Pictured: Conner Coffin (USA) will face Peterson Crisanto (BRA) in Heat 14 of the Round of 32 when the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona resumes. 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 OFF for the day with only small surf on offer at Merewether. Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, at 6:45 a.m. AEST to make the next call. 

“Unfortunately, we’ve been left with small surf here at Merewether after the good bump in swell yesterday,” said WSL SVP of Tours and Head of Competition, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “We’re still confident that the forecast for the remaining four days of the window looks promising, so we will come back and see what’s on offer tomorrow.” 

When competition resumes, the 16 heats of the men’s Round of 32 will hit the water with some massive match-ups to keep an eye on. First up for the men’s will be two-time World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) against fellow goofy-foot Connor O’Leary (AUS). 

Local wildcard Jackson Baker (AUS) will have his work cut out when he takes on reigning World Champion Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Heat 9 of the Round of 32. 

The women’s event is left with only eight competitors with the Quarterfinals. The opening heat will be a huge one for Rookie Isabella Nichols (AUS) as she takes on seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).

Reigning four-time WSL World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) will take on a former winner in Newcastle Johanne Defay (FRA) in Heat 3 of the Women’s Quarterfinals. 

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. Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, at 6:45 a.m. AEST for a possible 7:05 a.m. start. 

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 Quarterfinals Matchups:
HEAT 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Isabella Nichols (AUS)
HEAT 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
HEAT 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
HEAT 4: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) vs. Caroline Marks (USA)

Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona Men’s Round of 32 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS)  
HEAT 2: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)  
HEAT 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)  
HEAT 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS) 
HEAT 5: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Morgan Cibilic (AUS)  
HEAT 6: Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 
HEAT 7: Ryan Callinan (AUS) vs. Crosby Colapinto (USA)  
HEAT 8: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)  
HEAT 9: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Jackson Baker (AUS)  
HEAT 10: Michel Bourez (FRA) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA)  
HEAT 11: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Ethan Ewing (AUS)  
HEAT 12: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)  
HEAT 13: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)  
HEAT 14: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)  
HEAT 15: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Yago Dora (BRA) 
HEAT 16: Filipe Toledo (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.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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