Former World Tour Competitor Glyndyn Ringrose will surf in his first World Tour event since 2000 at the Rip Curl Pro after winning the Visit Victoria Trials at Bells Beach.
After a year-long absence from competition, Owen Wright has just confirmed that he will accept the injury wildcard for the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour. This comes after a long road to recovery from the serious head injury he suffered at Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore in December of 2015.
The Hawaiian previously caused a series of upsets at the Fiji Women’s Pro earlier this year when she blazed through the draw, eliminating world No. 1 Tyler Wright and defeating six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore on her way to the Semifinals.
Bruno Santos defeated Nathan Hedge at Teahupoo in the trials of the Billabong Pro, Tahiti. The Brazilian now secures an opportunity to challenge the world’s best at the tour’s most exciting stop when the official window opens August 19th. After winning the whole damn thing in 2008 he’ll certainly pose a threat to the extended CT clan.
Bethany Hamilton will join the world’s best female surfers for Stop No. 5 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, the Fiji Women’s Pro, from May 29 – June 3, 2016.
Hawaiians Dusty Payne and Mason Ho will be competing in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach men’s contest as the injuries to CT tour stars continue to pile up. Ho will officially be replacing Filipe Toledo , who was forced to pull out of the rest of the Australian leg due to a groin injury he suffered at Snapper Rocks during the Quiksilver Pro. Payne is filling the hole left by Australian rookie Jack Freestone, who suffered a serious leg injury shortly after the event.
Bruce Irons (HAW), former elite tour competitor and Pipe Masters Champion (2001), has been allocated a position in the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory for Andy Irons, the final stop of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT).
While he was in Fiji in early June, Reynolds talked about the pressure to perform as a wildcard and feeling “blessed” to have the opportunity.
Hawaii’s Mason Ho is preparing to take on the world’s best next week at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia, the second stop on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) as the recipient of the 2015 Rip Curl wildcard.
Tahiti’s infamous reef pass Teahupo’o came to life Sunday as 32 surfers fought tooth and nail in the Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Pro Trials for two wildcard spots in the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The elite Pro contest, which kicks off Friday, August 15, is Stop 7 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour.