A foggy morning with small but clean waves in Ericeira.  Credit: © WSL /  Poullenot

  • Swell on the Way for Challenger Series Stop No. 2
  • Next Call Sunday at 7:35 a.m
  • More Available at www.WorldSurfLeague.com

Stop No.2 on the 2021 Challenger Series, the MEO Vissla Pro Ericeira is on Standby. A lay day has been called due to small swell on the opening day of the waiting period. 

“It looks like we have heaps of swell on tap for this window of competition,” Travis Logie, Senior Manager, Tours & Competition said. “Today is the smallest day so we’ve decided to call competition off for the day and we’ll reconvene tomorrow at 7:35 a.m.”

The Challenger Series are well and truly underway after an exciting opening event in Huntington Beach last week, marked by the victories of Americans Caity Simmers and Griffin Colapinto.

The condensed four-stop series has now landed in Ericeira, Portugal where a talented field is set to take on the powerful rights of Ribeira d’Ilhas.

Colapinto and compatriot Gabriela Bryan lead the fields with an army of talent in the hunt for a coveted spot among the men’s Top 12 and women’s Top 6, to qualify for the 2022 Championship Tour.

A mix of current CT athletes, perennial QS threats and young guns are all equally excited to take their battles to Europe where great conditions are likely on offer this time of year.

When competition gets underway, World No.14 Deivid Silva (BRA) will take on Marco Giorgi (URY), Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) and Vicente Romero (ESP) in Heat 1 of the men’s Round of 96. 

Keely Andrew (AUS) will face off against Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) and Sophia Medina (BRA) in the women’s Round of 64 opening heat.

The next call will be at 7:35 a.m (WEST), Sunday, October 2, 2021.

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. Athletes, staff, media and the public will be required to show proof of the “Health Pass” before accessing any of the event facilities or the beach.

The WSL encourages fans to follow the event online and watch all the action LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.

The 2021 MEO Vissla Pro Ericeira is scheduled from October 2-10, 2021, at praia de Ribeira d’Ilhas, Ericeira – Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com

The MEO Vissla Pro Ericeira is supported by MEO, Vissla, Tourism of Portugal, Mafra City Council, Ericeira World Surfing Reserve, EDP, Estrella Galicia, You & The Sea Hotel and Apartments and Hertz.

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.