Who's qualified for the CT?

Stu Nettle
Form Guide

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.

 

Comments

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Booka78 commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 2:17pm

Is Soli the first aboriginal Australian to qualify on the world tour? If so proud day for both Australian & aboriginal surfing

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Jaspo commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 3:11pm

big time!

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freeride76 commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 2:30pm

I think Robbie Page has indigenous heritage like Soli.
Either way, still a proud day for Aussie and aboriginal achievement
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Nick Bone commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 3:43pm

just looking at the prize money.

i.e griff is ranked 2nd and made 36k yet Ryan Cal is in 4th on 70k?

also looks like if there the top ranked people, there sponsors must chip in a fair bit as you couldn't travel and live off that?

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Toppa commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 4:02pm

The amount of money the big surf wear companies make and compared to other sports it's quite pitiful really.

Toppa

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Island Bay commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 4:44pm

Well done, Soli. Hope Jack Freestone makes it, too.

And damn, it was good to finally see Ricardo's spot confirmed. Chur, Ric!

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Shred_Lord commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 7:19pm

How the actual F*#k did Jadson requalify? There are some serious things wrong with this tour when someone that surfs so rotten can get on the CT!

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Legrope commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 8:34pm

Style was taken out of the judging criteria a few years ago. Now we have the Brazilian storm.

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pensky commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 9:43pm

Was anyone else disappointed/surprised/frustrated (insert appropriate adverb here) with Jack Robbo outcome in today’s heat? I was somehow awake when the comp started and watched parko/robbo heats with fingers crossed. I thought Jack would tear it today. If there are any conditions he would thrive in compared to [insert most annoying but winning surfer in comp here - there would be a few] today was the day surely?! I hate putting the whole pressure/expectation thing on him here and honestly I’m pretty over the CT thing currently but I can’t help but feel like he missed a great chance here. Is he wildcarded into pipe?

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nicko74 commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 10:10pm

Style was taken out a few years ago?Brazilian storm ? WTF? Toledo at Jbay the other year was some of the most epic and stylish surfing ever!

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Legrope commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 10:16pm

Sorry for being insensitive. I should have added "with the exception of Medina and Toledo"

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billie commented Saturday, 8 Dec 2018 at 12:14am

You're a kook Legrope (opinion kook that is!). People saying Brazillians have no style is so passe, I could say that Aussies with poor opinions have no analytical style. If you really watch them and I mean REALLY watch them, they surf well and with style.

Billie

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Legrope commented Saturday, 8 Dec 2018 at 4:59pm

Who of these guys have a profile vid that you can't stop replaying?
Rumour is a new surf movie coming out with Jaddy and ADS. It's called "Sevens for days" ?.
Style is subjective and my favourite CT and QS surfers have great profile vids out. I like them for their styles and not their competitive tactics and skills. Sure the Brazilians are beasty comp surfers and can do some amazing things on waves, They're just not my cup of tea. Yet.
That's just my kook opinion.

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Lanky Dean commented Saturday, 8 Dec 2018 at 11:37am

Which surfer has had the most qs qualifications . Only to fall off the ct then qualify through the qs again and again.
Someone holds the record?
Who is it?

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stunet commented Saturday, 8 Dec 2018 at 12:24pm

Think Toby Martin qualified through the QS five or six times, tenacious bastard that he is.

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Spuddups commented Saturday, 8 Dec 2018 at 2:54pm

Farken' stoked for Ricardo. It's farken' difficult qualifying for the CT when you come from somewhere so far off the beaten track.

I was up at Lennox in July and happened to catch the last afternoon of the grom champs there, and couldn't help but think how sweet those guys have it for competitive surfing. warm water, consistent waves, lot's of other good surfers to compete with, proximity to the surf industry hub, a good competition system in place etc etc.

Ricardo came from a tiny town in the middle of nowhere with about two other local surfers. Even though it get's pretty sick waves is about as far off the competitive scene as you can get.

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eastcoastbuoy commented Monday, 10 Dec 2018 at 5:47pm

Yeah Mr Christie! Never Give Up Attitude. From the World's Fastest Indian to Hillary and Everest to First women in World to vote to surfing solo at some flooded river mouth. Give 100% get 100%

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