Carissa Moore makes it four and other stories…

Carissa Moore makes it four and other stories…

Carissa Moore. Photo by Kelly Cestari/WSL.

Today, Carissa Moore (HAW) won the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Title at the lululemon Maui Pro, the final stop on the WSL Women’s Championship Tour (CT). Moore’s victory comes following her provisional qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Although she defeated her closest opponent, 17-year-old Caroline Marks (USA), to clinch her fourth World Title, the two will represent America together as surfing makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo next year.

Carissa Moore. Photo by Kelly Cestari/WSL.

“That was crazy and I was trying to keep my focus and emotions in check,” said Moore. “This is incredible! It’s been years of work and years of growing and learning. It’s been a journey and I’ve been really looking forward to this moment, but it hasn’t sunk in yet. So many of my family and friends are here and I’m so excited to share this with them.”

Yeeeeeewwwww! Riss hits the big 4x. Photo by Kelly Cestari/WSL.

By clinching a fourth WSL Title, the 27-year-old from Honolulu joins the likes of Lisa Andersen (USA), Wendy Botha (ZAF) and Freida Zamba (USA), Layne Beachley (AUS), and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), further cementing her name in professional surfing’s history books. Moore also becomes Hawaii’s most-successful surfer ever on the world stage surpassing Andy Irons’ three World Titles and John John Florence’s two titles.

“I dreamed of this moment for a really long time,” continued Moore. “Each world title has been a little different and this one was definitely the hardest. Being in the Title race with Caroline and Lakey has been incredible and they’ve both really pushed me. I wouldn’t be here without my amazing support team. I felt so much love on this journey this year and it really pushed me through. This year I wanted to do things a little differently and my non-profit Moore Aloha has really given me that sense of purpose. It feels like things have come full circle and following in Duke’s footsteps in the Olympics gives me chills just to think about it. I hope to go to Tokyo and spread the aloha spirit and I’m really proud and honored to represent the USA and in particular Hawaii.”

Moore’s 2019 season is a remarkable example of consistency. In the season’s ten events, Moore hasn’t lost before the Quarterfinals, racking up three wins (South Africa, France, Portugal), two runner-up finishes, three equal 3rds and two equal 5ths to seal the deal on her fourth World Title. She is the only Top 17 surfer who managed to advance into the Quarters or better at all the events this year. Moore was stopped in the Semifinals by Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) who went on to defeat Tyler Wright (AUS) in the Final.

Caroline Marks hell of a rookie year. Photo by Kelly Cestari/WSL

Moore’s achievement comes following the elimination of opponents Lakey Peterson (USA) and Marks at the lululemon Maui Pro. After Peterson’s elimination yesterday, Marks was the last contender standing to stop Moore. Unfortunately for Marks, she fell to seven-time WSL Champion Gilmore in the Quarterfinals.

“This year has been so amazing and I just want to thank everyone in my corner, I wouldn’t be here without them,” said Marks. “That heat was pretty tricky and I think my first wave was the difference, maybe if I had made that turn I would’ve made the heat, but Mike (Parsons) said if you don’t go for it you’re not going to win. The way you win Titles and events is going for it so I was stoked I went for it. Steph is such a hard competitor and so good at competing. Unfortunately, it didn’t go my way but congratulations to Carissa. She’s so inspiring and this year’s just been amazing so I’m really stoked to be a part of it.”

Marks and Gilmore have matched up four times this season in the Quarterfinals. Today was Marks’ first loss to Gilmore, who went on to win the entire event. The loss has not dampened Marks’ outlook after an incredible run in 2019 that witnessed her first CT win, the first with equal pay, a runner-up in Portugal and provisional qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“I think the highlight of my year was winning the first event with equal pay, that was incredible,” continued Marks. “Then Portugal was amazing, it’s just been so fun traveling with Lakey and Mike and all the girls. Everyone’s been pushing me so much and my whole family is here at this event and it’s just such a special moment. I’ve made the Olympics which is probably one of, if not the biggest moments of my career and I’m just going to enjoy that and soak it all in.”

Steph. Photo by Ed Sloane/WSL

Gilmore’s event win marks her fifth victory in Maui (2007, 2008, 2009, 2017, 2019) and the 31st CT win of her career, besting her own record today. The Australian took down the now four-time WSL Champion Moore in the Semifinals, Marks in Quarterfinals, and Wright in the Final.

“I found myself sitting there in good positions in the lead next to these girls and it just brought back these thrilling feelings and memories of being in World Title races,” said Gilmore. “There is so much on the line and I think I just kicked into a new gear. Amazing event and year for everybody. And, of course, it is so good to have Tyler back. I could not have thought of a better person to share the Final with. She is surfing better than ever so I cannot wait to see her next year and sure you will be as dangerous as ever.”

Seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2019 Lululemon Maui Pro at Honolua Bay. Photo by Ed Sloane/WSL

Gilmore’s success today sees her finish the season in fourth place on the Jeep Leaderboard. Although not in Title contention at this event, Gilmore is ready for battle in the upcoming year with the new CT season and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“Congratulations to Carissa and to Caroline,” continued Gilmore. “Caroline is an incredible asset to our sport and has so many future years and multiple World Titles to come, I can see it already. Congratulations to all the girls and to all the Olympians. See you in Tokyo. This has been a monumental year for us with equal prize money. It has done so much more for women in sport, and women in all kinds of industries in the workplace around the world, to show people what should be normal, that equality should be normal. I am really proud to be a part of that and to have the WSL lead the way in that way. That is really special.”
Tyler Wright Makes Triumphant Return to Competition with Runner-Up Finish

Tyler Wright. Photo by Kelly Cestari/WSL.

