- Next Call: Saturday, April 17, at 6:30 AM AEST
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The opening day of the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic presented by Corona, the third stop on the World Surf League (WSL) 2021 Championship Tour (CT), will be off for the day due to small surf on offer. Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. AEST to reassess the conditions and make the next call.
“It’s great to be back in Narrabeen,” said WSL SVP Tours and Head of Competition, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “We have small waves though and won’t be running any competition today. We’ve got a good-looking forecast for the next few days though, so we’re confident competition will get underway here at the iconic North Narrabeen over the weekend.”
When competition kicks off, the action will be aplenty with the women’s opening heat seeing seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) match up with Malia Manuel (HAW), and Brisa Hennessy (CRI) as all three competitors look to improve on their results at Newcastle last week.
Current World No. 1 Italo Ferreira (BRA) will be looking to keep his momentum rolling when he takes on form surfer Morgan Cibilic (AUS) and Rip Curl Wildcard and surfing icon, Mick Fanning (AUS), in Heat 6 of Men’s Round 1.
Acknowledgment of Country and Smoking Ceremony by Susan Moylan-Coombs and Caroline Glass-Pattison from the Gaimaragal Group
Although competition did not get a start on the opening morning of the window, competitors, staff, and fans were greeted with an Acknowledgement of Country and Smoking Ceremony by Susan Moylan-Coombs and Caroline Glass-Pattison from the Gaimaragal Group. Gaimaragal Group is a First Nations organization, established to lead social change and create social impact by bringing together like minds and like spirits. They believe that the philosophies and teachings of the Original Peoples of this land, the way of life that has sustained First Nations Peoples for tens of thousands of years, is worth sharing, and in doing so, create a new story of connection and wellbeing for all Australians.
Select Your Narrabeen Picks Now for WSL CT Fantasy
WSL CT Fantasy is open for the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic pres. by Corona. Fans can create their leagues and set their teams for the third stop on the CT. WSL CT Fantasy is fully reimagined for the 2021 season. Register now and check out all the new features:
- Power Surfers let you catch up quickly and give you 2x the points for one male and one female surfer on your team.
- Combined teams create higher scores than ever before.
- Progressive scoring means events are worth more as the season goes on.
- Editing teams mid-event ensures you never have a surfer knocked out early.
The Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic pres. by Corona opens April 16 and holds a competition window through April 26. The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
For 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.
The Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic pres. by Corona is proudly supported by our partners Rip Curl, Corona, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Northern Beaches Council, Red Bull, Oakley, Hydro Flask, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Boost Mobile, Dometic Outdoor, Bond University, BF Goodrich, and Oakberry.
Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic Women’s Seeding Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Brisa Hennessy (CRI)
Heat 2: Caroline Marks (USA), Tyler Wright (AUS), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Johanne Defay (FRA), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 5: Lakey Peterson (USA), Isabella Nichols (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic Men’s Seeding Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Yago Dora (BRA), Connor O’Leary (AUS)
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW), Frederico Morais (PRT), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Reef Heazlewood (AUS)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Dylan Moffat (AUS)
Heat 6: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Morgan Cibilic (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS)
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 8: Ryan Callinan (AUS), Michel Bourez (FRA), Leonardo Fioaravanti (ITA)
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS), Seth Moniz (HAW), Matthew McGillivray (ZAF)
Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS), Conner Coffin (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 11: Jack Freestone (AUS), Wade Carmichael (AUS), Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 12: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Jack Robinson (AUS)
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.
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 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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