Teenage Aussie surfing prodigy Molly Picklum has bounced back from the devastation of being cut from the WSL championship tour mid-year to join eight-time world title winner Steph Gilmore on the 2023 circuit.
Picklum, 19, secured her place among the world’s best at the Saquarema Pro in Brazil on the weekend as one of the top five contenders earning passage back to the elite tour.
The teenager from the NSW Central Coast had an impressive run throughout this year’s Challenger Series, including a huge win at the Ballita Pro in South Africa.
She said being a victim of the inaugural WSL mid-season cut was “tough” but refocused to fight her way back to the main tour.
“The mid-season cut was definitely tough but my goal was to refocus after Margaret River and make the most of every opportunity,” Picklum said.
“I want to keep enjoying the journey and I’m excited to see where it takes me next season.
“I’ve worked hard for this moment and feel proud to be back at the top level. There is so much talent in women’s surfing at the moment and I can’t wait to challenge myself against the best in the world next year.”
The 2023 tour will kick off with the Billabong Pro Pipeline in Hawaii next January, and Picklum will join fellow Aussies Gilmore, Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons, who was given a wildcard back on the tour after also being cut mid-year.