|RIBEIRA D’ILHAS, Ericeira / Portugal (Friday, October 7, 2022) – The EDP Vissla Pro Ericeira has been called back ON in excellent conditions this morning at Ribeira d’Ilhas.
Stop No. 5 of 7 on the World Surf League (WSL) 2022 Challenger Series, the EDP Vissla Pro Ericeira has completed the early rounds and now eyes three-surfer heats in the men’s Round of 24 and the first two-surfer heats in the women’s Round of 16.
Conditions have challenged some of the world’s best surfers up until now but the swell is finally here, lighting up the point at Ribeira d’Ilhas with good-sized rights and more power to play with.
Competition will resume at 8:05 a.m with the men’s Round of 24, 8 heats of 3 surfers, starting with Ian Gentil (HAW), Te Kehukehu Butler (NZL) and Michael Rodrigues (BRA) paddling out in Heat 1.
Four Europeans remain in contention in the men’s field in Ericeira, including the current rankings No.2 and Championship Tour star Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).
The women’s Round of 16 will later see surfers go out head-to-head and again the field is stacked with talent. 12 surfers currently ranked in the Top 14 are still in the event, and four more Europeans have a fighting chance on home turf, including Portugal’s Teresa Bonvalot and Yolanda Hopkins.
The first 4 heats of the Men’s Round of 16 are also scheduled if conditions permit it towards the end of the day.
Watch all the battles LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.