The stage is set for a historic Championship opener at Pipeline

The stage is set for a historic Championship opener at Pipeline
PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 20: Two-time WSL Champion John John Florence of Hawaii is the winner of the Billabong Pipe Masters Presented by Hyro Flask on December 20, 2020 in Oahu, Hawaii. (Photo by Tony Heff/World Surf League via Getty Images)

The start of the WSL Championship Tour is set to make history at the iconic Pipeline, with both tours set to compete alongside each other for the first time. 

The first stop on the tour will host an exciting class of thirteen rookies, seven World Champions and countless World Title contenders in one of the most anticipated matchups of the year.

The Rookies are now preparing for their CT debut For the women, three Hawaii teenagers in Bettylou Sakura Johnson, 16, Luana Silva, 17, and Gabriela Bryan, 19, join Australia’s India Robinson, 21, and Molly Picklum,19, on the 2022 CT. While Bryan secured her spot among the CT well before the final Challenger Series event, the others needed to prove themselves capable of rising to the occasion and will now look to cement their places amid the Top 17. 

On the men’s side, an onslaught of talent joins the world’s best with a diverse field of rookies who hope to make their mark. Jake Marshall (USA) notes the first American to qualify since Griffin Colapinto and Caroline Marks in 2018.

Carlos Munoz became Costa Rica’s first male qualifier to the CT while Peru’s Lucca Mesinas became the first male from his country to qualify. A Brazilian duo of Samuel Pupo and Joao Chianca look to add their presence to the ‘Brazilian Storm’ while a trio of Australians including Liam O’Brien, Callum Robson, and Jackson Baker look to add to their country’s incredible history in the sport. 

The stage is set for a historic Championship opener at Pipeline
PIPELINE, HI – DECEMBER 20: Two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright of Australia is the winner of the Maui Pro presented by ROXY at Pipeline after taking victory in the final on December 20, 2020 in Oahu, Hawaii. (Photo by Keoki Saguibo/World Surf League via Getty Images)

The Opening Round Matchups 

Billabong Pro Pipeline Women’s Opening Round 1 Matchups:

Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Molly Picklum (AUS)

Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Gabriela Bryan (HAW), Malia Manuel (HAW)

Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Brisa Hennessy (CRI), Moana Jones Wong (HAW)

Heat 4: Johanne Defay (FRA), Isabella Nichols (AUS), Luana Silva (HAW)

Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Tyler Wright (AUS), India Robinson (AUS)

Heat 6: Caroline Marks (USA), Lakey Peterson (USA), Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW)

Billabong Pro Pipeline Men’s Opening Round 1 Matchups:

Heat 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jackson Baker (AUS)

Heat 2: Morgan Cibilic (AUS), Seth Moniz (HAW), Carlos Munoz (CRI)

Heat 3: Conner Coffin (USA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Owen Wright (AUS)

Heat 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Liam O’Brien (AUS), Matthew McGillivray (ZAF)

Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Barron Mamiya (HAW)

Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jake Marshall (USA), Miguel Tudela (PER)

Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Jadson Andre (BRA), Joao Chianca (BRA)

Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Kelly Slater (USA), Lucca Mesinas (PER)

Heat 9: Frederico Morais (PRT), Ethan Ewing (AUS), Imaikalani deVault (HAW)

Heat 10: John John Florence (HAW), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Nat Young (USA)

Heat 11: Jack Robinson (AUS), Deivid Silva (BRA), Samuel Pupo (BRA)

Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Callum Robson (AUS)

The stage is set for a historic Championship opener at Pipeline
PIPELINE, HI – DECEMBER 20: Two-time WSL Champion John John Florence of Hawaii is the winner of the Billabong Pipe Masters Presented by Hyro Flask on December 20, 2020 in Oahu, Hawaii. (Photo by Tony Heff/World Surf League via Getty Images)
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