- World Surf League: Oi Rio Pro Day 5, John John Florence and Stephanie Gilmore knocked out in Round 3
- On Day 5, Oi Rio Pro men’s Round 3 and women's Rounds 3 and 4, and the Quarterfinals ran at Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema.
Following yesterday, the event watched what happened to World Champions. On Day 4, 3-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) was elmineted in Round 2. But today, current World Champion John John Florence (HAW) and 6-time World Champion & current point leader Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) were defeated in Round 3 and Quarterfinals, each. Also, 2015's event winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) was lost by Interference Call against Kanoa Igarashi (USA). And Rip Curl Women's Pro winner Courtney Conlogue (USA) was beaten by Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 4.
There were literally ups and downs in each Heat and Round.
Event wildcard Yago Dora (BRA) defeated John John Florence and said;
“I was feeling a little nervous. I was trying to not feel anything because it is my only CT event this year, but I was feeling nervous because everyone was talking about our heat. After that first wave, the nerves went away and I was pretty excited out there with the two waves back-to-back. I am taking things round-by-round and hope to continue to do well in the event.”
While, John John Florence said;
"The result is obviously not what I wanted, but I'm not super bummed. The waves were fun, but Yago [Dora] surfed really well and things didn't go my way this morning. If anything, it's motivation to refocus and get prepared for the next event in Fiji."
Nikki Van Dijk beat Stephanie Gilmore and said after Quarterfinals;
“That is one up on Stephanie [Gilmore] and I am so excited to make the Semis. I feel like sometimes I get in a Quarterfinal rhythm and, as great as that is, I want Semis and upwards from now on. I have been working hard and I felt in rhythm out there. I love Brazil and I’ve just been enjoying it everyday. Feeling comfortable and inspired here.”
Oi Rio Pro Remaining Men’s Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.67 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.33
Heat 2: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 18.27 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.73
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.30 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.86
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.43 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.44
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.40 def. Connor O’Leary (AUS) 11.90
Heat 6: Yago Dora (BRA) 15.50 def. John John Florence (HAW) 10.16
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.90 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.27
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.16 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 11.24
Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.00 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.73
Heat 10: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 11.73 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 8.57
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.23 def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 16.13
Heat 12: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.00 def. Nat Young (USA) 15.86
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.44, Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.74, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.60
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.33, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 16.50, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.10
Heat 3: Sage Erickson (USA) 18.26, Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.03, Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.23
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.57, Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.04, Laura Enever (AUS) 12.07
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.96 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.50
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.93 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.77
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.07 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 8.33
Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.43 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 10.63
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Quarterfinals Results:
QF 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 17.50 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.44
QF 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 17.44 def Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.43
QF 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.97 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 12.74
QF 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.80 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.30
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- source : World Surf League