Jadson Andre (BRA) qualified for the 2017 Championship Tour by the end of the Vans World Cup event. Andre finished 7th place in the recently concluded Qualifying Series 10,000 rated event, and it was enough to propel him to 8th place in the QS rankings.
Currently ranking 25th in the 2016 World Championship Tour, Andre’s re-qualification for the 2017 CT could be in jeopardy. With only one more CT event left at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Andre was in dire need of a break, and he knew it was no easy route to fight his way through the Pipe Masters, so he took the QS route for re-qualification
Coming into the Hawaiian QS events, Andre recognized he needed a good run for both the Hawaiian Pro and Vans World Cup events if he wanted to leap into the Top 10 in QS Rankings. His 5th place finish at the Hawaiian Pro QS10000 got him into the 12th position in the QS rankings. But it was not enough – Andre needed to make it past the quarterfinals in the Vans World Cup.
He fought past fellow CT superstars and QS warriors to make it to the fourth round where he faced 11-time World Champion, Kelly Slater. But Andre refused to lose, his competitive fire and his clean backhand maneuvers helped him advance with the King into the quarterfinals.
He faced tough competitors in the quarterfinal heat including World No. 3 Jordy Smith, World No. 8 Joel Parkinson, and one of the QS Ranking Leaders, Ethan Ewing. But he fought hard and advanced to the semifinals where he finished 7th place.
Jadson’s 2016 season was far from smooth. His year in the CT was rocked with challenges of injury, tight losses and illness. It was a rough year for the Brazilian, but just when he needed a comeback, he came through with just enough points to seal his 2017 Championship Tour Qualification.
With the weight of the re-qualification pressures off his back, Jadson Andre is looking forward to getting some bonus barrels at the upcoming Billabong Pipe Masters, set to run between December 8-20, 2016.
To better understand the 2017 Championship tour qualification requirements, here is a screenshot of the WSL Men’s Championship Tour Qualification Process: