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Day 3: Top Seeds Rise While Wildcards Fall at MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

  • Rookie Peterson Crisanto Posts Breakout Performance, Fights for CT Requalification
  • Kelly Slater Puts on Dominant Performance, Talks Olympic Scenarios
  • Rankings Leaders Medina, Toledo, Ferreira, Andino Safely into the Round of 16
  • Lakey Peterson Avoids Elimination, Stays Firmly in the Title Race
 
 11X World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) put on an impressive performance today. 
Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

 

PENICHE, Portugal (Friday, October 18, 2019) – The MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the penultimate stop on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), continued in improved conditions with four-to-six foot surf and light winds to complete the Elimination Rounds as well as the men’s Round of 32 (Round 3) this afternoon.

Event No. 9 and 10 on the Women’s and Men’s Championship Tour respectively, the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal is vital for many surfers in the World Title race, CT requalification scenarios as well as the coveted selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Rookie Peterson Crisanto Posts Breakout Performance, Fights for CT Requalification

Peterson Crisanto (BRA) pulled a near-perfect rotation for his spot into Round 4.  
Credit: © WSL / Masurel

Under pressure from Jeremy Flores (FRA) midway through their heat, and sitting in a combination situation needing two waves to overcome the Frenchman’s 15 point total, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) pulled an incredible forehand full rotation on a solid set wave to ignite a comeback. His near-perfect score of 9.87 put the Brasilian right back in control of his destiny and despite time dangerously running out, the rookie on tour stayed patient and ultimately found a good right to lay three big turns for a 6.67 and the win. Sitting 28th on the Championship Tour rankings, Crisanto needs a couple of big results if he wants to keep his spot on the CT in 2020.

“I’ve finally made a big air and my ankle is feeling better,” said Crisanto. “After that 9 I got my confidence back and I knew I just needed to wait and I’d find another good wave. I’ve been training a lot and I’m happy to make it to that next round. I was definitely nervous after Jeremy got those two 7.50 and I knew I had to go for airs to score big and it worked. It’s that time of the season when I really have to go for it, it’s like go big or go home so I’m going to give everything in the water and try to get a good result in Portugal.”

Slater Puts on Dominant Performance, Talks Olympic Scenarios

11X World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) put together one of the day’s standout performances to edge out Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in their Round 3 matchup. The Floridian looked rejuvenated as he tore apart the lefts and rights of Supertubos to post an impressive 15.56 heat total without locking into barrels or going to the air. Currently sitting 13th on the Jeep leaderboard, Slater is mathematically still in the Tokyo 2020 qualifying race but he’ll need a couple of major results in the remaining events this season.

“I felt like I wanted to get right to it just when the heat started and it felt good,” said Slater. “I was channeling my inner high-tide Florida days from when we were kids and just looking for the odd corners, cause it’s pretty tough. I know some of the guys like Kanoa (Igarashi) and Kolohe (Andino) have made it (the Olympic Qualification) but I have a lot of work to do. John John (Florence) has been out for months and he’s still ahead of me so that speaks volume for how well he’s surfed this year. I haven’t performed how I expected to perform at J-Bay, Teahupoo, the Surf Ranch or even in France so the last four events have been really frustrating for me. So all I can do here is focus on each heat I have and each wave I catch and see what I get going.”

Rankings Leaders Safely into the Round of 16

The 2015 winner at Supertubos Filipe Toledo (BRA) showed exactly why he is a threat in all types of conditions in the Portuguese lineup, collecting two solid scores to advance past local wildcard Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) into the Round of 16 (Round 4). Toledo started early in his heat under the priority of the main heat and scored a long and clean barrel for a 6.93 and went on to shut down all talks of his back pain limiting his abilities when he launched into a massive backside rotator for a 7.67 and the win.

“It was fun out there, definitely better conditions than yesterday,” said Toledo. “I got blessed with that first wave and a little barrel with a closeout turn, I feel like those opening scores make a huge difference during the heat. It’s always tough to surf against a wildcard, I remember 2015 when Vasco (Ribeiro) took out Adriano (De Souza) and Kikas (Frederico Morais) got Mick (Fanning) in the next heat, and with the support of those crowds it’s even harder. So I was really focused on my heat and trying to get the job done. ”

Current Jeep Yellow Jersey Gabriel Medina (BRA) and World No. 3 Jordy Smith (ZAF) also made their way into the third round of competition, besting wildcards Miguel Blanco (PRT) and Crosby Colapinto (USA) respectively. The high-flying Brasilian Medina sent a big frontside straight air on his best wave and never looked threatened or under pressure as he gently landed his maneuver and moved on to Round 4.

“It’s hard to surf in these kinds of conditions,” said Medina. “I was hoping for some of those barrels but they just stopped in our heat, which was probably good because Miguel (Blanco) is really good when it’s barreling. I’ve surfed a lot out here and getting lots of waves so I’ve gotten confidence from this experience. I’ve been enjoying my time here with my family and not putting any pressure on myself. Like I’ve already said, I’ve been in this situation before and I feel like I’m more mature.”

World No. 4 Italo Ferreira (BRA) would not let his opponents in the World Title race out of sight and made his intentions clear in his heat against local hero Frederico Morais (PRT) with an incredible display of aerial surfing. Ferreira advanced with an excellent 16.20 total to keep his chances of defending his event title in Peniche alive and well.

