Wild Moving Day Determines Quarterfinalists at WRV Outer Banks Pro presented by Pacifico

By on September 2, 2023

Kolohe Andino Amps Up His flawless East Coast Run, WRV Outer Banks Pro Presented by Pacifoco Finals Day Bound.
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NAGS HEAD (Saturday, September 2, 2023) – The Atlantic Ocean tested competitors’ will to move into Finals Day at the World Surf League (WSL) WRV Outer Banks Pro presented by Pacifico, a Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000, with four-to-five foot conditions providing opportunities to capitalize on amid the scattered lineup. Those who found themselves in the spot when it mattered were able to post near-perfection and jaw-dropping maneuvers with top seeds making their Round of 64 debut before moving directly into the Round of 32. Women’s competition was called OFF for the day as both men’s and women’s Quarterfinalists are locked in for a Finals Day showdown.

Costa Rica’s Sam Reidy didn’t hold anything back in his Round of 32 clash with former Championship Tour (CT) star Kolohe Andino (USA), Mexico’s standout Sebastian Williams, and an in-form Enzo Ackermann (DEU). Reidy unleashed a powerful forehand attack on an opening, critical section before taking to the air for a near-perfect 9.25 (out of a possible 10) to earn a commanding lead before Andino went to work and overpowered the field with a 15.75, including an excellent 8.00, utilizing his world-class forehand capabilities.

“I’m stoked, looking at the draw I didn’t really know anyone except for Sebastian [Williams] and I know he’s a really talented surfer,” said Andino. “And then Sam [Reidy] got the 9.25 on me, and I didn’t even know who he was so it was sick to see the level of surfing so high. I really had to lock in and finish the heat strong.”

A stacked, Round of 32, Heat 8, battle unfolded between defending event victor Michael Dunphy (USA), recent Coastal Edge ECSC Pro runner-up Levi Slawson (USA), rising talent Owen Moss (USA), and Costa Rica’s threat Tosh Talbot. Slawson and Dunphy traded near-excellent scores before Slawson soared to an excellent 8.50 before adding a 6.45 to seal a big win and back-to-back Finals Day appearances.

“I feel good, my first heat this morning was a little weird because I couldn’t hear anything and when you don’t know your position in the heat it’s hard to gauge what your strategy is,” said Slawson. “But, overall, surfing feels good and I’m just stoked we have some surf. Finals Day tomorrow and waves should be super fun, and the fields are super stacked so it should be a good day.”

Corzo Finds His Rhythm For Excellent Showing Into Quarterfinals. Video by World Surf League
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QS veteran and former ISA Gold Medalist, Jhony Corzo (MEX), turned on his form in a Round of 32 battle with emerging talents Jabe Swierkocki (USA), Cannon Carr (USA), and Luke Wyler (USA). Corzo’s Gold Medal-winning backhand was on full display to earn an excellent 8.25 and take control of the affair early in the heat. The 25-year-old then found another running lefthander to attack and posted a 6.45 to solidify his lead and a place into the Quarterfinals.

“I’m loving it, stoked to get my rhythm going and get that heat win,” said Corzo. “I surf my backhand every day at my home break and now it’s finally lining up for me [in heats]. It’s my goal to qualify for the Challenger Series and I know it’s a long road so I’m just going event-by-event and day-by-day, and just enjoying the process and loving life.”

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