Frederico Morais started the competition in 25th place in the ‘ranking’, needing to, at least, reach the quarter-finals of the Australian championship to aspire to be present in the last five events of the main circuit.
After overcoming the repechage, the surfer from Cascais ‘fell’ in the third round, with 8.5 points (4.17 and 4.33), which were insufficient compared to the Brazilian Caio Ibelli, who totaled 15 (6, 83 and 8.17).
The Portuguese finished the competition in the 17th place, equaling the results obtained at the Billabong Pro Pipeline and at the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach, both in Hawaii, and at the Rip Curl Bells Beach, also in Australia. The exception was Meo Pro Portugal, in Peniche, where he finished in ninth place.
‘Kikas’, who had achieved the best result ever by a Portuguese in 2021, with 10th place, on his return to the elite, after winning the qualifying circuit (WQS) in 2019. Before, it had been 14 .º in debut, in 2017, and 23.º in 2018, when he was relegated for the first time.
The ‘fight’ for presence on the 2023 world circuit now goes through the ‘Challenger Series’, which allocates 12 men’s and six women’s spots and will start in Australia, with the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro, between Saturday and May 15th.
In addition to Frederico Morais, the Portuguese Vasco Ribeiro, Teresa Bonvalot, Francisca Veselko, Mafalda Lopes and Yolanda Sequeira are also in this antechamber of the main circuit.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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