Who's qualified for the CT?
With the completion of the World Cup of Surfing - in stellar Sunset no less! - the final rankings of the Qualifying Series have been set.
Going into the event there were four surfers who were assured a top ten finish: Kanoa Igarashi, Griffin Colapinto, Seth Moniz, and Ryan Callinan. Many more sat on the bubble and during the World Cup they either fell by the wayside or locked in their positions. On the final day five surfers, Peterson Crisanto, Jesse Mendes, Deivid Silva, Ricardo Christie, and Jadson Andre all received word they'd cemented their places.
That left a handful of places in doubt, their position on the rankings not known until the final heat was surfed.
Scraping into the top ten is Leonardo Fioravanti at 9th, with Soli Bailey sitting just outside the cut off at 11th. However, first placegetter Kanoa Igarashi is a definite double-qualifier - he's in 8th on the CT - so Soli will line up on the Championship Tour next year.
Zeke Lau finished 12th on the QS, he's also sitting 18th on the CT with a fairly good chance of retaining his position. If that happens then we look to the next surfer down which is Jack Freestone.
Jack needs Zeke to finish in the Top 22 of the CT and Griffin Colapinto to double-qualify. Griff is 20th on the CT going into Pipe.
The next surfer after Freestone is Ethan Ewing in 14th, however the only way Ethan can qualify is if all the above happens, and Jesse Mendes double-qualifies through Pipe. Mendes is currently 29th on the CT.
Of the 2019 qualifiers, four are rookies, while four are requalifying after time away, with two current CTers in the mix.
Here's the final standings after the World Cup.