who missed four events with injury, falls to 15th.
Carissa Moore’s quarterfinal result keeps her in ninth and still within that current re-qualification zone. She rarely has to be cognizant of the cut line, but with multiple surfers on her heels, it’s still a pressing issue.
For Toledo, his 2017 has included the highest highs and the lowest lows. He’s now the only surfer on the men’s tour with two victories this season. But he was also suspended for one event after charging into the judges’ area at the Rio Pro, forced to miss the Fiji Pro. In addition to that, he has two second-round defeats, so he’ll be counting at least one minimum result in his final ledger.
Despite those road blocks, he moves into seventh place and he could quickly move into the top five after France.
But finishing with the yellow jersey is a long shot. Jordy Smith maintains his grip on the top spot after his runner-up finish at Trestles. Smith has been remarkably consistent all year, reaching the quarterfinals in all but two events.
John John Florence has accomplished that same feat, but he sits 2,450 points behind Smith with three contests remaining. Florence dropped his semifinal heat to Toledo, missing out on a chance to face Smith in a one versus two showdown.
Sebastian Zietz reached the fifth round at Trestles, knocking off Italo Ferreira in round three before falling to Smith for a ninth-place result. Zietz remains in 15th place on the season and while his hold on a re-qualification spot seems solid, it’s anything but assured. One finals day result, either in France, Portugal or Pipeline, would go along way in securing that achievement.
The men and women take their respective CT seasons to France on Oct. 7. They have a few weeks to recuperate and clear their heads before the final stretch kicks in. ••• David Simon can be reached at dsimon@ thegardenisland.com.-