May 22 - 28, 2022: Issue 539

 

GWM sydney surf pro at manly 2022: the Challenger Series, the 2022 WSL Longboard Tour + Sydney Pro Junior results


Pictured: Tully White (AUS) has been enjoying the water while competing at home here in Manly. Credits: © WSL / Cait Miers

The GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl, the second stop of the 2022 World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS), commenced on Tuesday, May 17th at the iconic Manly Beach with over 150 of the world’s best up and coming surfers descending on Sydney for almost two weeks. The event will run from May 17 - 24 and play a major role in deciding the next crop of surfers who graduate to the elite level Championship Tour (CT).

The Challenger Series is the battleground where surfers compete to qualify for the elite Championship Tour (CT), surfing's most prestigious competition tier. Following the 2022 CS season, the Top 10 men and Top 6 women on the Challenger Series rankings will qualify for the 2023 Championship Tour season. Out of the eight Challenger Series competitions, only the top five results will count toward their end-of-year rankings.

Alongside the Challenger Series, the 2022 WSL Longboard Tour started Monday, May 16th at Manly. This will be the first of three stops this season, with the next two later this year in Huntington Beach, California, and Malibu, California. The world's most stylish longboarders will compete across the three competitions for a shot at the men's and women's 2022 Longboard World Titles.

The semi-finalists were decided by Wednesday, May 18th - report below.

The first two events of the season in Manly Beach and Huntington Beach will be worth up to 5,000 rankings points each, while the final event in Malibu, the Longboard World Championships, will award 10,000 points to the winners. The World Titles will be awarded to the highest-ranked woman and man based on their best two results out of the three events. 

On Sunday, May 15, 2022 Ellie Harrison (AUS) and Levi Slawson (USA) won the Harvey Norman Sydney Pro Junior Women's and Men's divisions at Manly Beach. The finals day enjoyed high performance clean 2 to 3 feet surf  and both finals saw high scores and multiple lead changes. 

As a lead in to the Challenger Series event which began on Tuesday, almost 100 competitors turned out vying for WSL Pro Junior points as they look to lock in a spot at the 2022 World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Championships later this year. Finals day report by the WSL runs below.

Results, reports and photos will be added into this page as the WM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl progresses.

Watch LIVE

The GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl runs through May 24, 2022, and will broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, WSL’s YouTube channel, and the free WSL app. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners and keep up to date with the competition on the WSL Schedule page.

This event is proudly supported by GWM, Rip Curl, Destination NSW, Bond University, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Boost Mobile, Oakberry, Oakley, Dometic Outdoor, Coopers, Northern Beaches Council, Havaianas, Bailey Ladders, and FCS.

About the WSL
Established in 1976, the World Surf League (WSL) is the home of the world's best surfing. A global sports, media and entertainment company, the WSL oversees international tours and competitions, a studios division creating over 500+ hours of live and on-demand content, and via affiliate WaveCo, the home of the world's largest high performance, human-made wave. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA.

The WSL annually crowns the men’s and women’s surfing World Champions. The global Tours and Competition division oversees and operates more than 180 global contests each year across the Championship Tour, the development tiers, including the Challenger, Qualifying and Junior Series, as well as longboard and big wave properties.  

Launched in 2019, WSL Studios is an independent producer of unscripted television projects, including documentaries and series, which provide unprecedented access to athletes, events, and locations around the world. WSL events and content are distributed on linear television in over 743M+ homes worldwide and across digital and social media platforms around the world, including WorldSurfLeague.com. 
WaveCo includes the Surf Ranch Lemoore facility and the utilizing and licensing of the Kelly Slater Wave System.

The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke.  

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

 

GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. By Rip Curl Challenger Series Event off to Flying Start at Manly Beach 

MANLY BEACH, Sydney, NSW / Australia 
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Report by WSL

The  GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl, the second stop of the 2022 World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS), saw excellent conditions at Manly Beach today with groomed two-to-three foot waves running across perfect sandbanks. Large crowds on the beach enjoyed sunshine and a high performance day of competition with the first 19 heats of the men’s Round of 96 being run.

Mixed Results For Former CT Competitors on the Challenger Series 

Mixed results today for former CT standout surfers and Australia Olympian’s Owen Wright (AUS) and Julian Wilson (AUS). While Wilson was able to take a confidence boosting win in his heat, Wright was unfortunately relegated to third position late in his heat and eliminated from the event. A former winner here at Manly, Wilson looked in good touch, even surfing on the board he competed on at the Tokyo Games last year with. 

