W e liked it so much we stayed...
In 2009 ASP brought the Rip Curl Pro Search to Peniche and it turned out to be one of our best chapters ever. Before the event had even started our contest site was destroyed by a booming 5m plus storm swell! So Portugal made us jump from day one. It tested us and the surfers. We moved back and forth to three different locations scoring great waves everywhere, Searching in the Peniche backyard. And, as the finals arrived, we were treated to stand-up barrels thumping the shores at Supertubos. We liked it so much we stayed... Here we are again in 2012, and we anticipate the same world-class waves and action that we’ve seen in years past. Whether you’re at the beach cheering with the locals, streaming via our Rip Curl Live Events App or watching with a million other surf mad fans online, or on Live TV with FUEL - the Rip Curl Pro Portugal is a must see stop on the ASP World Championship Tour.
de Portugal, EDP, Buondi Coffee and Ford for their involvement. Importantly, I would like to thank the people of Peniche and Portugal. It is your passion and support that inspires us. To our own crew running the event - I appreciate everything you have done to make this Rip Curl Pro world class. To ASP officials - we are stoked as you are with us and to be part of the ASP world title race. To the surfers - I wish you luck and may the best man win - especially if he rides for Rip Curl! (Just kidding...) Rip Curl is the ultimate surfing company and Peniche is the ultimate surfing town. Let’s get it on...
On behalf of Rip Curl, I would like to acknowledge our friends at Moche, Turismo
Doug ‘Claw’ Warbrick Rip Curl Co-Founder
turismo de portugal , I.p. For us, Portuguese, it is a great pleasure to host all of those who visit us, no matter where they come from. And it is even more exciting when it comes to share the same passion for the sea.
Our oceanic culture is very ancient and it is the reflex of a history of continuous encounters with people from different latitudes. If, in different times, we overpassed the sea barrier, today we have a contemporary vision, that cherishes all who make of the sea a place of pleasure, challenges and get-togethers.
surfers choose Portugal as a destination. Secondly, because of the importance that Surfing may have as a characteristic and distinctive factor of our country in the international market. Rip Curl Pro Portugal, one of the biggest world events, honors and confirms the worldwide dimension of Portuguese Surfing, and is distinguished by the organization capacity, by the quantity and quality of its spots, and for the good hospitality and food, mandatory for a stay that will make you want to come back.
This way, it is natural that Surfing has in Portugal a bigger expression. We are not missing the prime element, the sea has always inspired us, but we also have a strong, convict and sure vision of the role that surfing can play. First, for its potential to attract tourists that want to do sport. Portugal is the perfect spot to slide on the waves. If to all this we add our well-disposed sun, our wonderful fish and our natural capability to create human relationships with every culture, we understand the reasons why so many
To all, from the world Surfing elite, to their families and to the public, we wish a memorable experience, celebrated in all languages.
CecĂlia Meireles Secretary of State for Tourism
Moche was born in the sea.
This telecommunication brand, specifically designed for young people by Portugal Telecom, has taken on the responsibility to endorse the major surfing events in Portugal, as well as some of our best athletes. Surfing belongs to Mocheâ€™s DNA.
This telecommunication brand, specifically designed for young people by Portugal Telecom, has taken on the responsibility to endorse the major surfing events in Portugal, as well as some of our best athletes. Surfing belongs to Mocheâ€™s DNA. Free spirited and irreverent, but at the same time conscious about the world around us, Moche supports surf and surfers unconditionally. With a strong presence in all relevant competitions, Moche organizes its own events and groups all the players
and reference content through the Moche Wild Sports website. This strong presence is in full force at Rip Curl Portugal (powered by MOCHE) because Peniche and Portugal are both mandatory stops for the best surfers in the world. EngÂş Luis Avelar Administrator, PT Portugal
W elcome to Peniche!
It is the minimum attitude that we can have to host the best of the best in world surfing and all of those who don’t want to miss the fabulous show from our sea knights.
