Imaikalani deVault from Hawaii surfs in Heat 5 of Round 24 at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro on May 22, 2022 in Manly Beach, NSW, Australia. (Photo by Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League)

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Jett Schilling of the United States surfs in heat 4 of round 24 at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro on May 22, 2022 in Manly Beach, NSW, Australia. (Photo by Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League)

the GWM Sydney Surf Pro presented by Rip Curl, the second leg of the 2022 World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS), saw another massive day of competition with the men’s round of 24 and six rounds of the women’s round of 16 ending in two to three bumpy waves walk to Manly Beach. The draw is starting to take shape as the field has been further reduced to just 16 men and 10 women with just two days until the winners of the event are crowned for 2022.

The first six women’s quarter-finals have been decided at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro

The second leg of the Women’s Round of 16 was an exciting match between Keala Tomoda-Banner (HAW) and San Clemente booming Linblad Sawyer (USA) with the pair going wave for wave and score for score in peak conditions. Linblad looked solid but was unable to find a finish where Tomoda-Bannert could, leaving the Hawaiian to take the heat and advance to the quarter-finals where she will come up against the star of the ‘event. Luana Silva (HAWTHORN).

“I knew it was going to be a tough run and I’m relieved to have made it,” Tomoda-Bannert “Sawyer is a great surfer and when she caught that last run I was very nervous that she get the score, but luckily I’m ready for the quarterfinals, my surf and gear feel good and I’m confident.

Sarah Baum (ZAF) gained momentum throughout this event and its victory over Hawaii Moana Jones-Wong (HAW) leads her to the quarter-finals. In Baum’s opening race in today’s heat, she displayed a series of powerful and precise top-down turns that were rewarded with an excellent score of 8.00 points and that race was decisive for his victory over Jones-Wong.

“That first wave was really good for me, I thought I was too deep on takeoff but it went well, I allowed two good sections and got my best score,” Baum said. “I have a great support team here, they help me a lot and I’m looking forward to the last two days and getting a great result.”

The other four women’s quarter-finals decided today in Manly included Therese Bonvalot (PRT), Nikki van Dijk (AUS) and Southern California Alyssa Spencer (USA) that was on fire today, sending form surfer Macy Callaghan (AUS) with a super impressive performance in Manly. Spencer posted an excellent heat total of 16.00 for an impressive display of frontside and backside surfing in low tide conditions.

Alyssa Spencer of USA after surfing in Heat 6 of Round of 32 at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro on May 22, 2022 in Manly Beach, NSW, Australia. (Photo by Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League)

“To get to the quarter-finals, I only did it once, so it feels really good to get past that ninth place,” Spencer said. “It was nice to open up on some waves. I feel like I hadn’t really done that yet in this event. It definitely improves my level and I knew I would have to lose big scores against (Macy) so I knew I would have to wait for a good wave.

Cut CT surfers rule the day at Manly Beach

After finishing fifth in the 2021 Championship Tour standings and winning the coveted Rookie of the Year, it was a shock to see Morgan Cibilic (AUS) misses the Mid-season Cut and goes from CT to CS less than 12 months later. Today in Manly, Cibilic continued to bounce back from the disappointment, posting the third highest total of the day with an excellent total of 16.00 points over two waves. Ciblic’s precise and lightning-fast backhand was on full display as he booked a place in the Round of 16 at the Sydney Surf Pro.

“It was a good run for me to win today,” Ciblic said. “The last heats, I haven’t really been very well prepared for the heats but I have made an effort to get back to basics, prepare well and well, the results are there and for the rest I will stay focused. .”

The main contender to beat Cibilic today at Manly was fellow countryman Novacastrian Ryan Callinan (AUS) who posted a total of 16.77 to comfortably win her round. Callinan’s total included a run of 9.00 runs for a huge full spin through the air to the flats.

A former winner here in Manly, David Silva (BRA) knows what it takes to kick off a qualifying CT campaign in the small, shifting peaks of Manly. The clumsy super-fast set up a rail-surfing clinic to post his average score and progress through the Round of 16 and secure a goalkeeping result before leaving Australia.

“I’ve won this event before (2018) and I feel like I can win again,” Silva said. “The ocean conditions are very rough but these waves are really similar to what I surf on my home beaches in Brazil so I know I can surf well here, my gear is specialized for these waves so here we go for the last few days .”

Other stars include the event’s reigning winner Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) who won a landslide victory in their round of 24 as well as Michael Rodrigues (BRA) who once again posted an excellent run total with his speed and finesse on the rail. Imaikalani from Vault (HAW) also continued their charge towards Finals day and Championship Tour re-qualification with another strong performance at Manly Beach today.

Brazil’s Michael Rodrigues surfs in Round 2 of Round 24 at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro on May 22, 2022 in Manly Beach, NSW, Australia. (Photo by Matt Dunbar/World Surf League)

CT hopes continue to grow in Sydney

Northern Beaches Duo Jordy Lawler (Australia) and Dylan Moffat (AUS) continued their charge into Finals Day, both booking a spot in the Round of 16 as Lawler looks to repeat their 2019 win on that same beach.

Asia is one of the fastest growing surfing regions in the world and the two Indonesians competing in this year’s Challenger Series present a window into the future of what we can expect from this talent pool of great surfers from great surf spots. Rio Waida (IDN) and Ketut Agus (IDN) have both reached the last 16 surfers and the exciting pair have the wherewithal to take on all comers in the coming days.


The 2022 GWM Sydney Surf Pro events presented by Rip Curl Challenger Series and WSL Longboard Tour will take place at Manly Beach until May 24, 2022. For more information, please visit or view the free WSL app.

This event is proudly supported by GWM, Rip Curl, Destination NSW, Bond University, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Boost Mobile, Oakberry, Oakley, Dometic Outdoor, Coopers, Northern Beaches Council, Havaianas, Bailey Ladders and FCS.

Sophie McCulloch of Australia surfs in heat 8 of round 32 at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro on May 22, 2022 in Manly Beach, NSW, Australia. (Photo by Matt Dunbar/World Surf League)

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