Two-time WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) became the first surfer to clinch their spot in the WSL Final 5 and will officially be competing for the World Title at the Rip Curl WSL Finals in September.
“It feels amazing! I feel blessed to have put in some good performances in Australia and now here,” said Medina. “This year’s been an amazing journey, I’m enjoying every moment of it, and I’m so ready for the finals. It was my goal this year, so I’m glad I got it. See you soon, Trestles!”
With a combined score of 17.00 (out of a possible 20), Medina finished Day 2 in second place on the event leaderboard, behind fellow Brazilian Filipe Toledo, who held onto the top spot with an excellent 8.93 in his second run.
“I’ve won here at Surf Ranch before, so I know how the waves are here,” said Medina. “My boards are really good right now, which gives me a lot of confidence. I’m taking it wave by wave, and I’m ready to put in a good show tomorrow.”
Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Yago Dora (BRA) and Owen Wright (AUS) held onto their place in the Top 8 heading into the final day of competition alongside Brazilian World Champions Adriano de Souza (BRA).
The Bonus Run saw Ethan Ewing (AUS) improve on his score and jump up into the Top 8, pushing 11x World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) into 10th place, just below the Semifinals cutline.
“I feel pretty good,” said Ewing. “It feels amazing to finish a left because I’ve been really struggling with that, it’s really hard. Hopefully I can stay in that Top 8, it sounds really good to be in the finals day.”
On the final two waves of the day Griffin Colapinto (USA) served up a pair of sevens to move up into fourth place on the event leaderboard, displacing reigning WSL Champion Italo Ferreira (BRA).
“I love the pressure situations and there’s so many thoughts going through your head, which you’re trying to decipher,” said Colapinto. “Getting into the Final 5 goes through my head every day, people are lying if they say it doesn’t. It’s just how you handle it and it’s a fun game.”
International Surfing Day