“These waves on the Challenger Series are good and I’m enjoying getting back into competition,” Wilson said. “Surfing four man heats is definitely a change to what I was used to and you really have to be hungry in the water to get the best waves and be prepared to fight for those waves but I’m becoming more familiar with the format and the waves here at Manly and feel like I can keep improving on my scores.”


Julian Wilson (AUS) at Manly today. Credit: © WSL / Beatriz Ryder


Owen Wright (AUS) at Manly today. Credit: © WSL / Beatriz Ryder

Another former CT competitor who looked in good touch within his opening heat at Manly was Brazilian representative Alejo Muniz (BRA). Muniz, another former winner here at Manly, has only just returned to the water after sustaining an injury whilst surfing earlier this year and has worked hard to get back for the CS season. The hard work looks to have paid off with the super fast natural footer taking a solid heat win to progress into the Round of 48. 

“I’m coming off an injury I sustained in Argentina a few months ago but I’m getting better quickly and no matter what I’ll do my best regardless,” said Muniz. ‘It’s good to be competing here with my brother, we train together and advise each other before heats and it helps - I’ll be here on the beach for him later today for his heat as well and hopefully the waves remain good.” 


Pictured: Alejo Muniz (BRA) was one of the former elite level CT competitors who progressed through his Round of 96 heat at Manly today Credit: © WSL / Ryder

Other former CT competitors that found success on Day 1 of competition included Ryan Callinan (AUS) Willian Cardoso (BRA) who progressed whilst the likes of Jesse Mendes (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Frederico Morais (PRT) where unable to move past the opening round in Sydney.

Kiwi Competitors Fly Flag ‘Across The Ditch’ on Day 1 of Competition 

Kiwi duo Billy Stairmand (NZL) and Te Kehukehu Butler (NZL) surfed in back-to-back heats today at Manly and both progressed into the Round of 48 with Stairmand taking a commanding victory in his Round of 96 matchup. Hailing from the long left point of Raglan, Stairmand is known for his razor-sharp backhand attack and it showed in the running lefts on offer at Manly Beach today. 

“I had a great start in that heat, my competitors made mistakes with waves while I was able to pick off a great left and get a solid score and the heat played out well from there” said Stairmand. ‘I’m really enjoying the Challenger Series - traveling the world and I love competing so this is a good life, especially when I’m winning heats and surfing good quality lefts here is ideal because I’m from Raglan and surf lefts all the time - It’s suits me for sure.”


Billy Stairmand (NZL)  at Manly today. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar 

South African Competitors  Impress on Day 1 of CS Event at Manly 

South African surfers Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) and Adin Masencamp (ZAF) both posted opening round heat wins today with Faulkner particularly impressive with a lively display of progressive surfing in his win over Cody Young (Haw). The pair will progress into the Round of 48 while their countryman Eli Beukes (ZAF) will unfortunately leave Manly with a first round loss. 

“I’m super stoked to take that win,” Faulkner said. “The last event on the Gold Coast I was eliminated by just one one hundredth of a point and that was disappointing so to win today makes me feel a lot better. There’s three Sth Africans in the field, two of us have already won our heat today and hopefully Slade Prestwich can also win later today - We’ve travelled a long way to be here but it feels good right now.”


Pictured: Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) progressed through his Round of 96 heat at Manly today with an impressive performance. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar 

Dylan Moffat and Jordy Lawler Do Local Crowd Proud on Northern Beaches 

The day's opening heat featured local competitor Dylan Moffat (AUS) and a solid crowd of supporters who made sure they were on the beach early getting behind the North Narrabeen youngster. Moffat didn’t let them down, opening the heat with a decent 5.67 ride and shortly after posting a near excellent 7.33 to control the heat throughout and take a relatively comfortable win over highly rated Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau (HAW) who took the second advancing spot in their four man heat.

The local supporters were treated to another winning performance by highly fancied Northern Beaches resident Jordy Lawler (AUS) who opened his heat with an impressive air-reverse giving him control of the heat and the win over Hawaiian Brodi Sale (HAW). Lawler is a past winner of this event and has been on the cusp of Championship Tour (CT) qualification over the past 12 months and appears well focused and prepared for the 2022 Challenger Series.

