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Opening Day! Surf Ranch Pro Presented by 805 Beer Started 7:38 AM PDT (438AM HI time)

 

  • Men’s Qualifying Round Starts at 7:38 AM PDT
  • Women’s Qualifying Round and Men’s and Women’s Night Sessions Set to Follow
  • Watch LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com
Pictured: 11X World Champion and Surf Ranch visionary, Kelly Slater (USA), will surf in the first heat of the day at the Surf Ranch Pro Pres. by 805 Beer at 7:38 AM PDT. Credit: © WSL /  Rowland
LEMOORE, California/USA (Saturday, May 27, 2023) –  The Surf Ranch Pro Presented by 805 Beer, Stop No. 6 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), has been called ON for a 7:38 a.m. PDT start. Men’s Qualifying Round will start the day’s action followed by the women’s Qualifying Round. The men’s and women’s Night Sessions will finish the opening day of the competition. By the end of today, only eight men and four women will be left standing and continue on to Finals Day.

11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) will open the competition, surfing the first wave of the day at 7:38 a.m. PDT. Although he is the visionary behind this incredible wave, Slater has yet to win an event here at the Surf Ranch. He is hoping this is the year for his World Title and Olympic hopes, but will first have to overcome current World No. 3 Jack Robinson (AUS), Jordy Smith (RSA), and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).

Defending event winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) and current World No. 1 Joao Chianca (BRA) will take the stage in Heats 2 and 3, respectively.

The first heat of the women’s Qualifying Round will be one to watch as defending event winner Johanne Defay (FRA), five-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW), Rookie phenom Caitlin Simmers (USA), and rising talent Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW) battle for a place in Finals Day.

Reigning World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) will make her debut in Heat 2 of the women’s Qualifying Round alongside CT veterans Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), two-time World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS), and event wildcard Alyssa Spencer (USA).

Pictured: [From L to R] Sierra Kerr (AUS), Sawyer Lindblad (USA), Alyssa Spencer (USA), WSL Chief of Sport Jessi Miley-Dyer, Samantha Sibley (USA), Caitlin Simmers (USA), and Kirra Pinkerton (USA), participants of the 2019 WSL Rising Tides. Credit: © WSL /  Van Kirk

WSL Rising Tides Showcases Next Generation of Talent at Surf Ranch Pro 

WSL Rising Tides presented by Pura Vida is a special program designed to inspire the next generation of surfers, by bringing together aspiring female surfers and WSL Championship Tour competitors. Following the Qualifying Round, several up-and-coming girls will have the opportunity to surf in front of fans and their CT heroes. WSL Rising Tides participants at this year’s Surf Ranch Pro include Teagan Sandvig, Harper Olenik, Presley Schillmoellr, Alana Harp, Teagan Meza, Ruby Stringfellow, Zoe Panettiere, Riviera Hunter, and Bailey Turner.

Just a few years ago in 2019, several current CT surfers participated in Rising Tides themselves. The surfers who participated in Rising Tides here at Surf Ranch back in 2019 include Rookie phenom Caitlin Simmers (USA), who has already won an event this year, 2022 Rookie of the Year Gabriela Bryan (HAW), Current World No. 8 Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW), and event wildcard Alyssa Spencer (USA), the second highest-ranked North American surfer on the Challenger Series.

Pictured: [From L to R] Kori Martinez, Nichole Escalon, Zachery Dieter, Carlos Garcia Jr (Pops), Kenny Barrios, and Uncle Mike Sisco, of the Tachi Yokutut perform the Opening Ceremony for the 2023 Surf Ranch Pro. Credit: © WSL /  Morris

Surf Ranch Pro Pres. by 805 Beer Men’s Qualifying Round Matchups:  
Heat 1: Jack Robinson (AUS) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) vs. Jordy Smith (RSA) vs.Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS) vs. Callum Robson (AUS) vs.  Cole Houshmand (USA)
Heat 3: Joao Chianca (BRA) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Matthew McGillivray (RSA) vs. Jett Schilling (USA)
Heat 4: Griffin Colapinto (USA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Ian Gentil (HAW)
Heat 5: Ethan Ewing (AUS) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS) vs. Barron Mamiya (HAW) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Liam O’Brien (AUS) vs. Rio Waida (INA)

Surf Ranch Pro Pres. by 805 Beer Women’s Qualifying Round Matchups: 
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Caitlin Simmers (USA) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Alyssa Spencer (USA)
Heat 3: Molly Picklum (AUS) vs. Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Gabriela Bryan (HAW)

For more information, please visit SurfRanchPro.com and WorldSurfLeague.com.

