Finals Day Called ON at MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

Quarterfinals to Start at 2:40 PM WEST
– World Title Opportunities on the Line at Supertubos
– Watch LIVE at



World No. 33 Joan Duru (FRA) will have a second opportunity to upset the 2018 World Title race when he comes up against No. 2 Julian Wilson (AUS) today in the Quarterfinals of the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Credit: © WSL / Masurel


Location:       Peniche, Portugal
Event window:    October 16 – 27, 2018
Today’s Call:    Final Series called ON
Conditions:    Building 3 – 4 feet (1 – 1.2 metre)
PENICHE, Portugal (Saturday, October 20, 2018)  – Finals Day at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the penultimate stop on the Men’s World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), has been called ON in building three-to-four foot (1 – 1.2 metre) waves at Supertubos. The Quarterfinals will start at 2:40 p.m. WEST, followed by the Semifinals and Final.

“We are on starting at 2:40 p.m. local time,” said Renato Hickel, WSL Deputy Commissioner. “We’ve been on hold for most of the day, and now we are seeing good swell and have the tide cooperating. We will run 30-minute heats starting with the Quarterfinals, then into the Semifinals, and Final. We plan to finish today, conditions permitting.”

Up first in the Quarterfinals will be World No. 4 Italo Ferreira (BRA) against No. 13 Michel Bourez (PYF).

Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi will go head-to-head against Australia’s Owen Wright in the final Quarterfinal of the day for the opportunity to advance to the Semifinals.

World No. 2 Julian Wilson (AUS) is the only surfer in the competition who can stop Gabriel Medina (BRA) from clinching the World Title early in Peniche. Wilson must win his heat against underdog Joan Duru (FRA) in order to guarantee that the title race gets pushed to the final event of the season, the Billabong Pipe Masters in December.

If Wilson falls early, Medina must win the event to win the title, but first needs to defeat Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in Quarterfinal 3.

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.

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

New, fun to mid size WNW swell will build into the afternoon on Saturday before easing Sunday. Offshore ENE wind in the morning trends more NNE in the afternoon. Offshore E wind is expected all day on Sunday.  Smaller WNW swell is expected Mon-Tue along with generally favorable wind, with much smaller surf for the last 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.

For more information, please visit

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
QF 3: Joan Duru (FRA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
QF 4: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)

For more information, please visit


About the WSL
The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The organization, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running more than 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours.

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.

For more information, please visit


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.