Surf Athletes

Ricardo Wins Seeding Round At Chopes

Mahia surfer Ricardo Christie has progressed directly through to the Round of 32 at the Teahupo’o, Tahiti Pro, World Championship Tour today after winning his seeding round match-up.

Ricardo Christie advances directly to Round 3 of the 2019 Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o after winning Heat 8 of Round 1 at Teahupo’o on August 24, 2019 in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Photo: Kelly Cestari/WSL

A blazing wave under the hammer saw Ricardo take the win, defeating Ryan Callinan and Willian Cardoso and sending Callinan into the elimination round.

The world’s best surfers contested the opening Seeding Round in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Teahupo’o.

Event No. 7 of 11 on the 2019 World Surf League Championship Tour, the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o presented by Hurley, occupies one of the most critical points of the season for both the WSL title race and 2020 requalification battle.

Jordy Smith, of South Africa, will surf in Round 2 of the 2019 Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o after placing third in Heat 2 of Round 1 at Teahupo’o on August 24, 2019 in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Photo: Matt Dunbar/WSL
The tower hosts the judges and cameras at the 2019 Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o. Photo: Kelly Cestari/WSL
11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater advances directly to Round 3 of the 2019 Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o after winning Heat 7 of Round 1 at Teahupo’o. Photo: Kelly Cestari/WSL

Footage: Courtesy of WSL
Music: Go For More, Hook Sounds

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