WSL North America Qualifying Series Finale Begins


Source: WSL


Mateia Hiquily (PYF) soared into Round 5 and will do battle with Jake Marshall (USA), Keoni Yan (JPN)< and Olamana Eleogram (HAW) at the Essential Costa Rica Open Pro QS3,000 in Heat 7. Image: WSL/ Johan Pacheo

The final stop of the World Surf League (WSL) North America Qualifying Series (QS), the Essential Costa Rica Open Pro QS3,000, has been called ON in three-to-four foot conditions at Esterillos Este, Costa Rica. Action will resume with the completion of Round 5 Heat 1 of men’s competition, followed by women’s Round 2.

“Yesterday was an incredible day and we got to see some amazing surfing,” North America Tour Manager Brian Robbins said. “However, coming to an abrupt halt after the crocodile sighting, we will pick up with Round 5 Heat 1 — picking up with 13:23 remaining on the clock after the water safety team has giving us the go ahead to run. We’ll get women’s Round 2 in the water and then go right back to the remaining heats of men’s Round 5.”

Round 5 Heat 1 had 13:23 remaining on the clock with Tomas Fernandes (BRA) leading the heat, accruing an 11.84 heat total. Santiago Muniz (ARG) held second place with a 7.17 heat total, Luel Felipe (BRA) remained in third place with a 6.47 total, and Tales Rodrigues (BRA) sat in fourth place with a 4.97 total.

Women’s Round 2 opens with former CT competitor surfer Pauline Ado (FRA) taking on event wildcard Lisbeth Vindas (CRI), Round 1 standout Bailey Nagy (HAW), and Malia Ward (USA).

Following that heat, Tia Blanco (USA) will begin her campaign to vie for the 2016 North America Women’s QS title against Ella Williams (NZL), Rachel Presti (USA), Rina Kitazawa (JPN) in Round 1 Heat.

Round 1 Heat 7 will see current North America QS No. 1 Meah Collins (USA) come face-to-face with contender Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Dominic Barona (ECU), and Bethany Zelasko (USA).

Returning back to men’s Round 5 following the women, current WQS No. 4 Ian Gouveia (BRA) will continue his run against Jackson Baker (AUS), Andy Criere (FRA), and Oney Anwar (IDN) in Heat 5.

Following that heat, the only remaining threat to Kilian Garland’s (USA) No. 1 spot on the North America rankings, Lucca Mesinas (PER), returns to the water against Manuel Selman (CHL), Granger Larsen (HAW), and Jorgann Couzinet (FRA).

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