Four editions already! In each edition, twice as much effort from all of us. It is the minimum attitude that we can have to host the best of the best in world surfing and all of those who don’t want to miss the fabulous show from our sea knights. Our enthusiasm and our pride are magnified because during these days our sea is the stage of the most sustainable fruition of our oceans and also because, through our waves, it is generated a swell of promotion for our whole country. Thank you to all of those who help us to valorize that which Mother Nature has gifted us:
• To my, already a lot of them, competiting surfer friends; • To ASP; • To Rip Curl; • To all the sponsors; • To all Media; • To photographers; • To all visitors And to the “Peniche Team” that, this way, help to consolidate the brand “Peniche – The wave Capital”. A big hug to everyone from your friend” António José Correia Mayor of Peniche City Council
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MICK FANNING Positively R e l a x e d Mick Fanning hopes a second Rip Curl Pro Portugal can help deliver a third world title.
out, that was all I had,” Mick said. “I don’t think you can sustain that, it’s not a healthy balance.” 2009 then was no less special, maybe just a little more enjoyable. After a mediocre start, Mick was relaxed, enjoying his life, his wife and his surfing. Then came that roll and that wave, and Mick had suddenly joined that rare club, a multiple world champ.
“It was Supertubes at 8-10 feet, perfect and heavy as Pipe,” reminisces Mick Fanning on his quarterfinal in the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search event. “It was an hour before dark, the last heat of the day and I needed a big score. That wave popped up, a perfect left and I knew, that was it, that was the one.” History shows Mick made that wave, went on to win the event the next day and secured his second world title at the Pipe Masters a month later. Both world titles showcased the very essence of Mick Fanning. His first in 2007 was a case of welding his obvious sheer surfing talent with a total focus, commitment and professionalism. “That first title was special, but it came at a cost. I had block everything else in my life
In 2012 Mick is, again, in the mix for the title. His surfing is as fast and sublime as ever, his attitude, if possible, even more relaxed and more positive. And if a ten foot Supertubes special comes through you’ll know he’ll go. It might just be the wave that helps him to a third win title.
KELLY SLATE R H i s t o r y C h u n k s Going for a 12th world title, the greatest surfer of all time continues to make the impossible, possible. What can be written about Kelly Slater that hasnâ€™t been written before? What can be said about the greatest surfer of all time and one of the greatest athletes in history? Even back in 2010, when Kelly won the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, one of four tour victories on the way to a record tenth world title, he had far surpassed anything anyone had ever done, in any sport. Of course in 2011 he went one better, notching up an 11th world title as a 40-yearold. Not only that, but he again pushed the boundaries of both performance and competitive surfing, performing show stopping progressive aerials that had blown his competitors, many new school
specialists half his age, out of the water. He also won at Tahiti, in some of the heaviest and meanest waves ever seen in competition. This year Kelly is again in the driving seat on the ASP world title rankings, pushing for yet another chunk of history; a 12th world title. His drive, his talent, his contribution to surfing and his overall act means nothing is impossible. He simply defies all the normal realms of what is possible in surfing. Our advice is not to question it, or even try to understand it, but just make the most of his supreme talent while it is still on display on the biggest of stages like the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
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ADRIANO de SOUZA Talent and Determination Adriano De Souza has proven himself as one of the world’s finest and Brazil’s best ever surfer. held in some of the best barrels ever seen for competition, the heaving Supertubos peaks vastly different from the waves he grew up in. Yet those that know Adriano, or those that have followed his career, are not surprised that he is continually in the frame for a world title. Be it two foot beachbreaks or ten foot reefbreaks, De Souza will always be one of the most difficult men to beat in a heat. Coming back to the 2012 Rip Curl Pro at Supertubes, De Souza will be even more fired up (if that were possible) to defend his title. Always in the mix, always fighting to death and always delivering incredible surfing at hyperspeed, De Souza will always be a contender.
