The Oi Rio Pro presented by Corona commenced
with great performances in women’s Round 1 at the celebrated beach of Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema. The competition saw the world’s best surfers kickoff the event in four-to-six foot (1 -2 metre) waves at the fourth stop on the World Surf League Championship Tour.
Photos: Carissa Moore (left), Silvana Lima (right)
Three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) was not able to secure the win in Round 1 asSage Erickson (USA) proved once again to be a serious threat in the women’s draw. Erickson navigated the challenging conditions to find two solid waves for a strong 7.50 and 4.50 Moore and Laura Enever (AUS) were not able to find the second waves scores to challenge the Californian.
Coco Ho (HAW) upset the competition today with a big win over reigning WSL Champion and defending event winner, Tyler Wright (AUS), and injury replacement Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) in Round 1 Heat 4. This win marks Ho’s first Round 1 victory of the 2017 season.
Silvana Lima (BRA) could not overcome her Round 1 matchup and will have to fight her way out of elimination Round 2 when competition resumes. Johanne Defay (FRA) clinched the heat win to earn her spot in Round 3 and skip Round 2.
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 12.00, Carissa Moore (HAW) 3.50, Laura Enever (AUS) 2.50
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.07, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.00, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 6.57
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 6.33, Taina Hinckel (BRA) 1.50, Keely Andrew (AUS) 0.50
Heat 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.67, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.43, Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.83
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.70, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.70, Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.40
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA) 15.60, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.33, Lakey Peterson (USA) 8.27
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Taina Hinckel (BRA)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 5: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 6: Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
The event will be broadcast LIVE via the World Surf League website the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.
Surf report for the upcoming days in Rio: Look for a smaller mix of swells with onshore winds on Thursday before an increase in S swell on Friday. Lingering swell mix for the weekend with conditions looking most favorable in the mornings both Saturday and Sunday. Larger SSW becoming S/SSE swell is due for early-mid next week with periods of light/favorable conditions.
Photo: Coho Ho