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NARRABEEN, New South Wales, Australia (Monday, April 19, 2021) - The Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic presented by Corona, the third stop on the World Surf League (WSL) 2021 Championship Tour (CT), is now down to the Quarterfinals for the men and women after witnessing big names fall out of the draw.
Champions Tyler Wright (AUS), Italo Ferreira (BRA), and John John Florence
(HAW) were three of the top names eliminated from the event today as North
Narrabeen provided clean, two-to-four foot waves all day.
Johanne Defay (FRA) continues to impress on the Australian leg of the 2021 CT, and today it came at the expense of two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS). Following her impressive 16.66 combined score (out of a possible 20) yesterday, Defay out-surfed Wright with an excellent 8.00 (out of a possible 10) and a 5.83 to Wrights 6.67 and 6.30. A former winner at Fiji's Cloud Break, today Defay reminded the surfing world that she is one of the best backside surfers on the CT.
This feels so good and I had a little cry out the back, Defay said. Its insane how much pressure I was feeling in that heat. A few times she went on the first wave and the second one was better, which was so good and the fact I was able to perform well on them just felt so good for me. Im so, so stoked.
now exits in equal 9th place, matching her results at Newcastle last week.
After starting the season with a win, the eliminations are not ideal for
Wrights World Title campaign on the road to the Rip Curl WSL Finals.
In one of the closing heats of the day, the high drama hit a crescendo with the elimination of reigning WSL Champion Italo Ferreira (BRA) by Californian Conner Coffin (USA) in a matchup of two of the most contrasting approaches on the CT. As expected, Ferreira kept busy, finding lefts and rights, taking to the air in both directions, but Coffins patience paid off as he clinched victory on the last ride of the heat to book himself a second Quarterfinal spot this season.
had no idea what score I needed at the end of that heat but I knew I needed
something, Coffin said. Coming up against Italo I knew Id
have to be on the best waves so I tried to stay patient and take the sets.
I saw him flying around in the air and could hear the crowd going crazy
and had to just compose myself and stick to my guns and luckily I did.
With Wright now out of the event, Carissa Moore (HAW) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) are the only two World Champions left in the womens draw. Moore, the current World No. 1 and reigning World Champion, eliminated Brisa Hennessy (CRI) with a 12.66 two-wave total in Heat 1 of the Round of 16. In Heat 7, Gilmore took down Sage Erickson (USA) with an epic display of fins-free surfing and will now face Courtney Conlogue (USA) in the Quarterfinals.
Keely Andrew (AUS) will come up against Moore in the Quarterfinals after taking out Malia Manuel (HAW) in R16, Heat 2. Andrew continues to prove she is a threat on this Australian leg and will look to improve upon her 3rd place result here in Narrabeen.
feeling good and am really proud of how Im putting my heats together,
Andrew said. It feels so good to be getting some results and Im
really looking forward to the rest of the year. My coach Andy (King) noted
before the heat that it was slow out there so not to bother waiting and
to take what you can get. Ive always found I have to prove myself
on my backhand, so moving forward I really want to post an excellent score
Australias CT future on the mens side looks to be in safe hands as Australian youngsters Morgan Cibilic and Ethan Ewing booked spots in the Quarterfinals at the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic.
CT rookie Cibilic continued to upset the CT, taking down two-time WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) for the second time in as many events. After overcoming Florence in the Round of 32 at Newcastle, Cibilic proved his performance wasnt a flash in the pan, dominating the heat with a phenomenal display of backside, fins-free surfing. Cibilic will move into the Quarterfinals where he will meet another two-time Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA), while Florence will head to his happy hunting ground of West Aus, still searching for a decent result in this Australian leg.
It was nice to get some waves that stood up for me as my last few heats werent that great, said Cibilic. It feels good to know I could back up my result at Newcastle. I know I have it in me, but it definitely feels good to have two wins over someone like him. I know hes so good in big waves so Id love to match up with him in West Aus and see if I can go again.
took down veteran Jadson Andre (BRA) to guarantee his best ever CT result
with a spot in the Quarterfinals where he will do battle with Frederico
fans wishing to attend the event in person, event entry will be first-come,
first-serve starting at 7:00 a.m. AEST on each on day of competition.
The venue capacity will be limited to a maximum of 5,000 people at one
time, adhering closely to NSW state government guidelines. This capacity
limit is subject to change each day due to beach size changing with tides
and swell size. To learn more, please check out the WSL's event guide
for more information and FAQs.
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Due to COVID-19, the Australian CT events will run based on state border closures, strictly adhering to federal and state government guidelines and restrictions. All tour stops and dates subject to change due to applicable COVID-19 related restrictions, including global travel restrictions.
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