Kelly Slater: he loves doing airs in Supertubos | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

The top 3 surfers on the Championship Tour (CT) rankings will have to surf Round 2 at the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2016, in Supertubos.

John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, and Matt Wilkinson were not comfortable in the shifty beach break located in Peniche and will have to win their repechage heat to keep their world title hopes alive.

The first top seed to fall was Wilkinson. The Australian was not able to stop Miguel Pupo's determination. The Brazilian aerialist chose the best spot in the lineup and is through to Round 3.

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John John Florence: the Hawaiian is en route to a maiden world title | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

John John Florence is the only surfer who can claim the 2016 World Surf League Championship Tour title at Supertubos, in Peniche.

Nevertheless, the world title race still includes no less than nine pro surfers - Florence, Gabriel Medina, Matt Wilkinson, Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Julian Wilson, Filipe Toledo, Kelly Slater, and Adriano de Souza.

Can the Hawaiian win his maiden world title in a beach break? Mathematically, it is possible. Florence will need to triumph at the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal or finish second. But there are more variables in the winning formula.

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Tiago Pires: the most successful Portuguese surfer of all time | Photo: Pinto/Red Bull

Tiago Pires is the most successful Portuguese surfer of all time. The story of his life and career are now revealed in "Saca: The Story of Tiago Pires."

He left his mark in Pipeline, he won impossible heats, and he spent 20 years raising his country's flag on the Qualifying Series (QS), and on the Championship Tour (CT). Tiago Pires won several surf contests and helped boost the sport of surfing in Portugal.

Directed by Julio Adler, "Saca: The Story of Tiago Pires" is a documentary movie with plenty of secret stories, barrels, good and bad moments. Pro surfers like Kelly Slater, Sunny Garcia, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Adriano de Souza and Tom Carroll help understand the "Portuguese Tiger" better.

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