The World Surfing League’s (WSL) decision on the restart of the Meo Rip Curl Pro will be made at 8am on Wednesday (23 October), with the possible start of action scheduled for 8:35am, announced the organization on 19 October.
The world elite surfing championship continued on Sunday, 20 October, at Praia dos Supertubos, in Peniche, with the round 16 of the women's and men's events, marked by the elimination of leader Gabriel Medina due to a controversial interference against compatriot Caio Ibelli.
But the title-winning Brazilian, who ranks first in the world rankings, asked the WSL to re-evaluate this decision, considering that there was a "mistake" by judges in assigning priority to catch a wave.
The response of the entity that manages the main female and male surfing circuits in the world is not yet known.
Even if Medina advanced to the 'quarters' at Praia dos Supertubos, he could no longer celebrate the world title in Portugal, since his rival Filipe Toledo, Brazilian number two in the world, had already secured the passage to the quarters, meaning the world title was automatically postponed to Pipeline in Hawaii.
Also the South African Jordy Smith (3) advanced in the competition, as the Brazilian Ítalo Ferreira (4), the American Kolohe Andino (5th) and the Japanese Kanoa Igarashi (6th), increasing the pressure on Medina.
In the quarterfinals, Jordy faces Andino in the first heat, Toledo goes against Kanoa, Caio Ibelli has a meeting with compatriot Peterson Crisanto and Italo faces Australian Jack Freestone.
On the female side, the aspiring world title winners all passed Sunday to the quarterfinals of the Peniche World Surf Circuit, continuing the pursuit of leader Carissa Moore, who also qualified.
Hawaiian Carissa Moore, the only one who can become world champion in the Portuguese stage of the World Surfing League (WSL) main circuit, faces Frenchwoman Johanne Defay in the third heat.
Previously, US Caroline Marks faces Australian (seven-time world champion) Stephanie Gilmore, and Australian Sally Fitzgibbons competes with Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb. In the fourth heat, American Lakey Peterson (world number two) will surf against Australian Nikki Van Dijk.