|Colapinto, Medina, Toledo and Ferreira Through to Semfiinals
Gabriel Medina (BRA), three-time WSL Champion and 2022 WSL season wildcard, is on a mission: make the WSL Final 5 despite missing the first five events of the CT season. For most competitors, this goal would seem out of reach, but a victory here for Medina could do his World Title campaign wonders. His win in the Quarterfinals over World No. 2 Jack Robinson (AUS) already gives him a boost after a 5th place finish at the Quiksilver Pro G-Land. Medina will face Quarterfinal standout Griffin Colapinto (USA) in the Semifinals.
“A win is always good and I’ll take it,” said Medina. “It’s an important result for me so let’s keep going. Jack (Robinson) is a good surfer and he proves it so much. It’s been amazing to watch these guys, especially him because we kind of grew up together, so it’s good to see him up there pushing everyone. To have a heat against him is always good, he got me in G-Land, and it feels good to get him here.”
A big heat unfolded between Colapinto and Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) as the two went gave a stunning performance, accruing three excellent scores amongst them, in which Colapinto’s impeccable 17.60 heat total emerged victorious. A near-perfect 9.10 regained the San Clemente competitor his lead after Igarashi fought back just moments before with an 8.87 of his own. Igarashi’s opportunity in the dying moments did not meet the 8.74 requirement.
“It’s pretty crazy to surf a heat against Kanoa (Igarashi) in pristine conditions,” said Colapinto. “It’s kind of a dream because he and I have been rivals since we were young, and we’ve gone back and forth a lot. He’s got my number, so that was a really special heat for me and I’m sure it was special for him. I’m just glad we both were able to get big scores and get after it.”
World No. 1 Filipe Toledo (BRA) continues his incredible run through 2022 with a fourth Semifinal appearance after taking down rookie threat Callum Robson (AUS) in dominating fashion, leaving the Australian in need of two scores to equal his 16.67 heat total. Immediately following that performance, 2019 WSL Champion Italo Ferreira (BRA) was put on the ropes by an in-form, current World No. 5 Ethan Ewing (AUS) heading into the final minutes before posting an 8.67 to retake the lead and make his way into the Semifinals.