Miguel Blanco has been part of the Rip Curl team for one full year now, and in that year he’s not only proved that he’s one of the best competitors in Europe, but also one of the best Portuguese surfers in the world. You might not know his name now, but take note, because this 20-year-old kid is going places.
To start? He’s off to the 2016 Meo Rip Curl Pro at Supertubos, after staking claim to the coveted wildcard spot.
This will be the first CT event Miguel has ever surfed in, and he couldn’t be more thrilled.
“I’m over the moon! Big, big thanks to Rip Curl to give me this amazing opportunity. As you know this is my very first time competing in a World Tour event, and I cannot wait to put the jersey on my back.
“I’m really excited to surf at home in front of my family and friends… I’ll try not to disappoint the people who believe in me.”
And Miguel’s no dreamer. He knows it’s going to be hard work if he wants to go out there and make a statement in a heat at Supertubos – especially when it comes to competing against the best surfers in the world.
“Yeah, I definitely know I’ll have to surf at 100% if I want to even have a chance against the other guys. They’re beasts! But I am ready for it. I’ve been training really hard, and now that I know I’ve got the wildcard, I’ve buckled down even more.”
Aside from talent and determination, Miguel also has local knowledge on his side. He knows Supertubos better than anyone – he’s essentially spent his entire surfing life preparing for this moment out there – and he’ll use that to his advantage.
“Last winter we scored some epic days at Supertubos, so I know what the bank is like and I know which surfboard to take. I’m feeling really confident on those points.
“For the moment the forecast is looking good, and I hope the wave is going to be pumping for my first debut in the big leagues!”
We do too, Miguel, and we’re sure the event organisers are going to do everything they can to get you in the best surf on offer during the waiting period.
Good luck out there – show us what you’ve got!
The 2016 Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal waiting period runs from October 18 – 29.