Who Made The WSL's Mid-Year Cut? - Stab Mag
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'Funeral vibes,' said Stab's comp scribe, Chris Binns. Fil comforts Deivid in mourning. Photo by WSL

Who Made The WSL’s Mid-Year Cut?

Blood has spilled.

news // May 4, 2022
Words by Ethan Davis
Reading Time: 2 minutes

We got to see the curtain’s close on the WSL’s big play today.

The mid-season cut. A plan to ‘streamline’ the tour by “1.) ensuring events run in an optimal swell cycle, 2.) creating a dynamic season long narrative, 3.) drive fan engagement” in the words of E-Lo. Yesterday, Chris Binns, our reporter on deck reported a ‘funeral milieu’ at the contest site yesterday as the bottom 12 men and 6 women were shaved from the tour.

How wonderful.

Without further philandering, here’s who will and will NOT be surfing at G-Land and beyond.

Men’s 

  • Filipe Toledo
  • John Florence
  • Kanoa Igarashi
  • Barron Mamiya
  • Callum Robson
  • Italo Ferreira
  • Miguel Pupo
  • Seth Moniz
  • Ethan Ewing 
  • Kelly Slater
  • Griffin Colapinto
  • Jack Robinson 
  • Caio Ibelli
  • Kolohe Andino 
  • Samuel Pupo
  • Nat Young
  • Jordy Smith
  • Connor O’Leary
  • Jake Marshall
  • Jackson Baker
  • Jadson Andre
  • Matt McGillivray

Women’s 

  • Brisa Hennessy
  • Carissa Moore
  • Tyler Wright
  • Courtney Conologue
  • Lakey Peterson
  • Johanne Defay
  • Steph Gilmore
  • Tatiana Weston Webb
  • Gabriela Bryan
  • Issy Nichols
But on the bright side. Entertainment. Photo by Aaron Hughes/World Surf League

Here’s who will NOT be surfing

Male

  • Owen Wright
  • Joao Chianca
  • Morgan Cibilic
  • Ryan Callinan
  • Frederico Morais
  • Leo Fioravanti
  • Imaikalani Devault
  • Deivid Silva
  • Conner Coffin
  • Zeke Lau
  • Lucca Mesinas
  • Yago Dora
  • Carlos Munoz 
  • Liam O’Brien
14 years at the top. 4 runner up finishes. An Olympic debut. Now, grinding it out on the CS? Photo by Aaron Hughes/World Surf League

Female

  • Sally Fitzgibbons
  • Caroline Marks
  • Luana Silva
  • Bettylou Sakura Johnson
  • Molly Picklum
  • India Robinson
  • Malia Manuel
  • Bronte Macaulay
Wild. Photo by Aaron Hughes/World Surf League

Those who failed to make the cut (and feel like grinding it out requalifying) will now be heading to Snapper for the first Challenger Series event. There will be 39 surfers who began this season on the CT in the heat draw for the upcoming event at the Superbank. In other words, this event will be stacked with talent and likely be the most engaging CS event to date.

Forecast: firing.

Big O, you gonna be there?

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