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World No. 2 Weston-Webb Eliminated Early from Rip Curl Rottnest Search Pres. by Corona

Day 2. Old Guard Falls in Men’s Elimination Round

No Competition Tomorrow, Next Call Wednesday AWST (Postponed until next swell)

Pictured: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) took the win in Elimination Round 1, Heat 1, with event wildcard Mia McCarthy (AUS) in second, to eliminate Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) from the Rip Curl Rottnest Search pres. by Corona. Credit: © WSL / Miers. 
Rip Curl Rottnest Search Women’s Elimination Round 2 Results: 
HEAT 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.10 DEF. Mia McCarthy (AUS) 7.16, Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 4.77
HEAT 2: Isabella Nichols (AUS) 13.33 DEF. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 13.10, Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 9.23Rip Curl Rottnest Search Women’s Round of 16 Matchups: 
HEAT 1: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
HEAT 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)
HEAT 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
HEAT 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
HEAT 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Mia McCarthy (AUS)
HEAT 6: Isabella Nichols (AUS) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
HEAT 7: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
HEAT 8: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)

ROTTNEST ISLAND, Western Australia, Australia (Monday, May 17, 2021) – The Rip Curl Rottnest Search presented by Corona, the fifth stop on the 2021 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the final event of the Australian leg, eliminated the first competitors from the draw today in the clean-but-slow, two-to-three foot waves at Strickland Bay. The women’s and men’s Elimination Round 2 saw the first six competitors exit, and the competition is now set for the men’s Round of 32 and women’s Round of 16.

Due to the dropping swell and onshore winds forecast, event organizers have called the competition OFF for tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18, and will reconvene on Wednesday, May 19, to reassess the conditions and make the next call.

World No. 2 Weston-Webb Eliminated Early 

Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) came into this event as the current World No. 2 after winning the Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro. After a tough loss in yesterday’s opening round, Weston-Webb was relegated to the first Elimination round of the day against Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and event wildcard Mia McCarthy (AUS). In the slow conditions, Weston-Webb was unable to find the scores to advance past Van Dijk and McCarthy, and was eliminated in equal 17th place.

“It is really slow out there this morning; I think the ocean needs a coffee,” Van Dijk said. “I’m really stoked to make it through that heat though. Yesterday I feel like I came a little bit unstuck and couldn’t finish my last turns, so I’m glad to have made it out of the Elimination Round, it’s sketchy that round. I love surfing my backhand and I feel like our opportunities to go left are few and far between, so I really want to capitalize at this event. It’s all good though, I’m back in the event and I’m looking forward to some more heats.”

Brisa Hennessy (CRI) was eliminated in the second heat of the Elimination Round, unable to overcome Australians Isabella Nichols and Bronte Macaulay. Hennessy has had a difficult run so far in the 2021 season with four consecutive 9th place finishes and a 17th place result today. Hennessy will look to improve her results on the CT’s final stretch, next heading to the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, Calif.

Old Guard Falls in Men’s Elimination Round 

Taj Burrow (AUS), who returned to this competition as an injury replacement, was dispatched by Griffin Colapinto (USA) and Jack Freestone (AUS). Burrow, the 18-year CT veteran, showed he hasn’t lost any of the flair that earned him the tag of the most exciting surfer of his generation, but unfortunately fell victim to the slow conditions on Day 2 at Strickland, only finding one set wave in the 35-minute encounter.

“That didn’t really feel like a normal heat,” Colapinto said. “There wasn’t that usual pressure. Taj and I were talking about what boards we’re on and what’s going on in his life, so it just felt like a normal free surf. I was a little nervous because Jack and Taj are such high-performance surfers in waves like this, so anything could have happened. I decided to go sit on the left and, sure enough, that set came, so I’m glad it paid off.”

15-year CT eteran Jeremy Flores (FRA) also fell short of advancing at Strickland Bay with a loss to rookie Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) and injury replacement Liam O’Brien (AUS) in Heat 2 of Elimination Round 2. In a heat where the wildcard held the lead for its entirety, the result was decided on the final siren with McGillivray and O’Brien splitting the peak on a set and the South African gaining the lead on the right while O’Brien went left to hold Flores from the opportunity to find a score.

“It was a nerve-wracking heat,” said McGillivray. “I got given a gift at the end there. It is tricky conditions and with it being so slow, you have to be patient. In previous heats, I haven’t been patient enough so I was focused on making better decisions in that heat. It wasn’t going my way until I got that right at the end and had an opportunity with Liam taking the left, so I’m grateful for that. I’ve had a few elimination round heats now and it doesn’t get any better. It’s a tricky round. I came into this event feeling a lot more relaxed with a bit of confidence from my result in Margaret River. I felt more sure of myself, but I still have more work to do.”

Other competitors through to the men’s Round of 32 included Caio Ibelli (BRA) and injury replacement Stu Kennedy (AUS), who got the better of Peterson Crisanto (BRA) at Strickland Bay. Rip Curl wildcard Jacob Willcox (AUS) was a standout in his heat win over Morgan Cibilic (AUS) and Jadson Andre (BRA), with Andre being eliminated in equal 33rd place.
Watch LIVE
The holding period for the Rip Curl Rottnest Search presented by Corona is now open and runs through May 26. 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. Event organizers have called the competition OFF for tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18, and will reconvene on Wednesday, May 19, for the next call. Although Rottnest Island will remain open for visitors while hosting the event, spectators will not be permitted at Strickland Bay as this will be a broadcast-only event to limit environmental impacts.
The Rip Curl Rottnest Search pres. by Corona is proudly supported by our partners Rip Curl, Tourism Western Australia, Corona, Red Bull, Oakley, Hydro Flask, Boost Mobile, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Dometic Outdoor, Bond University, Oakberry, Rottnest Island Authority and Rottnest Express. 
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.
Rip Curl Rottnest Search Men’s Elimination Round 2 Matchups: 
HEAT 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 12.50 DEF. Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.16, Taj Burrow (AUS) 9.60
HEAT 2: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 12.23 DEF. Liam O’Brien (AUS) 10.90, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.10
HEAT 3: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 9.63 DEF. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 9.16, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 5.90
HEAT 4: Jacob Willcox (AUS) 13.50 DEF. Morgan Cibilic (AUS) 8.90, Jadson Andre (BRA) 7.10

Rip Curl Rottnest Search Men’s Round of 32 Matchups: 
HEAT 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
HEAT 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 3: Ryan Callinan (AUS) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
HEAT 4: Morgan Cibilic (AUS) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
HEAT 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Liam O’Brien (AUS)
HEAT 6: Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)
HEAT 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Michel Bourez (FRA)
HEAT 8: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
HEAT 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Kael Walsh (AUS)
HEAT 10: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
HEAT 11: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
HEAT 12: Griffin Colapinto (USA) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS)
HEAT 13: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Jacob Willcox (AUS)
HEAT 14: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Ethan Ewing (AUS)
HEAT 15: Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
HEAT 16: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS)

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