Che Allan Wins Thomo QS1,000; Live Like Zander Junior Pro Quarterfinalists Determined

Courtesy of WSL North America

– Win Marks Allan’s first-ever QS victory 
– Chauncey Robinson earns best career QS result with runner-up
– men and women Live like Zander junior pro quarterfinalists determined
– more information available AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Che Allan (BRB) (L) claimed his maiden Qualifying Series (QS) win at the inaugural Thomo QS1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson over Chauncey Robinson (USA) (R) as Annie Thomson (Middle), widow to the late Bill, was on hand to give the award. Credit: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

SOUP BOWL, Bathsheba/ Barbados (Saturday, November 11, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Thomo Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 crowned Barbados’ Che Allan (BRB) its inaugural winner after defeating Chauncey Robinson (USA) in the Final. An amazing event culminated between two of the standouts and did not disappoint as Allan and Robinson went head-to-head. But, in the end, it was Allan who came out on top with 1,000 points toward the QS rankings.

Caption: Allan’s backhand attack continues to be unmatched at Soup Bowl in competition with another big win.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Allan found himself in a steep combination situation, meaning he needed two new waves, after Robinson opened up with an excellent 8.90 (out of a possible 10) on powerful forehand attacks. The Melbourne, Florida, native quickly backed up his score with a 6.50 and put Allan under pressure early on. But, Allan scratched his way back when he found a 7.83 to get back in the heat and it came down to one last critical exchange in the dying seconds where the Barbadian earned a 7.70, to claim his first-ever QS victory.

“Going back-to-back from last weekend’s local event to now this is just incredible,” Allan said. “I was a little rattled at the start, but I got that six to just clear my mind and then that seven to keep picking away at it because that 6.50 he had didn’t keep him safe. We both made some mistakes out there with giving away priority, but it felt great to get that last score in the end and steal the win.”

The Barbadian was a clear event favorite after brilliant performances throughout the contest and eliminating fellow Barbadian Josh Burke (BRB) in the Quarterfinals. Allan had one of the event’s strongest performers, Gabriel Morvil (USA), in a combination to start the Semifinals and never looked back before an impressive finish — though his focus still lies on tomorrow’s Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia.

“That heat with Josh [Burke] was the hardest heat looking back at the event,” Allan said. “I knew if I could beat him I had a really good chance to win or that’s where it would end. I wasn’t really focused on the QS at all which I think helped me get this Final, but my focus is making rounds tomorrow and staying in the Top 4 for worlds.”

Caption: Robinson incredible run may have come up just short of the ultimate goal, but his surfing was nothing short of brilliant.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

This marks Robinson’s best QS result of his career after an incredible performance nearly had him chaired-up the beach until the final seconds. The Floridian’s road to the Final included stacked bouts against fellow East Coaster Luke Gordon (USA) in the Quarterfinals and goofyfoot threat John Mel (USA) in the Semifinals. But, it wasn’t to be and now Robinson prepares for another year in 2018.

“I’m psyched on making it to the Final here, it’s a wave that I know I can always rely on to get a good result and where I’m confident in my surfing,” Robinson said. “I was fired up to get that 8.90 to start the heat after every heat before I couldn’t get better than a seven, but Che [Allan] suckered me in to a few — including that last one. He’s always been one of my favorite surfers to watch out here on his backhand. This was such a great event and it’ll will be the last event of the year for me and start looking ahead to next year.”

Caption: Current North America No. 2 Samantha Sibley (USA) came out blazing to show she’s ready to take on Alyssa Spencer (USA) for the Regional Title.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Prior to the Thomo QS1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson finale, the women’s Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia rocketed into action with impressive performances from the top seeds. Only one World Junior Championships spot is up for grabs with current No. 1 Alyssa Spencer (USA) locked in and, mathematically, up to No. 13 Molly Kirk (USA) are still in the running as Quarterfinalists were determined.

Those hopefuls need current No. 2 Samantha Sibley (USA) to lose in her next heat but, after today’s stunning performance, those chances slimmed as the San Clemente, California, native unleashed her backhand attack in Round One. Sibley accrued Round One’s top performance with an excellent 8.33 and 15.23 heat total on two Soup Bowl gems. But, with Spencer also advancing, the battle for No. 1 heats up.

“I just wanted to get out there and do my best while keeping all those scenarios out of my mind which really helped,” Sibley said. “This wave is called Soup Bowl for a reason and I just found two really steep sections for that wave and just tried to hit them as hard as possible. Yesterday was so good just watching the QS and junior guys and I was so ready to get out there. I found my lineup and just wanted to go vertical so I waited for the right wave and this first heat was crucial to get all the jitters out.”

Caption: Kirra Pinkerton’s (USA) 2017 form continues at Soup Bowl with an excellent debut.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

But, fellow San Clemente competitor Kirra Pinkerton (USA) is right behind Sibley and posted an 8.00 of her own as she looks to overtake the No. 2 spot. This marks Pinkerton’s second time being in the World Junior Championships showdown and has the experience to make a big run at Soup Bowl.

