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Meet the world surf elite at MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, at Supertubos Beach, in Peniche, from 16th to 28th October.

What is MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal?

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal is an important test of the World Championship Tour (WCT), which takes place at Supertubos Beach, in Peniche, near Lisbon. This is the ultimate surf competition, like the others organized by the World Surf League in Bali, Hawaii, California, Rio de Janeiro or Tahiti.

This surf event has been taking place since 2009, having had several names (Rip Curl Search, Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal) calling itself more since 2016 “MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal”.

World Championship Tour (WCT)

The World Championship Tour (WCT) is the ultimate surf event organized by the World Surf League (WSL). The 36 best surfers in the world compete in this championship, which includes: 22 best surfers in the world ranking, 10 best surfers of the year of the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and 4 invited surfers (receiving wild cards and injury cards).

At Ribeira d’Ilhas Beach, in Ericeira (near Lisbon), the EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira took place. This event is part of the Men’s World Qualifying Series, which qualifies the top 10 surfers of the year for the main category (WCT).

Supertubos Beach (Peniche)

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal takes place at Supertubos Beach (or Medão Beach) in Peniche. This is one of the best surfing spots in the world and it should be called “Supertubos” where the famous tubular waves (called “tubos”) are formed.

What happens in 2019 at MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal? (Program)

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal features 36 surfers from the best surfers in the world, including Brazilians Gabriel Medina, Italo Ferreira, Filipe Toledo and Yago Dora, Americans Kelly Slater, Kolohe Andino and Griffin Colapinto, Frenchman Michel Bourez, Australian Julian Wilson and the Japanese Kanoa Igarashi.

The race has the Portuguese Frederico Morais, Miguel Blanco and Vasco Ribeiro. These last two received wildcard (invitations to compete).

Note: As there may be changes in the program, we indicate the official website.

Date: 16-28 October 2019

Location: Supertubos Beach – Peniche – Lisbon

More information: www.worldsurfleague.com

What happened in 2018 at MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal?

The 2018 edition of MEO Pro Peniche was won by Brazilian Italo Ferreira. In the following places of the race were: French Joan Duru, Brazilian Gabriel Medina and Australian Owen Wright.

What to do near the event in Peniche?

Visit Peniche

Peniche owes its name to the sand peninsula that enters the sea (from Latin pinniscula – peninsula). The village has an important fishing port and other reasons of interest such as:

Peniche Fortress

The 16th century Peniche Fortress (or Fort), with its wide moat and imposing sea walls, is classified as a national monument. In this place is installed the Municipal Museum of Peniche, which contains handicrafts, ethnographic and archaeological of the region, including underwater spoils such as the wreck of the Spanish galleon San Pedro de Alcântara. In the fortress is also installed the Museum of Resistance and Freedom, which displays documents and objects related to this theme. This exhibition focuses mainly on the Estado Novo period (1930-1974), which used the place as a prison.

Peniche Fortress
Peniche Fortress (Photo by Eduardo Cunha)

Baleal Beach

To the north of Peniche lies an extensive sandy coast leading to Baleal Beach. This beach has an isthmus that cuts it in two and connects it to a small cluster of houses.

Surfer grabbing board in water at Baleal Beach with Berlengas Islands in the background, Peniche
View of the Berlengas Islands from Baleal Beach, Peniche (Photo by Eduardo Cunha)

CABO Carvoeiro (CAPE)

At the end of the Peniche peninsula is Cabo Carvoeiro (Cape), with rock formations.

Cape Carvoeiro at sunset with Berlengas Islands in the background, Peniche
Cabo Carvoeiro with Berlengas Islands in the background, Peniche

Berlengas Nature Reserve

6 miles from Peniche is the Berlengas Nature Reserve, considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is a small archipelago of great natural beauty, consisting of three small “islands”: Berlenga Grande, Estelas and Farilhas. When you arrive by boat to Berlanga Grande you will find a small blue beach, a small hotel, a campsite and a restaurant nearby. We advise you to take a pleasant walk to the other side of the island, where is the Fort of São João Batista, where you can see besides seagulls (which reign in the Berlengas), several other birds, such as cormorants. This 15th century fort is literally on the sea. To get to Berlengas, take the boat at Peniche Port. It’s a nice trip, but in summer!

Where to Eat in Peniche? (Restaurants)

Peniche is mostly eaten with fresh fish and shellfish, were it not for a traditional fishing village and there are several restaurants and seafood restaurants serving them.

MARISQUEIRA MIRANDUM (SEAFOOD)

Marisqueira Mirandum is much sought after by serving very varied and fresh seafood products. The space is pleasant and the service attentive.

Location: Rua Heróis do Ultramar, 23, Peniche

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