|Adding to the day’s immaculate showings, an Australian duo of Molly Picklum and India Robinson both notched decisive victories over World No. 2 Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), who was eliminated from competition, and CT veteran Lakey Peterson (USA), who also advanced. Picklum, 18, is also on the hunt for a big result to secure her CT spot along with Robinson.
But, it was Haleiwa’s own Bettylou Sakura Johnson who laid waste to her home lineup with another jaw-dropping performance – a 16.23 heat total. Johnson’s awareness in the shifting lineup allowed her to find a 7.40 before immediately, under fourth priority, unleashing her powerful forehand multiple times for an 8.83 to best former CT competitor Coco Ho (HAW), who was eliminated from competition, along with CT competitor Caroline Marks (USA), by Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN).
“The waves were really good today so I think anyone could’ve had a good heat,” said Sakura Johnson. “(I just have) excitement for tomorrow. I’m taking it step-by-step and I’m going to keep my confidence and hope for the best.”
Quarterfinalists are rounded off by big wins from CT competitor Brisa Hennessy, former CT competitor Macy Callaghan (AUS), along with Challenger Series threat Yolanda Hopkins (PRT).
A 7:30 a.m. HST call will determine a possible 8:00 a.m. HST start for the women’s finals day.
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Upcoming Women’s Michelob Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Alyssa Spencer (USA), Vahine Fierro (FRA), Yoland Hopkins (PRT), Pua Desoto (HAW)
QF 2: Brisa Hennessy (CRI), Carissa Moore (HAW), Luana Silva (HAW), Gabriela Bryan (HAW)
QF 3: Molly Picklum (AUS), Sarah Baum (ZAF), India Robinson (AUS), Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)
QF 4: Macy Callaghan (AUS), Savanna Stone (HAW), Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW), Lakey Peterson (USA)
Men’s Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger Final Results:
1 – John John Florence (HAW) 18.03 10,000 points
2 – Jack Robinson (AUS) 15.03 8,000 points
3 – Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 14.54 6,500 points
4 – Samuel Pupo (BRA) 10.13 6,100 points
Men’s Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger Semifinal Results:
SF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.20, Jack Robinson (AUS) 13.16, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 8.23, Callum Robson (AUS) 6.00
SF 2: Samuel Pupo (BRA) 16.13, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 13.60, Kalani Ball (AUS) 12.20, Liam O’Brien (AUS) 8.83
Men’s Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jack Robinson (AUS) 13.33, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.36, Jake Marshall (USA) 9.27, Jacob Wilcox (AUS) 5.60
QF 2: Callum Robson (AUS) 12.07, John John Florence (HAW) 11.20, Conner Coffin (USA) 10.26, Shion Crawford (HAW) 8.27
QF 3: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 11.16, Kalani Ball (AUS) 10.57, Ian Gentil (HAW) 8.53, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 5.93
QF 4: Liam O’Brien (AUS) 12.16, Samuel Pupo (BRA) 10.83, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 10.70, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 5.77
Men’s Challenger Series Final Rankings:
1. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
2. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
3. Liam O’Brien (AUS)
4. Connor O’Leary (AUS)
5. Griffin Colapinto (USA)
6. Jake Marshall (USA)
7. Jack Robinson (AUS)
8. Callum Robson (AUS)
9. Samuel Pupo (BRA)
10. Nat Young (USA)
11. Imaikalani deVault (HAW)
12. Lucca Mesinas (PER)
13. Joao Chianca (BRA)
14. Jackson Baker (AUS)
15. Carlos Munoz (CRI)
The Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app, and on WSL’s YouTube Channel. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
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