This was Wright’s first CT event after a 17-month recovery from illness. In her competitive return, the two-time WSL Champion upset the World Title race by eliminating Peterson. Today, Wright took down Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) in the Semifinals and Johanne Defay (FRA) in the Quarterfinals. Falling one score shy of the win over Gilmore, Wright showcased her incredible power-surfing and will be the one to beat in the coming year.

Two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright back from a long lay off hasn’t lost her touch. Photo by Cait Miers/WSL.

“I feel very lucky and grateful to be here today,” said Wright. “It was only a couple of months ago that I was still in a rough place. I would love to thank the people who have helped me get here today. A lot of that is my girlfriend, Alex. She has been there the entire time for me. She saw it all. She saw the worst of the worst and to be here today, to be surfing, and to be happy and healthy, it was a rough one and I am so enjoying this moment. To see all the girls qualify for the Olympics and to see the first year full year of equal pay, that is a huge moment in our sport. To sit on the sidelines and watch that, I became a huge fan of this sport. I want to thank everyone that has taken part in that.”

Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020 and the 2019 WSL CT was a crucial qualification pathway for the world’s best surfers. Following the season finale in Maui, the WSL rankings have determined the first eight eligible women to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, subject to all qualified surfers meeting the ISA’s and IOC’s eligibility requirements and being selected by their respective National Olympic Committee.

The eight provisional qualifiers are:
USA – Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks
Australia – Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons
Brasil – Tatiana Weston-Webb and Silvana Lima
France – Johanne Defay
Costa Rica – Brisa Hennessy

lululemon Maui Pro Final Results:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.16
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.67

lululemon Maui Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.00 DEF. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 7.33
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.94 DEF. Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.07

lululemon Maui Pro Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 15.07 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.00
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 10.84 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 10.74
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.90
QF 4:Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.73 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 11.50

Women’s 2019 Jeep Leaderboard (after lululemon Maui Pro):
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 59,940 points
2 – Caroline Marks (USA) 55,454 points
3 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 55,125 points
4 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 49,810 points
5 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 48,950 points
6 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 41,560 points
7 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 41,080 points
8 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 38,085 points
9 – Malia Manuel (HAW) 35,155 points
10 – Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 28,625 points

Carissa Moore. Photo by Cait Miers/WSL.

WSL announce 2020 tour locations…

WSL announce 2020 tour locations…

Kolohe, cool in the French shade. Photo Sharpy

The 2020 Schedule Preview Show? Yes. You read that right. Chris Cote and Pat O’Connell have just done a live broadcast to go through the events for next season and the big news is G-LAND IS BACK! Keramas is gone but one of the sickest lefts in the world is rightfully back on tour. Here’s hoping it’s as epic as it was in the old days.

So here it is the 2020 tour:

Corona Open Gold Coast – Mar 26 – Apr 5
Main takeaway is Quiksilver are no longer the banner sponsor.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Apr 8 – 18th.
The longest-running event on the slate keeps its legend alive, 43 years and counting.

Margaret River Pro Apr 22 – May 2nd
The WA event rounds off a non-stop Oz leg. Fingers crossed for Box or North Point coming to the party.

Quiksilver G-Land Pro  June 4 – 14th
Not been a comp since 1997 but when Quik did run the comp in the mid ’90s it was insane. A very welcome return.

Oi Rio Pro June 18 – 27th
Always entertaining but much-maligned Rio is on again. The tour is dominated by Brazilian riders so it would be insane for it not to be there.

Corona Open JBay July 7 -19th
One of the most popular stops for the pros and viewers the epic African point retains its spot.

Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o Aug 26 – Sept 6th
The scariest wave on tour keeps it spot. Phew.

Michelob Ultra Pure Gold Freshwater Pro Sept 15 – 21st
Kelly’s tub is not popular with the riders or viewers. But here we are again. Please bring back Trestles instead.

Quiksilver / Roxy Pro France Oct 1 – 11th
The European leg keeps on keeping on. Thank flip.

Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal Oct 14-25th
Peniche survives. They sorely need to get back to using the backup spots rather than using wonky Supers.

Billabong Pipe Masters for the men. Maui Pro for the ladies. Dec 8 – 20th
Hawaiian end games as is good and right.

Italo & Caro’ take Portugal setting up tight Hawaiian title showdown scenarios.

Italo & Caro’ take Portugal setting up tight Hawaiian title showdown scenarios.

Caroline Marks of the United States , Jordy Smith of South Africa , Italo Ferreira of Brazil and Lakey Peterson of the United States during podium of the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal on October 26, 2019 in Peniche, Portugal. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL.

Italo Ferreira (BRA) and Caroline Marks (USA) have won the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the penultimate stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). Claiming victory in the Final bout against Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Lakey Peterson (USA), respectively, Ferreira and Marks excelled in pumping four-to-six foot surf at Supertubos.

Stop No. 9 on the women’s CT and 10 on the men’s CT, the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, witnessed incredible performances and major Title Race drama, culminating today with Ferreira’s and Marks’ victories.

Italo Ferreira. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

“That was so sick, I’m so glad to go back-to-back and win again,” said Ferreira. “Congrats to everyone. I’m so happy, what an amazing event. It has been so special for me the last couple of months, I’m so happy with myself and my team, it’s been amazing. That air was unreal and I’m so glad I landed it, it was a special heat for me against Jordy (Smith) who’s one of the best competitors. Hawaii is going to be fun for sure. The race is open and I need to learn a little bit more, but let’s try!”

