Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal

Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Search is set to commence this morning at 9:30am, with surfers doing battle in the wedging two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves on offer at the backup site of Molhe Leste.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search has endured three, consecutive lay days, and monstrous surf and storms that destroyed the event structure at the primary site of Supertubos, before reaching this morning’s clean conditions at Mohle Leste (in the northern corner of the Supertubos beach).

“We’ll be getting underway this morning at 9:30am at Molhe Leste,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “We’re expecting conditions to improve throughout the day and are looking to run all of Round 1.”

The Rip Curl Pro Search event has elected to activate the new competition format, featuring elimination, man-on-man heats from the outset.

Up first this morning will be Tim Boal (FRA), 26, against Jihad Khodr (BRA), 25, in the opening heat of the Rip Curl Pro Search event.


BUCS Surf Championships

The BUCS Surfing Championships, in association with Ticket To Ride Worldwide Surfing Adventures, had an incredible 340 surfers compete over three days at Fistral Beach, Cornwall last weekend (16 – 18 October 2009). 

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) who runs the competition for student surfers partnered with surf adventure company Ticket To Ride, south west legacy trust RELAYS, University College Falmouth, and the British Surfing Association to offer a weekend of professional surfing and surf culture for competitors and spectators.

The Championships included men’s and women’s individual and team competitions. Swansea University’s women’s team retained its team title and UCP Marjon took the men’s team Championships.

Mark Brian, Head of Sports Programmes at BUCS said: “The BUCS Surfing Championships kicked off the sporting season for BUCS and this year’s event exceeded all our expectations. We had a record number of entries for the event and thanks to smooth organisation from the British Surfing Association we were able to get 340 surfers in the water over the three days.

“Conditions were perfect with great waves and clear weather really enhancing the surf festival atmosphere for the 750 spectators who came out to watch our best student surfers in Cornwall this year.”


Taylor Knox tries Lagido near Supertubos

No shortage of action at the Rip Curl Pro Search as high seas and heavy storms destroyed the event structure at the primary site of Supertubos last night before dealing out unruly six-to-eight foot (2 metre) surf at the backup site of Lagido.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search went on hold this morning after salvaging the wreckage of the primary site structure at Supertubos and opting to wait out the onshore eight-to-ten foot (3 metre) surf at Lagido. The wait would not prevail and event organizers opted to call competition off this afternoon.

“We really wanted to run today, but the site structure at Supertubos is too badly damaged today and the conditions at Lagido never materialized,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “We’re still seeing plenty of swell on the fore and better weather so we’ll be back at Supertubos tomorrow at 8am tomorrow.”

Surfline, official foreseers for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling the current Northwest swell to maintain throughout the next couple of days.