Tyler Wright and Joao Chianca Lead Rankings Going Into Surf Ranch Pro
After back-to-back Finals appearances during the Australian leg, and a win at Bells Beach, two-time World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) is back in the yellow Leader jersey going into the Surf Ranch Pro. This will be the first time Wright has competed in a CT event at this venue as she has been injured in the past. She will have to overcome past event winner and current World No. 2 Carissa Moore (HAW) who recently beat her in the Final at the Western Australia Margaret River Pro.
Championship Tour sophomore Joao Chianca (BRA) is having his breakthrough year in professional surfing and holds onto the rankings lead going into the back half of the season. This will be his first time competing at Surf Ranch. His competition will include the two surfers who have dominated the event in the past, defending event winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) and two-time event winner Gabriel Medina (BRA). Toledo currently sits just below Chianca on the rankings and will be eager to defend his Surf Ranch Pro title and take back the rankings lead. Medina is fresh off his first big win of the season at the Western Australia Margaret River Pro and will have plenty of momentum going into the Surf Ranch Pro.
The 2023/2024 Season Wildcards could also cause upsets at the Surf Ranch Pro. 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) is seeking Olympic qualification with this wildcard opportunity, but he will need to perform at the best of his abilities at this event and through the second half of the season to do so. Slater poses one of the biggest threats here as the visionary behind the wave and the surfer who is the most familiar with this venue. Johanne Defay (FRA) is also a strong competitor here as she is the defending event winner and finished runner-up in 2019.