Mike Fanning out at Peniches surf leg of the WSL

In what is nothing short of history being made for Portuguese surf, Mick Fanning and Adriano de Souza are out of round 4 of the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, taking place at Peniche's surf shores. The surprise came at the hands of Portuguese surfers Frederico Morais and Vasco Ribeiro.

Photo: Cristina PiresUp until the morning"s round, Fanning was in the rather enviable position of being the only competitor who could grab the championship right away, with a win at Peniche. The perspective was sunnier than the cloudy day greeting the athletes, and Mick had every reason to be in a good mood, considering the stellar year he"s had so far. Alas, it was not to be so.

While taking out the top-ranked WSL surfer is always worthy of a headline, this was not the first time Frederico Morais pulled such a stunt: in 2013, it was the turn of 11 times world champion Kelly Slatter to fall to the Portuguese surfer"s prowess. But Frederico is also making history in Portuguese surf circuits for being the first Portuguese surfer to reach the quarter finals of the competition, having also bested 2012's world champion, Joel Parkinson and Nat Young.

In one of those sports moments that makes it all worth while, Fanning and Morais exchanged warm greetings. The Portuguese is, after all, a very outspoken supporter of the Australian champion.

To the ample crowd at the beach, this turn of events certainly crowns the great progresses being made in Portuguese surf, after years of catching up. As for Fanning, he will have to play his cards very well at Pipeline.

Adriano de Souza could have been the one to benefit the most from Fanning"s bad luck, but the Brazilian would also be left out of the competition, after obtaining 11,80 points against Vasco Ribeiro's 14,36. Ribeiro, current junior champion, is attending Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal as a wildcard, like Morais, and has thus become part of one of the year"s greatest surprises.

While things have just gotten interesting at the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, after what many took for a done deal, at the national level, the events are probably even more important. Portugal, which has some of the best surf spots in the world, has been undertaking serious efforts to attract world-class pros and events, but while Portuguese surfers have shown they can mix it up with the best, the sport had yet to reach such a milestone. All things accounted for, the sport has found not one, but two heroes.

All bets are now up for the upcoming Billabong Pipe Masters, taking place at the Banzai Pipeline, at Oahu, Hawaii, between December 08th and 20th. Having offered some of the best surf performances in the WSL Champion Tour since 2009, Supertubos in Peniche has certainly shuffled things up in its 2015 edition so far.

"Thanks for the warm welcome and great hospitality during my stay. Both the surfing and the chilling out was a wonderfull experience. This place has got me stoked! All the best,..."
"I don´t want to leave! Great house! Awesome people! Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome & at home. I hope to come back very soon..."
"Had a great time Friday night. Felt so hung over today! Hope your cousin feels better soon. Enjoy the rest of your holiday...."
"Wow. What a warm welcome. It was an awesome time! Kind of a family thing. Thank you guys!! Cheers,..."
Inge Martin & Maria
"Thank you for a great stay (again) at the Underdog SH. We love this place and all the beautiful people. We will definitely be backnext year. :) Team Scandinavia..."
"Home is where you heart belongs to... I´m so glad I have this home here in Praia Areia Branca and know there´s a next time we will see us again. Thank you so much for everything. I had an awesome time! Daniel, Isa, Elida & Malthe you´re doing a great job! See you next time, take care, part..."
"A wonderful holiday, good surfing and great parties! Thank you, see you next year :)..."
Nina & Julian
"Underdog Surf house it already felt like being at home with all the friendly people our new little family nice & long talks, pizza&pasta night and unforgetable nights at Barraca. Thank you for all of it. We´ll definitely come back for the third time! Loads of love..."
Beth X
"See you Guys!! I had the most fun I´ve had in a long time!! Great meting you all and hopefully I will run into you in the future. Lots of Love..."
"Best surfhouse ever! Great hospitality and even better people.The Ndrdog will always be my choice in Portugal. Daniel and his house are just awesome and you will always find someone to have a great time with a beer after surfing Hope to see you soon bro! Big hug from the jetguys ;)..."
xoxo Anja
"Hey Daniel, I´m so glad, I found this place! I really felt like home this 2 weeks. You have done such great work with this house. Even on the day we couldn´t surf, it was awesome just to hang around with the people in here. I really want to come back very soon. Lots of Love & Hugs to you &a..."
"JAL & ISA ARE THE BEST!!! Such a good time here. Thanks!! Big kisses from Quebec!..."
Rebecca, Henne & Sabine
"This surf house has a lot to offer!!nice rooms, Daniel as an very cool owner,the pool (priceless after our surf lessons!!), an big BBQ, Kickers and lot more..we felt at home and had an wunderful week there....."
Ane and Heidi
"Holy cow! We love it here!:) The beaches are unbelievably beautiful, and we have even tasted the sand while surfing. Not bad actually. Thank you Daniel for a warm welcome to Areia Branca. And thanks a mill to Elida for imiting us to this amazing place. We have so much enjoyed partying, playing an..."
Simon & Ina
"We had a great time @ Underdog Thank you guys for being so open-minded and welcoming us in this "big family" We will come back home again! Tons of love..."
Carina & Ruben
"Dear Elida, Isa, Malthe & Daniel, We had a fantastic time in the Underdog house. There is a really good atmosphere in and around the house!! Cheers on many more anniversary parties. And a special tip for Elida, Isa and Hanna: never travel without GPS/TomTom in Portugal again :). Warm regards ..."
Ana B.
"After a lot of research on the internet I finally found Underdog... and I´m so happy I did!!! I am definitely comming back sooner than later. Thank you all for your hospitality!!! Muchos besos,..."


title bar


Underdog Surf House

Av. António José do Vale, 7
Praia da Areia Branca,
2530-213 Lourinhã,

TEL: +351 261 419 533
MOB: +351 912 214 416