The first nine heats of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal saw the underdogs prevail in shifty, inconsistent conditions at Supertubos. Among them, Tom Whitaker, Dusty Payne, Matt Wilkinson, Gabe Kling and Jeremy Flores surfed smart heats to secure first round victories while event favorites like Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, Tiago Pieres, and CJ Hobgood failed to advance.
Despite this giant double grab, World No. 2, Jordy Smith, couldn't get past Gabe Kling. Photo: Joli
ASP Wildcard, Tom Whitaker, did two backside hooks to receive Day One's highest score of a 9.5. Photo: Joli
Rain or shine, Portugal's surf fans will be there. Photo: Joli
Taj Burrow, finding the rare open barrel to defeat Brett Simpson and Travis Logie. Photo: Joli
Dane Reynolds' aerial surfing wasn't enough to beat European standout, Jeremy Flores. Photo: Joli
Mick Fanning, carried his momentum from France into Portugal with a Round 1 win. Photo: Joli.
An estimated 40,000 surf fans showed up for the first day of the Men's event. Photo: Joli