• Men’s Quarterfinals Start at 8:05 AM AEST 
  • Watch the World’s Best Surfers Battle for the Event Title
  • Watch LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com
Pictured: 2015 WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA) is up first this morning against fellow WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the opening men’s Quarterfinal heat at the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona. Credit: © WSL / Dunbar

The Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona, the second stop on the World Surf League (WSL) 2021 Championship Tour (CT), has been called ON in three-to-five foot waves at Merewether. The action will start at 8:05 a.m. AEST with the men’s Quarterfinals, followed by the women’s and men’s Semifinals, and women’s and men’s Finals. 

“We are on for Finals Day at the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. “The swell has picked up from yesterday, and although we do not have the perfectly clean conditions at the moment, there are some great waves on offer and plenty of opportunity for exciting surfing. As the tide drops, we should see conditions continue to improve throughout the morning. We will start with the men’s Quarterfinals at 8:05 a.m. AEST, then go into the Semifinals and Finals for the men and women.”

Up first today will be a clash of World Champions with Gabriel Medina (BRA) against Adriano de Souza (BRA). De Souza announced his retirement last year and will be out for a victory in his last lap on tour. 

Local favorites Ryan Callinan (AUS) and Morgan Cibilic (AUS) have matched up in Heat 2 of the men’s Quarterfinals. All eyes will be on this matchup as only one hometown hero will advance to the Semifinals. 

Carissa Moore (HAW) wowed the world yesterday with her incredible showcase of progressive surfing. The four-time WSL Champion will look to continue her innovation in the Semifinals against Olympic teammate Caroline Marks (USA). 

Keely Andrew (AUS) will be against fellow Sunshine Coast local Isabella Nichols (AUS) in the first women’s Semifinal. Rookie Nichols took out seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) yesterday and will look to secure her career-best finish.

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.

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 Men’s Quarterfinals Matchups:
HEAT 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
HEAT 2: Morgan Cibilic (AUS) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
HEAT 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
HEAT 4: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)

Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona Women’s Semifinals Matchups:
HEAT 1: Isabella Nichols (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
HEAT 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Caroline Marks (USA)

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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