SAQUAREMA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Friday, May 11, 2018) – The Oi Rio Pro, Stop No. 4 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), kicks off today with women’s Round 1 called ON for a 7:00 a.m. start in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.2 metre) conditions at Itaúna Beach. Women’s Round 2 will follow the opening heats, and Round 3 will be on standby for a potential start today. The men’s event will be off for the day.
“We are going to take advantage of the clean conditions and jumpstart the Oi Rio Pro on opening day,” said Travis Logie, WSL Deputy Commissioner. “Women’s Rounds 1 and 2 will be on, starting at 7:00 a.m. local time. We will also put Round 3 on hold to possibly get underway today, as well. The men’s event will be off for the day. Best of luck to all of our competitors today.”
Up first this morning will be Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) against Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and Coco Ho (HAW) in the first heat of Round 1.
Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), 22, recently announced her decision to represent Brazil on the elite CT. The Oi Rio Pro will be Weston-Webb’s first event sporting the Brazilian flag on her jersey, and she wants to make the Brazilians proud when she battles Johanne Defay (FRA) and Keely Andrew (AUS) in Round 1 Heat 6.
Event favorite Silvana Lima (BRA) will look to take down Hawaii’s Carissa Moore and New Zealand’s Paige Hareb in Heat 5 of Round 1.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), six-time WSL Champion and current World No. 1, will be up against Malia Manuel (HAW) and Trials Winner Taís Almeida (BRA) in her Round 1 heat.
Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:
Fading, but fun size and clean, S swell leftovers are expected Friday morning. The surf will ease through the day and be down to minor leftovers on Saturday. Sunday likely starts slow but should come up a bit in the afternoon as short period SSW swell builds. Fun size, short period S swell likely continues on Monday morning, with a good chance for larger, mid-period SSW to S swell Monday afternoon and Tuesday. Another fairly solid SSW swell is possible for the end of next week.
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS), Caroline Marks (USA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Taís Almeida (BRA)
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Sage Erickson (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Johanne Defay (FRA), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Oi Rio Men’s Pro Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS), Wade Carmichael (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW), Joan Duru (FRA), Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 7: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 9: Michel Bourez (PYF), Conner Coffin (USA), Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 11: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA), Frederico Morais (PRT), Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
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