Recap #2: Tahiti Pro Teahupoo 2018

Wir schreiben das 7. Event auf der 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) und auch wenn uns Teahupoo dieses Jahr nicht die gewohnte Größe und Qualität liefert beissen sich die Surfer durch die kleinen Barrels und die flachen Riffpassagen.

Immerhin wurde nach einigen Lay Days endlich wieder gesurft und so sind wir nun bei den Quarters angelangt. Der momentane WSL Jeep Ranking Leader Filipe Toledo konnte seine Position sichern und setzte sich gegen die Local Wildcard Tikanui Smith durch.
Jetzt muss er gegen den Neuling auf der Tour – Michael February ran, der seinen Landsmann Jordy Smith aus dem Event schmiss.

Filipe Toledo (BRA) advanced to Round 4 after winning Heat 6 of Round 3 at the Tahiti Pro 2018 ,Teahupoo, French Polynesia
Filipe Toledo in Runde 4

“So stoked to finally get through a few heats. It’s been a tough year, I feel like I’ve been surfing well but the heats haven’t been breaking my way. Feels great to get the opportunity to show what I can do and hopefully I can keep it rolling here throughout the rest of the event.” so February

Die Brasilianer sind im Viertelfinale wieder gut vertreten, denn auch  Gabriel Medina und Italo Ferreira freuen sich eine Runde weiter zu sein.
“I love surfing Teahupo’o, no matter the size- The forecast this year isn’t great, but we can still go out and perfect. You’re seeing a different kind of surfing and I’m happy to be in the Quarterfinals. It’s an important event for this year’s Title Race and everyone is looking for a result.” so Medina.

Der 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson musste sich gegen seinen Landsmann Owen Wright in Runde 3 geschlagen geben, was leider auch den etwas schlappen Wellen geschuldet wurde.

“The conditions were a little bit of a letdown, but I was excited for the event. I definitely wanted to go further. There literally were three waves in that heat. I got one and Owen got the other two, but that is how it goes on those slower days out here. I probably waited the last eleven minutes for nothing. It is over out here for me. It has been an amazing journey, an amazing ride. I am going to miss holding priority in the last ten minutes of a heat, hoping for a score, but I’m glad I don’t have the pressure of it.” so Parko nach seinem Aus.

Tahiti Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Michael February (ZAF) 9.66 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 4.83
Heat 2: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.50 def. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 5.07
Heat 3: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 9.50 def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 9.40
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.27 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.83
Heat 5: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 11.40 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 11.17
Heat 6: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.66 def. Tikanui Smith (PYF) 6.90
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.73 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.67
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.27 def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.36
Heat 9: Yago Dora (BRA) 12.90 def. Mikey Wright (AUS) 8.24
Heat 10: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 16.53 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.34
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.14 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.93
Heat 12: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.14 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 10.34

Tahiti Pro Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Michael February (ZAF) 14.10, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.07, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 10.97
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.69, Filipe Toledo (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 8.26
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.67, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.43, Yago Dora (BRA) 9.50
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.24, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.10, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 11.34

Tahiti Pro Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Michael February (ZAF) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
QF 2: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
QF 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)

Yago Dora (BRA) advanced to Round 4 after winning Heat 1 of Round 9 at the Tahiti Pro 2018 ,Teahupoo, French Polynesia
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