Italo Ferreira. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

Italo Ferreira (BRA) came into this year’s MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal as the defending event winner with a target on his back but once again rose up through the rounds on Finals Day with a performance for the ages to claim back-to-back wins in Peniche. This result marks the Brasilian’s career’s fifth event win and the second this season after the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast back in April. With two runner-ups more recently in J-Bay and France, Ferreira will take hold of the rankings lead and yellow Jeep Leader Jersey heading to the Billabong Pipe Masters.

While Smith chipped away with a couple of average scores early on, Ferreira came out swinging in the Final, posting a Perfect 10 in the first five minutes of the heat. The high-flying Brasilian, who built up momentum since the Quarters this morning, launched into a massive backhand full rotation, perfectly landed in front of the wave’s explosion to get the crowds to erupt on the beach. He then proceeded to fly away on his forehand and backed up his main score with a 7.83 (out of a possible 10) to put pressure on the South African.

Ferreira went on to extend his lead with another big rotation on his backhand as Smith looked at finding two new scores for an 18.43 (out of a possible 20) combined total with 15 minutes on the clock. As time continued to run down, Smith couldn’t find the waves he needed and Ferreira walked away with the win.

Jordy Smith. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

Jordy Smith (ZAF)’s road to his third Final appearance in Peniche included epic performances to eliminate World No. 5 Kolohe Andino (USA) and No. 6 Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) in the Quarters and Semifinal. Smith came back in the dying minutes of his Semifinal matchup against Igarashi with an incredible forehand full rotation to post a 9.33 and belt his ticket for the Final. While the Portugal event win still eludes Smith in 2019, his excellent result comforted his 3rd spot on the Jeep Leaderboard with less than 2,000 points separating the Top 4 surfers, making it one of the closest Title Races in the history of professional surfing.

“You want the best in the world when they’re at their best and that was him right there,” said Smith. “Congratulations to Italo (Ferreira), he surfed unbelievably. I kind of needed to start sticking some big airs but I’m psyched to bring it on to Pipe. My training will be pretty much to spend as much time out there as I can and work on my boards and my physical body and that’s really all you can do, show up on the day and be ready for it.”

Caroline Marks. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

Caroline Marks Closes In on Jeep Frontrunner with Portugal Win
Caroline Marks (USA), the 17-year-old surfing phenomenon, showed once again that she is a major threat to the world’s best surfers and now has a shot at a maiden World Title in only her second year on the elite Tour heading into the Hawaii Pro in Maui next month, starting November 25.

Caroline Marks. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

“That was incredible I’ve been dreaming of making a Final against Lakey (Peterson) and we’ve been talking about it since I started working with Mike (Parsons),” said Marks. “I just want to say thanks to her for pushing me so much, I wouldn’t be here without her. That was super fun, I’m so stoked this is the best year of my life and I can’t believe it!”

Marks claimed a second event win this season (after the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast) in only her second season on the Championship Tour to get even closer in the World Title race conversation. The young sophomore eclipsed seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in the Quarters before eliminating Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) in the Semis and Peterson in the Final. The Floridian came in ranked fourth on the Jeep Leaderboard and will leave Europe in third position after a runner-up in France and the win in Peniche.

“I’m just trying to live in the moment but staying in the Title Race is the goal,” she added. “I want to go all the way for sure, that’s so exciting. I’m not going to change anything, I’m just going to surf all day and have fun.”

Marks got the nod in the first half of the women’s Final, nailing a couple of good turns on her lethal backhand to build a healthy 12 point total and push Peterson against the ropes early on. The 17-year-old stayed patient in the lineup while Peterson scoured the beach for opportunities and once again Marks got the better of the next exchange to improve her lead and put Peterson in a combination situation.

Lakey Peterson. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

Lakey Peterson (USA) has arguably been one of the strongest surfers in the back half of the 2019 Championship Tour season, posting an equal 3rd, two runner-ups and a win in the last four events to tighten up the World Title race before the last event of the season. In a remake of their Roxy Pro France Semifinal, Peterson this time eliminated the Jeep Frontrunner Carissa Moore (HAW) to make her way in the Final today. She solidifies her second spot on the Jeep Leaderboard and narrows down the Title Race to less than 3,500 points between her and Moore.

“It’s almost like I put too much into that Semifinal and ran out of fuel in the Final,” said Peterson. “There is so much on the line for everyone right now, and I was just so stoked to have a heat with Carissa again in conditions that were a bit better. I was so stoked to make the Final with Caroline, we surf a ton together and she’s pushed me a lot so I just want to say congratulations to you, Caroline, you really deserved it.”

Lakey Peterson Forces Title Race To Maui
The women’s second Semifinal was arguably the most important heat of the whole season between Jeep Frontrunner Carissa Moore (HAW) and World No. 2 Peterson. In a remake of their Roxy Pro France Semifinal matchup, this time it was the Californian who got the upper hand early with her attack of the Supertubos lefts to put pressure on Moore. In an unusual turn of events, the ever-so composed Hawaiian seemed affected by the tension as she made a couple of priority mistakes and couldn’t complete her waves, chasing a mid-range 6.74 (out of a possible 10).

With a third equal 3rd place finish this season, Moore retains the Jeep Yellow jersey heading into the final event of the season, but the gap with Peterson and Marks has melted slightly with the two Americans’ results today. The domination of the three compatriots atop the Jeep Leaderboard marks a historic first in 38 years, since the Margo Oberg (HAW), Liz Benavidez (USA) and Brenda Scott-Rogers (USA) era in the 1981 season.

