Day 1 At The Rip Curl Pro Portugal

posted by / News, Photos / October 9, 2013

All Photos: Corey Wilson

They all line up for John John Florence.

They all line up for John John Florence.

Felipe Toledo kept on spinning.

Felipe Toledo kept on spinning.

Kolohe Andino, a long ways from San Francisco.

Kolohe Andino, a long ways from San Francisco.

Michel Bourez's moment of solitude.

Michel Bourez's moment of solitude.

Alejo Muniz finds the rare right bowl.

Alejo Muniz finds the rare right bowl.

Alejo, a blue man without a group.

Alejo again, a blue man without a group.

The always exotic Matt Wilkinson.

The always exotic Matt Wilkinson before his heat with Mick Fanning.

All lenses on Mick.

All lenses on Mick.

Francisco Alves got this wave, but he couldn't find a score to back it up in his heat with Mick and Wilko.

Francisco Alves got this wave, but he couldn't find a score to back it up in his heat with Mick and Wilko.

Wilko, under the lip and getting the upper hand on Fanning.

Wilko, under the lip and getting the upper hand on Fanning.

Francisco has a rematch with Mick in Round 2. Will he do Slater a favor and win?

Francisco has a rematch with Mick in Round 2. Will he do Slater a favor and win?

Jacob Wilcox slays the king.

Jacob Wilcox slays the king.

Miguel Pupo and the crowd's pleasure.

Miguel Pupo, the crowd's pleasure.

Josh Kerr ooped his way to victory against Jeremy Florez and Alejo Muniz.

Josh Kerr ooped his way to victory against Jeremy Florez and Alejo Muniz.

Sebastian Zietz, purple tank top approved.

Sebastian Zietz, purple tank top approved.


 

It was an interesting opening day in Portugal. In tubos that were borderline super, both of the world title frontrunners lost their non-elimination Round 1 heats. Kelly got got by 16-year-old Aussie wildcard Jacob Wilcox and Mick fell to Matt Wilkinson. There was an eerie nip to that offshore Peniche wind. The lefts were running for longer than the rights, allowing for more scoring potential and helping the two goofs dig a couple potholes in the world title race. Both Mick and Kelly are matched up against Portuguese wildcards in Round 2.

Outside of world title land, the surprises were few and far between. Most of the favorites prevailed and nobody stuck an alley-oop that would bring Timmy Curran to tears. With the swell expected to taper off, we’re likely to see a string of lay days until a new swell emerges next week. The event has until October 20th to wrap up. —Brendan Buckley