For the first time since Tiago Pires left the Championship Tour, back in 2014, Portugal has a full time competitor on surfing’s most prestigious stage. Frederico Morais qualified to the main tour in the end of 2016, thanks to an amazing Hawaiian campaign. The Cascais resident is now ranked 11th on the tour, an amazing feat for a rookie.

All eyes will be on Frederico during the Portuguese Championship Tour event, the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, an event held in Peniche in October. Despite being the only Portuguese surfer on the CT, he will not be alone since he is joined by his close friend, Vasco Ribeiro. The former junior World champion won his wildcard entrance by taking the Portuguese national title, a tour that shares a sponsor with the event, MEO.

It will be Vasco’s second ever CT event and big results should be expected. In 2015 both Ribeiro and Morais competed in the event as wildcards and went on a tear, taking out the top2 rated surfers on the tour and making it all the way to the semis and quarterfinals.

Don’t miss the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal from the 20th to the 31st of October, in Peniche, Portugal!