Surfers on the bubble after Haleiwa

November 17, 2014 | Surfing
Jack Freestone: surfer in the bubble | Photo: ASP

Who's making the cut? The list of the 2015 World Surf League competitors is still undefined, but some riders have improved their situation in the rankings after the Reef Hawaiian Pro.

The first jewel of the 2014 Triple Crown of Surfing was a disastrous experience for Qualification Series (QS) surfers on the bubble, except for Brett Simpson.

The rider from Huntington Beach is ranked No. 31 on the WCT rankings, but a seventh place at Haleiwa improved his QS position.

Jeremy Flores has also good reasons to smile and will paddle out at Sunset Beach with more confidence. A third-place finish put the French surfer in the QS Top 10.

The current cutoff point is at Jack Freestone. Assuming that Filipe Toledo, Jadson Andre, Adriano De Souza and Julian Wilson hold their Top 22 spots on the Dream Tour, the QS Top 10 is comprised of:

Matt Banting (AUS)
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Adam Melling (AUS)
Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Brett Simpson (USA)
Keanu Asing (HAW)
Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Jack Freestone (AUS)

Joan Duru and Jesse Mendes are only a couple hundred points back. Charly Martin, Ricardo Christie and Tim Reyes need a quarterfinal finish at Sunset to make the cut. After them there are still between 15-20 surfers who could jump into the Top 10 with Semifinal to Final results at Sunset.

"The cutoff points? Way back in February I predicted 11,000 as the starting point so it will be close. The points jumped up about 1,000 at Haleiwa so if the same happens at Sunset it could be as high as 11,500," explains Al Hunt in his "Situation Room".

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