“It was good to pull that air reverse early in the heat and get a good score - It set me up straight away to focus on a back up score so it was an easy win in the end,” Lawler said. “I live just around the corner and having won here in 2019 it feels good to be here surfing again with a lot of local support. I’ve learnt a lot surfing against the world’s best in the past year and I just want to apply what I’ve learnt to the task and qualify for the CT 2023.” 

Local wildcards George Pittar (AUS) and Saxon Reber (AUS) put on a great performance in front of their home crowds but were unable to find their way into progressing positions at Manly Beach.


Jordy Lawler at Manly today. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar 


Dylan Moffat (AUS) at Manly today. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar


Pictured: Local lad Dylan Moffat (AUS) enjoying the hometown support at Manly today. Credit: © WSL / Beatriz Ryder

Watch LIVE

The GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl runs through May 24, 2022, and will broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, WSL’s YouTube channel, and the free WSL app. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners and keep up to date with the competition on the WSL Schedule page.

This event is proudly supported by GWM, Rip Curl, Destination NSW, Bond University, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Boost Mobile, Oakberry, Oakley, Dometic Outdoor, Coopers, Northern Beaches Council, Havaianas, Bailey Ladders, and FCS.

Future Stars Step Up at Manly Beach For GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. By Rip Curl

MANLY BEACH, Sydney, NSW / Australia 
Friday, May 20, 2022
Report by WSL 

The GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl, the second stop of the 2022 World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS) , has enjoyed yet another great day of super clean, high-performance two-to-three foot waves at the famous Manly Beach. High scores were posted consistently throughout the day as the scene was set for a huge weekend of surf action. Today saw the completion of the opening rounds for men and women. 

North Shore Duo Rule Australia’s Northern Beaches 

Hawaiian surfers dominated the women’s Round of 64 with Luana Silva (HAW) leading the charge with the second highest heat total of the event so far. Silva’s 16.16 two-wave combination came from an epic combination of swooping rail-turns and vertical re-entries. Silva took the top spot in her heat with Kiwi veteran Paige Hareb progressing in second spot. 

“That was a dream start to that heat for me getting an 8.33 on my first wave” said Silva. “Small beach breaks aren’t exactly what I’m used to coming from Hawaii and I feel it's an area of my competitive surfing I need to work on and I’m stoked with how that heat went for me - The waves are fun.”

Silva is part of an exciting bunch of young Hawaiian’s rapidly climbing the ranks which included Moana Jones-Wong (HAW) and Zoe McDougall (HAW) who all advanced impressively while Bettylou Sakura-Johnson (HAW) will surf her opening round heat tomorrow morning. Jones-Wong, known as one of the greatest females to surf Pipeline and the current Pipeline Champion, was a standout today, showing the world she can match it with the best in performance waves as well, posting a 15.83 two-wave total to take out her opening heat. 

“I was really nervous coming into that heat,” Jones-Wong said. “Most people believe I can only surf well at Pipeline and that I don’t have the turns and moves in smaller waves so I’m really pleased to put that on show today and take the win and post excellent scores.” 


Pictured:  Moana Jones-Wong (HAW) was a standout today at Manly Beach. Credit: © WSL / Ryder

Mixed Results for Women’s Top Seeds In the round of 64

Australia’s Molly Picklum (AUS) is fast becoming a crowd favourite as she consistently posts impressive heat wins along with brilliant scores. She placed runner-up just last week at the opening Challenger Series event on the Gold Coast and she opened today with a powerful heat win which included both the day’s top scoring ride (9.27 out of a possible 10) and the highest winning two-wave total of 16.34.

“I was quite nervous going into that heat but when I got that great score I started to feel a lot better, ” said Picklum. “Getting the first heat out of the way and scoring well has me confident now and I just want to build on that heat and gain momentum and aim for another great result.”


Pictured: Molly Picklum continuing her epic CS role today at Manly Beach for the GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. by Rip Curl. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

Other high seeds who performed well included former CT competitors Macy Callaghan (AUS), Nikki van Dijk (AUS) and Keely Andrew (AUS) as well as Zahli Kelly (AUS) and Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) who all progressed into the Round of 32. 


Nikki van Dijk (AUS) at Manly Beach for the GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. by Rip Curl. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar


Anna Dos Santos (AUS) at Manly Beach for the GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. by Rip Curl. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

Yolanda Hopkins (PRT), Bronte Macaulay(AUS)  and Leilani McGonagle (CRI) are all surfers inside the top 20 who unfortunately dropped out of the draw today at Manly and will hope to put this throwaway result behind them as they shift their focus to the next event. 