EARLIER UPDATES BELOW

  • Surf Ranch Visionary Kelly Slater to Surfed First Heat of the Day
  • Current World No. 2s Carissa Moore and Filipe Toledo Eager for Another Surf Ranch Pro Title
  • California’s Top Surfers Hope for Win at Home
Pictured: [From L to R] Carissa Moore (HAW), Joao Chianca (BRA), Kelly Slater (USA), WSL CEO Erik Logan, Caroline Marks (USA), WSL Chief of Sport Jessi Miley-Dyer, and Filipe Toledo (BRA) at the official press conference for the Surf Ranch Pro Pres. by 805 Beer. Credit: © WSL /  Morris
LEMOORE, Calif., USA (Friday, May 26, 2023) –  The Surf Ranch Pro Presented by 805 Beer, Stop No. 6 on the World Surf League (WSL) 2023 Championship Tour (CT), starts tomorrow at the world-renowned, human-made wave in Lemoore, Calif. The world’s best surfers are ready to put on a show like no other for a live audience of surf fans. They will be leaving everything out in the water as this is the first event following the Mid-season Cut, and one of five opportunities to gain points in order to clinch a spot in the WSL Final 5 and qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games. The Surf Ranch Pro features an exciting new format this year, and for the first time ever, surfers will compete at night under the lights. The Surf Ranch Pro will run on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, 2023.

11X World Champion Kelly Slater To Surf First Heat of the Day

The first heat of the day will feature none other than 11X World Champion and Surf Ranch visionary, Kelly Slater (USA). Slater will be up against current World No. 3 Jack Robinson (AUS), who is returning to competition after withdrawing from the Margaret River Pro due to an injury. Jordy Smith (RSA) and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) will join them in the opening heat of the morning.

“I might put on a Filipe (Toledo) or Gabriel (Medina) costume this year (laughs),” said Slater. “Only two guys have won this thing in the men’s division, let’s be real. Their skill level is outrageous. There’s a part of me that’s glad I haven’t won here. There’s that challenge to try to step up my level. I’ve been working out my boards and I’ll get to the rest of it this week.”

Pictured: 5X World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) will surf in the first heat of the women’s Qualifying Round. Credit: © WSL /  Cestari

Current World No. 2s Carissa Moore and Filipe Toledo Eager for Another Win at Surf Ranch

Past event winners Carissa Moore (USA) and Filipe Toledo (BRA) are both currently second on the rankings and will be eager to have another big result here to overcome Tyler Wright (AUS) and Joao Chianca (BRA), respectively, and move up to World No. 1. Moore will surf in the first heat of the women’s Qualifying Round against defending event winner Johanne Defay (FRA), alongside rising stars Caitlin Simmers (USA) and Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW).

“It’s not easy, it’s hard and so much different than the ocean,” said Moore. “You’re in an arena with people at every edge of the pool and a perfect wave that comes every four minutes. It’s in your hands if you mess up or don’t. I’ve been trying to keep it fun and keep it light, and hopefully that will work in the contest.”

Toledo will make his event debut in Heat 2 of the men’s Qualifying Round. He has never missed a Final at this event and will be looking to maintain that record.

“It’s a perfect wave, there’s everything you dream of, barrels, air sections, everything,” said Toledo. “You just really have to try to figure out the timing and try to bring variety to a new line. I always say, every wave here is a perfect 10, you just have to perform and surf your best and there’s a lot of pressure. It takes me out of my comfort zone of the ocean.”

California’s Top Surfers Hope for Win at Home

After traveling all over the world, top surfers from California are looking forward to competing in front of their home crowd. Santa Barbara’s Lakey Peterson (USA) won this event in 2019 and is looking for another big win this weekend to move her up the rankings. Caroline Marks (USA) has proven she’s a World Title contender with solid performances but is still seeking her first event win in 2023. Rookie phenom Caitlin Simmers (USA) has already earned one CT event win this season in Portugal and is now hoping to win another in her home state.

“This event almost feels more like a skate or snowboard competition,” said Simmers. “You have a plan, but if something goes wrong you have to alter your plan. You have to be strategic and try to do different since it’s the same perfect wave every time.”

San Clemente will have strong representation with current World No. 4 Griffin Colapinto (USA), event wildcard Cole Houshmand (USA), and injury replacement Jett Schilling (USA). Encinitas’s Alyssa Spencer (USA) has also earned an event wildcard as the second-highest-ranked surfer from North America on the Challenger Series. All have been dominating the Challenger Series and could cause big upsets here at the Surf Ranch.

Surf Ranch Pro Pres. by 805 Beer Women’s Qualifying Round Matchups: 
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Caitlin Simmers (USA) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Alyssa Spencer (USA)
Heat 3: Molly Picklum (AUS) vs. Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Gabriela Bryan (HAW)

Surf Ranch Pro Pres. by 805 Beer Men’s Qualifying Round Matchups:  
Heat 1: Jack Robinson (AUS) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) vs. Jordy Smith (RSA) vs.Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS) vs. Callum Robson (AUS) vs.  Cole Houshmand (USA)
Heat 3: Joao Chianca (BRA) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Matthew McGillivray (RSA) vs. Jett Schilling (USA)
Heat 4: Griffin Colapinto (USA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Ian Gentil (HAW)
Heat 5: Ethan Ewing (AUS) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS) vs. Barron Mamiya (HAW) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Liam O’Brien (AUS) vs. Rio Waida (INA)

For more information, please visit SurfRanchPro.com and WorldSurfLeague.com.

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