The WSL has provisionally suspended Tanner Hendrickson, (currently sitting 26th in the QS rankings) from all competition until a full investigation can be completed following an incident involving Championship Tour athlete Michael Rodrigues. Hendrickson has been removed from the Pipe Trials draw.
Brazilian CTer Micheal Rodrigues and Maui charger Tanner Hendrickson got into a fist fight on the stairs above Pipeline, on Hawaii’s Northshore. According to comments online and several Brazilian surf sites, Rodrigues and Hendrickson have had a rift that goes back to at least the U.S. Open in Huntington Beach, California this summer when they got into it during a Round 4 heat–if not before.
Rodrigues has quietly had a solid year. He’s currently ranked 14th, and sitting well within range to spend another year on the CT in 2019. He finished 5th at both the Gold Coast and Oi Rio Pro.