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It’s finals time! Surfers eye off Newcastle Cup titles

Will Newcastle boast a hometown champion this afternoon?

The answer is just hours away after organisers of the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona revealed plans to host the men’s quarters, women’s and men’s semis, and women’s and men’s finals on Saturday 10 April.

And, a big crowd has descended upon Merewether Beach to view all the action in three-to-five foot waves.

“Finals day is here,” WSL SVP of tours and head of competition Jessi Miley-Dyer said.

“The swell has picked up from yesterday.

“And, although we do not have the perfectly clean conditions at the moment, there are some great waves on offer and plenty of opportunity for exciting surfing.

“As the tide drops, we should see things continue to improve throughout the morning.”

Local favourites Ryan Callinan and Morgan Cibilic have matched up in heat two of the men’s quarter-finals.

All eyes will be on this showdown as only one Novocastrian hero will advance to the semi.

Hawaiian Carissa Moore wowed the world yesterday with her incredible showcase of progressive surfing.

The four-time WSL champion will look to continue her innovation in the semi-final against Olympic teammate Caroline Marks.

Keely Andrew is locking horns with fellow Sunshine Coast rider Isabella Nichols in the first women’s battle.

Rookie Nichols took out seven-time WSL champion Stephanie Gilmore yesterday and will look to secure her career-best finish. 

Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona Men’s quarter-final match-ups:

  • HEAT 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
  • HEAT 2: Morgan Cibilic (AUS) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
  • HEAT 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
  • HEAT 4: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)

Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona Women’s semi-final match-ups:

  • HEAT 1: Isabella Nichols (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
  • HEAT 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Caroline Marks (USA)

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