The World Surf League took another step forward last week in its announcement that it would be instituting full prize money equality for the men’s and women’s Championship Tours beginning in the 2019 season. The WSL has done a fantastic job increasing the prize money for both tours over the past decade, especially on the women’s side.
Eight remain after Saturday’s third run for the men’s division of the Surf Ranch Pro. Sebastian Zietz was able to get a strong score going left on his final attempt, replacing a 4.00 with a 6.83 to back up his 8.67 right from Friday. That 15.50 total was just enough as he sneaks into the final in eighth place with a star-studded crew that will certainly make for an exciting conclusion today.
They say you can never go home again, which is kind of depressing, but also true in many ways. You can always return to a place, but it’s hard to recreate the “home” feeling that place may have once embodied. In his second stint with the Oakland Raiders, Jon Gruden returns to where it began for him as a head coach. The former Super Bowl champion is expected to take a promising young team to the next level with his knowledge and leadership. But the start to his second tenure in black and silver has not gone smoothly to this point and the regular season isn’t even underway.
Before the Surf Ranch becomes the epicenter of surfing on Sept. 6, there’s still some Qualifying Series work to be done. The women’s tour is in Europe at the moment with the QS 6,000 Galicia Pro underway in Spain. It’s the sixth of seven maximum-point contests on the schedule, so it’s time to make a move for any Championship Tour hopefuls.
Alright. So. Remember all that stuff I wrote last week about the UH quarterback position being unsettled and nobody yet taking control of that starting spot? Funny story.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are the first ones diving into the water as they kick off the 2018 college football season this weekend. The ‘Bows head to the Mainland — which is probably ideal for them with Hurricane Lane headed our way — to take on the Rams of Colorado State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. HT.
Today appears to be finals day and despite the forecast showing fairly minimal surf, the alternatives look less promising. So the eight remaining competitors will be battling it out for the Tahiti Pro Teahupoo title. While all the participants have quite a bit to gain from the outcome, a few certainly have more than others.
Two days and two rounds are complete with some major upsets having already occurred at the Tahiti Pro Teahupoo. The ocean went flat Tuesday and a second straight lay day is likely today, but a new swell could pick up Thursday, according to Surfline projections.