Benji Brand received a personal invitation from Mick Fanning to compete in the 2019 Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang. And on the best day of the year thus far at The Balinese Pipeline, Brand did not disappoint.
The town of Peniche is unassuming. Home to one of Portugal’s largest fishing industries, it’s a bustling, working-class economy.
At first glance you’d never assume it held any secrets – but if you look just a little bit closer, you’ll see that it plays host to one of the world’s best barrels. Supertubos.
Supertubos is a pumping sandbar that offers both left and right barrels running at the speed of a freight train, perfectly hollow yet never forgiving.
In 2009, Rip Curl’s Search event series took the world’s best surfers to the tiny town of Peniche, and from the second we laid eyes on the green beauty that is Supertubos, we were hooked. We haven’t missed a year since.
During the event waiting period the best men and women in the world compete in barrels ranged from 2 – 12 feet, pounding into the Portuguese sand bank.
But if the winds switch or the swell isn’t right, there are plenty of waves for freesurfing. Peniche is actually a peninsula, so if Supertubos isn’t right, you can bet the other side of the peninsula will be pumping.
Remember Kelly Slater’s 720? That was a lay day in Portugal.
We’ll leave it at that. See you in 2019, starting on October 16th. Tune in.
Location: Supertubos, Peniche, Portugal Tickets: The Rip Curl Pro Portugal is open to the public, and does not require payment upon entry to the event site.
Tickets: The Rip Curl Pro Portugal is open to the public, and does not require payment upon entry to the event site.
Rip Curl Pro Portugal
Supertubos, Peniche, Portugal
Held in the small fishing town of Peniche, The Rip Curl Pro Portugal puts the world’s best men and women to the test at Supertubos. From dusk until dawn the heaving sandbar serves up left and right barrels running at the speed of a freight train, perfectly hollow yet never forgiving.