At only 25 Adriano De Souza has a genuine claim to Brazil’s best ever surfer. Since bursting on the scene in 2006, the naturalfooter has steadily climbed to the very top of the world title rankings. At the end of 2011 he was ranked fifth, his second top 5 finish and he is considered by his peers as one of surfing’s most feared competitors. A smooth, powerful style, engineered in his home beachbreaks of Brazil is matched with an incredible determination to win and an overwhelming desire to improve - both as a surfer and as a person. It says a lot about Adriano’s versatility that his two 2011 ASP World Tour two victories came at home in Rio and at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Portugal. The first in tricky closeouts, the second
AKA: Micktor, White Lightning
DOB: June 13, 1981 BORN: Penrith, NSW, AUS Resides: Tweed Heads, NSW, AUS Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Snapper Rocks, Duranbah
DOB: January 16, 1990 BORN: Culburra Beach, NSW, AUS Resides: Lennox Head, NSW, AUS Height: 6’3” (190 cm)
AKA: Parko DOB: April 10, 1981 Born: Nambour, QLD, AUS Resides: Coolangatta, QLD, AUS Height: 6’0” (183 cm) Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Snapper Rocks and D-Bah
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: South Coast, NSW
AKA: Slates, Slats DOB: February 11, 1972 Born: Cocoa Beach, FL, USA Resides: Cocoa Beach, FL, USA Height: 5’9” (175 cm) Weight: 160 lbs (72.5 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Small Cocoa Beach
AKA: John John DOB: November 18, 1992 Born: Honolulu, HI Resides: North Shore, Oahu, HI Height: 6’0” (183 cm) Weight: 168 lbs (76.2 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Pipeline
Joel Parkinson JOHN JOHN FLORENCE
AKA: Mineirinho DOB: February 13, 1987 Born: Guaruja, SP, BRA Resides: Florianopolis, SC, BRA Height: 5’6” (167 cm) Weight: 137 lbs (65 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Riozinho
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kgs)
Adriano de Souza
AKA: TB DOB: June 2, 1978 Born: Busselton, WA, AUS Resides: Yallingup, WA AUS Height: 5’9” (175cm) Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: West Oz and Bali
AKA: Kerrzy DOB: March 29, 1984 Born: Tweed Heads, NSW AUS Resides: Gold Coast, QLD AUS Height: 5’8” (173 cm) Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Snapper Rocks
AKA: Jezza DOB: April 27, 1988 Born: Reunion Island Resides: New Caledonia Height: 5’8” (174 cm) Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Capbreton beachbreaks
TOP 34 + ALTERNATES
AKA: J-Dog DOB: February 11, 1988 Born: Durban, South Africa Resides: Newport Beach, USA Height: 6’2” (188 cm) Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: New Pier
AKA: Ceej DOB: July 6, 1979 Born: Melbourne, FL USA Resides: Melbourne, FL USA Height: 5’8” (173 cm) Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: The world
DOB: December 22, 1993 BORN: Maresias, Brazil Resides: Maresias, Brazil Height: 5’11” (180 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: Maresias
AKA: Cyborg DOB: April 3, 1982 Born: Fortaleza, Brasil Resides: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Height: 5’6” (167 cm) Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: Rio
19 MIGUEL PUPO
AKA: J-Dubb, Joycy DOB: November 8, 1988 Born: Coolum Beach, QLD AUS Resides: Coolum Beach, AUS Height: 6’0” (183 cm) Weight: 175 lbs (78 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Home
AKA: Ace or Bucko DOB: September 21, 1982 Born: Central Coast, NSW, AUS Resides: Avoca Beach, NSW, AUS Height: 5’10” (174 cm) Weight: 170 lbs (75 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: Central Coast of Oz
AKA: Damo DOB: July 6, 1979 Born: Melbourne, FL USA Resides: Satellite Beach, FL USA Height: 5’10” (178 cm) Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: Slop
AKA: The Spartan DOB: December 30, 1985 Born: Rurutu, Tuamotus Islands Resides: Toahutu, Tahiti Height: 5’9” (176 cm) Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Patu
AKA: Simpo DOB: January 5, 1985 Born: Long Beach, CA, USA Resides: Huntington Beach, CA, USA Height: 6’1” (185 cm) Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: HB Pier and Lowers
AKA: Mike or Migi DOB: November 19, 1991 Born: Itanhaem, SP Brazil Resides: Camburi, SP Brazil Height: 5’9” (176 cm) Weight: 150 lbs (67 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: Sao Paulo
23 Bede Durbidge
AKA: Corpinho DOB: February 22, 1990 Born: Argentina Resides: Santa Catarina, Brazil Height: Height: 5’8” (173cm) Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Guaruja, Sao Paulo
DOB: March 13, 1980