Ibelli Eyes CT Re-Qualification with Solid 2019 Season
The second men’s Semifinal was more of an air show between Ferreira and injury replacement surfer Caio Ibelli (BRA) as both surfers took the debate above the lip, throwing caution to the wind to send and land massive aerials. Eventually, Ferreira’s 15.43 (out of a possible 20) was enough to advance into the Final over Ibelli’s 14.86. Coming to Portugal ranked 23rd on the CT, Ibelli’s result in Portugal rockets him up to 16th on the Jeep Leaderboard. He is now looking strong to have a seat at the CT table in 2020.

“What a gift,” said Ibelli. “I showed up here in 23rd and wasn’t in a good spot, everybody was ripping. It feels like when you go down it’s so hard to reach up, but so much happened during this week and I’m just super blessed to finish in the Semifinals. I really needed this result, now I can go to Pipe and have fun and try to finish my best year on tour so far.”

With the completion of the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the Jeep Leaderboard has once again been re-shuffled, here are the new current Top 5:

Men’s Championship Tour Top 5:
1 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) – 51,070 pts
2 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) – 50,005 pts
3 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) – 49,985 pts
4 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) – 49,145 pts
5 – Kolohe Andino (USA) – 44,665 pts

Women’s Championship Tour Top 5:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) – 58,600 pts
2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) – 55,125 pts
3 – Caroline Marks (USA) – 53,410 pts
4 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) – 48,950 pts
5 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) – 44,555 pts

Men and Women’s World Title Race Scenarios Heading into Final Stops

Three Women’s World Title Contenders – Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson & Caroline Marks
If Carissa Moore wins Maui she clinches the World Title;
If Moore gets a 2nd Lakey Peterson needs a 1st to take the World Title from Moore;
If Moore gets a 3rd Peterson needs a 2nd & Caroline Marks a 1st;
If Moore gets a 5th/9th/17th Peterson needs 3rd & Marks a 2nd to force a 3 way Tie Surf Off for World Title decision in Maui.

Five Men’s World Title Contenders – Italo Ferreira, Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo, Jordy Smith & Kolohe Andino
If Italo Ferreira wins Pipe he clinches the World Title;
If Ferreira gets a 2nd Gabriel Medina & Filipe Toledo will need a 1st to take the World Title from Ferreira;
If Ferreira gets a 3rd Medina needs a 2nd, Toledo & Jordy Smith a 1st;
If Ferreira gets 5th, Medina needs a 3rd, Toledo a 2nd, Smith a 1st;
If Ferreira gets 9th, Medina needs a 5th, Toledo a 3rd, Jordy a 2nd & Kolohe Andino a 1st ;
If Ferreira gets 17th/33rd, Medina & Toledo will need a 9th, Smith a 5th & Andino a 2nd.

The 2019 CT season will culminate in Hawaii with the Hawaii Pro for the women from November 25 – December 6, and the Billabong Pipe Masters for the men from December 8-20. The events will be broadcast LIVE on and the free WSL app.

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Final Results:
1 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 18.43
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 6.17

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Women’s Final Results:
1 – Caroline Marks (USA) 13.73
2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 6.27

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.83 def. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 12.66
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.43 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.86

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Women’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Caroline Marks (USA) 13.16 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 7.70
SF 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.23 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.50

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.40 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.97
QF 2: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 15.24 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.26
QF 3: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.86 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 11.83
QF 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 18.40 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 16.87

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Women’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Caroline Marks (USA) 15.17 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.07
QF 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 13.67 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 9.14
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.06 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.50
QF 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.33 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 8.83

Carissa Moore. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

Rip Curl Pro Portugal Day 1.

Rip Curl Pro Portugal Day 1.

Kolohe Andino. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

The MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal is on right now. Watch here:

Yesterday’s goings on below…


The MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the penultimate stop on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), launched today in wind-affected three-to-five foot surf at Supertubos to complete the Seeding Rounds 1 of both the men’s and women’s divisions. Today marked the first time the elite Top 17 returned to the Peniche lineup since the event’s inception in 2010.

Events No. 9 and 10 on the Women’s and Men’s Championship Tour respectively, and the last stops before the big showdown in Hawaii, the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal carry implications in both the World Title race and qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Medina Comes Out Swinging in the Seeding Round
The current Jeep Frontrunner Gabriel Medina (BRA) dominated his Round 1 heat with a mix of high-performance surfing and technical tube ride. The two-time WSL Champion first launched into a huge air on a right and backed up his 8.17 (out of a possible 10) main score with a small but long barrel on his forehand this time to build a massive 14.67 total (out of a possible 20). Coming off one of his worst results ever in France, the Brasilian has a chance to redeem himself this week and even potentially seal the deal on a third World Title in Peniche.

“I knew it was going to be tough with waves all over the place,” said Medina. “So I just tried to catch a lot of them and I landed that one really good air and then just basically fought to find a backup. It’s funny it feels like I’ve been in that position (competing in Portugal with a chance to claim the world title) for ten years. I feel good, I know I need a big result here and I’m not focused on winning it here, I’m ready for Hawaii. I’m just focusing on myself, I really want to make some heats and just make it harder for the other guys.”

World No. 2 Filipe Toledo Keeps Title Hopes Alive
World No. 2 Filipe Toledo (BRA) was the first surfer to lead the way under the lip at Supertubos today, as he found a long and frothy backhand barrel punctuated by a big re-entry for a 7.17. The Brasilian completed his scoreboard with a two-turn combo on a right and easily advanced in first position. Diminished by a back injury sustained earlier this year at the Freshwater Pro, Toledo looked in fine form on opening day in Peniche but did mention surfing through the pain in his heat.

