Mikey Wright and Hiroto Ohhara Awarded Wildcards for Surf Ranch Pro

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

– John John Florence and Caio Ibelli Withdraw Due to Injury
– Wiggolly Dantas and Miguel Pupo Confirmed As Replacements
– More at WorldSurfLeague.com

– John John Florence and Caio Ibelli Withdraw Due to Injury
– Wiggolly Dantas and Miguel Pupo Confirmed As Replacements
– More at WorldSurfLeague.com



Mikey Wright (AUS) during a training session at the WSL Surf Ranch.


LEMOORE, California/USA (Thursday, August 30, 2018) – The World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) heads inland to Lemoore, California for the first-ever Surf Ranch Pro, from September 6 – 9. The world’s best surfers will compete at the WSL Surf Ranch for Stop No. 8 on the 2018 CT and the event will be the first time since 1985 that a wave system event has helped decide a World Title.

Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) has earned his place alongside the men’s Top 34 to compete at the man-made wave after winning the Hurley Trials last week. Ohhara is currently ranked 27th on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) following his recent victory at the Vans Pro QS 3,000, his first since winning the 2015 Vans US Open.

“I couldn’t even imagine I would compete in the first CT stop at the Surf Ranch,” said Ohhara. “I’m very excited now! I don’t have many chances to practice there so I visualize myself by watching a lot of movies. I feel very honored to compete at an artificial wave of the highest quality. I have no idea how well I can do but I’ll push myself as hard as I can and do my best for good result. I can’t wait!”

Mikey Wright (AUS), who currently sits at No. 11 on the Jeep Leaderboard, has been awarded a wildcard entry into the event and will complete the field. The Surf Ranch Pro will be Wright’s seventh appearance on the CT this season and, with two Semifinal finishes so far this year, he’s hoping to continue his success and qualify for the elite tour in 2019.

“It’s definitely taking me some time to figure this wave out but I’m getting there and it’s really fun,” Wright said. “I’m pretty stoked to get the wildcard, I’ve been lucky enough to get a few this year, and I’m really looking forward to the event. I’m not on tour yet so this year has been a real learning experience for me and I’m just trying to take it all in and hopefully next year I’ll make it.”

Caio Ibelli (BRA) continues to recover from an injury sustained earlier this year and will be replaced by Miguel Pupo (BRA). John John Florence (HAW) has also withdrawn due to injury and will be replaced by Wiggolly Dantas (BRA).

Global surfing icon Bethany Hamilton (HAW) will rejoin the lineup as a wildcard against the world’s best female surfers at the Surf Ranch Pro. The contest marks her first event back after giving birth to her son, Wesley, in March of this year.

About WSL Surf Ranch:
One hundred miles inland, the WSL Surf Ranch is home to the longest and finest open-barrel man-made wave in the world. As a prototype testing facility, the WSL Surf Ranch and KSWC engineers, scientists and visionaries continue refining, improving and adding versatility to a huge combination of waves available at the push of a button. Expect to see additional wave enhancements during Surf Ranch Pro that will challenge the competitors to bring their creative and technical best to Lemoore.

Surf Ranch Pro Media Credentials:
To apply for a media credential to attend and cover the WSL Surf Ranch Pro please complete the online application form HERE (bit.ly/SRPPress).

Surf Ranch Pro Tickets:
Full event general admission packages (Friday – Sunday) start at $199 for adults. Daily passes are $99 each. Grom tickets are available at a discounted rate and all proceeds from grom ticket purchases will be donated to PURE, WSL’s ocean health initiative. Up the ante and enjoy a VIP experience that includes an exclusive VIP viewing deck, elevated food options and an open bar for $499.

Grab a group and share a private cabana for a memorable experience, or splurge for the ultimate experience and after watching incredible surfing all weekend, jump in and ride the waves with the Surf Ranch Experience package. Contact ticketing@worldsurfleague.com to coordinate these packages.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit WSLSurfRanchPro.com.


About WSL
The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running in excess of 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com



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