30 WCT-ERS SET TO CONTEST CASCAIS BILLABONG PRIME
Q: What you up to this week? A: Same as Joel, Kelly, John John & Medina... watching the Cascais Billabong Prime webcast!
The main event is about to kick off.
After warm-up gigs in the form of the Quiksilver/Roxy Pro France WCT and Cascais Women's Pro WCT event, the real deal starts tomorrow with the Cascais Billabong Prime. Now, as we all know and are all well aware, Primes are the new WCT.
Four man heats! Instant Rd 1 elimination! Funner-webcasts*! Massive spoiler alerts at every horn!
Expensive, gluten-free wheat among the WQS chaff includes the likes of Jordy, Mick, Taj, Julian, Michel... and 25 other WCT tour stars!
Now, cynics among you, it is in no way to do with winning an extra 50 grand on top of this year's already improved prize money via the Portuguese Waves Series Cascais Trophy. No, no, no, no! Nothing whatsoever to do with that.
It is everything to do with the surfers' boundless love for Portugal, for Cascais, for the Prime format.
And a little bit to do with scheduling, in that they have to be here anyway next week for the WCT, and it's long way to fly home (to Oz, Brazil, etc) and come back.
But only a little bit that. Mainly the love!
The forecast is a bit like this:
TUESDAY 7th Oct:
SURF: 2-3’+ W windswell/swell and NW swell wrap. Bigger surf with chest/shoulder high sets develops in PM.
WIND: W/WSW around 5kts becoming SW 7-12kts in the afternoon.
SURF: 5-7’+ NW swell and W windswell mix. Plus, well overhead sets still likely.
WIND: Becoming SW/WSW 7-12kts.
* A matter of opinion of course. But what is fact is the webcast team offers the chance to listen to former Surf Europe (long-since fired) penman Ben Mondy, plus... Occy! And also Dog Marsh! And others!