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Frederico Morais was eliminated this Thursday from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the fourth stage of the World Surf League Championship Tour, ending his performance in the Australian event in 17th position. The Portuguese surfer was eliminated by Australian rookie Callum Robson in heat 10 of round 3 and was in a delicate position to ensure continuity in the world elite in the second half of the season.
Kikas even had a stronger start to the heat than his opponent, getting a wave of 7.60 points that put him in the lead in the middle of the duel. However, Robson would be able to turn the dispute with the best wave of the heat. Despite having been with priority for many minutes to be able to respond to the opponent, the sea did not cooperate and Frederico ended up losing the heat, after adding 13.43 points, against 15.27 of the young Australian.
This was the third time that Frederico Morais was eliminated at this stage in four stages, having only reached the Round of 16 in the Portuguese stage. This result does not allow Kikas to enter the top 22 of the ranking, at a time when there is only one stage left for the mid-season cut.
Thus, Frederico, who arrived at Bells in 23rd place in the ranking, needs a strong result in the next stage, which takes place from April 24th to May 4th, in Margaret River, in Western Australia, in order to try to continuity on the world circuit. Although it is not yet certain how far the Portuguese surfer will be from the cut after this stage, it is possible that the requirement for continuity in the Tour will pass through something identical to reaching the quarter-finals in the next stage.
Only the top 22 in the ranking (plus two wildcards) will participate in the five stages of the second half of the season, guaranteeing qualification for the 2023 world circuit. The remaining surfers drop to the Challenger Series circuit, where they will try to requalify against the best surfers of the WSL regional circuits.