IS CASCAIS THE BEST PRIME EVENT IN THE WORLD, EVER?
7-11th Oct 2014... if you miss the webcast then you're not only letting yourself down, you're letting surfing down. And James Bond...
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Wash your mouths out with soap!
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Last year Adam Melling got tunnelled, ate high quality seafood dishes prepared in a traditional style and a won 50k bonus. Reckon he hates Cascais???
1. Big Dogs
This year, an unprecedented 27 WCT-ers will be in the mix at the Cascais Billabong Pro! Yep, plenty of big dogs keen on a sniff of 50 large (more on that below). But it ain't just about the dough, these WCT lords are just superstoking on Portugal's capital city and her fruity shred scene. Among them, Mr Mick Fanning, reigning World Champion no less. Seriously, if you want to see that many WCT-ers in a WQS Prime you'd have to go the North Shore... and sell a kidney to pay for it.
2. It's like, totally mobile!
Cascais includes plenty of thrilling shred zones, among them Carcavelos, up there with Supertubos as Portugal's premiere thumping beachbreaks and Guincho, the regional swell puller if she's small. And as if that wasn't enough to make Cascais an absolute dream of a WQS Prime venue, factor in that the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service was shot there in 1969. Sure, sure, George Lazenby might have been kind of a Jesse Mendes equivalent of a Bond, but whatevs. Bond!
3. $50 000 Cascais Trophy... cash cais!
I got told not to call it the 'Portuguese Triple Crown' on the recent SATA Azores Pro webcast, so I won't. I'll just say that three events in Portugal (1. the SATA Azores Pro a couple weeks ago (won by Jesse Mendes), 2. Cascais Billabong Pro and 3. Moche Rip Curl Pro WCT) make up a thrice-bejewelled decorative ceremonial head piece with a whopping 50 grand up for grabs for the winner. Based on the surfer's best two results of the three (last year Adam Melling won), somebody's gonna have 50 thousand reasons to love Cascais!
4. Tony Hawk show...
Love a thin middle aged man in knee pads? Love incredibly loud, excitable DJ-pumped choons? You and several thousand muito stoked Lisbians! I went to the Tony Hawk show last year and my ear drums have only just stopped bleeding, and no, it wasn't from two weeks in a commentary booth with Joe Turpel!