BORN: Alcantara, Lisboa Portugal Resides: Ericeira, Portugal Height: 5’6” (170 cm)
27 ADAM MELLING
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Ericeira
AKA: Ottz, Otto DOB: December 16, 1979 Born: Tathra, NSW, Australia Resides: Queenscliff, NSW, AUS Height: 5’11” (180 cm) Weight: 169 lbs (77 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: CHEK Core factory Burleigh heads
AKA: K.P. DOB: January 1, 1977 Born: Byron Bay, NSW, AUS Resides: Byron Bay, NSW, AUS Height: 5’9” (177 cm) Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: The Pass
AKA: Trent DOB: May 11, 1979 Born: Durban, South Africa Resides: Durban, South Africa Height: 5’6” (171 cm) Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: New Pier
AKA: Melling DOB: March 29, 1985 Born: Lennox Head, NSW AUS Resides: Lennox Head, NSW AUS Height: 6’0” (185 cm) Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Lennox Head
27 Matt Wilkinson
AKA: Durbo DOB: February 23, 1983 Born: Currumbin, QLD, AUS Resides: Brisbane, QLD, AUS Height: 6’1” (180 cm) Weight: 178 lbs (82 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Brunswick Heads
DOB: September 29, 1988 BORN: Sydney, NSW, Australia Resides: Copacabana, NSW, Australia Height: 5’11” (180 cm)
AKA: Freddy P DOB: December 15, 1981 Born: Fallbrook, CA, USA Resides: North Shore, Oahu Hawaii Height: 5’11” (180 cm) Weight: 169 lbs (77 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: CHEK Core factory Burleigh heads
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: Copa Point
AKA: Monteiro DOB: May 7, 1982 Born: Saquarema, Brazil Resides: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Height: 5’10” (171 cm) Weight: 168 lbs (76kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Saquarema
TOP 34 + ALTERNATES
BORN: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA Resides: Carlsbad, CA, USA
Weight: 178 lbs (77 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Carlsbad
AKA: Jadson DOB: March 13, 1990 Born: Natal, Brasil Resides: Natal, Brasil Height: 5’7” (170 cm) Weight: 145.5 lbs (66 kg) Stance: Goofy Training Ground: Ponta Negra, Natal
AKA: Pat, Gudang DOB: November 20, 1985 Born: La Jolla, CA, USA Resides: San Clemente, CA, USA Height: 6’0” (185 cm) Weight: 160 lbs (73 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Lower Trestles and T-Street
DOB: May 15, 1971
Height: 5’10” (178 cm)
AKA: Yades DOB: November 16, 1985 Born: Cowaramup, Western AUS Resides: Santa Barbara, CA, USA Height: 5’9” (175 cm) Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Santa Barbara and West Oz
AKA: Brother DOB: March 22, 1994 Born: San Clemente, CA, USA Resides: San Clemente, CA, USA Height: 5’11” (172 cm) Weight: 163 (74 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: T-street
AKA: Crusty DOB: December 27, 1988 Born: Wahiawa, Oahu Resides: Lahaina, Maui Height: 5’10” (178 cm) Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg) Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Honolua
AKA: Panda DOB: February 8, 1986 Born: Balneário Camboriú, SC, BRA Resides: Balneário Camboriú, SC, BRA Height: Weight: Stance: Natural (Regular) Training Ground: Home
Portugal A perfect welcoming land for the Dream Tour Portugal is located in south Western Europe and sits on the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are also part of Portugal. Portuguese is the official language spoken throughout the country, although almost everyone speaks English (basic knowledge) as well. Known as one of the most hospitable countries in the world, Portugal attracts many tourists each year with the most visited destinations in Greater Lisbon, the Algarve, Portuguese Islands Madeira and Azores, Greater Porto and Northern Portugal and Alentejo.
Peniche lies on a peninsula with a perimeter of approximately 9km and Cabo Carvoeiro constitutes the western part of it. The coastline is shaped by majestic reefs and magnificent beaches, home to a thriving fishing community. Widely recognised as the best and most consistent surf spot in Europe, the peninsula of Peniche offers a north and south-facing coastline. The result is the finest surfing conditions everyday regardless of the swell and wind direction. The Peninsula of Peniche will always offer a beach where the wind will be offshore and waves will be good. Along the 15km of coastline you will find more than 20 surf spots catering for all levels of surfing - from beginner to advanced. Most surfers in Portugal claim that Supertubos is the best wave along the coast and it is also highly rated as one of the best in Europe. It is a hollow barreling wave and only suitable for experts.
