|Pictured: Luke Swanson (HAW) kept his momentum from Day 1 (shown) and earned another valuable heat win for his place into th Quarterfinals. Credit: © WSL / Christophe
Joshua Moniz (HAW) left nothing to chance as he looked to keep his spot among the Challenger Series qualifiers and posted a near-perfect 9.50 in his first-ever Rangiroa heat, but couldn’t find that form again in a stout Round of 16 battle featuring an in-form, rising threat Luke Swanson (HAW) and former event victor Sheldon Paishon (HAW). With all the moving pieces on the rankings, Swanson is just out of reach from qualifying for the 2023 Challenger Series, but is already proving he’s a force among the Hawaii/Tahiti Nui contenders with a 13.17 heat total victory.
“I’ve looked up to those guys my whole life, they’re a generation older than me so it was a little intimidating, but it was one of those heats where I had nothing to lose,” said Swanson. “I love this spot. I’ve only come here once before in 2020, but I had a few moments that year that were some of my favorite competitive surfing moments in my whole life so I was excited to come back.”
Swanson will face Braye’s only remaining Tahitian compatriot, Enrique Ariitu, in Quarterfinal, Heat 3 when competition resumes.
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Event organizers will reconvene at 7:00 a.m. TAHT for a possible 7:30 a.m. TAHT start.
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The Air Tahiti Rangiroa Pro will open on March 6 and hold a competition window through March 10, 2023. Once called ON, the event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, WSL’s YouTube channel, and the free WSL app.