Thomo QS1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson is ON

Courtesy of WSL North America

– Opening day at soup  bowl is on 
– live like Zander junior pro in memory of Zander Venezia off for the day

The iconic righthand reefbreak of Soup Bowl is set to host the Thomo QS1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson and Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia November 9 through 12. Credit: © WSL / Andrew Nichols

SOUP BOWL, Bathsheba/ Barbados (Thursday, November 9, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Thomo Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson has been called ON with an 8:00 a.m. AST start. Rounds One and Two are scheduled to run in their entirety on opening day of action in two-to-three foot Soup Bowl conditions with the Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia off for the day. North America Tour Manager Brian Robbins and event organizers met this morning to make the call.

“It’s great to be back here at this amazing break and have everyone ready to go for an opening day start at 8:00 a.m. with the juniors off for the day,” Robbins said. “We want to get the men in the water right away with their window closing on Saturday and the conditions look really fun to get them underway. The swell is expected to continue building through the weekend and we could be closing this event out in great waves. We’re excited to get this event started and good luck to all the competitors today.”

Current North America QS ranked No. 2 Jordy Collins (USA) comes to Barbados with an opportunity to overtake No. 1 Evan Geiselman (USA), but must face Tommy McKeown (USA) and Evan Brownell (USA) in Round One Heat 1.

Barbadians will have their support section in full effect for Round One Heat 9 as local surfer Josh Burke (BRB) will take on fellow Barbadian Evan Moll (BRB) and Californian Liam Murray (USA).

Last year’s Soup Bowl Pro Junior winner Che Allan (BRB) is set for the inaugural Thomo QS1,000 and is pitted against East Coast native Gabriel Morvil (USA), Belgium representative Dean Vandewalle (BEL) and Chris Dennis (USA).

2016 North America Regional Junior Champion Nolan Rapoza (USA) is on hand to build his QS seed and will battle fellow goofyfooters Dyland Hord (USA) and Max Beach (USA) in Round One Heat 15.

Tune in LIVE for all the action at and see who rises to the occasion on opening day of the Thomo QS1,000 In Memory of Bill Thomson.

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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