Cascais Trophy: October means surfing in Portugal

In October Portugal will play host to four major surfing events: The men’s prime qualifying round of the Cascais Billabong Pro, the 9th stage of the Women’s World Championship Tour (WWCT) — also in Cascais, the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal in Peniche and the Junior World Championships in Ericeira.

The Cascais Billabong Pro will take place early in the month on Carcavelos beach, which is a wide sandy stretch with some pretty killer waves. The event is part of the 3-part 2014 Portuguese Wave Series – Cascais Trophy, which builds on the ASP Prime SATA Azores Pro and closes out with the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal. The Azores Pro took place early September and saw Brazilian Jesse Mendes come first. Whoever is in first place after Peniche will receive a sweet bonus of $50,000 US.

If anyone needs further impetus to head to Carcavelos, Tony Hawk will be there for a special show on the final day of the waiting period, October 11th. A whopping 27 out of the top 34 pro surfers on the men’s World Championship Tour will take part in the event so if you’re in the area, mark your calendars to see standouts including Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Michel Bourez, Taj Burrow, Julian Wilson, Adriano de Sousa and Jordy Smith.

From Journal i (author’s translation):

The forecast that Portugal has been gaining ground based on one of the greatest assets we have — the sea — is growing year after year. This is, in fact, our greatest reward. For the events, we can only wish for good waves and a lot of people on the beach, which have been the keys to the success of this project

—Event organizer Francisco Spínola

If you’ve spent time at any of these locations it’s hard to argue. Ericeira, Cascais and Peniche — a true triumvirate of Portuguese surfing and Portugal’s natural wealth. What could be better?

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Winter surf at Carcavelos beach. Pic: Bosc d’Anjou (Flickr CC)

Lead image by Bosc d’Anjou (Flickr CC)

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