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John John Florence and Sophie McCulloch Win the Haleiwa Challenger

1st JJF Nets 10000 points over 2nd Kanoa Igarashi (7800) and 3rd Michael Rodrigues (6085) and 4th Ryan Callinan (5685).

1st Sophie McCulloch, 2nd Bettylou Sakura Johnson, 3rd Teresa Bonvalot  and 4th Eweleiula Wong

Full Story on the way…

 

EARLIER UPDATE …

Happy Aloha Friday! Its ON! Finals Day of the Haleiwa Challenger….at home in the Hawaiian Islands!

Men’s Quarterfinals Start at 8:05 a.m. HST in Pumping Swell

Joao Chianca and Michael Rodrigues made the cut into the WCT 2023…along with Ian Dentil and Maxime Huscenot…

Women’s Quarterfinals to Immediately Follow

Pictured: Haleiwa’s own Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW) looks to secure CT qualification and repeat as event victor starting in Quarterfinal, Heat 4. Credit: © WSL / Heff

HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii (Friday, December 2, 2022) – Finals Day of the Haleiwa Challenger at home in the Hawaiian Islands, the final stop of the World Surf League (WSL) 2023 Challenger Series, has been called back ON for an 8:05 a.m. HST start. Pumping, six-to-eight, occasional ten, foot wave faces are stacking into Haleiwa’s iconic lineup to provide fireworks in determining the 2022 victors and final Championship Tour (CT) qualifiers.

“Finals Day is on here at Haleiwa and we have some great surf in the six-to-eight, plus, range with really clean, offshore winds,” said Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Event Director Marty Thomas. “The swell is coming from a really good direction and it’s going to be a great finish to the event. We’re really excited to crown our winners, thank you again to the local community for all their support and everyone who helped make this possible.”

Men’s competition kicks off Finals Day starting with Quarterfinals, Heat 1, featuring 2023 CT confirmed competitor Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Rip Curl WSL Finals contender Ethan Ewing (AUS), emerging threat Gatien Delahaye (FRA), and event standout Kalani Ball (AUS).

CT qualification dreams remain in the balance for the likes of former Rip Curl WSL Finals contender Morgan Cibilic (AUS), 2022 CT rookie Imaikalani deVault (HAW), and former CT competitor Michael Rodrigues (BRA), as well as those awaiting confirmation after facing elimination such as Liam O’Brien (AUS) and former CT elite Ezekiel Lau (HAW)

Finals Day for the women get’s started with Quarterfinal, Heat 1 as Southern California’s Alyssa Spencer, hopes to advance in order to keep her CT qualification dreams alive. She will have to overcome already 2023 CT confirmed competitor Molly Picklum (AUS), former WSL World Jr Champion Kirra Pinkerton (USA), and Zahli Kelly (AUS) in her quest to join the world’s best.

Also looking to confirm their spots on the 2023 CT, defending Haleiwa Challenger victor Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW) and Portugal’s Teresa Bonvalot. They will face off against Zoe McDougall (HAW) and India Robinson (AUS) in Quarterfinal Heat 4.

Watch LIVE
The Haleiwa Challenger holds a competition window November 26 – December 7. Once called ON, the contest will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.comWSL’s YouTube channel, and on the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.The Haleiwa Challenger at home in the Hawaiian Islands is proudly sponsored by At Home in the Hawaii Islands, Hawaiian Tourism, Shisiedo, Havaianas, Specturm, 805, Alaska Air, Turtle Bay, Fu Wax, and Hydro Flask.

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