“It’s really tricky so if you get that one good wave right at the start it gives you so much confidence and helps build up through the heat,” said Toledo. “Then I focused on finding a few little waves to do one or two turns and it worked out. My back pain is still here and I haven’t surfed for the past four days or so, it comes and goes at the moment. It’s been lots of ups and downs, definitely not the European leg I was hoping for but I’m taking it easy and trying not to put too much pressure on myself.”

Yago Dora. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

Brasilian Goofyfoot Pair Lights Up Peniche Beach
After a slow start to the morning, things heated up in Heat 3 with the Brasilian duo of Yago Dora (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) who locked in a battle for first place and eclipsed local pro Frederico Morais (PRT), who’ll have to surf in the Elimination Round 2. The world No. 4 Ferreira went above the lip on his best two scores, including an impressive backhand full rotation for a 7.17, but Dora answered with more traditional, powerful turns in the lip and outmatched his compatriot with a 13.56 total heat win.

“Sometimes you just have to improvise,” said Dora. “The waves were really hard out there, closing out fast and supper hollow and powerful so I tried to concentrate on one big move or two if I ever could. There are a lot of good waves around, the backup spot is super fun but hopefully Supertubos will turn on soon, the wind is supposed to switch around and go offshore.”

Carissa Moore. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

Moore Makes Moves, Advances Straight to Round of 16
Straight off a win at the Roxy Pro France, current Jeep Yellow Jersey Carissa Moore (HAW) kept her fire going into her first heat in Peniche. The Hawaiian, who won the event the last time it was held here in 2010, found a connection with the Supertubos lineup right away and scored one of the very few barrels of the day to back up her main score and advance in first out of Round 1.

“It wasn’t bad for a start I was stoked to work my way into a rhythm even with the pre-comp nerves,” said Moore. “I’m happy to get rolling, win my heat and get on to the next round. I feel like there’s a lot of work to do (before claiming a potential world title), I’ve been watching this event for years and it’s so tricky anything can happen so I’m having realistic expectations that it will still end up in Maui. I’m just going to try my best and enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed all the previous events this year.”

Silvana Lima (BRA) advanced in second behind Moore. Rip Curl wildcard and former CT athlete Alana Blanchard (HAW) had the second-best score of the heat with a 6.47 but couldn’t find a backup and failed to advance. She will be facing tough competition in the Elimination Round 2 when the event resumes.

Nikki Van Dijk. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

Rookie Macy Callaghan and Nikki Van Dijk Upset World No. 2 Peterson in Seeding Round
World No. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) came out on top of the women’s opening Seeding Round heat but the fireworks really started in the second matchup, with an amazing three-way battle between Macy Callaghan (AUS), Lakey Peterson (USA) and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS). While Peterson is locked in the World Title race in second position on the rankings, for Callaghan and Van Dijk a result in Peniche could turn their season around with potential requalification through the CT.

All three surfers decided to attack the lefts on their backhand and laid critical turns for good scores in the 6+ range, Callaghan leading the way with two good waves. Peterson seemed safe in the second advancing position until Van Dijk found a last-second opportunity and pulled a miracle comeback to force the world title contender into the Elimination Round 2.

“I’m really happy with that heat it’s always a nice way to start an event,” said Callaghan. “I love beach breaks so I felt very good and comfortable out there. I’m pretty much last so I don’t really have any pressure, you can only go up from there. I’m just having fun and trying to surf my best to show that I’m capable to be here and that I want to be here for a while.”

Kanoa Igarashi. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

Kanoa Igarashi Joins Provisional Qualifiers for Tokyo 2020
Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) has qualified through the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) to represent Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Following Igarashi’s results at the Quiksilver Pro France, he is guaranteed to finish ahead of his closest rivals for qualification, Ricardo Christie (NZL) and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), on the WSL Rankings and has earned his provisional place to compete in Tokyo.

“It is an honor to be able to represent Japan in the Olympics,” said Igarashi. “It has been a long year of worrying about qualifying and thinking about how everything will play out, but I am glad everything worked out. Now, I am looking forward to this new goal that I have next year. To win in Tokyo is a huge goal of mine. With this news today, I am one step closer to it. I am proud to be going to the Olympics and being able to be a part of a huge moment in our sport and for my country.”

Igarashi, 22 from Huntington Beach, CA, has been surfing since the age of three after his parents immigrated to the USA from Japan to give their son the best chance at becoming a pro surfer. Igarashi became a top-ranked amateur and qualified for the CT in 2015. At the age of 18, he was the youngest rookie on Tour in 2016 and collected more Round One wins than any surfer. He went on to claim his first CT win in Bali this year. Igarashi, who holds dual citizenship, is proudly representing Japan on the global stage.

Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020 and the 2019 WSL CT, the elite year-long tour that crowns the World Champions each season, will be an important qualification pathway for the world’s best surfers.

