Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal

Portugal will have an ASP Dream Tour stop in 2010 and 2011.

Rip Curl has confirmed that Supertubos, in Peniche, will host the event for the best 45 surfers in the world.

There is also an additional nine year renewal clause for this specific Rip Curl licence.

The Rip Curl Peniche 2010 is scheduled for October, exactly as it happened with "The Search", two months ago.

António José Correia, “the coolest mayor of the tour”, has already promised to start improving the next stop of the ASP Dream Tour in Portugal, from January on to October.

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Darren O’Rafferty

Kirra Boardriders surfer Darren O’Rafferty, 30, today captured the prestigious Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Trials for the Trails qualifying for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Trials event, which is held at Snapper Rocks (Gold Coast) on February 26 – One day before the 2010 Quiksilver and Roxy Pros begin.

Held in testing, 0.5-1m conditions at Southport Spit, O’Rafferty clinically attacked the shifting beach break peaks, scoring a combined final heat total of 16.93 (out of a possible 20) including an impressive 9.1 ride (out of a possible 10) shutting out his nearest opponents with a dominant display of surfing.

Joining O’Rafferty in 2010’s Quiksilver Pro Trials will be Coolangatta’s Blake Ainsworth, 21, who also qualified after finishing second in today’s men’s draw, edging out Luke Dorrington (Coolangatta) and Corey Ziems (Currumbin) who just missed out finishing third and fourth respectively.

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Joel Ford

The Queensland leg of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by SNICKERS came to a close with champions crowned today.

The morning broke with nervous expressions donning the faces of competitors who shone through to the final day of competition at the prestigious grommet event.

The surf gods looked down on the final day of competition providing surfers with fun, contestable 1 metre (2-3ft) waves.

Competitors across all divisions lined up for battle with the aim of being crowned the Rip Curl GromSearch champion.

The road to the finals was no easy feat with only the hungriest surfers prevailing, but the final that everybody came to watch was the 16 boys.

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