Now, Saquarema will host the first Challenger Series event to take place in South America. The event will give local rising talents, Luana Silva (BRA) and Joao Chianca (BRA), a true test as they will have to prove their skills against their future competitors in order to join them on the CT. On the men’s side, there are 10 spots up for grabs, but clinching them will not be easy. In addition to Medina, the men’s division will feature brothers Miguel and Samuel Pupo (BRA), Jadson André (BRA), and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), who recently locked in his spot on the 2023 CT.
On the women’s side, there are five spots available and lots of competitors within close reach. While Current World No. 1 Macey Callaghan (AUS), and World No. 2 Caitlin Simmers (USA), will not be competing, Molly Picklum (AUS), and Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW), could potentially overtake them with solid results in Saquarema. But, they will have to face some of the best ranked regional surfers including Silva, Daniella Rosas (PER) and Summer Macedo (BRA).
With top-tier talent, crucial CT qualification scenarios, and a promising forecast, the stage is set for amazing action in front of some of the most passionate surf fans in the world.
“For us, it’s a great honor to be able to hold the first ever Challenger Series event in Latin America, especially during the final stretch for CT qualification,” said Ivan Martinho, WSL LATAM General Manager. “I’d like to congratulate the initiatives led by Banco do Brasil, Corona, the City of Saquarema and the Mayor, Manoela Peres, for their continued support of the sport of surfing.”
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