John John Florence: he loves Portugal

Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Joel Parkinson and Gabriel Medina have reasons to love Supertubos, in Peniche. Their waves were hailed by thousands of spectators, as they move through to Round 3, at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012.


Perfect barrels, glassy waves, light offshore winds, random backwash and thousands of cheering spectators in the sand. Welcome to Supertubos, the best barreling beach break in Europe.

The highest ranked surfers in the world survived Round 1, in clean four-foot sets. The exception was Mick Fanning, who is currently needing to get a good score in Western Europe.

The first perfect 10 of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012 only came in Heat 9. Gabriel Medina got barreled and finished with a frontside air to land flawlessly in the white water.

"I wasn't waiting for that one. I started pumping the barrel and then I went for the air. I heard everyone screaming and it was fun", said Medina, with a wide smile in his face.

CJ Hobgood got the second perfect 10 of the event, with a long barreling left-hander. The North American defended his lead until the last minute, with a low scoring second wave. "I was lucky", admitted CJ.

Adriano de Souza, Alejo Muniz, Kieren Perrow, Joel Parkinson, Owen Wright, Owen Wright, Jeremy Flores and Julian Wilson have also joined Round 3 of competition, in Peniche.

"The Portuguese people are really fanatic. I had to go to my heat and there are people everywhere. It's like a rugby field. Portugal has some of the best waves in the world", said Jeremy Flores.

When the local star Tiago Pires went out to the water, the beach went wild, like in a football game. But the curse is unbroke and he will have to surf Round 2. Fun isn't over. Swell is picking up and it's party surfing time, in the upcoming days of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012.