World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour leader Gabriel Medina is the favourite to win this weekend’s MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal and take one step closer to retaining his title.
Medina travelled to Supertubos Beach in Peniche, Portugal, with a little more than two points between him and second-place Filipe Toledo.
Brazilian Medina, 25, has won two of the past four Championship Tour events but finished ninth at the Quiksilver Pro France last weekend, where Jeremy Flores took a shock first win of the 2019 season.
The leader is priced at 7/2 (4.50) to take his third victory of the year in Portugal with Unibet, while another Brazilian, Italo Ferreira, and South Africa’s Jordy Smith follow at 4/1 (5.00) and 7/1 (8.00), respectively.
There are fewer than seven points distancing first-place Medina from Kolohe Andino in fifth, with everything still to play for entering the last two events of the 2019 Championship Tour.