Monday, October 6, 2014
Updated: Friday, October 10, 2014
Mick Fanning (AUS) won the inaugural Rip Curl Pro Portugal when it was on the Tour as a Search Event, which sought out remote locations for the world's best surfers.
Fanning topped a field of 45 surfers on his way to the podium in 2009.
Belgas, one of the sites for the 2009 Search event.
With the huge success of the Search event, Portugal became an official stop on the World Championship Tour, which landed at Supertubos in 2010.
Jordy Smith (ZAF) earned a near-perfect 9.93 at the 2010 event and finished runner-up.
Kelly Slater (USA) claimed the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
Slater and the Mayor of Peniche, Portugal, where Supertubos is located.
Having found stellar conditions the year before, the ASP set up the main contest site at Supertubos in 2011.
Damien Hobgood (USA), deep in a pristine, Atlantic barrel at the 2011 event.
Mick Fanning (AUS) put on a show for the crowd.
Before Kieren Perrow (AUS) became the ASP Commissioner, he was pulling into barrels as a WCT competitor. At the 2011 Rip Curl Pro, he lost to fellow countryman Bede Durbidge by less than a point.
Mick Fanning (AUS) in a golden barrel in 2011.
Supertubos produces huge scoring opportunities for competitors. At the 2011 contest, Freddy Patacchia (HAW) was eliminated in the Round of 8 despite having an excellent heat total of 17.96.
Split peak at Supertubos.
John John Florence (HAW) in 2011.
Adriano De Souza (BRA) defeated Kelly Slater (USA) in the 2011 Final for the event title.
De Souza on a victory lap at the 2011 event.
Kelly Slater (USA) scored a Perfect 10 in the Semifinals of the 2011 event.
De Souza, soaking up his victory in 2011.
Supertubos in 2012.
Adrian Buchan (AUS), getting barreled at the 2012 event.
Kolohe Andino (USA) finished equal ninth as a rookie in 2012.
Julian Wilson (AUS) won the 2012 Portuguese title.
Gabriel Medina (BRA) finished runner-up at the 2012 Rip Curl Pro. It was his inaugural year as a WCT competitor.
Wilson flew through -- and over -- the 2012 competition.
Michel Bourez (PYF) in a hollow lefthander at the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
In 2013, Kai Otton (AUS) defeated Nat Young in the Final to win the event.
Mick Fanning (AUS) finished equal fifth in 2013 but would go on to win a World Title.
Kai Otton (AUS) will head to the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal as the defending event champion.