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SHAPERS CUP: DHD is on the climb after a massive push at Margaret’s

Sharp Eye’s lead in the Shapers Cup shortens after a dominating performance by team DHD in West-Aus.

It was Australian glory at the Margaret River Pro, with Jack Robinson and Isabella Nichols taking out the comp at pumping Main Break.

The other winner of the event was DHD, the squad scored 11 points in the Shapers Cup with their surfers on fire in the event. Isabella Nichols maiden CT victory gave DHD five points, Ethan Ewing (2) and Bronte Macaulay (2) picked up third place finishes. Plus Stephanie Gilmore (1) and Molly Picklum (1) putting on solid performances and making it to the quarters. 

Ethan Ewing (Photo by Aaron Hughes/World Surf League)

DHD had the most successful event by a shaper this year, tying with Sharp Eye surfboards result at Sunset Beach. This takes DHD (26) from third to second place, moving Lost (20) down to third place.

The gap is tightening between Shapers Cup leader Sharp Eye (39) and DHD (26). Arawakra surfboards team rider Jack Robinson has been using Sharp Eye surfboards in the recent Australian events.  Robbo’s hometown victory gave Sharp Eye five points with their other point being scored by Johanne Defay’s QF finish.

(Photo by Matt Dunbar/World Surf League)

The Mid Year Cut has taken place, we say goodbye to 13 men and seven women from the CT. Most squads have at least lost one competitor. JS Industries, KT Surfboards and Bradley Surfboards will have no more surfers competing on the CT, unless their team members gain a wildcard spot. Lost Surfboards squad all stayed on the tour, with the whole team making the cut.

What the cut means to the Shapers Cup:

  • Most teams have lost at least one surfer due to the cut.
  • Current leader Sharp Eye have had four surfers cut (Jake Marshall, Luana Silva, Morgan Cibilic, Sally Fitzgibbons).
  • DHD tied with Sharp Eye for most impacted with four surfers being cut from the CT (Owen Wright, Malia Manuel, Bronte Macaulay, Molly Picklum).
  • Three teams no longer have surfers on the tour; JS Industries (Frederico Morais, Ryan Callinan, Frederico Morais), KT Surfboards (Imaikalani deVault) and Bradley Surfboards (Leonardo Fioravanti), unless they pick up a wildcard spot at the next events.

Gabriel Medina’s return to the CT will also shake things up with his shaper Cabianca Surfboards entering the Shapers Cup halfway through the season. Lost Surfboards have an addition to their squad with the return of Caroline Marks at G-Land.

We now look towards G-Land with waiting period starting on May 28. The legendary spot is a heavy and tricky wave to surf, with those comfortable in the barrel expected to do the best. It will be interesting to see what types of surfboards will be used.

Check out our World Shapers Cup leaderboards & WSC squads here.

Results from Margaret’s

Shaper QF SF RU WIN TOTAL
2 4 0 5 11
1 0 0 5 6
1 0 3 0 4
1 2 0 0 3
0 0 3 0 3
0 2 0 0 2
1 0 0 0 1
1 0 0 0 1
1 0 0 0 1

WORLD SHAPERS CUP – EXPLAINER

What is the World Shapers Cup?
The Tracks World Shapers Cup is a competition that rewards the shapers who create the boards for the WSL competitors.

Why do we have a World Shapers Cup?

Tracks believe shapers for World Surf League competitors deserve recognition for their work like the car manufacturers in the Formula One.

F1 have a World Constructors Cup which is a prestigious, points-based competition that rewards…you guessed it: the constructors. Move aside athletes, without the constructors you’re nothing.

What is the WSC competition format?

We are scoring from the quarters on, so if your surfer cant get past the heats then no points are on offer.

Points Are Awarded As Follows

If a surfer finishes in the quarters the shaper will be awarded one point.

A semi-final finish is two points.

The runner-up gets three points.

The winning shaper gets a lil bonus, earning five points for a win

What is the prize for the winner of the WSC?
We’re kicking it off with $10,000 worth of advertising across Tracks Media to use as you wish.
And the most amazing trophy in the history of surf or whatever we can work out between now and the final.

Check out our World Shapers Cup leaderboards & WSC squads here

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