Young USA sensation and current Challenger Series Rankings leader Caitlin Simmers (USA) attracted a lot of attention late in the day and the exciting young Californian cruised to a comfortable opening heat win. Simmers’ effortless backhand style garnered her a mid-range heat total of 12.57 to claim the heat win. 

“I’m enjoying my time in Australia and my whole family are here and between events we used the time to road trip the coast here and score a variety of waves which has been great," Simmers said. “Apart from surfing I’ve also been skating a lot - there’s a lot of skate parks here.”

Jorgann Couzinet Leads International Charge in Remaining Heats of Round of 96

After a solid showing at the recent Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro, Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) has come to Manly hoping to lock in a keeper result to leave Australia with as he has his sights firmly set on Champion Tour qualification by the end of this season. The Frenchman got his campaign at Manly off to a fantastic start, posting a 15.00 point two-wave combination to take a commanding heat win in the final heat of the day for the men. Couzinet was happy to see his countrymen Thomas Debierre (FRA) and Gatien Delehaye (FRA) also progressing through the Round of 96.

”That was a stressful heat in the end,” said Couzinet. “I had the excellent wave score but I had a very poor second required score and I knew I needed to find a wave - luckily it came to me and I got the score to secure the win. - “I top scored for Round 1 here and on the Gold Coast last week but I don't want to drop out in Round two here like I did on the Gold Coast - My focus has to be to keep progressing - I’m surfing well, my equipment feels great and I need to keep progressing.”


Pictured: Frenchman Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) today at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. by Rip Curl. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

Reigning event winner here at Manly Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) continued where he left off at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro, taking an impressive heat win in the Round of 96. Fioravanti will be joined in the Round of 48 by Japanese competitor Taichi Wakita (JPN) who also put down a solid performance early on the second day of competition to win his Round of 96 heat.  

Other competitors progressing through included Gold Coast duo Liam O’Brien (AUS) and Sheldon Simkus (AUS), Brazilian dynamo Mateus Herdy (BRA) and former CT competitor Deivid Silva (BRA).  


Brazilian dynamo Mateus Herdy (BRA) at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. by Rip Curl. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

Results available here.

Watch LIVE

The GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl runs through May 24, 2022, and will broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, WSL’s YouTube channel, and the free WSL app. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners and keep up to date with the competition on the WSL Schedule page.

This event is proudly supported by GWM, Rip Curl, Destination NSW, Bond University, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Boost Mobile, Oakberry, Oakley, Dometic Outdoor, Coopers, Northern Beaches Council, Havaianas, Bailey Ladders, and FCS.

Competitors Make Light Work of Tough Conditions at Manly Beach For GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. By Rip Curl

MANLY BEACH, Sydney, NSW / Australia 
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Report by WSL

The GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl, the second stop of the 2022 World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS), has continued today in onshore, two-foot waves at Manly Beach. The tough conditions didn’t detract from the action as weekend crowds were treated to a massive day of surfing action with the completion of the men’s Round of 48 and the opening 4 heats of the women’s Round of 32.

Rodrigues and Callinan Continue to Set the Pace at Manly

Former Championship Tour competitor Michael Rodrigues (BRA) continued his epic run of form in 2022, progressing into the Round of 24 here at Manly, posting another excellent two-wave combination of 16.00 to win his Round of 48 heat. Rodrigues looked fast and lively in the small, onshore conditions to take a convincing win to despatch of Former CT stars Julian Wilson (AUS) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW). 

“That was a tough heat but I felt good because conditions today are very similar to my home beach,” Rodrigues said. “It was hard for me competing against Julian Wilson, he’s a nice guy and for a long time he’s been my idol, but in the heat I remained tough, didn’t allow him to get a good wave under my priority and, well, you know - job done for me, I win and advance.” 

Unlike Rodrigues, Aussie hopeful Ryan Callinan (AUS) was an early victim at stop one of the Challenger Series on the Gold Coast, an early round loss that no one saw coming. After dropping below the Mid-season Cut and losing his spot on the Championship Tour, Callinan is a surfer all surf fans are expecting to find form at the CS level and find his way back onto the CT. Today, Callinan showed some of the flare he is known for to progress into the next round and closer to clinching a keeper result early in the season. 