The event will happen in one of two spots: SUPERTUBOS World famous break known for its perfectly tubular waves. This spot is famous for its lefts but mainly provides epic rights. Supertubos was acknowledged by Surfer magazine as being one of the best waves in the world. • Swell direction: South-West • Wind: North-East BELGAS Beach with multiple surf peaks. Sand bars mixed with some rocks & sand • Swell direction: All
Gromsearch Presented by POSCA t he keys to t he f ut u re of Eu rop ea n su r f i n g the Gromsearch series final represents not only the chance to pit themselves against the best surfers of their age, but is also an amazing chance to surf on the biggest stage in front of huge crowds, both at the beach and watching online. For these kids, the Rip Curl Gromsearch series presented by POSCA is a true stepping stone into the world of pro surfing. As an indication of its star finding capabilities, the list of previous international Gromsearch champions includes a who’s who of surfing such as five times ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore plus Jordy Smith, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson and Alana Blanchard. For spectators its a glimpse into the future, a rare chance to see who holds the keys to the future of European surfing. Don’t miss your chance.
The 2012 European Rip Curl Gromsearch series presented by POSCA is all set to finish in style, with the European final taking place during the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. The series has seen 12 different Gromsearch events held in four countries: United Kindgom, France, Portugal and Spain. In each boys and girls category, Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s, each country has crowned a national Gromsearch champion. These winners will travel to Peniche to compete in the European final. Up for grabs in Portugal 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 International Gromsearch final. For a stack of Europe’s best young surfers,
DILLO N P E R ILLO The Wildcard’s Wi l d c a rd Dillon Perillo’s smooth style, innovative act and relaxed attitude make him a real threat in this years Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Perillo is also no novice when it comes to the biggest of stages. He’s been the wildcard selection in the last two Rip Curl Pro Search events in Puerto Rico and San Francisco, making a real impact, if not actually taking out surfers like Kelly Slater and Taj Burrows among others. His junior career also glittered competitively and despite the smooth style and carefree approach to life, a singlet, or surfing against the world’s best surfers, won’t constrain his natural talent.
What would you get if you crossed Malibu retro smooth and futuristic techno smarts? Well, you get Dillon Perillo, the wildcard, in every sense of the word, for this year’s Rip Curl Pro Portugal. The 22-year-old Californian is known for a ridiculously smooth style, almost old school in its buttery lines. Yet there is nothing old school about his above the lip act with his aerial repertoire featuring tech grabs, fins free control and radical, innovative commitment. In fact it’s hard to put Dillon in any type of surfing pigeon hole - he sluices through stereotypes, charms through known surfing categories. A true wildcard then, and one that could do real damage to the world’s best if Peniche dishes up the power and perfection it is capable of.
He’ll surf as he always does, be it on the Search in the perfect waves of Indonesia, or at his home points of Malibu. He’ll surf for the fun and the thrill of it, with smooth power and real passion. That’s why he’s the wildcard, that’s why he is so dangerous.
Peniche, another sea to discover.... When the light breeze calms the ocean and the waves do not arise, Peniche has other “waves” to surf. Here are twenty suggestions: 1. Knowing the Historical Centre of Peniche, and visiting the Ribeira Velha, an old harbour.
11. Observing the various species of seabirds that cross the sea between Berlengas and Peniche.
2. A visit to the Fortress of Peniche and to the Municipal Museum.
12. Walking along the peninsula of Peniche through the green landscape of farms, shaped by its typical rubble walls.
3. Travelling the Route of the Churches of Peniche.
13. Travelling through the Natura West Route, from Cabo Carvoeiro, heading south, passing by the beaches of Supertubos, Consolação and S. Bernardino.
4. Knowing the Interpretative Center of Atouguia da Baleia, once an important fishing village.
14. Diving in one of the best diving spots in Europe.
5. Learning the art of bobbin lace making at the municipal school-workshop.
15. Sport fishing in destination of excellence.
6. Delighting yourself with the rich cuisine, where fish dishes prevail.
16. Riding on the bike path between Peniche and Baleal, enjoying the scenery of dunes.
7. Visiting the City Market, where the best fish, fruit and vegetable products in the region can be found.
17. Going for a walk in the Urban Park of the city.
8. Enjoying a landscape punctuated by wide sandy beaches and green farm fields.
18. Golf swinging and relaxing in one of the spa hotels in the region.
9. Walking along the limestone cliffs of Cabo Carvoeiro, visiting the Ponta do Trovão (Thunder Tip) geomonument.
19. Having a drink by the end of day in one of the bars of Peniche or Baleal.
10. Visiting Cabo Carvoeiro, appreciating Berlenga Island in the horizon, classified as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2011.
20. Having fun in lively local nightlife.
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