Mick Fanning: pitted at Supertubos | Photo: Poullenot/ASP

The Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2015 is a decisive stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT). Mick Fanning is in the driving seat, but Adriano de Souza is ready to take control of the rankings.

Only 450 points separate the Brazilian from the Australian. Peniche and its Supertubos will likely define the remaining title contenders before Pipeline shuts the door and crowns a world champion.

However, Fanning can still celebrate a fourth trophy in Portuguese waters. He needs to win the event and hope De Souza loses early.

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Wrightsville Beach: pioneer in East Coast surfing | Photo: Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach unveiled a historical marker installed at the North Carolina Highway to honor the island's surfing heritage.

North Carolina's most accessible beach from Interstate 40 has been recognized as a pioneer in East Coast surfing. In 1909, Burke Haywood Bridgers introduced the sport of surfing to the coastal town.

A resident of Wrightsville Beach, Bridgers brought his favorite hobby to the community after exploring a magazine article about people enjoying the sport in the Hawaii islands.

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Rafael Teixeira: he won Santa Cruz with no major sponsors | Photo: Prefontaine/O'Neill

Rafael Teixeira has claimed the 2015 O'Neill Coldwater Classic, held at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California.

The Brazilian surfer defeated three US riders in the decisive final - Derek Peters, Randy Bonds, and Chris Waring. Teixeira, 22, has no major sponsor, but he takes home $8,000 and 1,500 rankings points.

"I'm really stoked. This is the best day of my life. This is my first QS win, and I just thank God, my family and friends, and just everyone who supported me both here and at home," expressed Rafael Teixeira.

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