The French shone like never before at Saquerama (Brazil) where the penultimate stage of the Challenger Series 2022 was held, which ended yesterday with the victories of Gabriel Medina (Bre) and Alyssa Spencer (USA). Tessa Thyssen is finalist, Joan Duru semi-finalist, Vahine Fierro and Maxime Huscenot quarter-finalists, the latter being now n.6 in the standings and virtually qualified for the CT 2023. The last stage will take place in Haleiwa (Hawaii), from 26 November – December 7.
Tessa Thyssen had an incredible run at Saquarema by reaching the final for the first time in her career. On her way, the Frenchwoman managed to beat Teresa Bonvalot (Portugal) in the semi-finals and Vahine Fierro (France) in the quarters. She lost in the final against the American Alyssa Spencer who won the first CS of her career.
“Obviously I’m very happy, I’ve worked a lot and I’ve improved step by step, so I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made during this competition.Thyssen said. It’s been tough with the weather this week, but the Brazilian vibes are just amazing. This is my first time here and I really enjoyed my stay. » The surfer from St Barthélémy made a huge leap in the provisional general classification, gaining 29 places and now occupies 17th place.
Quarter-finalist, Vahine Fierro continues to progress competition after competition. After two round of 16 (South Africa and US Open), the Tahitian is in the quarterfinals for the second time in a row after Ericeira (Portugal) last month. Here she is now 10th in the ranking before Hawaii. Where she must imperatively reach the final to finish in the Top 5, qualifying for the CT 2023.
Joan Duru (photo WSL)
Joan Duru is launched
Maxime Huscenot is already in the qualifying bubble. He was before Saquarema (9th place) and his career in Brazil, quarter-final, allows him to grab more points and places. The Reunionese now occupies 6th place in the standings while the Top 10 men will reach the CT. “Another “competition” in Hawaii at the end of the month. We don’t give up until the end! » writes Huscenot on his Instagram.
Unlucky semi-finalist against the Moroccan Ramzi Boukhiam, Joan Duru also signs the best result of his season. The Landais, former CT (2019), has two big results. After his 8th final in Ericeira, this half in Brazil allows him to gain 24 places and appear in 16th place. To dream of finding the CT, the 33-year-old surfer will have to be a hit again on the last test. Six years ago, it was on the Aliʻi Beach Park spot that Duru punched his ticket for the CT with a half. This time, it is at least the final that he will have to aim for.
We end with the great performance of Tim Bisso, who reached the round of 16 at Saquarema and climbed to 26th place in the ranking. Four places behind Gatien Delahaye who has been marking time on the CS circuit since his final at Ballito in July.
Maxime Huscenot (Photo WSL)
Tessa Thyssen, right on the podium. (WSL photo)