Matty Wilkinson walked down the beach path to the Supertubos site carrying the typical Euro breakfast of pastry and coffee.
"I half wish I hadn't won yesterday, I want to surf this stuff," he joked.
He was watching barreling lefthanders pour through the main contest bank of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. In English it's called Supertubes and in Portuguese it's Supertubos, either way, it was living up to its name this morning. Matty did back down on his wish before continuing down the beach to watch the day's action by adding, "No, I'm glad I've won."
The first three heats belonged to goofy-footers. Damien "Dooma" Hobgood slotted into the lefts for a win while Bobby Martinez dominated his heat, catching the set wave of the day.
"It was fun, whoever was in the right spot was going to get a good wave," said Martinez after. "It's a beachbreak, and the waves were good when they came to me."
Martinez snagged a four-footer early in the heat and got absolutely shacked, disappearing for so long that I'd even stopped shooting, thinking he wasn't going to make it. The wave scored around six points, which seemed a bit low.
Martinez agreed, "I know man, I was surprised on a six. I thought it was a good wave, but I guess it wasn't. By the scoring standards a six is just an 'average' wave, so I guess it looked different from the beach."
When I commented it looked pretty good from my angle, he just laughed and agreed, "It felt pretty good from where I was too but...."
Regardless, the theme of the day was being in the right place at the right time. Travis Logie, who had the best heat he'd had in years against Dane Reynolds couldn't believe he'd scored so many barrels. "I don't think I've ever had so many tubes in one heat in my whole life," he said as he walked up the beach. "Everywhere I paddled the waves came to me. I just seemd to be in the right place every time."
Ace Buchan, who topped the heat score today had a similar response. "I could tell when it came in that it had a bit of a chute to it, and I knew that it was going to be a big score, so I just tried to get as deep as I could on it. I actually thought I should have tried to get a bit deeper, but then when I came out there was another little barrel after that. It kinda felt like a small Pipeline wave, you know, on those west-swell days when they run on the sand bar, just really fun and playful. I was excited when I saw the webcast this morning and saw that there was going to be some lefts ... it was nice to have some lefts because we go right so often. The last two weeks we've being going left, it's been fun."
It may have been a happy day for the goofy footers, but not so much if you happen to be from Hawaii. Andy Irons and Fred Patacchia went down in back-to-back heats. "It happens," said Irons. "I'm feeling pretty positive about everything right now, and I'll just use the extra time to get ready for Puerto Rico."
As for the contenders, Kelly Slater got back into the groove, and even though Jordy Smith wasn't smiling after his heat, he did make it through.
And finally, the weight of a nation was too much to bear for Tiago Pires who went down to Brett Simpson in the last heat of the day. The swell dropped throughout the day, and with the wind predicted to shift, the contest could move to the other side of the Peniche Peninsular tomorrow. I'm pretty sure there are more lefts at the back-up site so the goofys could be all smiles once again.
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S REMAINING ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 10: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.36, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.10, Luke Stedman (AUS) 13.27
Heat 11: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.70, Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.94, Kai Otton (AUS) 6.93
Heat 12: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.27, Andy Irons (HAW) 14.07, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.76
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1:Kelly Slater (USA) 14.17 def. Bruno Santos (BRA) 7.30
Heat 2:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.80 def. Marlon Lipke (DEU) 11.63
Heat 3:Travis Logie (ZAF) 16.06 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.50
Heat 4:Dean Morrison (AUS) 13.67 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.43
Heat 5:Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.00 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 6.24
Heat 6:C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.16 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 9.03
Heat 7:Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.93 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 8.23
Heat 8:Kai Otton (AUS) 10.83 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 10.40
Heat 9:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.17 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.37
Heat 10:Daniel Ross (AUS) 12.03 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.17
Heat 11:Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.23 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.94
Heat 12:Brett Simpson (AUS) 14.27 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 10.17
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1:Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 2:Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 3:Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 4:Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 5:Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 6:Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 7:Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 8:Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 9:C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 10:Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11:Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 12:Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)