The World Cup concluded Sunday with a final matchup that had a bit of everything. It had some great possession builds — mostly by Croatia, it had some wonderful French strikes from distance, it had a penalty on an unfortunate but correct video review, it had a borderline own goal from each side and it had a couple of protesters who were apparently hoping to send an anti-Kremlin message, which seems to be a rarity these days.
In years past, it was a top four that seemed to separate itself from the rest of the women’s leaderboard. This season, there is a pretty clear top three with a couple of different names who have been attempting to stake their claim to the 2018 women’s world title.
With his second contest win of the season, Filipe Toledo has claimed the No. 1 spot on the men’s Championship Tour rankings, pulling off the victory at Jeffreys Bay. The result moves him ahead of Julian Wilson and he’ll take the yellow jersey into the next stop at Teahupoo.
The future of the men’s Championship Tour is beginning to become a bit clearer as some present-day stars are announcing they will soon be part of its past.
The top of the Qualifying Series leaderboard looks a lot different after Saturday’s conclusion of the Ballito Pro in South Africa. One of the big movers was Oahu’s Seth Moniz, who got all the way to the semifinals at this first QS 10,000 contest of the year.
Ramping up to next week’s stop at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa is hosting another major event this week as the QS 10,000 Ballito Pro is underway with the biggest potential Qualifying Series haul on the line for world tour hopefuls.
In her return to competitive surfing, Alana Blanchard is demonstrating some of her best traits that originally got her a spot among the world’s elite wahine on the Championship Tour. As one of the toughest events on the annual Qualifying Series schedule, the Los Cabos Open of Surf has been the stage for Blanchard to again put on the jersey for the first time since delivering her baby, Banks, a little over eight months ago.