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Upsets Abound On Opening Day of Rip Curl Pro Search Competition

After being battered by a storm the Rip Curl Search is off and running.

Updated: October 22, 2009, 2:34 PM ET
By ESPN Surf Wire

(Peniche/Portuga, Oct. 22, 2009)— The Rip Curl Pro Search got underway today in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) wedging righthanders at Molhe Leste, where the world's best surfers carved, snapped and aired their way through the opening eight heats of Round 1.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search operated at its third backup site today—the primary venue of Supertubes being destroyed by large surf and surging tides two nights ago and the backup ...

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