Wade Carmichael. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

Crosby Colapinto. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

Caroline Marks. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Elimination Round 2 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL) vs. Miguel Blanco (PRT)
HEAT 2: Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) vs. Crosby Colapinto (USA)
HEAT 3: Ryan Callinan (AUS) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)
HEAT 4: Michel Bourez (FRA) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Soli Bailey (AUS)

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Women’s Elimination Round 2 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Alana Blanchard (HAW)
HEAT 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Seeding Round 1 Results:
HEAT 1: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 10.60 DEF. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 8.83, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 5.50
HEAT 2: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 10.96 DEF. Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.20, Soli Bailey (AUS) 7.74
HEAT 3: Yago Dora (BRA) 13.56 DEF. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.37, Frederico Morais (PRT) 8.37
HEAT 4: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 10.84 DEF. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.30, Crosby Colapinto (USA) 5.17
HEAT 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.70 DEF. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 9.56, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.33
HEAT 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.67 DEF. Joan Duru (FRA) 8.60, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 6.80
HEAT 7: Jack Freestone (AUS) 10.30 DEF. Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.53, Owen Wright (AUS) 8.73
HEAT 8: Deivid Silva (BRA) 11.34 DEF. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.16, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 6.43
HEAT 9: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.66 DEF. Conner Coffin (USA) 10.97, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 7.33
HEAT 10: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 11.04 DEF. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 8.77, Seth Moniz (HAW) 5.47
HEAT 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.50 DEF. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 10.13, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 6.76
HEAT 12: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 12.27 DEF. Kelly Slater (USA) 11.00, Michel Bourez (FRA) 8.06

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Women’s Seeding Round 1 Results:
HEAT 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 9.94 DEF. Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 9.20, Paige Hareb (NZL) 7.90
HEAT 2: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 12.60 DEF. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.33, Lakey Peterson (USA) 10.26
HEAT 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.00 DEF. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.00, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 7.37
HEAT 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 11.64 DEF. Johanne Defay (FRA) 10.27, Keely Andrew (AUS) 5.10
HEAT 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.90 DEF. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.10, Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 11.07
HEAT 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 8.36 DEF. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 7.50, Malia Manuel (HAW) 7.03

Michel Bourez. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL



Not sure how they do it but the WSL/Quik/Roxy crew have scored in France yet again. Finals day has been pumping down in Hossegor.

Short version: waves were sick. Carissa Moore smashed Caroline Marks in the final of the Roxy Pro and Jeremy Flores put on a clinic against Italo Ferreira to take the Quiksilver Pro. How sweet to win your sponsor’s event at your adopted home break?

Full release below.

Three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore wins the Roxy Pro France.
Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

Carissa Moore yewwwww! Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL.

Jeremy Flores and the frothing crowd. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL

Caroline Marks made the Roxy final but couldn’t match Riss in the tube. Photo by Laurent Masurel/WSL.

Kolohe Andino missed a chance to close the gap on Gabby with an equal 5th finish. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL.

Adrian Buchan took out tour leader Medina on his way to the quarters. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

Ryan Callinan. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

Italo Ferreira. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

Leonardo Fioravanti made the semis in a real return to form. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

Jeremy Flores looked like the man from the first heat of the day. He said local advantage doesn’t apply so much in Hossegor as it’s so random. Got to help though. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL.

Jack Freestone. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL.

Local wildcard Marc Lacomare did some damage on his way to the quarters. Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL

Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Carissa Moore (HAW) have won the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro France in (historic fashion) today, claiming victory in the Final bouts against Italo Ferreira (BRA) and Caroline Marks (USA) held in firing surf at the infamous La Graviere tubes.

Stops No. 8 and 9 on the women and men’s 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) respectively, the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro France, have been graced with excellent conditions, and featured amazing performances on both the thumping shore break of La Graviere and the long open walls of La Nord. The events culminated on a picture-perfect beach day in France to crown Flores and Moore in Hossegor.

Flores Makes History as First French Surfer to Win in Hossegor

“I really want to thank all the fans here on the beach,” said Flores. “You have always been there supporting me, all those years, through the highs and lows, and I honestly could never have done this without you. I’m dedicating this win to Pierre Agnes, without whom I would never be who I am today.”

Local hero Jeremy Flores (FRA) claimed a historic first win for a French surfer at the Quiksilver Pro France in his 14th appearance on home soil. Hailed as one of the best tube riders in the world, Flores demonstrated the immensity of his talent under the lip on Finals day today, locking in big numbers in four consecutive heats with barrels on his way to victory.

“Congrats to all the finalists today,” he continued. “And especially the girls, you guys stepped it up at La Graviere and that was amazing to watch. I honestly thought the day I win this event I’d retire straight after because that’s the one event I have dreamt of winning. But this feels a little early and I’ll be back next year to try and win another one!”

The Frenchman claims a career-fourth CT event win in the beach breaks that revealed him to the world and moves up to 9th on the Jeep leaderboard with his performance in Hossegor. His path to the Final today included victories over World No. 3 Jordy Smith (ZAF), last year’s event runner-up Ryan Callinan (AUS), Jack Freestone (AUS) and Ferreira in the last heat. Flores repeatedly found the best waves in his home lineup and posted huge numbers for his technical tube rides.

In the Final, Flores once again pulled the trigger first with a near-perfect barrel scored 9.67 in the opening three minutes of the exchange. Under pressure right away, Ferreira couldn’t quite select the right waves and despite a few attempts, only had minimal scores on the board for the majority of the heat. His required score of 9.51 to overtake Flores meant the Brasilian was never met and Ferreira had to settle for the runner-up spot.

Ferreira’s path to the Final started with a challenge in Round 4 when he took on Michel Bourez (FRA) in the big open walls of La Nord this morning. In the Quarterfinals, he then faced off his closest rival in the rankings in former World No. 4 Kolohe Andino (USA), and finally eliminated Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) in the Semis. The Brasilian claims a second runner-up finish this season and climbed up to fourth on the Jeep leaderboard to close the gap with Toledo and Smith.

“I’m so glad to have made a Final with Jeremy and congrats to him,” said Ferreira. “It’s been a crazy week for me and this is dedicated to my uncle who passed away a couple of days ago, life is crazy. I’m excited to go down to Portugal for the next event.”

