PRAIA DE SUPERTUBOS, Peniche / Portugal (Thursday, March 3, 2022) – Stop No.3 on the World Surf League (WSL) 2022 Championship Tour (CT), the MEO Pro Portugal presented by Rip Curl has been called ON on the first day of the event’s waiting period, starting with the women’s opening round at 12 p.m GMT.
“We have really strong sideshore winds and a building swell today,” Renato Hickel, Tour Commissioner said. “We’re confident that the swell will really push through this afternoon and offer good waves. There are already a few barrels out there and a lot of opportunities for turns and airs. We plan on running the opening round of the women, followed by the two heats of the Elimination Round, as well as the first four heats of the men’s Opening Round.”
Current World No. 5 Johanne Defay (FRA) will take on rookie Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW) and Courtney Conlogue (USA) in the day’s opening heat. The current rankings leader Brisa Hennessy (CRI) will surf in Heat 2, and reigning World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in Heat 3.
In the men’s draw, the 2019 runner-up in Peniche Jordy Smith (ZAF) will take on CT rookies Jake Marshall (USA) and Jackson Baker (AUS) in the first heat. Big matchups coming up include current World No. 5 Kelly Slater (USA) in the second heat and the defending event winner Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Heat 4. Portuguese surf fans will tune in to support their athletes Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) in Heat 4, Afonso Antunes (PRT) in Heat 6 and Frederico Morais (PRT) in Heat 7.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, WSL athletes have all chosen to represent a woman in sport that has inspired them by wearing her name on their competition jersey. The sleeve of each jersey will also include IWD branding.
The holding period for the MEO Pro Portugal presented by Rip Curl, the third stop of the 2022 Championship Tour, runs from March 3 to March 13, 2022. The competition will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and WSL’s YouTube channel, as well as the free WSL app. For fans watching in Brazil, coverage of the MEO Pro Portugal presented by Rip Curl Quarterfinals and beyond will continue exclusively on worldsurfleague.com and SporTV. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.