“I actually don’t mind surfing waves like today,” said Callinan. “For sure it’s tough but I stay positive, stay light on my feet and most importantly try and pick the right waves that give the best scoring potential - It worked for me today. Everything is feeling good so I'm confident I can keep this going.”  


Ryan Callinan (AUS) at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. by Rip Curl. Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

Indonesian and San Clemente Upstarts Eye Off Career Best Results at Manly Beach 

Kade Matson (USA) and Jett Schilling (USA) are leading a young crop of competitors coming out of professional surfing hotbed San Clemente in Southern California. After falling out of the draw early on the Gold Coast, the pair are keen to turn their seasons around with solid results here at Manly. With their good friend and fellow San Clemente local Crosby Colapinto (USA) falling out of the draw in the Round of 48 today, the pair were happy to both take the second progressing spots in their heats and continue flying the flag here at stop 2 on the Challenger Series. 

Another pair of youngsters who have continued to cruise through the draw here at Manly are Indonesian duo Ketut Agus (IDN) and Rio Waida (IDN) who have both progressed into the Round of 24 at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro. Waida finished in second place behind form surfer of the event Michael Rodrigues (BRA) while his good friend and countryman Agus finished in first, ahead of reigning event winner Leonardo Firoavanti (ITA) who snuck through in second place. Agus looks in good touch in the small soft conditions at Manly. 

“I am so happy to surf against Italian super star Leonardo Fioravanti,” Agus said. “I’m learning and enjoying competing against great international surfers and for Indonesia this is great that both Rio (Waida) and myself are doing good here - there are many good surfers in Indonesia and it’s time for us to be surfing against the best world surfers - Let’s go Indonesia.” 

North Narrabeen duo Jordy Lawler (AUS) and Dylan Moffat (AUS) are another pair of upstarts from the same hometown who continued to progress through the draw here at Manly Beach, much to the delight of local fans on the beach.


Jordan Lawler (AUS) pleasing the punters at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro pres. by Rip Curl today. Credit: © WSL / Beatriz Ryder

Women’s Round of 32 Underway at Manly Beach 

Japanese representative Mahina Maeda (JPN) opened the women’s Round of 32 with a solid heat win over Rachel Presti (GER) and Paige Hareb (NZL). With the tide dropping and onshore wind moderating, conditions were tough, but Maeda made the most of her opportunities, progressing with a mid-range two-wave total to the Round of 16 where she will take on event standout Luana Silva (HAW). 

Other competitors that progressed into the Round of 16 on Saturday afternoon included Hawaiian trio Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW), Zoe McDougall (HAW) and Moana Jones Wong (HAW) as well as Sawyer Linblad (USA), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) and Sarah Baum (ZAF).

Baum and Bonvalot progressed through the final heat of the day which saw the biggest upset of the day with event standout and current No. 2 on the Challenger Series rankings Molly Picklum (AUS) losing in the dying seconds. Picklum, who is fresh off a runner-up finish on the Gold Coast will need to reset as she looks to re-qualify for the elite CT by years end. 

Results here.

Watch LIVE

The GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl runs through May 24, 2022, and will broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, WSL’s YouTube channel, and the free WSL app. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners and keep up to date with the competition on the WSL Schedule page.

This event is proudly supported by GWM, Rip Curl, Destination NSW, Bond University, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Boost Mobile, Oakberry, Oakley, Dometic Outdoor, Coopers, Northern Beaches Council, Havaianas, Bailey Ladders, and FCS.

 

Longboard Semifinalists Decided at GWM Sydney Surf Pro Presented By Rip Curl

MANLY BEACH, Sydney, NSW, Australia 
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Report by World Surf League

The GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl, the first stop of the 2022 WSL Longboard Tour, continued today with the Longboard Semifinalists being decided in super clean two-foot surf at Manly Beach. It was an interesting day of competition with a number of close heats seeing the cream rise to the top with the top seeds all finding their way through to Finals Day.  

Hawaiian Duo Set the Pace at Manly Beach 

Hawaii’s Kaniela Stewart staked his claim as the one to beat at Manly beach, booking himself a spot in the Semifinals with the two most emphatic heat wins of the event so far in the Round of 16 and the Quarterfinals. In his first heat of the day, Stewart overcame Brazilian competitor Augusto Olinto with a 17.20 two-wave total, the highest of the event so far. He then backed it up in his Quarterfinal matchup against good friend and mentor Kai Sallas (HAW) with Stewart posting another excellent heat total to progress into the semifinals. Stewart’s combination of  poise and grace on the nose along with smooth rail-to-rail transition is being rewarded and it will take a big performance from Ben Skinner (GRB) to stop him in their Semifinal matchup on Finals Day. 


