|TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Tuesday, August 27, 2019) – The Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o presented by Hurley has been called ON this morning with the Round of 32 commencing at 7:05 am (local time) in building six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) waves at Teahupo’o. The event can view viewed LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.
“Some great waves coming through already this morning and we’ll be on at 7:05 am,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Competition Director, said. “We have the Round of 32 and the Round of 16 and we’ll be running overlapping heats all day. We expect the surf to build through the day and looking forward to an awesome day of surfing.”
Event No. 7 of 11 on the 2019 WSL Championship Tour, the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley occupies one of the most critical points on the schedule with both the 2019 WSL Title Race and the 2020 WSL Championship Tour requalification battle both in play in Tahiti.
Californian Kolohe Andino (USA) is the first male Californian to lead the world’s best surfers as the WSL Jeep Frontrunner in 23 years and he’ll look to consolidate his position with a strong performance in Tahiti. Andino faces wildcard Trials Winner Kauli Vaast (FRA) in the Round of 32 today.
Reigning two-time WSL Champion and defending Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o winner Gabriel Medina (BRA) is currently ranked 7th on the 2019 WSL Championship Tour rankings, but the Brazilian phenom has a history of catching fire in the back half of the season. Coming off a win at the previous event in South Africa and with a strong history of performance in Tahiti, Medina takes on Ezekiel Lau (HAW) in today’s Round of 32.
The Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o presented by Hurley will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and on the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.