Super-heat sees Johanne Defay (FRA) continue to top women’s Main Round scores

A super-heat featuring three multiple-time ISA medalists, Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Johanne Defay (FRA), along with newly qualified Paris 2024 athlete Taina Hinckel (BRA), played out as good as it sounded on paper, with a constantly shifting lead and strong battle between the three WSL CT surfers. Defay collected a 7.67 to take a solid lead, while Weston-Webb held firm in second. Fitzgibbons was not far behind however, and snuck a buzzer-beater to stay in the Main Round, relegating Weston-Webb and Hinckel to repechage.

Consistently posting some of the highest scores of the Main Round, Defay is part of a strong Team France, who are pushing for the team championship gold medal, though she is also eyeing off a personal WSG gold medal to join her silver and bronze.

“We are a good team. Everybody is motivated, I think we have good feelings in the group, good motivation. I’ve done second and third in ISA’s, I’ve never won, so why not this year?”

Competition will resume tomorrow at 8:00am AST with Men’s Repechage Round 11.



Anat Lelior (ISR)
Camilla Kemp (GER)
Janire Gonzalez-Extabarri (ESP)
Nadia Erostarbe (ESP)
Siqi Yang (CHN)
Sol Aguirre (PER)
Taina Hinckel (BRA)
Yolanda Sequeira (POR)


Alonso Correa (PER)
Andy Criere (ESP)
Joan Duru (FRA)
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
Rio Waida (INA)
Tim Elter (GER)



Qualified via 2023 ISA WSG
Saffi Vette (NZL)
Sarah Baum (RSA)
Shino Matsuda (JPN)
Vahine Fierro (FRA)

Qualified via WSL Championship Tour

Brisa Hennessy (CRC)
Carissa Moore (USA)
Caroline Marks (USA)
Johanne Defay (FRA)
Molly Picklum (AUS)
Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA)
Teresa Bonvalot (POR)
Tyler Wright (AUS)


Qualified via 2023 ISA WSG
Alan Cleland Jr (MEX)
Billy Stairmand (NZL)
Kauli Vaast (FRA)
Reo Inaba (JPN)

Qualified via WSL Championship Tour

Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Griffin Colapinto (USA)
Jack Robinson (AUS)
João Chianca (BRA)
John John Florence (USA)
Jordy Smith (RSA)
Matthew McGillivray (RSA)
Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)

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