Pictured: Kaniela Stewart (HAW) has made the Longboard semifinals. Credits: © WSL / Cait Miers

“I’ve looked up to Kai Sallas all my life and he’s taught me so much about Longboard surfing and I even ride his board designs so it was amazing to surf against him in the Quarterfinal,” said Stewart. "I’ve come out on top in that heat and I’m looking forward to finals day. We have a few days off before finals day now so I’ll try and see some of the great sights of this beautiful city and get more great waves each day as well.” 

Fellow Hawaiian and reigning three-time WSL Longboard World Champion Honolua Blomfield continued her run to the Finals, progressing through her quarterfinal matchup with compatriot Sophia Culhane. Blomfield and Stewart are the sole Hawaii representatives left in the draw and both look to a strong chance of going all the way when the Longboard competition resumes early next week. 


Pictured: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) has made the Longboard semifinals. Credits: © WSL / Cait Miers

Surfer and Shaper Ben Skinner Flies the Flag for Great Britain Into Finals Day  

WSL Longboard Tour veteran Ben Skinner (GRB) is one of the few competitors left at the World Tour level that competes on boards that he shapes himself, an art form that is as impressive as it is a throwback. Skinner’s boards seem to be doing the trick as the Englishman took down former World Champion Phil Rajzman (BRA) in the Round of 16, then Jefson Silva (BRA) in the Quarterfinals to progress into the Semifinals. For a powerful surfer, Skinner looked at home in the smaller surf at Manly, channeling the waves back home in Fistal on his way to consecutive heat wins. 

“I’m loving it here at Manly Beach, this is like the best day at my home beach Fistal in the UK,” Skinner said. “I shape my own boards and I’m obviously very happy with my equipment. I stayed busy throughout that heat and that was a good strategy and I can now look forward to finals day.”

Local Hopefuls Keep Home Crowd Happy at Manly Beach 

Local favorites Tully White (AUS) and Declan Wyton (AUS) continued to storm their way towards the Finals, both posting some of the highest two-wave totals of the day in front of their home crowd to find themselves a spot in the Semifinals. For many longboard enthusiasts, these performances were a long time coming with the pair turning heads in the Longboard world for a long while now.   

“I’m super happy to make the Semifinals, I’ve only ever made the semi’s once before and to do it in front of my family and friends at my home beach is really special,” White said . “I watched fellow Manly surfer Declan Wyton win his heat earlier and that really got me excited before my heat and right now it feels great - there’s quite a bit of work ahead to make the Final or even win but right now I’m feeling great.” 


Pictured: Tully White (AUS) has been enjoying the water while competing at home here in Manly. Credits: © WSL / Cait Miers


Pictured: Declan Wyton (AUS) has been enjoying the support from his local community while competing at home here in Manly. Credit: © WSL / Cait Miers

GWM Sydney Surf Pro Men's Longboard Round of 16 Results:
HEAT 1: Ben Skinner (GBR) 13.97 DEF. Phil Rajzman (BRA) 12.97
HEAT 2: Jefson Silva (BRA) 15.27 DEF. Taylor Jensen (USA) 13.27
HEAT 3: Kai Sallas (HAW) 12.47 DEF. Piccolo Clemente (PER) 12.20
HEAT 4: Kaniela Stewart (HAW) 17.20 DEF. Augusto Olinto (BRA) 13.00
HEAT 5: Harrison Roach (AUS) 13.37 DEF. Jack Entwistle (AUS) 13.17
HEAT 6: Cole Robbins (USA) 13.43 DEF. Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER) 12.74
HEAT 7: Declan Wyton (AUS) 16.96 DEF. Edouard Delpero (FRA) 11.90
HEAT 8: Taka Inoue (JPN) 16.27 DEF. Tony Silvagni (USA) 13.70

GWM Sydney Surf Pro Women's Longboard Quarterfinals Results:  
HEAT 1: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 15.67 DEF. Natsumi Taoka (JPN) 9.23
HEAT 2: Tully White (AUS) 14.90 DEF. Mason Schremmer (USA) 11.57
HEAT 3: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 12.17 DEF. Sophia Culhane (HAW) 12.14
HEAT 4: Soleil Errico (USA) 11.77 DEF. Rachael Tilly (USA) 11.73

