Rio Waida Qualifies For 2023 CT
By advancing to the Round of 24 in the EDP Vissla Pro Ericeira, Rio Waida became not just the first surfer to qualify for next year's CT but the first Indonesian surfer in history to qualify.
Waida has won two of the four Challenger Series contests held, giving him a significant lead going into the last three contests.
Waida is the first Indonesian surfer to qualify for the Championship Tour. The previous highest ranked surfer was Ketut Menda, who in 1981 was ranked 52nd (pre-CT/QS). In 2001, Rizal Tandjung was ranked 64th on the QS, and in 2017 Oney Anwar was 71st.