Frederico Morais was eliminated this Tuesday in round 3 of the Margaret River Pro, the fifth stage of the 2022 World Tour, finishing in 17th place in the race held in Western Australia.
A result that is not enough to guarantee the continuity of the Portuguese surfer for the second half of the season of the World Surf League circuit. Kikas, therefore, misses the cut that takes place after this stage, now concentrating his efforts on the Challenger Series circuit.
Frederico arrived at Margaret River in 25th place in the ranking, three positions from the top 22, which gives access to the five remaining events of the season. The Portuguese surfer needed a strong result to dream of remaining in the world elite. The requirement was to reach the semi-finals so as not to depend on third parties, but the results of the first heats of round 3, where the seeds prevailed in most of the matches, opened up good prospects for Kikas to just need to get there. to the quarter-finals to qualify.
However, the confrontation between Caio Ibelli and Frederico Morais, in heat 11, was clearly favourable to the Brazilian, who has been one of the surprises of the season, even though he is competing as a substitute, after losing his place on the circuit at the end of the year. past. With a very big sea in Margaret River’s Main Break, Frederico never met the sea and saw Ibelli add 15 points, leaving him in combination, with only 8.50 points.
It was the end of the line for Frederico Morais this season, who with this 17th place won’t be able to enter this cut that only clears 22 of the 34 world tops for the second half of the season. These 22 surfers will continue to fight for the top 5 of the ranking, which gives access to the final of the fight for the world title, in addition to having already stamped the spot for the World Tour 2023.
This is just a temporary farewell for Kikas of the world elite since he still has the possibility to guarantee a spot for 2023. The Portuguese surfer is, thus, “relegated” to the Challenger Series circuit, which starts next Saturday on the Gold Coast, also in Australia. In this secondary circuit, 12 male and 6 female spots are at stake for next year’s world elite. Frederico joins fellow countrymen Vasco Ribeiro, Teresa Bonvalot, Kika Veselko, Mafalda Lopes and Yolanda Hopkins in the fight for those spots.