- Carissa Moore and Gabriel Medina Lead World’s Best Heading Into CT Stop No. 6
- 11X World Champion Kelly Slater Makes Return to Competition
- Watch Live from June 18 – 20 on WorldSurfLeague.com
The world’s best surfers are back in California for a three-day competition in the perfect waves at the Surf Ranch in Lemoore for the Jeep Surf Ranch Pro presented by Adobe, which gets underway tomorrow, June 18, and runs through June 20, 2021. The contest is the final World Surf League (WSL) event ahead of surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo and the sixth stop on the elite WSL Championship Tour (CT).
Reigning four-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and two-time World WSL Gabriel Medina (HAW) lead the rankings heading into this event and will look to continue their dominance with strong results.
“Competing at the Surf Ranch is completely different because it takes out all the variables,” said Moore. “There is a lot of pressure here since we know exactly how many waves we’re getting, and they are all perfect. It’s all about timing and who puts in the best performance.”
“Right now our focus is 100% on this event, which is the most unique of all CT stops,” said Medina. “Once it’s over, we’ll go back home for a couple of weeks where we can start practicing and training exclusively for the Olympic Games.”
The GOAT Is Back
11X WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) will return to the CT after sitting out the entirety of the four-stop Australian leg with an injury. Slater’s unmatched understanding of how the human-made wave works will make him one to watch this weekend.
Wildcards, Withdrawals, and Replacements
Kirra Pinkerton (USA), the 2018 World Junior Champion and top-ranked surfer on the North America Qualifying Series (QS), will join the women’s competition as the event wildcard. Lakey Peterson (USA) continues to be out on injury. In addition, Bronte Macaulay (AUS), Macy Callaghan (AUS), and Tyler Wright (AUS), have withdrawn from the event. Their spots will be filled by WSL Replacement Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN), current No. 4 on the North America Qualifying Series rankings Alyssa Spencer (USA), former CT surfer and Rumble at the Ranch winner Coco Ho (HAW), and the current No. 1 ranked North America Junior surfer Caitlin Simmers (USA).
Michael Dunphy (USA) and former CT surfer Nat Young (USA) are the wildcards for the men’s event, and are currently in first and second place, respectively, on the North America QS rankings. John John Florence (HAW) and Kolohe Andino (USA) both remain out of competition due to injury in addition to Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Michel Bourez (FRA). Julian Wilson(AUS) and Jeremy Flores (FRA) have also withdrawn from the event. These spots will be filled by WSL Replacement Mikey Wright (AUS), Rip Curl Rottnest Search presented by Corona Semifinalist Liam O’Brien (AUS), current No. 4 on the North America QS rankings and former CT surfer Patrick Gudauskas (USA), reigning World Junior Champion Lucas Vicente (BRA), current No. 1 ranked surfer on the Hawaii QS Eli Hanneman (HAW) and Jabe Swierkocki (USA), top ranked surfer on the North America Junior rankings.
“Events at Surf Ranch are very unique and high pressure, completely different from what the surfers deal with when in the ocean,” said WSL SVP of Tours and Head of Competition, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “This year we’ll have a one-on-one Final for each division, which is very exciting and different from past events at the Ranch. Whoever rides the best left and best right, wins.”
Qualifying Leaderboard – Runs 1 and 2:
Normal event seeding will determine the surfer order for the opening runs for the 36 men and 18 women in the draw. The brackets are six-person heats combining two runs of two waves each. The best-scoring left and right form each surfer’s total score. The top two surfers from each heat plus the next highest-ranked 12 men and six women on the leaderboard will win a Bonus Run of an extra two waves. This is the only time top scores from previous runs may be carried over.
Qualifying Leaderboard – Bonus Run:
The leaderboard determines surfer order for the 24 men and 12 women who are awarded a Bonus Run. The top eight men and four women on the leaderboard after the bonus run will advance to the Semifinal.
The eight men and women will each ride four waves over two runs (a left and right back to back). The best scoring left and right from the Semifinal form each surfer’s total score. The top two men and women on the leaderboard advance to the Final.
Each of the four finalists (two men and two women) will ride four waves over two runs (a left and right back to back). The best scoring left and right from the Final form the surfer’s total score and the highest scoring man and woman win the event.
The Jeep Surf Ranch Pro will be broadcast live on WorldSurfLeague.comfrom June 18 – 20 2021. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
The Jeep Surf Ranch Pro presented by Adobe is proudly supported by Jeep, Adobe, Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, Red Bull, Shiseido, Hydro Flask, Oakley, Havaianas, Expedia, lululemon, and Waterloo.
Current WSL Women’s Championship Tour WSL Final 5:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 36,055 pts
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 28,185 pts
3 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 27,540 pts
4 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 26,050 pts
5 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 24,645 pts
5 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 24,645 pts
Current WSL Men’s Championship Tour WSL Final 5:
1 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 38,920 pts
2 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 30,325 pts
3 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 22,505 pts
4 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 22,065 pts
5 – Morgan Cibilic (AUS) 21,290 pts
The health and safety of our athletes, staff and the local community are a top priority for the WSL and there are a robust set of procedures in place to keep everyone safe including testing for athletes and essential staff, and closing the event to general admission fans.
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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