Moore Claims Third Win at Roxy Pro France, Solidifies Rankings Lead

3X WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) claims an astonishing 23rd win on the Championship Tour, further cementing her name alongside surfing’s greats. In an incredibly consistent season, the Hawaiian has made the Quarterfinals or better at each of the year’s eight stops, and won two of them. Chasing a fourth World Title, Moore distanced herself from Lakey Peterson (USA) with her win in France and will be hard to beat as the season heads to the final stops in Portugal and in her home nation of Hawaii.

“It’s been a pretty special year so far,” said Moore. “I feel like I’m learning so much, every step of the way, at every event and every year. This was definitely a special event, being able to share it with my husband and Mitch Ross, I have an incredible team of people behind me, my family and friends, my sponsors and the fans who were incredible.”

The current Jeep Yellow Leader Jersey Moore came into the Final against Caroline Marks (USA), bearing the confidence of two previous wins in Hossegor and it showed when the Hawaiian stepped up her game to start locking in deep La Graviere barrels. Moore started on her forehand with a clean tube scored 8.60 to take a strong lead. While Marks struggled to find her own waves, Moore continued to build momentum and eventually found an even bigger, longer and more technical barrel on her backhand this time to belt a 9.00 point ride and take the event out.

“It was so cool I’ve actually never spent much time surfing La Graviere,” she continued. “I didn’t have any expectations and when I got those two barrels I was elated and to share it with the crowds that were just a few feet away from me was special. ”

After a breakout rookie season last year, Caroline Marks (USA) continues to impress with dominant performances in all types of conditions as she demonstrated in France this past week. She earlier eliminated the 2018 event winner Courtney Conlogue (USA), and local favorite Johanne Defay (FRA) on her way to the Final. This result pushes the 17-year-old American up to 4th on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“It’s been an unreal event,” said Marks. “Thank’s to all the fans and congratulations to Jeremy, Italo and Carissa, it’s been such an incredible event and thank’s everyone from Roxy for their awesome support. I’m super stoked.”

In a crucial heat for the 2019 women’s World Title race, rankings leader Moore took on World No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA) in Semifinal 1 earlier this afternoon. Their heat was the last one surfed on the outside walls of La Nord and Moore’s power turns and brilliant carving game did the job while Peterson couldn’t really find any high scoring potential waves, eventually placing equal 3rd.

Event favorite Johanne Defay (FRA) was forced out right before the Final in the second Semi, unable to replicate the deep tubes she found at La Graviere earlier this week. Marks got the better turns in the critical sections to eliminate the Reunion Island surfer in Equal 3rd.

In the men’s Semis, local hero Flores put on an absolute clinic in the first Semi and gave Jack Freestone (AUS) no room to breathe as he threaded the deep tubes to post an incredible 16.33 total. The Australian did post his season-best result with Equal 3rd in France.

In the second Semi, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) got his incredible return from injury campaign stopped by Ferreira. The Italian reached the Semis for the first time in his young career and will carry huge confidence into the remaining events of 2019.

The day’s biggest upset was the current Jeep Yellow Jersey Gabriel Medina (BRA)’s elimination in the Round of 16 this morning, the Brasilian’s worst-ever result in France, an event he’s won three times and made the Final five times. The Brasilian still retains the rankings lead heading into Portugal and Hawaii, two events he has won in the past as well.

2019 Men’s Championship Tour Jeep Leaderboard Following Quiksilver Pro France:

Gabriel Medina (BRA) – 48,015
Filipe Toledo (BRA) – 45,730
Jordy Smith (ZAF) – 43,515
Italo Ferreira (BRA) – 42,400
Kolohe Andino (USA) – 41,250
2019 Women’s Championship Tour Jeep Leaderboard Following Roxy Pro France:

Carissa Moore (HAW) – 57,260
Lakey Peterson (USA) – 49,935
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) – 46,815
Caroline Marks (USA) – 46,020
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) – 40,855
The next stop on the 2019 CT is the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Roxy Pro France Final Results:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.60
2 – Caroline Marks (USA) 7.00

Roxy Pro France Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 9.83 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 3.66
SF 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 12.887 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.06

Quiksilver Pro France Final Results:
1 – Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.00
2 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 8.23

Quiksilver Pro France Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.33 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 4.73
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.60 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 10.83

Quiksilver Pro France Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.40 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.17
QF 2: Jack Freestone (AUS) 13.00 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.84
QF 3: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.30 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.00
QF 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.93 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.36

Quiksilver Pro France Round of 16 (Round 4) Match-Ups:
HEAT 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 6.67
HEAT 2: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 14.17 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.83
HEAT 3: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 8.87 def. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 8.63
HEAT 4: Jack Freestone (AUS) 12.33 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.33
HEAT 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.00 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.50
HEAT 6: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 11.77 def. Seth Moniz (HAW) 8.83
HEAT 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.33 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 6.00
HEAT 8: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.84 def. Michel Bourez (FRA) 8.06

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Semifinalists Set at the Roxy Pro France

Semifinalists Set at the Roxy Pro France

Caroline Marks. (Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL via Getty Images)

The Roxy Pro France resumed today and completed the Quarterfinals in excellent, six-foot plus waves on the outside peak of La Nord to decide the last four surfers in contention for the prestigious French event title.

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France, stop No. 8 and 9 on the women and men’s 2019 World Surf League (WSL) CT respectively, have been graced with excellent conditions since the first day of the event waiting period, showing everything France has to offer with playful peaks on the first day at Culs Nus, heavy barrels at La Graviere and long open walls today at La Nord.

