A vital day of action unfolded at the World Surf League (WSL) Barbados Surf Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 with both men and women’s Quarterfinal draws decided in improved conditions at Drill Hall Beach. Women’s Round Four, along with men’s Rounds Four and Five, were completed as competitors posted more near-perfect scores and terrific performances. The final day of competition is locked in and two champions will be crowned by tomorrow afternoon for Barbados’ historic, first-ever QS event.
Holly Wawn (AUS) annihilated the line up at Drill Hall Beach with a massive 9.77 (out of a possible 10) for the highest single-scoring wave of the women’s event. The Australian has found her groove throughout this contest, posting an 8.33 in her opening Round Two heat and continued to show that form today in Round Four.
“It was really fun and I definitely got fortunate with a couple of waves under priority with Tia [Blanco] making that first mistake where I got my seven,” Wawn said. “The next one I thought Philippa [Anderson] had and then I just snuck in which ended up being my 9.77 so it’s good to just be paying attention, as well as know the situations. It’s important out there with it being smaller on a break like this to have that mindset and just stay with it. It’s great to make a Quarter, but I really want to make a Final and get those bigger points to set myself up for a good run this year.”
Chelsea Tuach (BRB) has been relentless at her homebreak and posted an 8.50 in her stacked Round Four bout alongside Round Three standout Tessa Thyssen (BLM), French competitor Maud Le Car (FRA), and wildcard selection threat, Kirra Pinkerton (USA). Tuach has already claimed a win earlier this year at the Shoe City Pro QS1,000 and has found her rhythm once again.
“I just had to be aware out there and stay busy since it was a little trickier this morning, but I got a good wave to start and that gave me some confidence,” Tuach said. “I’m feeling really good and it feels great to be moving through rounds with big scores — the nerves are gone and now I’m just excited. This momentum is so key and it’s going to be an action-packed day tomorrow that won’t be easy, every heat is just stacked which is what makes it so exciting. Just like at the Shoe City Pro, I needed to find that momentum through rounds and here I know I can make it all the way — I just have to stay focused.”
An in-form Alessa Quizon (HAW) looked dangerous once again with another heat win to advance through to the Quarterfinals. The Hawaiian needs a result here after two early exits at the QS6,000s Australian leg, but could be on her way to a 3,000-point jumpstart here in Barbados with her 2017 outlook dialed in.
“I haven’t made a finals day this year so far which is nice to break that curse, no matter what the points are it’s just nice to make it to the last day,” Quizon said. “It definitely helps knowing what waves you need to look for since the smaller ones lined up better in that heat, so I’ll be cautious of that in the next one. I almost forgot what it was like to surf on my forehand and I know I’m faster on it than my backhand — it’s nice to find that speed and it’ll all come back to me.”
Also, Chelsea Roett (BRB), Tessa Thyssen (BLM), Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Caroline Marks (USA) and Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) join the action in tomorrow’s Quarterfinals.
A massive day of men’s action followed with the completion of Rounds Four and Five — and big performances followed to set up stacked Quarterfinal bouts.
Sydney, Australia’s Shane Campbell (AUS) ripped apart a heavyweight Round Five matchup with top QS performer Bino Lopes (BRA), and two of the event’s standouts Mateus Herdy (BRA) and Peterson Crisanto (BRA). Campbell has his goals set for 2017 and a big result here would put him on track to attain them, but now must endure a big finals day in Barbados.
“I don’t know if it’s the size, but it seemed to be bowling up a bit better and we had heaps of waves in that heat so I’m stoked,” Campbell said. “I saw that heat before I went in and every one of them is stacked here, you look at who’s left and there hasn’t been an easy heat all event — I was looking forward to it actually. After my Round Four heat I told myself I wanted to get above a sixteen-point heat total because I knew that’s what it takes to win these later rounds. To get that 9.23 just gave me a lot of confidence and I can’t wait to get it going tomorrow for my first finals day this year.”
