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The Ultimate Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Packing List

If you are coming to Portugal for the Moche Rip Curl Pro, it's best to come prepared. Here's a list of essentials.

Fishing pole – Fishing is the life blood of Peniche, as the massive canneries and countless fishing boats puttering up and down the coast can attest. Head out to the beach and cast a line in the surf with the local sport-fishermen. Even the most hapless angler should be able to catch something around here.

Barrel board – The place is called “Super-tubos,” duh.

Driver's license With over 900 km of surfable coastline (not including the surf-rich islands of the Azores and Madeira), Portugal is the ultimate place for a surfing road trip. Strap the boards on the roof and start Searching!

Wine-tasting palate – From the world-famous Vinho Verde in the far north of the country to the deliciously sweet Port wine named after the Portugal's second-largest city, Porto, Portugal is overflowing with good wine – and it's cheap too!

Tow board – Just a one-hour drive north of Lisbon lies Nazaré, the big-wave break where Hawaiian hell-man Garrett McNamara recently towed into the largest wave ever ridden, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. When behemoth North Atlantic swells batter the Portuguese coast, 80-foot A-frames are on offer at Nazaré... if you're into that sort of thing.

Spare liver – Epic party lineup + ASP Top 34 + media circus + end of summer = you can do the math.

Sunnies – The beach at Supertubos during the Moche Rip Curl Pro is crawling with beautiful creatures. Make sure you can admire the view without getting busted.

Rip Curl Flashbomb Wetsuit – The water in Peniche stays cool all year due to upwelling and chilly north-to-south Atlantic currents. Be sure to bring some rubber so you can stay out all day when the waves are pumping.

German dictionary – German backpackers flock to Portugal's many surf schools. Learn some useful expressions in German, like “Can I buy you a drink?” and “Your wetsuit is on backwards.”

Portuguese Pride – The Portuguese love their pro surfing. Tiago Pires, the first Portuguese surfer ever to qualify for the ASP Top 34, is a national hero. This year “The Portuguese Tiger” will be joined by Moche Trials competitor Francisco Alves, from Lisbon, in representing Portugal. Jump on the bandwagon, wave your Portuguese flag, and root for the local boys at Supertubos.

Champagne – As the penultimate stop on the 2013 ASP World Tour, the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal will almost certainly play a pivotal role in the 2013 world title race. It's very likely we could be crowning a 2013 ASP world champion in Peniche. So get the bubbly on ice!

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