Vasco Ribeiro: a junior champion knows what he's doing | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

Two Portuguese wildcards have caused the first upsets of the 2015 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, in the opening round of competition held in Supertubos, Peniche.

Vasco Ribeiro, the 2014 world junior surfing champion, sent Owen Wright and Michel Bourez to the repechage heat with an efficient performance in the small waves.

"My strategy was to start strong with a couple of good scores because it's hard to find the right waves. It paid off, and I'm really happy," expressed Ribeiro.

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Tandem surfboard: Cerebra's surf solution for disabled children | Photo: Mark Griffiths

The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) has developed a unique tandem surfboard for physically challenged children.

British charity Cerebra has partnered with Surfability UK and Tonic Surf Therapy to design a longboard equipped with a supportive "bucket" seat that can be controlled by a surf instructor.

The CIC product designers have also produced a surf access vehicle, so that young children with neurological conditions can enjoy the pleasure of riding ocean waves. Both products were successfully tested at Llangennith Beach, in Swansea, by 13-year-old Kai Lewis.

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Choshi: natural waves in Japan | Photo: Tanaka Juuyoh/Creative Commons

Tokyo 2020 wants the surfing competition to take place in natural waves. Artificial waves are ruled out, at least until 2024.

Organizers of the Olympic Games have told the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that if the sport of surfing gets its debut in Japan, then wave riders must compete for medals in their natural environment, i.e., the ocean.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has been using surf pools as a trump card into the Olympics, but the investment needed to build a surf lagoon, and the recent problems in the young technology might have frightened the Tokyo 2020 team.

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