Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Day 1 Photos

Owen Wright seems to just be on fire right now. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz
Owen Wright seems to just be on fire right now. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz
Mick Fanning kept things rolling today with a Round 1 victory. Photo: Dorsey
Mick Fanning kept things rolling today with a Round 1 victory. Photo: Dorsey
T. Knox taking a Round 1 victory today. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
T. Knox taking a Round 1 victory today. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

It was a messy start to the Rip Curl Pro Portugal today for the men. Supertubos was the call and things were still all over the place, unlike yesterday for Carissa Moore’s victory over Steph Gilmore at Laigde. But there were still some gems out there—like Tommy Whitaker’s 9.50, and Dusty Payne’s whole heat (16.57). Supertubos only allowed for the first nine heats of Round 1 to be comleted before things got way too messy. Owen Wright, Matt Wilko, Gabe Kling, and Mick Fanning were all standouts as well. The swell they’ve got over there is supposed to clean up for tomorrow, so some serious contest surfing could be going down Monday bright and early. Stay tuned to transworldsurf.com for full coverage, and make sure you watch the event live at live.ripcurl.com.

Supertubos was handing out it's fair share of broken boards today. Photo: Dorsey
Supertubos was handing out it's fair share of broken boards today. Photo: Dorsey
Jordy Smith needs to put up a huge result in Portugal to stay in the mix for the World Title. These help. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Jordy Smith needs to put up a huge result in Portugal to stay in the mix for the World Title. These help. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Kelly stoking out a Portuguese grom. Photo: Dorsey
Kelly stoking out a Portuguese grom. Photo: Dorsey
Trials winner Marlon Lipke nearly took down Mick Fanning in his Round 1 heat. Photo: Dorsey
Trials winner Marlon Lipke nearly took down Mick Fanning in his Round 1 heat. Photo: Dorsey
Are Dane's turn never not impressive? Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Are Dane's turn never not impressive? Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Rookie Matt Wilkinson continues to improve on tour, today taking down local hero Tiago Pires and fellow Aussie Ace Buchan. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz
Rookie Matt Wilkinson continues to improve on tour, today taking down local hero Tiago Pires and fellow Aussie Ace Buchan. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz
Andy Irons will face Jadson Andre and Pat Gudauskas in the last heat of Round 1. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Andy Irons will face Jadson Andre and Pat Gudauskas in the last heat of Round 1. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Despite this beast of a wave, Adriano de Souza took a third in his Round 1 heat. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Despite this beast of a wave, Adriano de Souza took a third in his Round 1 heat. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Local Portuguese hero, Tiago Pires. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz
Local Portuguese hero, Tiago Pires. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz
Jeremy Flores didn't leave his wallet in France, he just dropped it in Portugal. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Jeremy Flores didn't leave his wallet in France, he just dropped it in Portugal. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari
Kelly surfed pretty damn good, but not good enough to beat Tommy Whits today. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz
Kelly surfed pretty damn good, but not good enough to beat Tommy Whits today. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

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