“I was waiting and waiting then decided to just go on a few of the insiders to get busy and it worked so I’m pretty happy with that,” Pinkerton said. “I want to do well in this and give myself a chance at making Worlds. It feels really good to get off to a good start, I feel like I get stronger every heat in events because I figure out where I need to be and now what I’m capable of doing.”

The junior men’s competition also have their Quarterfinal draws set and the Top 4 battle is well intact with all surfers making their bid for a spot into World Junior Championships in the match ups.

Caption: After a solid run to the Semifinals in the QS event, Mel now turns his focus back to securing a spot in the Top 4.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

Current No. 2 John Mel (USA) continues to hold his spot with brilliant performances throughout the event so far, but he still has work to do. The Santa Cruz, California, native must make the Final to be completely safe from all the possible scenarios that play against him. Mel’s mindset is focused on the task at hand and his deadly backhand attack hasn’t let him down so far.

“I’m psyched for tomorrow and hopefully a little more swell picks up after a slower day today, but I feel good on my backside out there,” Mel said. “It’s been important to just show up and take each heat as it comes which has helped take my mind off the rankings — because that’s my big goal at this event in the end. There’s still a chance if Ryland falls out early that I can take the region so that’d be really cool, but I just need to make sure I’m bettering my worst result and I’ll be happy.”

Event organizers will meet at 7:30 a.m. AST for a possible 8:00 a.m. AST start. Tune in live for all the action at

The Thomo QS1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson event window begins November 9 through 11 and the Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia will run alongside it November 9 through 12.

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Thomo QS1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson Final Results:
1 – Che Allan (BRB) 15.53                         1,000 points   $2,500
2 – Chauncey Robinson (USA) 15.40       750 points      $1,500

Thomo QS1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Chauncey Robinson (USA) 12.50 def. John Mel (USA) 9.80
SF 2: Che Allan (BRB) 14.77 def. Gabriel Morvil (USA) 8.50

Thomo QS1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: John Mel (USA) 14.83 def. Tyler Gunter (USA) 13.66
QF 2: Chauncey Robinson (USA) 12.34 def. Luke Gordon (USA) 7.76
QF 3: Gabriel Morvil (USA) 13.93 def. Ryland Rubens (USA) 10.40
QF 4: Che Allan (BRB) 13.10 def. Josh Burke (BRB) 11.44

Women’s Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia Round One Results:
Heat 1: Alyssa Spencer (USA) 12.00, Valentina Resano (NIC) 8.37, Charlotte Lange (USA) 7.16
Heat 2: Molly Kirk (USA) 8.83, , Audrey Presti (USA) 7.20, Hannah Blevins (USA) 5.47, Camila Summers (USA) 4.56
Heat 3: Tiare Thompson (USA) 13.24, Leah Thompson (USA) 8.57, Coral Schuster (USA) 8.26
Heat 4: Samantha Sibley (USA) 15.23, Serena Nava (USA) 8.10, Eva Woodland (USA) 6.87
Heat 5: Bethany Zelasko (USA) 12.93, Coral Wiggins (USA) 8.10, Gabriella Gittens (BRB) 4.54
Heat 6: Avery Aydelotte (USA) 9.93, Paulina Summers (CRI) 7.83, Alexa Muss (USA) 4.40
Heat 7: Rachel Presti (USA) 9.50, Storm Portman (USA) 6.77, Frediana Bahia (FRA) 5.20
Heat 8: Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 14.67, Makena Burke (BRB) 8.80, Maddy Malazia (RUS) 5.90

Upcoming Women’s Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
QF 1: Che Allan (BRB), Chase Modelski (USA), Kade Matson (USA), Ryland Rubens (USA)
QF 2: Luke Gordon (USA), Renan Grainville (FRA), Taro Watanabe (USA), Micha Cantor (USA)
QF 3: Tyler Gunter (USA), Caleb Crozier (USA), Eithan Osborne (USA), John Mel (USA),
QF 4: Cole Houshmand (USA), Liam Murray (USA), Tommy Coleman (USA), Dylan Hord (USA)

Remaining Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia Round Two Results:
Heat 5: Tyler Gunter (USA) 12.20, Liam Murray (USA) 11.50, Ryan Huckabee (USA) 8.07, Axe Garrett (BRB) 7.84
Heat 6: Eithan Osborne (USA) 11.94, Dylan Hord (USA) 9.00, Stanislas Sarrotte (MTQ) 8.90, Logan Kamen (USA) 8.26
Heat 7: Cole Houshmand (USA) 13.07, Crozier (USA) 11.73, Andrew Rose (BRB) 9.40, Gabriel Morvil (USA) 8.47Caleb
Heat 8: Tommy Coleman (USA) 12.94, John Mel (USA) 12.83, Santiago Hart (USA) 7.93, Evan Moll (BRB) 7.93

Upcoming Women’s Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
QF 1: Alyssa Spencer (USA), Leah Thompson (USA), Molly Kirk (USA), Serena Nava (USA)
QF 2: Tiare Thompson (USA), Valentina Resano (NIC), Samantha Sibley (USA), Audrey Presti (USA)
QF 3: Bethany Zelasko (USA), Storm Portman (USA), Avery Aydelotte (USA), Makena Burke (USA)
QF 4: Rachel Presti (USA), Coral Wiggins (CRI), Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Paulina Summers (CRI)


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