Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League
– Competition Called OFF for the Day
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Thursday, May 11, 2017 (Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro/BRAZIL) – The Oi Rio Pro presented by Corona, the fourth stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), has been called OFF for the day due to small and inconsistent surf on offer at Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema.
“We’ve got pretty bad waves today and there is actually a pretty bad wind already,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL Deputy Commissioner. “We are going to call the competition off for the day. We are looking at much better surf for tomorrow. It is definitely meant to be picking up and the wind is also looking to be much better than it is today. We will come back tomorrow and hopefully we will be on.”
The 2017 CT Rookie class will need to bring their A-game in order to make their way out of elimination Round 2. Ethan Ewing (AUS) has been matched against Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in Heat 6, while Ezekiel Lau (HAW) will come up against Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) in Heat 12.
2016 WSL Rookie of the Year Caio Ibelli (BRA) will face rookie Joan Duru (FRA) in Round 2 Heat 7. Ibelli had an incredible run at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, resulting in a runner-up finish. He will try to bring that momentum into this early elimination round to avoid an early exit.
On the women’s side, Silvana Lima (BRA) will face 2016 WSL Rookie of the Year Keely Andrew (AUS) in Round 2 Heat 6.
Three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) was relegated to Round 2 and will need to win her heat against injury replacement Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) to avoid an early elimination in Rio.
All eyes will be on reigning WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) as she goes up against 14-year-old event wildcard Taina Hinckel (BRA) in Heat 3.
Surfline, official forecaster for the Oi Rio Pro, are calling for:
Look for a smaller mix of swells with onshore winds on Thursday before an increase in S swell on Friday. Lingering swell mix for the weekend with conditions looking most favorable in the mornings both Saturday and Sunday. Larger SSW becoming S/SSE swell is due for early-mid next week with periods of light/favorable conditions.
The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Round 2 Match-Ups:
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