Competition Called ON at MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

– Men’s Round 3 Starts at 8:05 AM WEST
– Men’s Round 4 on Standby

– Crucial Knockout Round for World Title Hopes
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World No. 2 Filipe Toledo (BRA) must win his Round 3 heat against Joan Duru (FRA) to stop Gabriel Medina (BRA) from winning the World Title at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot


Location:       Peniche, Portugal
Event window:    October 16 – 27, 2018
Today’s Call:    Round 3 called ON, Round 4 on standby
Conditions:    Building 3 – 4 foot (1 – 1.2 metre)
PENICHE, Portugal (Thursday, October 18, 2018)  – Stop No. 10 of 11 on the Men’s World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, will continue today with elimination Round 3 called ON in building three-to-four foot (1 – 1.2 metre) waves at Supertubos. Round 4 will be on standby for a potential start.

“We are going to get underway with an 8:05 a.m. start,” said Travis Logie, WSL Deputy Commissioner. “We showed up this morning and it looked dead flat, to be honest with you, but as we watched it and the sun has come out and the boys paddled out, the swell started to hit. We will start with Round 3, with Round 4 on standby. If it keeps pumping throughout the afternoon, we will keep going but with the tide dropping really low this afternoon we might not be able to keep going into the Quarters, but anything is possible.”

In today’s Round 3, all eyes will be on the three World Title contenders, Gabriel Medina (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Julian Wilson (AUS), as they all need critical wins to keep strengthening their respective World Title campaigns.

The Men’s World Title scenarios are as follows:

– Only Medina can claim the title in Portugal by winning the event.
– If Medina wins the event, Toledo will need a 9th or better and Wilson a 3rd or better to take the World Title decision to Hawaii;
– If Medina finishes 2nd or worse in Portugal, the WSL Title will be decided in Hawaii.

Toledo needs to win his Round 3 matchup against Joan Duru (FRA) in order to stop Medina from winning the World Title here in Peniche and to push the World Title race to the Billabong Pipe Masters this December.

Heat 12 will see Wilson against Ian Gouveia (BRA). Wilson needs to make the Semifinals to stop Medina, but first, he needs a crucial win over Gouveia in his first elimination heat.

Defending event winner and World No. 1 Medina matches up with injury replacement Ryan Callinan (AUS) in Heat 6 of Round 3. With his recent runner-up finish at the Quiksilver Pro France, Callinan is no stranger to the pressure of the world’s best surfers and could threaten Medina’s hopes for a second World Title.

Up first this morning will be 2018 CT Rookie Jesse Mendes (BRA) against World No. 4 Italo Ferreira (BRA) in the opening heat of Round 3.

Surfline, forecast partner of the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, is calling for:

Mid size WNW swell fills in further on Thursday before fading Friday. Breezy side-offshore N to NNE wind is expected both days. The weekend should bring another fun size NW swell, with lighter and more favorable wind. Another fun size pulse of WNW swell looks increasingly likely early next week, with much slower surf for the final few days of the event window. 

The MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be broadcast LIVE on and the WSL’s Facebook page. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

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MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 4: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 7: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 9: Wade Carmichael (AUS) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)

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About the WSL
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Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport.

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