- Women’s Semifinals Start at 8:35 AM AWST
- Watch the World’s Best Surfers Battle for the Event Title
- Watch LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com
Finals Day is LIVE now at 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. Watch the final eight competitors battle for the event titles in clean four-to-six foot surf at Strickland Bay. The women’s Semifinals begin at 8:35 a.m. AWST, followed by the men’s Semifinals, and the women’s and men’s Finals.
“We are on for Finals Day with clean conditions and solid surf at Strickland Bay,” said WSL SVP Tours and Head of Competition, Jessi-Miley Dyer. “Today is lining up to be a great finish to a massive Australian leg of the CT and an awesome event here on Rottnest. With only six heats of competition left and eight competitors, today we will crown our winners at the Rip Curl Rottnest Search pres. by Corona. We will commence the day with women’s Semifinals at 8:35 a.m. local time, followed by men’s Semifinal, then the women’s and men’s Finals. It’s looking to be a really exciting day of competition.”
World Title hopefuls Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Tyler Wright (AUS) are up first this morning and will go head-to-head in women’s Semifinal 1.
Heat 2 of the men’s Semifinals is set for fireworks as Brazilian World Champions Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) do battle at Strickland Bay.
Aussie youngsters and good friends, Morgan Cibilic (AUS) and Liam O’Brien (AUS), will do battle in Semifinal 1 as both surfers search for their first-ever CT Final.
Johanne Defay (FRA) will look to claim her first CT victory since 2018 today at Strickland but first will have to overcome reigning four-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in their Semifinal matchup.
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 Semifinal Matchups:
HEAT 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
HEAT 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Rip Curl Rottnest Search Men’s Semifinal Matchups:
HEAT 1: Morgan Cibilic (AUS) vs. Liam O’Brien (AUS)
HEAT 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
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.