Supertubos: the flawless barrels of Peniche | Photo: Rip Curl

The Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014 is ready to crown a world surfing champion, in the speedy barrels of Supertubos, in Peniche. Or maybe it will go down to Pipe.

John John Florence may be sitting in fifth place in the rankings, but he's still in mathematical contention for the world title. The Hawaiian, known for his spectacular tube riding skills, will be chasing maths until the last minute.

However, Gabriel Medina leads the fleet, and he won't let the crown escape easily. With three stage victories, the Brazilian will try to repeat the usual good results in Peniche.


Jeremy Flores: pumped and angry | Photo: ASP/Masurel

Eight surfers have booked a spot in Round 5 of the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014, in pumping 5-to-8-foot surf at Guincho.

It's been a tough journey, but only the fittest will keep on going in the Portuguese Prime event. Waves got even bigger as competition moves to Round 4 and 5.

Jeremy Flores is proving all his potential in the most difficult conditions. The French is on a re-qualifying campaign and was able to beat the Costa Rican sensation Carlos Munoz and Marc Lacomare with four consecutive turns and flawless transitions on a right-hander.


Garrett McNamara and friends: enjoying the first swell of the 2014/2015 big wave surfing season

Garrett McNamara and friends have opened the 2014/2015 big wave surfing season at Nazaré, Portugal.

The Hawaiian charger is ready for new challenges in the westernmost country of mainland Europe. The fishing town of Nazaré, with its singular underwater canyon, has welcomed Mcnamara, as the first serious post-summer swell hits Praia do Norte.

GMAC is not alone. The first tow-in warmup brought Andrew Cotton, Cliff Skudin, Kealii Mamala, and Sebastian Steudtner to Portuguese waters, too. When the early morning fog went away, the boys hit the shifty line-up.