|Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinalists Determined at Praia de Itaúna
The women’s quarterfinalists were determined earlier in the week on Tuesday, upon completion of the Round of 16. Heat 1 of the Quarterfinals will see Kirra Pinkerton (USA) face up against Francisca Veselko (POR). Heat 2 will feature Sophie McCulloch (AUS) versus Alyssa Spencer (USA). Heat 3 will have Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) against India Robinson (AUS) and the final heat of the round will see Sawyer Lindblad (USA) against Erin Brooks (CAN).
With only one spot remaining for CT qualification for the women, it will come down to the final day of competition of the Corona Saquarema Pro to determine the final CT qualifier. Isabella Nichols (AUS) currently sits in fifth place on the rankings. The only person that can overtake her is Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), who needs to win the event to qualify.
In the men’s division, up-and-comer Shion Crawford (HAW) is hoping to guarantee a berth on the 2024 Challenger Series should he win the event. In Heat 1, he will face up against Mihimana Braye (FRA), who eliminated Mateus Herdy (BRA) from the competition. Heat 2 will see Crosby Colapinto (USA) against Imaikalani deVault (HAW).
High stakes are on the line for Michael Rodrigues (BRA) in Heat 3 against Eli Hanneman (HAW). Rodrigues needs to advance into the Semifinals to qualify for the Championship Tour. If he loses against Hanneman, he will not qualify. In the final heat of the men’s Quarterfinals, Marco Mignot (FRA) will match up against Samuel Pupo (BRA). Mignot needs to advance into the Finals to earn a spot on the 2024 Championship Tour.
“For me, I’m hungry. Competing with the guys who have already qualified, for me it’s a motivation. I want to beat them,” said Mignot. “For me, a guy like Frederico is a big inspiration, for all the European surfers. I have so much respect for Frederico. He’s an amazing surfer, and amazing example of hard work and discipline. For me, I really look up to him. Massive respect for him.”
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