A week after the end of G-Land in Indonesia, the caravan of the pro circuit set up in El Salvador. This small Central American country, wedged between Guatemala and Honduras on the Pacific side, has quickly become a stronghold of pro surfing. First there was the organization of the ISA World Championships in May 2021, qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, then last week the Junior World Championships before this time the arrival of elite surfers for a first in the Championship Tour history (June 12-20). The chosen spot is the point break to the right of Punta Roca in La Libertad, about thirty kilometers south of the capital San Salvador. That’s for context.
Defay wants to chain
Johanne Defay came back home to take a breather for a few days before heading to El Salvador where she is eagerly awaited after her victory on Saturday at G-Land. Third in the world four rounds before the end of the regular season, the Frenchwoman admitted to us in the wake of her success in Indonesia that she wanted to stay in this dynamic of success on a spot not really familiar to surfers on the pro circuit.
A new feat could propel her for the first time in her career to first place in the world rankings, if Carissa Moore were to be eliminated prematurely. Her series of the 1st round will be particularly difficult since the Reunionese will be confronted with Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.
Slater, Smith and Ferreira must perform
In the men’s draw, the places of honor are expensive and the noose is tightening with a view to qualifying for the September play-offs in Trestles, California. Some cracks like Italo Ferreira (6th), Kolohe Andino (12th), Jordy Smith (13th) and Kelly Slater (15th) have every interest in not leaving too many feathers on the way if they want to be part of the top 5 after Teahupoo. Currently 3rd, John John Florence will miss this stage and probably that of Brazil due to a painful knee. He will still have Jeffreys Bay and Tahiti to stay in the nails.
Back on the circuit after six months off, Gabriel Medina signed a brilliant comeback at G-Land. Despite his substantial delay, the Brazilian is also applying for a place in the play-offs. On the flank since his Pipeline injury at the end of January, Carlos Munoz is back, as is Caroline Marks, who has yet to surf a series in 2022. Yago Dora and Sally Fitzgibbons will respectively replace Seth Moniz and Tyler Wright, affected by the Covid at G-Land.
The program for the 1st round
Series 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRE), Lakey Peterson (USA), Gabriela Bryan (HAW)
Series 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Tia Blanco (USA)
Series 3: Brisa Hennessy (CRI), Isabella Nichols (AUS), Caroline Marks (USA)
Series 4: Johanne Defay (FRA)Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Series 1: Ethan Ewing (AUS), Jordy Smith (AFS), Jackson Baker (AUS)
Series 2: Kanoa Igarashi (JAP), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Yago Dora (BRE)
Series 3: Jack Robinson (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA), Carlos Munoz (CRI)
Series 4: Filipe Toledo (BRE), Samuel Pupo (BRE), TBD
Series 5: Italo Ferreira (BRE), Kolohe Andino (USA), Jake Marshall (USA)
Series 6: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Caio Ibelli (BRE), Jadson Andre (BRE)
Series 7: Gabriel Medina (BRE), Callum Robson (AUS), Matthew McGillivray (AFS)
Series 8: Miguel Pupo (BRE), Barron Mamiya (HAW), Nat Young (USA)
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