Pictured: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) was a standout today at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro Challenger Series event. Credit: © WSL / Dunbar
The Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro presented by Rip Curl, stop one of the 2022 World Surf League Challenger Series (CS), has seen another big day of competition today with the stage being set for Finals Day tomorrow in semi-clean three-to-four foot surf at Snapper Rocks. The day saw the women’s Quarterfinals matchups decided along with that of the men’s Round of 16.
Women’s Quarterfinalists Decided at Snapper Rocks
Fresh off the biggest result of her career with a second place finish at the Margaret River Pro, Gabriella Bryan (HAW) has come into the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro brimming with confidence, laying down some of the best performances of the event and today was no exception. 2022 CT Rookie Byran was able to book herself a spot into the Quarterfinals with a win over fellow Hawaiian Luana Silva (HAW) who was unable to find the same connection as Bryan in their 40 minute matchup. Bryan was awarded a 15.07 two-wave total for her frontside rail surfing. Gabriela will take on event form surfer Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in Quarterfinal 1 tomorrow morning.
Caroline Marks Awarded WSL CT Season Wildcard for Events Following Mid-Season Cut, Sally Fitzgibbons and Yago Dora Awarded 2023 WSL Season Wildcards
Caroline Marks (USA) has been awarded the women’s 2022 WSL season wildcard, which gives her entry into Championship Tour (CT) events following the Mid-season Cut and entry into the first half of the 2023 CT season. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Yago Dora (BRA) have been awarded the 2023 WSL season wildcards, which give entry to all competitions in the first half of the 2023 CT season.
As the WSL season wildcard for the remaining CT competitions following the cut, Marks’ points will be eligible for the WSL Final 5 rankings, where the Top 5 surfers on the men’s and women’s CT will compete in the Rip Curl WSL Finals to compete for the 2022 World Title. The same rules will apply to Medina’s competition eligibility as the men’s 2022 WSL season wildcard.
As the 2023 WSL season wildcards, Fitzgibbons and Dora will also be the first replacements for the remaining events in the 2022 CT season. Points earned by Fitzgibbons and Dora as the replacements for any CT events in 2022 will count as rankings’ points.