• Women’s Elimination Called ON for 7:05 AM AEST Start
  • Men’s Elimination Round and Women’s Round of 16 To Follow
  • Watch LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com
Pictured: Keely Andrew (AUS) is up first today against Brisa Hennessy (CRI) and Malia Manuel (HAW) in the Elimination Round of the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona. Credit: © WSL / Miers

The Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona, the second stop on the World Surf League (WSL) 2021 Championship Tour (CT), will be ON starting at 7:05 a.m. AEST in clean, three-to-five foot waves. Women’s Elimination Round 2 will start the day, followed by men’s Elimination Round 2 and the women’s Round of 16.

“We’ve arrived at Merewether today to find a jump in swell and cleaner than expected conditions,” said WSL SVP of Tours Head of Competition, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “We’ve got clean waves in the three-to-five foot range and plenty of opportunity for competitors, so we’re going to get competition back underway. We’ll start at 7:05 a.m. AEST with the women’s Elimination Round, followed by the men’s Elimination Round and women’s Round of 16.” 

Competitors in Elimination Round 2 are first up this morning. A loss in this round will mean a last-place finish in the second event of the season. 

Olympic qualifier Brisa Hennessy (CRI) will be in Heat 1 against Keely Andrew (AUS) and Malia Manuel (HAW). 

Sage Erickson (USA) is back on tour and, after a strong start in Maui, eager for a strong Australian leg. She will face Johanne Defay (FRA) and Macy Callaghan (AUS) in Heat 2. 

2015 WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA), who announced his retirement last year, will hope to place high in his final lap on the CT. De Souza will be against Owen Wright (AUS) and injury replacement Matt Banting (AUS) in Heat 1 of the Elimination Round. 

CT rookie Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) will hope to save himself from elimination when he goes up against Michel Bourez (FRA) and Connor O’Leary (AUS) in Heat 3. 

Watch LIVE
All the action from the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners. 

Free Ticket Reservations for Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona
Due to COVID-19 regulations limiting crowd size, the WSL is requiring fans to reserve FREE tickets to the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona. Ticket reservations will become available for free throughout each day of the competition. Fans can check in on Ticketek for free ticket reservations. Please read the WSL’s event guide for more information and FAQs on ticket reservations. Tickets will be issued throughout the event. Reserve your FREE tickets at wsl.tv/NewcastleTickets

The Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona is proudly supported by our partners Rip Curl, Corona, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, The City of Newcastle, Red Bull, Oakley, Hydro Flask, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Boost Mobile, Dometic Outdoor, Bond University, BF Goodrich, Burton Automotive, and Oakberry. 

Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona Women’s Elimination Round 2 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Brisa Hennessy (CRI) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)  
HEAT 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)

Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona Men’s Elimination Round 2 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)  
HEAT 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS)  
HEAT 3: Michel Bourez (FRA) vs. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS) 
HEAT 4: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

COVID-19 Updates
Due to COVID-19 regulations limiting crowd size, WSL is requiring fans to reserve FREE tickets. To learn more, please read the WSL’s event guide for information on free ticket reservations and FAQs. Reserve your FREE tickets at wsl.tv/NewcastleTickets

The WSL will implement a robust and thorough COVID-19 health and safety plan for each event during the Australian leg of the CT in accordance with federal and state guidance. The WSL’s health and safety plan includes physical distancing measures, enhanced high-touch cleaning at the event site, contact tracing procedures, sanitizer stations throughout the event site, and minimal personnel on-site. 

All traveling athletes and support staff completed the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine and received medical clearance from public health officials before entering the general community.

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.

About the WSL 
Established in 1976, the World Surf League (WSL) is the home of the world’s best surfing. 
 
A global sports, media and entertainment company, the WSL oversees international tours and competitions, a studios division creating over 500+ hours of live and on-demand content, and via affiliate WaveCo, the home of the world’s largest high performance, human-made wave. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA.
 
The WSL annually crowns the men’s and women’s surfing World Champions. The global Tours and Competition division oversees and operates more than 180 global contests each year across the Championship Tour, the development tiers, including the Challenger, Qualifying and Junior Series, as well as longboard and big wave properties.  
 
Launched in 2019, WSL Studios is an independent producer of unscripted television projects, including documentaries and series, which provide unprecedented access to athletes, events, and locations around the world. WSL events and content are distributed on linear television in over 743M+ homes worldwide and across digital and social media platforms around the world, including WorldSurfLeague.com
 
WaveCo includes the Surf Ranch Lemoore facility and the utilizing and licensing of the Kelly Slater Wave System.
 
The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke.  
 
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