When competition recommences, the remaining two heats of the women’s Elimination Round will determine who continues onto the Quarterfinals. Joanne Defay (FRA) has been having a slow season due to starting the year with an injury. She is hoping this will be her breakthrough event, but will first have to take down current No. 4 Molly Picklum (AUS) in Heat 3 of the women’s Elimination Round.
Brazilian surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb is eager to win her first event of the season in front of her home crowd. She will have to overcome rookie Caitlin Simmers (USA) in the last heat of the women’s Elimination Round in order to do so.
Current World No.1 Griffin Colapinto (USA) hasn’t missed a Final in the last three events but now finds himself in danger of early elimination. His Elimination Round, Heat 1 matchup with Jadson Andre (BRA) will decide if he continues his winning streak.
Jack Robinson (AUS) had a phenomenal start to his season, but an injury has caused him early-round losses and he has slid to No. 6 on the rankings. He is hoping to bounce back into the Top 5 with a big result here in Brazil. Robinson will face Seth Moniz (HAW) in Heat 5 of the men’s Elimination Round.