Hawaiians Dusty Payne and Mason Ho will be competing in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach men's contest as the injuries to CT tour stars continue to pile up. Ho will officially be replacing Filipe Toledo , who was forced to pull out of the rest of the Australian leg due to a groin injury he suffered at Snapper Rocks during the Quiksilver Pro. Payne is filling the hole left by Australian rookie Jack Freestone, who suffered a serious leg injury shortly after the event.
Zietz and Kennedy made the most of their opportunities, too, with their 9th and 3rd place finishes. "A lot of people forget that Bede Durbidge got on tour as an injury replacemnt and surfed well enough to stay there," says Stu Kennedy. "We're basically trying to do the same."
Among the women, Lakey Peterson, who hurt her ankle just before the start of the season, will sit out another contest while she rests up. Her replacement will be Bronte Macaulay, who finished with a strong 9th place finish at the Roxy Pro after upsetting Sally Fitzgibbons in Round 2.
Catch the new faces when they paddle out at Bells starting Thursday, March 24 local time. Watch live daily on the WSL website and app, through April 5.