Lay Day Called at MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

Pictured: Jeep Frontrunner Carissa Moore (HAW) looks unstoppable on the European leg.
Credit: © WSL / Masurel

PENICHE, Portugal (Wednesday, October 23, 2019) – A third consecutive lay day has been called at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the penultimate stop on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). The next call will be made on Thursday, October 24.

“We’re going to be off again today,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, VP Tours and Competition, said. “We’re still watching that new swell for the end of the week. Today is still very small and onshore and it definitely looks better for either Thursday, Friday or Saturday, and that’s what we’re aiming for for Finals Day.”

Pressure continues to intensify as Finals Day approaches in Portugal and the World Title race drama is just around the corner. Event No. 9 and 10 on the Women’s and Men’s Championship Tour respectively, the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal decided the Quarterfinalists on Sunday and has been postponed every day since.

With the shock elimination of World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the R/16, an incredible opportunity arises for Filipe Toledo (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Italo Ferreira (BRA) and Kolohe Andino (USA) respectively 2nd to 5th on the Jeep leaderboard, to go big in Peniche and shake up the Jeep leaderboard. Toledo could even overtake his compatriot and leave Portugal wearing the Yellow Jeep Leader Jersey with a victory this week.
In the women’s field, Carissa Moore (HAW) sits on top of the Jeep Leaderboard with a strong lead over her opponents. The 3X World Champion even has a chance to claim the World Title in Peniche, the Title Race scenarios are as follows: 1. Carissa Moore will clinch the Title if she advances to the SF (3rd) AND
     a. Lakey Peterson loses in or before the R/16 (9th)
     b. Sally Fitzgibbons loses in or before the FINAL (2nd) AND
     c. Caroline Marks loses in or before the SF (3rd)

2. Carissa Moore will clinch the Title if she advances to the FINAL (2nd) AND
     a. Lakey Peterson loses in or before the QF (5th)
     b. Caroline Marks loses in or before the FINAL (2nd)

3. Carissa Moore will clinch the Title if she WINS (1st) the event AND
     Lakey Peterson loses in or before the SF
Lakey Peterson (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Caroline Marks (USA), respectively 2nd to 4th on the Jeep Leaderboard have all advanced into the Quarterfinals and will do everything in their power to take the title decision to the Hawaii Pro in Maui in November.

The next call for the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be Thursday morning, October 24 at Supertubos.

The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
Surfline Forecast for the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Men’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA) 
QF 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 
QF 3: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 
QF 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS) 

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Women’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
QF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA)
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
QF 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 

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