Lakey Peterson of the United States advances to the semi-finals of the 2019 Roxy Pro France after winning Quarter Final Heat 1 at Le Graviere on October 8, 2019 in Hossegor, France. (Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL)

Lakey Peterson (USA) and Malia Manuel (HAW) took it to the lineup in the opening Quarterfinal of the Roxy Pro France and rode the long rights on their forehand. They both attacked the sections in a similar fashion but the difference was made by wave choice as Manuel’s were slightly softer and mostly allowed cutback maneuvers. On the other hand, current No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard Peterson connected with the lip a few times on her way to a solid 12.60 total for her spot into Semifinal 1.

“I rode that same board at Bells, it’s a little bit similar out there,” said Peterson. “There’s more water than you think, the wave face may not be that big but there’s a lot of water moving so it felt nice to be on a bigger board and do bigger turns. I was really nervous this whole heat, Malia only ever needed a 6 and she’s very capable in those waves. I’m really stoked to be in the semis and to get Carissa it should be fun!”

Three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore of Hawaii advances to the semi-finals of the 2019 Roxy Pro France after winning Quarter Final Heat 2 at Le Graviere on October 8, 2019 in Hossegor, France. (Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL)

In the second Quarter, World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW) came firing out of the gates with a three-turn combination and a clinic of surfing on the rail to open her account with an excellent 8.67. The Hawaiian completed her scoring board with a powerful display on a single closeout turn and never really gave opponent Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) any room, eliminating her in 5th place.

“I guess it does have a little bit of a Sunset air cause you’re pretty far out there,” said Moore. “But nothing really compares, this is a beach break and the lineup is constantly moving, it’s so unique and special. It’s rare to see the number 1 and 2 match up before the Final and it should be fun. Lakey’s been surfing so well and I’m excited to have a match up with her.”

Defay Continues to Impress on Home Turf
After posting a 9.00 point ride for a deep barrel yesterday at La Graviere, Johanne Defay (FRA) confirmed her repertoire includes every move in the book as she dismantled a big righthander of La Nord with two massive turns for a near-perfect 9.40. The Reunion Island surfer attacked the almost double-overhead set just like it was a 3-foot wave and showed no mercy for World No. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) as she eliminated the Australian World Title contender in equal 5th place.

After a somewhat slow start to her 2019 campaign, Defay started to turn her season around with a Quarterfinal in J-Bay this summer, before posting an impressive runner-up result at the Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown, and is guaranteed another big finish in France this week.

Johanne Defay of France advances to the semi-finals of the 2019 Roxy Pro France after winning Quarter Final Heat 3 at Le Graviere on October 8, 2019 in Hossegor, France. (Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL)

“I had a great time out there,” said Defay. “I was a bit skeptical when they sent us out at La Nord on the incoming tide but with 50mn heats, we really had time to find the right waves and I got that very nice one with the 9. That wave just had a great wall and I didn’t need a huge score so I focused on the first turn and gave it everything. Then I saw I actually had time to hit it a second time and I was stoked to land that re-entry at the end.”

In the final heat of the day, Caroline Marks (USA) upset yesterday’s standout Courtney Conlogue (USA). Marks’ lethal backhand proved efficient on the Gold Coast, at Bells Beach and J-Bay and once again looked flawless on the big rights of La Nord, as she posted an impressive 8.17 on two solid hacks to take out the final slot in the Semis.

“I free surfed out there this morning but it double in size and I was on a completely different board in my heat,” said Marks. “It was super fun out there and we had nice, long heats so it was awesome to surf it out and get a bunch of opportunities. Courtney’s been on fire and she doesn’t have a weakness, she beat me at the US Open and that one really stung.”

Olympic Qualification
Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Jordy Smith (ZAF) have qualified through the WSL CT for selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Following their results at the Roxy Pro and Quiksilver Pro France, Fitzgibbons and Gilmore are guaranteed to finish as the top two Australian women and Smith is confirmed to finish in the Top 10 on the WSL Rankings and each has earned their provisional place to compete in Tokyo.

Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020 and the 2019 WSL CT, the elite year-long tour that crowns the World Champions each season, will be an important qualification pathway for the world’s best surfers.

Following the final CT events of 2019 (the Hawaii Pro from November 25 to December 6, 2019 and the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 to 20, 2019), the WSL rankings will determine the first 18 eligible Olympic qualifiers (10 men and 8 women), subject to all qualified surfers meeting the ISA’s and IOC’s eligibility requirements and being selected by their respective National Olympic Committee.

There is a maximum of two men and two women for each country that can qualify for the 2020 Games so this year’s CT sees surfers not only battle for the World Title and requalification for the tour but also to finish as one of the top two ranked surfers from their nation.

The remaining 22 places are being determined through the 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, and a single slot (each for men and women) for the host nation, Japan.

The competition was called off for the rest of the day after the fourth Quarterfinal and the next call will be on Thursday, October 10 as conditions are expected to be bad with strong onshore winds tomorrow.

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France will be broadcast LIVE on, the WSL’s Facebook page, and the WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

Roxy Pro France Semifinal Match-Ups:
SF 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
SF 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Caroline Marks (USA)

Roxy Pro France Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.60 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 9.77
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.60 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 8.83
QF 3: Johanne Defay (FRA) 15.40 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 9.26
QF 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 12.57 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 8.16

Quiksilver Pro France Round of 16 (Round 4) Match-Ups:
HEAT 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
HEAT 2: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
HEAT 3: Marc Lacomare (FRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
HEAT 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
HEAT 6: Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
HEAT 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
HEAT 8: Michel Bourez (FRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)