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It was officially banging this morning down at the event site -- dawning to a chorus of whip-cracking barrels and offshore winds, everyone knew it was going to pump and strolling across the freezing sand early doors was a sight enough to warm the hardest of hearts. But you knew this was going to be the high-point, like the best bit of party happening right at the start before everyone had a chance to get drunk. With the commentators hoping that 'it would hang around all day' you wished it were true but you knew that this was it. Good thing 'it' was a golden shackled morning.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Hero of the day was Ace Buchan with 18 out of 20 courtesy of a string of barrels and a few brutal turns. "Definitely coming off of a good result in France gives me confidence here," Buchan said. "I'm having one of the better years I've had on tour and I'm looking to move from strength to strength. Everything is working really well for me at the moment and I love the waves here in Peniche. I would love to come away with a win." A win is on the cards at some point soon.© 2014 Rip Curl
Shocker of the day was Dane Reynolds who took a body blow from Travis Logie within the first few minutes and in a slow wave heat just sat there as Travis caught wave after wave under his priority. You cannot escape the feeling that he just didn't want it in the right way. Dane your public need you. Go for barrels when it's a barrelling and do airs and turns when the wave dictates it -- please -- we all want to see you make it into a contest. In France Travis was wondering how he could buy a heat, now it seems he's found a way, get busy early.© 2014 ASP/
Forecast wise it seems that Otto (formally known as Hurricane Otto) ran out of puff over the last 24 hours and all the models have just one excellent day left in the bag, this day is Thursday, so word in the town's fish markets is that the comp will run at the Belgas swell magnet tomorrow and get ready to finish up on Thursday -- wind allowing.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...
From the Caribbean to Nova Scotia (and maybe even Europe) the forecast is for a medium sized swell to grace your local beach.
Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.
Highlight of the day was the 17-year-old brother of local legend Manoa. He blew everyone away.
We break down the reasons why Edouard might be the most interesting storm of the season so far.
Next week we have great looking numbers for Trestles, the Wedge and elsewhere in Southern California.