Nomme Mignot (FRA) finished off Round Five with an electric performance over a massive heat including yesterday’s near-perfect surfer Evan Geiselman (USA), Round Four standout Flavio Nakagima (BRA) and the powerful Weslley Dantas (BRA). Mignot’s strong forehand outmatched that of runner-up Geiselman as both advance to tomorrow’s Quarterfinals — the first finals day of Mignot’s 2017 and one he doesn’t want to go to waste.
“It feels so good to be in the finals day again after over a year of waiting and to make it a QS3,000 is an amazing feeling,” Mignot said. “I’m really happy to have won this heat and make it to man-on-man tomorrow, I feel much more comfortable to only have one other guy out there instead of hassling with four guys who all rip. I know I can do well if I just stay positive and just surf as good as I can, but it will come down to who can find the best waves and just perform.”
An in-form Rafael Teixeira (BRA), alongside fellow Brazilian Bino Lopes (BRA), former CT competitor Keanu Asing (HAW), and local Barbadian Josh Burke (BRB) joing Mignot, Campbell and Geiselman in the Quarterfinals.
Event organizers will reconvene for tomorrow’s 7:30 a.m. EDT call to determine an 8:00 a.m. start for either men’s or women’s Quarterfinal draws.
Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Men’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Shane Campbell (AUS) vs. Santiago Muniz (ARG)
QF 2: Bino Lopes (BRA) vs. Rafael Teixeira (BRA)
QF 3: Josh Burke (BRB) vs. Evan Geiselman (USA)
QF 4: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Nomme Mignot (FRA)
Upcoming Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Women’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) vs. Chelsea Roett (BRB)
QF 2: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Holly Wawn (AUS)
QF 3: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) vs. Tessa Thyssen (BLM)
QF 4: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) vs. Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Women’s Round Four Results:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.50, Caroline Marks (USA) 13.90, Mikaela Greene (AUS) 10.66, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 8.20
Heat 2: Holly Wawn (AUS) 17.10, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 15.17, Tia Blanco (USA) 14.60, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 14.60
Heat 3: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.93, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 12.10, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 11.10, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 6.07
Heat 4: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 16.17, Tessa Thyssen (BLM) 13.60, Maud Le Car (FRA) 8.27, Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 5.40
Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Men’s Round Five Results:
Heat 1: Shane Campbell (AUS) 17.23, Bino Lopes (BRA) 16.43, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.34, Mateus Herdy (BRA) 12.17
Heat 2: Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 15.74, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 11.17, Soli Bailey (AUS) 10.66, Seth Moniz (HAW) 7.50
Heat 3: Josh Burke (BRB) 15.70, Keanu Asing (HAW) 15.66, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 12.90, Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 12.43
Heat 4: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 16.03, Evan Geiselman (USA) 14.93, Weslley Dantas (BRA) 14.83, Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 13.77
Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 Men’s Round Four Results:
Heat 1: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 12.87, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 12.36, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 9.80, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 7.10
Heat 2: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 14.60, Soli Bailey (AUS) 15.54, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 13.54, Deivid Silva (BRA) 11.64
Heat 3: Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 17.00, Shane Campbell (AUS) 14.33, Andy Criere (ESP) 11.57, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 11.50
Heat 4: Seth Moniz (HAW) 15.83, Bino Lopes (BRA) 13.66, Gatien Delahaye (FRA) 12.17, Mikey Wright (AUS) 9.30
Heat 5: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.84, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 10.83, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 10.66, Michael Dunphy (USA) 10.36
Heat 6: Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 11.97, Weslley Dantas (BRA) 11.60, Bruce Mackie (BRB) 10.60, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 2.23
Heat 7: Evan Geiselman (USA) 15.70, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 15.50, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 14.50, Luel Felipe (BRA) 9.33
Heat 8: Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 15.63, Josh Burke (BRB) 15.50, Robson Santos (BRA) 15.03, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.83