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World title race set to heat up at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Surf News - - The world’s best surfers are currently in transit from the South of France to the sand-bottom barrels of Peniche for the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche to be held at Supertubos from October 10 – 21, 2012. Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal will culminate the Dream Tour’s European leg and play a vital role in the determination of the 2012 ASP World Champion.

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, current frontrunner on the ASP WCT rankings, overtook the tour’s top position from Gold Coast stablemate Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, at the recent Quiksilver Pro France, but remains guarded when discussing the how the 2012 ASP World Title race will ultimately play out.

“Mick (Fanning) had the top position for most of the season but it’s so tight at the top this season that anything can happen from event to event,” Parkinson said. “I’ve had three Runner-Up finishes this year from Brazil, Tahiti and Trestles so I’m focused on a win in Portugal. It’s a great wave and I’m pumped to be heading back there.”

Finishing Equal 5th at last year’s incredible installment of the event (which saw it completed in iconic conditions in a record three days), Parkinson views the the venue as one of his strong points on tour. “The event was phenomenal last year,” Parkinson said. “Just perfect sandbar barrels for three days straight. It was like a blur. I get excited just thinking about it and hopefully we get the same conditions this year. Bring on Supertubos!”

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, defending Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner, is currently ranked 6th on the ASP WCT, dropping one position after an uncharacteristic Round 2 exit at the last event in France.

“France was not a good event for me but that happens and you shake it off and focus on the next one,” De Souza said. “I love coming to Portugal. The people here are very supportive and it feels like a second home for me. To win last year, in those conditions, was such an incredible moment for me. It was one of the highlights of my career. I’m very excited about returning to Portugal.”

The Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be webcast LIVE via


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