Sally Fitzgibbons might be aiming to proceed her superb file in Brazil after incomes a late call-up to compete on the World Surf League Rio Professional in Saquarema.
Fitzgibbons, who missed the WSL’s mid-season minimize, wasn’t initially listed as one of many wildcards to compete in Rio de Janeiro.
However the withdrawal of two-time world champion Tyler Wright due to visa points opened the door for Fitzgibbons to be thrust into the draw.
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Wright has endured a torrid time of late, with the 28-year-old compelled out halfway by way of G-Land after contracting COVID-19.
She did not compete on the latest El Salvador Professional due to issues from her bout of COVID-19, and she or he was left devastated after her transit visa to enter Brazil did not arrive in time, forcing her out of the Rio Professional as nicely.
Fitzgibbons gained the Rio Professional in 2012, 2014 and 2019, and has her eyes set on claiming the trophy a file fourth time.
She faces a tricky first-up battle in opposition to fellow Australians Stephanie Gilmore and Isabella Nichols, with just one to earn direct entry into the quarterfinals.
The opposite two might be thrust into the elimination second spherical.
Gilmore, the 2018 Rio Professional winner, enters the occasion in scorching type after taking out the El Salvador Professional.
That end result noticed her rocket to third in the standings, giving her a great opportunity to end in the highest 5 and earn a spot in the season-ending finals in California.
Nichols is seventh and Wright sixth in the standings.
However Wright’s no-show in Brazil will see her slide additional down the rankings, leaving her with simply two occasions to claw again into the highest 5.
Within the males’s aspect of the draw, 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and John John Florence (knee) have been dominated out by way of harm for the second straight occasion.
Australia have three males in the combo to end in the highest 5.
Jack Robinson is second following wins on the Margaret River Professional and G-Land to go along with his third-placing at Bells Seashore.
Ethan Ewing is seventh and Callum Robson eighth and an enormous end result in Brazil may carry them into the highest 5.
Filipe Toledo sits high of the rankings, whereas Griffin Colapinto (third), Italo Ferreira (fourth) and Kanoa Igarashi (fifth) spherical out the highest 5.