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IT’S FIRST: WORLD SURF LEAGUE HOLDS GROUNDBREAKING ‘TEST EVENT’ AT KELLY SLATER’S SURF RANCH

– WSL CHAMPIONS CARISSA MOORE AND GABRIEL MEDINA CLAIM VICTORY AS CROSS-SECTION OF WORLD’S BEST SURFERS TAKE PART IN HISTORIC COMPETITION

Front page image: WSL Champions Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Carissa Moore (HAW)
Credit: © WSL / Morris

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Yesterday, the World Surf League (WSL) held an historical test day of competition at 11x World Champ Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, 110 miles from the Pacific Ocean, to feature groundbreaking technology, performances and overall experience.
The story is the most sensational in surfing this week, and with a collection of the industry’s finest there to witness, the unparalleled day was deemed ‘magical’, ‘amazing’, ‘an incredible experience’ and ‘perfect’ by some of the greats.
Hawaii’s John John Florence and Carissa Moore were among the 18 surfers who competed for the inaugural title, with Moore taking home the win in the Women’s division after an inspiring combination of powerful carves on both her front and backside.
 
PICTURED: John John Florence (HAW) surfing in the Test Event at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch. PHOTO: © WSL/ Rowland

Event Runner-Up and Six-Time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia surfing at the Future Classic in Lemoore, CA, USA[/caption]

Men’s Final Results: 
1 – Gabriel Medina (BRA)
2 – Filipe Toledo (BRA)
3 – Adrian Buchan (AUS)
4 – Kanoa Igarashi (USA)

Women’s Final Results: 
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW)
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
3 – Tyler Wright (AUS)
4 – Johanne Defay (FRA)

LEMOORE, California/USA (Wednesday, September 20, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) held a test event at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA yesterday, evaluating the new technology as it pertains to performance, competitive format, broadcast and spectator interaction as well as overall experience.

“Having the ability to replicate, even partially, the power and shape of ocean waves for anyone in the world, in any location and at any time is a truly magical thing,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL Chief Executive Officer. “The WSL intends to learn a lot – how this technology can be applied to live competition, how the surfers perform, how waves are scored, how we cover in broadcast, the overall experience that we can create and what it feels like to witness this kind of surfing.”

Surf Ranch played host to a cross-section of the world’s best surfers to run the groundbreaking test. John John Florence (HAW)Jordy Smith (ZAF)Matt Wilkinson (AUS)Adriano de Souza (BRA)Filipe Toledo (BRA)Gabriel Medina (BRA)Joel Parkinson (AUS)Adrian Buchan (AUS)Mick Fanning (AUS)Kanoa Igarashi (USA)Tyler Wright (AUS)Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)Carissa Moore (HAW)Courtney Conlogue (USA)Sage Erickson (USA)Silvana Lima (BRA)Pauline Ado (FRA) and Johanne Defay (FRA) acted as test pilots for the competitive format, with prize money going to charity.

PICTURED: Mick Fanning (AUS) surfing in the Test Event at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch.

PHOTO: © WSL/ Rowland
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“This is just a magical day, I can’t believe it,” said six-time WSL Champion Gilmore. “Every single wave is so much fun and challenging and nerve-wracking. That was just so special!”

PICTURED: (L to R) Gabriel Medina (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Carissa Moore (HAW) celebrating the Test Event at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch.PHOTO: © WSL/ Morris

Also on site was 11X WSL Champion Kelly Slater (with shoes) as well as seven founding members of Pro Surfing: Shaun Tomson (L), Peter Townend (behind Ian Cairns?), Wayne Bartholomew(not shown), Mark Richards, Randy Rarick and Fred Hemmings (surfing already) :).

PICTURED below: Surfing legends celebrated at the Test Event at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch.PHOTO: © WSL/ Morris

“I’m just blown away by the whole project and to see it in real life is so amazing,” said Richards. “The wave is actually way bigger in real life that it looks on video. It’s been an incredible experience to be here and see the surfing.”

Yesterday’s event saw 18 surfers battle through two preliminary rounds, with each surfer getting the chance to ride four waves (two in each direction) and their highest-scoring left and highest-scoring right-hand waves combined to make their heat total. The four top scoring male and female surfers advanced on to the finals.


Filipe Toledo (BRA) put on an incredible display en route to a runner-up finish at the event.
Credit: © WSL / Rowland

“It’s perfect. It’s that wave that we dream about, the one that we draw on paper,” Toledo said. “The one that you dream about — being able to surf it, fitting in the barrel for 20 seconds and make it out and turns, turns, and then a final maneuver. Just, mind blown.”

On the men’s side it was Medina, Toledo, Igarashi, and Buchan that made it through to the Final and on the women’s it was Moore, Gilmore, Wright and Defay. Eventually, it was WSL Champions Medina and Moore that came out on top and claimed victory at the historic event.

“It feels amazing,” said Moore. “I just didn’t think it was going to be possible to win so I’m so pleased.”

“I’m so stoked to be part of history,” Medina said. “This is such an incredible day for surfing, and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”

JUST 2 FACES (OUT OF 2 MILLION SOMEDAY) OF THE FUTURE OF COMPETITIVE POOL SURFING.

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