Rusty team rider, Caio Ibelli, now ranked #5 in the World Surf League, had a memorable Pipeline and Sunset contest, per usual. His fearless commitment always takes him far in Hawaii. Caio was riding a quiver of New Traveler step-ups.
At Pipeline, Caio reached the Quarterfinals with a questionable priority interference in the round of 32 that left him with a 1-wave, heat winning score, which hasn't happened in competition since 2019 (STAB dove into it in detail here). In the WSL, there are two different interference types, priority and non-priority. A priority interference removes the surfer's 2nd wave score entirely, a non-priority interference, halves the 2nd wave score. Watch the Quarterfinal heat against Liam Obrien below.
At 6-8ft Sunset, Caio charged to a Quarterfinal finish against 2022 World Champion, Felipe Toledo, who went on to win the event. Watch their heat below. Caio defeated Miguel Pupo, Ryan Callinan, Zeke Lau and Barron Mamiya in earlier rounds.