The frantic race to safe a finals berth on the World Surf League tour is about to return all the way down to the wire, with Australians Tyler Wright and Callum Robson needing a giant outcome on the Tahiti Professional to sneak in.
Solely the highest 5 women and men’s surfers will qualify for the world title showdown at Decrease Trestles in California subsequent month.
Within the girls’s draw, solely world No.1 Carissa Moore and world No.2 Johanne Defay have locked of their spot for the WSL finals.
Seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore at present sits in fourth spot, and even a modest end in Tahiti may be sufficient to see her keep within the high 5.
However the identical cannot be mentioned for Wright, who wants to tug out all stops with a view to safe her finals berth.
Wright has been in sizzling kind this yr, profitable at Bells Seashore, ending runner-up at J-Bay, and snaring a third-placing at Pipeline.
However a horror run of dangerous luck has seen her tumble all the way down to seventh within the rankings.
Wright was pressured to tug out of G-Land in Indonesia after contracting COVID-19, and a gradual restoration from the virus meant she missed the El Salvador Professional.
A visa difficulty resulted in her lacking the Rio Professional in Brazil, however a powerful displaying in Tahiti may see her sneak into the finals.
The ladies’s Championship Tour hasn’t held an occasion at Teahupo’o since 2006, and Defay mentioned she is wanting ahead to the occasion.
“I have never spent a lot time right here and am having fun with the invention facet of being right here,” she mentioned.
On the boys’s aspect of the draw, world No.1 Filipe Toledo and Australian Jack Robinson have already secured their spots.
However the Australian duo of world No.7 Callum Robson and world No.9 Connor O’Leary might want to produce standout shows at Teahupo’o with a view to leapfrog their manner right into a top-five place.
Fellow Australian Ethan Ewing, who received J-Bay final month, sits third on this planet and is an effective likelihood to safe his spot.
“There are massive ramifications for the Closing 5 at this occasion,” Ewing mentioned forward of the Tahiti Professional, which runs from Friday.
“However I simply need to deal with persevering with my kind from J-Bay with one other massive outcome right here and attempt to be taught as a lot as I can on a wave that I have never spent loads of time at.
“I have been right here for over per week now and really feel like I am in a very good house, so I am excited to get the competitors underway.”
The title hopes of two-time world champion John John Florence are over after he was pressured to tug out because of a lingering knee harm.
Brazilian Gabriel Medina has additionally pulled out with a knee harm.