Pictured: Current World No. 6 Caroline Marks (USA) won the Quiksilver Icons of Surf Expression Session yesterday evening, but will now focus her attention to the Corona Open Mexico pres. by Quiksilver to secure her place in the WSL Final 5. Credit: © WSL / Heff

  • Women’s Round of 16 Called ON for 7:35 a.m. Start 
  • Men’s Round of 16, Women’s and Men’s Quarterfinals To Follow at Barra de la Cruz 
  • Overlapping Format for Round of 16 Heats
  • Watch LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com

The Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver, the seventh stop on the World Surf League (WSL) 2021 Championship Tour (CT), is ON starting at 7:35 a.m. CDT with a full day of competition planned in solid six-foot waves at Barra de la Cruz. The women’s Round of 16 will start the day, followed by the men’s Round of 16. The women’s and men’s Quarterfinals have also been called on for the day. The Round of 16 heats for the women and men will implement the overlapping format. 

“We’ve got great swell here this morning and we are on starting at 7:35 a.m. CDT,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. “We will start with the women’s and men’s Round of 16, utilizing the overlapping format. Then, we will move into the women’s and men’s Quarterfinals. The Quarterfinals will not overlap. We look forward to another big day of competition here at Barra de la Cruz.” 

Up first this morning will be current World No. 2 Johanne Defay (FRA) against World No. 15 Brisa Hennessy (CRI). Defay is battling to secure her place in the WSL Final 5 for a shot at the 2021 World Title, while Hennessy needs a strong result in Mexico to requalify for the next season of the CT. 

Heat 4 will witness an intense matchup between current World No. 9 Courtney Conlogue (USA) and No. 10 Keely Andrew (AUS). In the fight for requalification to the elite CT, only one surfer will advance and better their position on the WSL Leaderboard

World’s Best Surfers Join Quiksilver Icons of Surf Super Session 

After the competition wrapped for the day yesterday in Barra de la Cruz, some of the world’s best surfers joined Quiksilver for an expression session riding iconic surfboards that have helped shape the future of surfing in one way or another. 

Ryan Callinan (AUS), Mikey Wright (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Caroline Marks (USA), Owen Wright (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Mateus Herdy (BRA), and Leah Dawson (HAW) got to battle in a one 40-minute heat format where judges picked one male and one female winner based on overall performance. 

The winners of the Quiksilver Icons of Surf Super Session were Mikey Wright and Caroline Marks. Wright rode a remake of the board used by Andy Irons when he won the last CT event in Mexico 15 years ago, while Marks rode a Gerry Lopez Single. Each winner received a $5,000 prize and the chance to pick one of the iconic boards to bring home. 

Watch LIVE 
The event window for the Corona Open Mexico pres. by Quiksilver holds a competition window through August 19. 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. 

The Corona Open Mexico pres. by Quiksilver is proudly supported by our partners Corona, Quiksilver, Jeep, Red Bull, Oakley, Hydro Flask, Expedia, and DraftKings.

Corona Open Mexico Women’s Round of 16 Matchups: 
HEAT 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Brisa Hennessy (CRI)
HEAT 2: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
HEAT 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)
HEAT 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
HEAT 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
HEAT 6: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Isabella Nichols (AUS)
HEAT 7: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
HEAT 8: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)

Corona Open Mexico Men’s Round of 16 Matchups: 
HEAT 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Ethan Wing (AUS)
HEAT 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
HEAT 3: Morgan Cibilic (AUS) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
HEAT 4: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
HEAT 5: Rio Waida (IDN) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)
HEAT 6: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
HEAT 7: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
HEAT 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Mateus Herdy (BRA)

More information available at WorldSurfLeague.com.

COVID-19 Updates
The health and safety of athletes, staff, and the local community are of the utmost importance and there are a robust set of procedures in place to keep everyone safe, including rolling out extensive testing protocols, maintaining a protected bubble zone for athletes and staff, and closing the beach to the public.

The WSL encourages fans to watch the event online at WorldSurfLeague.com, which will broadcast live in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

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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