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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Poor conditions halt Newcastle Cup for fourth consecutive day

For the fourth consecutive day, organisers of the second stop on the World Surf League (WSL) 2021 Championship Tour (CT), the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona, have called off the action.

Originally, there were hopes the tournament would return to Merewether Beach on Monday 5 April, but another small surf put paid to those planes.

“As expected, the run of poor swell has continued today,” WSL SVP of tours and head of competition Jessi Miley-Dyer said.

“The good news is that we have waves on the way, possibly as early as tomorrow, and for the rest of the event window.

“We will come back on Tuesday morning and make another call on running the second round of the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup.”

Competitors in elimination round two will be first up when it all resumes.

However, a loss will mean a last-place finish in the second event of the CT season. 

2015 WSL champion Adriano de Souza (BRA), who announced his retirement last year, is determined to place high in his final lap on the CT.

De Souza will be against Owen Wright (AUS) and injury replacement and former Port Macquarie prodigy Matt Banting (AUS) in heat one of the elimination round. 

CT rookie Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) will hope to save himself, too, when he goes up against Michel Bourez (FRA) and Connor O’Leary (AUS) in heat three.

Sage Erickson (USA) is back on tour.

And, after a strong start in Maui, she’s eager for an impressive Australian leg.

She will face Johanne Defay (FRA) and Macy Callaghan (AUS) in the heat two. 

Olympic qualifier Brisa Hennessy (CRI) will be in heat one against Keely Andrew (AUS) and Malia Manuel (HAW). 

Event organisers will reconvene on Tuesday 6 April and make the next call on competition at 6.45am (AEST).

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