Pictured: Sage Erickson (USA) will take on 2x World Champ Tyler Wright (AUS) in Heat 4 of the Round of 16 when the Rip Curl Rottnest Search pres. by Corona resumes. Credit: © WSL / Miers. 

The Rip Curl Rottnest Search presented by Corona, the fifth stop on the 2021 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the final event of the Australian leg, will be off for a second-consecutive day with poor conditions on offer at Strickland Bay. Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow, Thursday, May 20, at 6:45 a.m. AWST to reassess the conditions and make the next call. 

“The waves haven’t quite shown up just yet and the wind is still blowing on-shore,” said WSL SVP of Tours and Head of Competition, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “When we arrived this morning there wasn’t much on offer, so we went on hold for a few hours hoping the forecasted swell would arrive, but the conditions are not ideal, so we are going to call it off for the day. Thursday is looking pretty promising, and we come back tomorrow morning.”

When competition resumes, Caroline Marks (USA) will face Malia Manuel(HAW)  in the opening heat of the women’s Round of 16 to lock in the first Quarterfinal entry. 

Injury replacement Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) will take on Courtney Conlogue(USA) in R/16, Heat 8. A win in this heat will mark Tsuzuki’s career-best result at the CT level. 

Watch LIVE
The holding period for the Rip Curl Rottnest Search presented by Corona is now open and runs through May 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. 

Although Rottnest Island will remain open for visitors while hosting the event, spectators will not be permitted at Strickland Bay as this will be a broadcast-only event to limit environmental impacts. 

The Rip Curl Rottnest Search pres. by Corona is proudly supported by our partners Rip Curl, Tourism Western Australia, Corona, Red Bull, Oakley, Hydro Flask, Boost Mobile, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Dometic Outdoor, Bond University, Oakberry, Rottnest Island Authority and Rottnest Express. 

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

Rip Curl Rottnest Search Women’s Round of 16 Matchups: 
HEAT 1: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)  
HEAT 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)  
HEAT 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)  
HEAT 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)  
HEAT 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Mia McCarthy (AUS)  
HEAT 6: Isabella Nichols (AUS) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)  
HEAT 7: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)  
HEAT 8: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)

Rip Curl Rottnest Search Men’s Round of 32 Matchups: 
HEAT 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)  
HEAT 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)  
HEAT 3: Ryan Callinan (AUS) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)  
HEAT 4: Morgan Cibilic (AUS) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA) 
HEAT 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Liam O’Brien (AUS)
HEAT 6: Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)  
HEAT 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Michel Bourez (FRA) 
HEAT 8: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 
HEAT 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Kael Walsh (AUS)  
HEAT 10: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)  
HEAT 11: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)  
HEAT 12: Griffin Colapinto (USA) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS)  
HEAT 13: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Jacob Willcox (AUS)  
HEAT 14: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Ethan Ewing (AUS) 
HEAT 15: Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS) 
HEAT 16: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS)

COVID-19 Updates
The WSL continues to work closely with the West Australian Government and WA Police Department to monitor the COVID-19 situation both in WA, where competitors and staff are currently located, and in New South Wales, where they have traveled from. The Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro is prepared to operate in a ‘bubble’ should it be required. As a result of the COVID-19 contingency plans, there is no option to run the event at a mobile location outside of the main event site of Main Break and The Box, such as North Point in Gracetown.

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.  
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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