For the first 5 events of the season, seedings are based on a mix of last year’s rankings and results gained in the current year. After event 6, seeding is exclusively based on this year’s ranking. With the new format, Round 1 winners might be benefited from the seeding system by being better placed into their brackets. That means they will be matched with surfers that sit lower on the ranking list. However, it’s important to note that this rule might not apply on all cases. This happens when top tier surfers iwin their heats. For example, if a surfer who is already at the top of their tier won Round 1, nothing would change, as he will be at the top of the tier already (athletes at the top of a tier cannot move into the tier above them).
Also, this new structure won’t allow the Top 4 surfers to meet during heats until the Finals, making it even more exciting for everyone!