Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships Men’s Round Three Called ON

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

– 2016 WLC Runner-up Steven Sawyer hits the water first
– Round four on standby with full day of men’s competition scheduled

2016 WLC World Champion Phil Rajzman (BRA) set to compete in the last heat of Round Three against Dane Pioli (AUS).
Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain
TUPIRA, Papua New Guinea (Wednesday, March 22, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships has been called ON for the remaining men’s Round Three heats with Round Four on standby. Though the waves have shown a slight decrease again this morning, the pristine morning conditions and continued swell are being utilized to their fullest. Yesterday’s freesurf left one of the world’s best in a bad spot and due to that injury, 2016 WLC World Champion Phil Rajzman’s (BRA) heat has been pushed back to the last heat of the day.

“It’s another beautiful morning here in Tupira and we still have waves coming through  so we’re on with the men’s heats to finish their Round Three,” Hayden-Smith said. “Unfortunately hil [Rajzman] hit the reef yesterday and was shook up pretty badly, but he’s looking much better today and we want to give him ample opportunity to talk with our doctors on-site and make sure they see him fit to run. Surfers’ well-being will always be our number one priority and we’ll take all the precautions we can to ensure he’s going to be okay before clearing him. It should be a great day of competition otherwise and we’re hoping to see our reigning World Champion back in the water.”

First up, 2016 WLC runner-up Steven Sawyer (AUS) replaces Rajzman as the first heat of the day as the South African will do battle with Brazilian Bage Brayner (BRA).

A big matchup between Great Britain’s Round One standout Ben Skinner (GBR) and an in-form Tony Silvagni (USA) will be up in Round Three, Heat 10.

Before the defending World Champion takes on Dane Pioli (AUS) in the last heat of Round Three, the original Heat 12, now Heat 11, features the powerful Taylor Jensen (USA) against Hawaiin 15-year-old Kaniela Stewart (HAW) who looks for a second upset at this event.

Tune in LIVE and witness this exciting event from the beautiful righthand reefbreak of Tupira.

Upcoming Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships Men’s Round Three Matchups:
Heat 6: Phil Razjman (BRA) vs. Dane Pioli (AUS) **moved to Heat 12**
Heat 7: Steven Sawyear (ZAF) vs. Bage Brayner (BRA)
Heat 8: Cole Robbins (USA) vs. Jared Neal (AUS)
Heat 9: Edouard Delpero (FRA) vs. Kevin Skvarna (USA)
Heat 10: Ben Skinner (GBR) vs. Tony Silvagni (USA)
Heat 11: Matthew Zoir (ZAF) vs. Adam Griffiths (GBR)
Heat 12: Taylor Jensen (USA) vs. Kaniela Stewart (HAW)

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