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Mikey Wright and Hiroto Ohhara Awarded Wildcards for Surf Ranch Pro
Mikey Wright (AUS) during a training session at the WSL Surf Ranch.
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Friday, August 31, 2018
John John Florence and Caio Ibelli withdraw due to injury. Wiggolly Dantas and Miguel Pupo confirmed as replacements.
The World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) heads inland to Lemoore, California for the first-ever
Surf Ranch Pro
, from September 6 - 9. The world’s best surfers will compete at the WSL Surf Ranch for Stop No. 8 on the 2018 CT and the event will be the first time since 1985 that a wave system event has helped decide a World Title.
Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
has earned his place alongside the men’s Top 34 to compete at the man-made wave after winning the Hurley Trials last week. Ohhara is currently ranked 27th on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) following his recent victory at the Vans Pro QS 3,000, his first since winning the 2015 Vans US Open.
“I couldn't even imagine I would compete in the first CT stop at the Surf Ranch,” said Ohhara. “I'm very excited now! I don't have many chances to practice there so I visualize myself by watching a lot of movies. I feel very honored to compete at an artificial wave of the highest quality. I have no idea how well I can do but I'll push myself as hard as I can and do my best for good result. I can't wait!”
Mikey Wright (AUS)
, who currently sits at No. 11 on the Jeep Leaderboard, has been awarded a wildcard entry into the event and will complete the field. The Surf Ranch Pro will be Wright’s seventh appearance on the CT this season and, with two Semifinal finishes so far this year, he’s hoping to continue his success and qualify for the elite tour in 2019.
“It’s definitely taking me some time to figure this wave out but I’m getting there and it’s really fun,” Wright said. “I’m pretty stoked to get the wildcard, I’ve been lucky enough to get a few this year, and I’m really looking forward to the event. I’m not on tour yet so this year has been a real learning experience for me and I’m just trying to take it all in and hopefully next year I’ll make it.”
Caio Ibelli (BRA)
continues to recover from an injury sustained earlier this year and will be replaced by
Miguel Pupo (BRA)
John John Florence (HAW)
has also withdrawn due to injury and will be replaced by
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Global surfing icon
Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
will rejoin the lineup as a wildcard against the world’s best female surfers at the Surf Ranch Pro. The contest marks her first event back after giving birth to her son, Wesley, in March of this year.
About WSL Surf Ranch:
One hundred miles inland, the WSL Surf Ranch is home to the longest and finest open-barrel man-made wave in the world. As a prototype testing facility, the WSL Surf Ranch and KSWC engineers, scientists and visionaries continue refining, improving and adding versatility to a huge combination of waves available at the push of a button. Expect to see additional wave enhancements during Surf Ranch Pro that will challenge the competitors to bring their creative and technical best to Lemoore.
Surf Ranch Pro Tickets:
Full event general admission packages (Friday - Sunday) start at $199 for adults. Daily passes are $99 each. Grom tickets are available at a discounted rate and all proceeds from grom ticket purchases will be donated to PURE, WSL's ocean health initiative. Up the ante and enjoy a VIP experience that includes an exclusive VIP viewing deck, elevated food options and an open bar for $499.
Grab a group and share a private cabana for a memorable experience, or splurge for the ultimate experience and after watching incredible surfing all weekend, jump in and ride the waves with the Surf Ranch Experience package. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate these packages.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
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