Lakey Peterson Avoids Elimination, Stays Firmly in the Title Race

World Title race contender Lakey Peterson (USA) faced elimination against Keely Andrew (AUS) and Alana Blanchard (HAW) in the Elimination Round 2 this morning, but bounced back from a deceiving performance yesterday with a dominant effort to advance in pole position. The Californian put together two strong waves on a left and a right and went to power carves and vertical turns to build a healthy 12.67 total and take the win into Round 3.

“It’s not a fun round to be in especially this time of the year,” said Peterson. “But the waves were really fun this morning, a lot cleaner than yesterday so I felt like it was easier to figure out and I’m super stoked to make it. Alana beat me last year at Honolua so I was stoked to get one back on her. A lot of attention is on Carissa and rightfully so it’s amazing what she did in France. I know that I’m right there and I’m just trying to enjoy it, it’s easy to get caught up in everything and I just trust that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to.”

Kolohe Andino and Jeremy Flores Provisionally Qualify Through the WSL Championship Tour for Tokyo 2020
Kolohe Andino (USA) and Jeremy Flores (FRA) have provisionally qualified through the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) to represent USA and France, respectively, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

By advancing into the Round of 16 at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Andino is guaranteed to finish as one of the top two American men on the 2019 WSL Rankings and has earned his provisional place to compete in Tokyo.

“I wanted to finish World No. 1 and I knew that if I did that, it would obviously be good enough to qualify for the Olympics,” said Andino. “The WSL Title race is getting down to the wire and some weird stuff has to happen for me to finish World No. 1, but I am just really stoked. I felt like I almost wanted to tear up a little bit. I went and told my dad, and I am so happy and could not be more excited to compete in Tokyo. Surfing is definitely unique and it is almost a lifestyle and an art, but it should be really exciting to compete there. I love my country and I always love watching the Olympics, so it will be really rad to be in the Opening Ceremony and to be a part of everything.”

Following Joan Duru’s (FRA) elimination in 17th place at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Flores is guaranteed to finish as one of the top two Frenchmen on the WSL Rankings and has earned his provisional place to compete in Tokyo.

“What a nice surprise to learn about this news,” said Flores. “I lost my heat today and obviously now I just got the news that I’ve provisionally qualified for the Olympics. I’ve always been a big fan of the Olympic Games and watching my country and fellow countrymen do well in every sport. I am really proud to represent France and this is going to be a cool experience. Every time I get to represent France I have a whole country behind me, supporting me, and I represent all the future generations too. I give them hope and I am hoping that they do the same, too.”

Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020 and the 2019 WSL CT, the elite year-long tour that crowns the World Champions each season, will be an important qualification pathway for the world’s best surfers.

The next call for the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be tomorrow morning, October 19, at 7:30 a.m. WEST (GMT+1) for a possible 8:05 a.m. start at Supertubos.

The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

Surfline Forecast

Saturday 19th: Northwest swell eases. Increasing onshore winds switch late. Potential run in morning.
Sunday 20th: Easing northwest swell. Manageable wind. Potential run day.
Monday 21st: Smaller northwest swell. Favorable winds. Likely off.
Tuesday 22nd: Leftover northwest swell. Manageable winds. Likely off.
Wednesday 23rd: Minor northwest swell. Manageable winds. Likely off.

 

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Round 4 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA)
HEAT 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
HEAT 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 4: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
HEAT 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
HEAT 6: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
HEAT 7: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
HEAT 8: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Soli Bailey (AUS)

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Women’s Round 3 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
HEAT 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)
HEAT 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
HEAT 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
HEAT 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
HEAT 6: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
HEAT 7: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
HEAT 8: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Round 3 Results:
HEAT 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.57 DEF. Crosby Colapinto (USA) 3.17
HEAT 2: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 10.80 DEF. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7.54
HEAT 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.83 DEF. Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.17
HEAT 4: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 9.27 DEF. Deivid Silva (BRA) 7.27
HEAT 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.60 DEF. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 10.10
HEAT 6: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 11.10 DEF. Yago Dora (BRA) 10.60
HEAT 7: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 12.30 DEF. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 11.86
HEAT 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.56 DEF. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 1.93
HEAT 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.67 DEF. Miguel Blanco (PRT) 8.33
HEAT 10: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.97 DEF. Michel Bourez (FRA) 11.57
HEAT 11: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 16.54 DEF. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.00
HEAT 12: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.20 DEF. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.93
HEAT 13: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.20 DEF. Frederico Morais (PRT) 10.33
HEAT 14: Conner Coffin (USA) 13.64 DEF. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 9.60
HEAT 15: Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.00 DEF. Joan Duru (FRA) 11.10
HEAT 16: Soli Bailey (AUS) 12.70 DEF. Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.43

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Elimination Round 2 Results:
HEAT 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 10.96 DEF. Miguel Blanco (PRT) 9.87, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 6.60
HEAT 2: Crosby Colapinto (USA) 12.10 DEF. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 11.47, Seth Moniz (HAW) 9.66
HEAT 3: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 15.90 DEF. Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.76, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 11.33
HEAT 4: Soli Bailey (AUS) 13.00 DEF. Michel Bourez (FRA) 10.60, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 8.46

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Women’s Elimination Round 2 Results:
HEAT 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.67 DEF. Keely Andrew (AUS) 6.33, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 5.34
HEAT 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Paige Hareb (NZL) , Malia Manuel (HAW) INJ

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