Thomo QS 1,000 and Live Like Zander Junior Pro Fields Whittled Down to Finals Day

Courtesy of WSL North America

  • Barbados Contingent Remains Strong With Allan, Burke, And Mackie Still Thriving
  • Schweizer Claims North America QS Regional Title With Mels Elimination
  • Cleland And Coleman Stay Set To Battle On Finals Day For Top 3 Rankings Spot
  • Women Debut At Soup Bowl, Sawyer And McGowan Come Out Swinging
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CAPTION: Defending event winner Chauncey Robinson (USA) earned his way into a third-straight Thomo QS 1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson finals day.
CREDIT: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

SOUP BOWL, Bathsheba/Barbados (Saturday, November 9, 2019) – Moving day unfolded at the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Thomo QS 1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson and Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia, the final stops of the North America QS and Pro Junior season respectively, and critical heats awaited competitors looking for major results. Inclement weather postponed the start of competition with scattered, heavy rain squalls moving in and out of the Bathsheba, Barbados, but helped clean up the three-to-four foot windswell on hand throughout the day.

Both Live Like Zander Junior Pro Quarterfinal bouts and Round 3 of the Thomo QS 1,000 were completed in their entirety.

Che Allan Plays Ultimate Spoiler

PICTURED: Allan remained in form from his debut heat (shown here) with three heat wins to his name in this year’s event.
CREDIT: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

The former Thomo QS 1,000 victor broke through to the Quarterfinals after a Round 3 loss last year and ended John Mel’s (USA) hopes of overtaking Noah Schweizer (USA) for the North America QS Regional Title. Allan’s backhand continues to impress after retaking the lead in the dying minutes to best Owen Moss (USA), who remains in both events, despite dealing with a recurring injury.

“Luckily I didn’t have any pressure on me unlike John (Mel) and I’ve just been working on getting an early score then try to get a backup,” said Allan. “It’s always nice to get that good, early score with my family and friends here watching so I feel that bit of pressure but that relieves it right away (laughs). I’m just so happy to make it this far with my back injury. I’ve been icing it after every heat and hopefully I can keep it going.”

Former event winner Chauncey Robinson (USA) joins Allan into the Quarterfinals for an impeccable third-straight event finals day.

Josh Burke Continues to Excel at Home

PICTURED: Burke’s wave knowledge has served him brilliantly so far with a Quarterfinals appearance.
CREDIT: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

The island’s most accomplished modern-era QS competitor found his form once more with an excellent 8.00 and 14.17 (out of a possible 20) to earn another merit as day’s top performer. Burke’s patience and wave knowledge was on full display as he waited for his opportunity to strike against a stacked heat including fellow Barbadian Bruce Mackie, former Soup Bowl Pro Junior victor Daniel Glenn (USA), and Taro Watanabe. The 22-year-old will face off against event dark horse Giorgio Gomez (USA) in Quarterfinal Heat 3.

“It’s just all about getting two waves and hopefully I can two like that in every heat,” said Burke. “I surfed that 8 pretty surf in my mind and wished I gotten another wave like so I could blow it up. I believe in my surfing at the end of the day and just need those waves to come to me. Winning any contest means the world, but winning this contest in front of my family, friends, and home crowd would be really special.”

Race to the Finish Lives On Between Cleland and Coleman

PICTURED: Tommy Coleman kept his dream of overtaking the No. 3 spot with a buzzer-beater in his Quarterfinal heat.
CREDIT: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

The race for the final spot toward WSL Junior Championships continues at the men and women’s Live Like Zander Junior Pro after Alan Cleland (MEX) took over his Quarterfinal heat for another clutch victory. But, it wasn’t the same route for fellow contender Tommy Coleman (USA) who found a buzzer-beating 5.17 to take down Round 2 standout Isauro Elizondo (PAN) and keep the fight alive in tricky conditions.

“It feels good to make that one under pressure and I’m still trying not to think about it too much,” said Coleman. “It was just really tough out there to find a good one, which there are but it’s challenging. Tomorrow’s a completely different day but hopefully I can carry that momentum into it.”

Women Make Their Debut at the Live Like Zander Junior Pro

PICTURED: Sawyer Lindblad came out strong to defend her No. 2 ranking toward a spot at WSL Junior Championships.
CREDIT: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

San Clemente, California, native Sawyer Lindblad looks to secure her place at the No. 2 spot and guarantee a place into Taiwan later this month to take on the world’s best juniors – starting off in great form despite challenging conditions in her Soup Bowl debut. Lindblad’s backhand was well-equipped to take on the windy sections delivered in the early goings, earning a 6.33, as she worked to find her place in the lineup at a new venue.

“That was crazy – I walked out at one of the keyholes and stepped on an urchin right away (laughs),” said Lindblad. “But I just tried not to worry about it and went to surf my heat. I was psyched that first wave came to me because then I wasn’t as nervous. It feels good to start like that and gives me confidence just not surfing this wave before.”

PICTURED: Ava McGowan looks for a second-straight Final appearance at the Live Like Zander Junior Pro.
CREDIT: © WSL / Andrew Nichols
But it was last year’s runner-up Ava McGowan (USA) who unleashed a backhand attack of her own to garner an excellent 8.00 and set the standard heading into finals day. The Floridian, 14, continues to find her rhythm in WSL events at a young age with plenty of time to grow within the sport. McGowan hasn’t missed a finals day appearance yet in her three competitions but tracks down an elusive, maiden victory.
“I was pretty stressed because they both had a wave already and I knew some time went by but I was so stoked to get that wave,” said McGowan. “I was so out of breath and I couldn’t tell if they said it was a four or a six (laughs). This would be a really special win after coming close last year – it’d be the best feeling.”


Thomo QS 1,000 Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Che Allan (BRB) vs. Nick Marshall (USA)
QF 2: Chauncey Robinson (USA) vs. Jordan Heaselgrave (USA)
QF 3: Josh Burke (BRB) vs. Giorgio Gomez (USA)
QF 4: Bruce Mackie (BRB) vs. Taj Lindblad (USA)
Men’s Live Like Zander Junior Pro Semifinal Matchups:
SF 1: Alan Cleland (MEX), Micha Cantor (USA), Dimitri Poulos (USA), Owen Moss (USA)
SF 2: Caleb Crozier (USA), Noe Ledee (FRA), Malakai Martinez (CRI), Tommy Coleman (USA)
Women’s Live Like Zander Junior Pro Semifinal Matchups:
SF 1: Sawyer Lindblad (USA), Sarah Abbott (USA), Eva Woodland (CRI), Katelyn Sewell (USA)
SF 2: Bree Labiak (USA), Serena Nava (USA), Ava McGowan (USA), Ella McCaffray (USA)

The Thomo QS 1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson and Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia will run November 7 – 10 at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, Barbados. The event is supported by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, Tourism Development Corporation, Eco LifeStyle and Lodge, Infra Rentals. Lynch insurance Brokers, The Atlantis Historic Inn, BHTA, TSL Barbados Glacial Pure, Sun,Group Hotels. Drive a Matic Car Rentals, Garbage Master, Peg Farms Container Services, Zander Venezia Trust, Thomo Charity, Barbados Surfing Association, Creative Junction, Ry’s on the Beach.
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