GWM Sydney Surf Pro Men's Longboard Quarterfinal Results:
HEAT 1: Ben Skinner (GBR) 13.50 DEF. Jefson Silva (BRA) 9.77
HEAT 2: Kaniela Stewart (HAW) 16.56 DEF. Kai Sallas (HAW) 12.70
HEAT 3: Harrison Roach (AUS) 15.60 DEF. Cole Robbins (USA) 10.80
HEAT 4: Declan Wyton (AUS) 15.36 DEF. Taka Inoue (JPN) 11.17

GWM Sydney Surf Pro Women's Longboard Semifinals Matchups:
HEAT 1: Chloe Calmon (BRA) vs. Tully White (AUS)
HEAT 2: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) vs. Soleil Errico (USA)

GWM Sydney Surf Pro Men's Longboard Semifinal Matchups:
HEAT 1: Ben Skinner (GBR) vs. Kaniela Stewart (HAW)
HEAT 2: Harrison Roach (AUS) vs. Declan Wyton (AUS) 

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The GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl runs through May 24, 2022, and will broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, WSL’s YouTube channel, and the free WSL app. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners and keep up to date with the competition on the WSL Schedule page.

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Pictured: Harrison Roach (AUS) has made the Longboard semifinals. Credits: © WSL / Cait Miers

 

Sydney Pro Junior At Manly Beach: Ellie Harrison And Levi Slawson Win

MANLY BEACH
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Report by World Surf League
Ellie Harrison (AUS) and Levi Slawson (USA) have won the  Harvey Norman Sydney Pro Junior Women's and Men's divisions at Manly Beach on Sydney's Northern Beaches. The finals day enjoyed high performance clean 2 to 3 feet surf  and both finals saw high scores and multiple lead changes. 

As a lead in to the Challenger Series event which began on Tuesday, almost 100 competitors turned out vying for WSL Pro Junior points as they look to lock in a spot at the 2022 World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Championships later this year.

For Victoria's Ellie Harrison, today's win sees her increase her lead on the Australian Pro Junior Series rankings and the young surfer who turns 17 years of age later this week is superbly placed to qualify for the WSL World Junior Finals at the end of the year. The top two ranked surfers from each region qualify for the finals and with Sierra Kerr (Gold Coast/Qld) placing runner-up today, she also improved her overall 2nd placed ranking and both Ellie and Sierra are strongly positioned to hold down these qualifying positions.


Ellie Harrison. Credit: WSL / Cait Miers 

"My goal for this year has always been to win the Pro Junior Series and qualify for the WSL World Junior Finals and today's result certainly get me closer to getting there but there's still a few events remaining so I have to remain focused" said Harrison. "This has been a fun event and the waves are small but they are also quite good allowing for plenty of scoring potential so it's pleasing to take a win in Sydney."

Isabella Caldow (Qld/Sunshine Coast) and Jesse Starling (NSW/North Narrabeen) placed 3rd and 4th in today's final.


Jesse Starling. Credit: WSL / Cait Miers 

Men's Pro Junior winner Levi Slawson (USA) only gained a late entry into this event when a spot became vacant in the draw yesterday. The talented exciting Californian surfer is here to surf the main WSL Challenger Series event which begins on Tuesday but used the opportunity to surf the Pro Junior to warm-up for the main event.

"Surfing against Australia's top Pro Juniors was the ideal way for me get familiar with the waves at Manly Beach" said Slawson. "Every heat has been hard fought and the final was amazing with all four of us scoring big and all a chance of winning right to the end - I'm stoked to take the win and I'm ready for the Challenger event."


Levi Slawson. Credit: WSL / Cait Miers 

Slawson defeated Marlon Harrison (Qld/Gold Coast) in a high quality final with Taj Stokes (Qld/Sunshine Coast) 3rd and Ty Richardson (Qld/Gold Coast) in 4th.


Marlon Harrison. Credit: WSL / Cait Miers

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Sydney Pro Junior at Manly Beach Harvey Norman Pro Junior Winners. Credit: WSL / Cait Miers 
Sydney Pro Junior at Manly Beach Harvey Norman Pro Junior Winners. Credit: WSL / Cait Miers