The “Unwanted Shapes” for the Beat Plastics special heat.
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When the official competition wrapped up for the day at Supertubos, the “Unwanted Shapes by MEO” specialty heat took to the lineup to raise global awareness for the plastic shapes nobody wants to see in the ocean. International stars Conner Coffin (USA) and Brisa Hennessy (CRI) as well as Portuguese legend Frederico Morais (PRT) and up-and-comers Afonso Antunes (PRT) and Mafalda Lopes (PRT) rode special boards made from domestic plastic waste (water bottles, plastic bags, various packagings, straws, etc) in the “Beat Plastics” heat. The initiative led by the event title sponsor MEO is part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness on global issues.
“We all know plastics in the ocean is terrible and we just need to do something about it,” said Morais. “This is a cause that MEO has been supporting for a while now. The slogan is ‘Beat the plastic waste’ and it’s really cool. We professional surfers live in the ocean so being able to help the cause is super cool and hopefully we can touch some hearts and minds and help change opinions and old habits. I’m trying to change mine, it’s not always easy but we all have to really try our best.'”
The next call for the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be tomorrow morning, October 21, at 8 a.m. WEST (GMT+1) for a possible 8:35 a.m. start at Supertubos.
The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.