curl Live Events iPhone and Android App, free download available in the iTunes or Android App Store.