|Now fully recovered from a knee injury which he suffered in Saquarema during the 2022 Oi Rio Pro, three-time WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA), is looking to get back in a competitive rhythm in front of his hometown audience.
The crowds began to flock closer and closer to the event site as Medina warmed up and slid his athlete jersey on prior to the start of Round of 24, Heat 4. He got the crowd on their feet and cheering at the top of their lungs as he landed a solid backside air-reverse for a 7.70. He added a 6.43 backup to win the heat and advance into the Round of 16.
“The waves were really hard and it was super windy out there, but I was happy with the win and I tried to make the most of it. Now I’m probably going to face Miguel (Pupo) in the next round, but I’m just excited to be in the event, said Medina. “I just want to put on a good show and hopefully everything will work out.”
When asked about his recovery, Medina said, “I’ve been training and surfing a lot. This event is to get my rhythm back and make some heats, but I’m just really focused on my training. So this is all preparation for Hawaii really. This event is for me to express myself and see how my body feels back in competitive mode.”
Field Dwindles as Competition Moves to Man-on-Man Format
As the Corona Saquarema Pro gets down to the final stages of the event, the field of competitors has reached the man-on-man phase in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Only sixteen competitors remain for each category and crucial rankings points are still on the line before the last Challenger Series event in Haleiwa, Hawaii.
A new call is set for Sunday, November 6 at 7:00 a.m. for a possible 7:35 a.m. start. When competition resumes, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) will face Bronte Macaulay (AUS) in Round of 16, Heat 1 of the women’s division, while Douglas Silva (BRA) will match up against Kalani Ball (AUS) in Men’s Round of 16, Heat 1.
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Upcoming Men’s Round of 16:
HEAT 1: Douglas Silva (BRA) vs. Kalani Ball (AUS)
HEAT 2: Joao Chianca (BRA) vs. Timothe Bisso (FRA)
HEAT 3: Joel Vaughan (AUS) vs. Maxime Huscenot (FRA)
HEAT 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
HEAT 5: Ian Gentil (HAW) vs. Lucas Silveira (BRA)
HEAT 6: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) vs. Morgan Cibilic (AUS)
HEAT 7: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) vs. Lucca Mesinas (PER)
HEAT 8: Joan Duru (FRA) vs. Cauã Costa (BRA)
Upcoming Women’s Round of 16:
HEAT 1: Kirra Pinkerton (USA) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
HEAT 2: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) vs. Laura Raupp (BRA)
HEAT 3: Vahine Fierro (FRA) vs. Minami Nonaka (JPN)
HEAT 4: Sawyer Lindblad (USA) vs. Tessa Thyssen (FRA)
HEAT 5: Summer Macedo (BRA) vs. Sarah Baum (ZAF)
HEAT 6: Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW) vs. Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)
HEAT 7: Alyssa Spencer (USA) vs. Francisca Veselko (PRT)
HEAT 8: Leilani McGonagle (CRI) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
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