The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

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@ the­gar­denis­

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