The action has intensified in the Australian Open Of Surfing (AOS) 2017 as the first round of the Men’s Qualifying Series 6000 went underway. International surfers were seen dominating the first round heats. With Manly Beach delivering tricky 2-foot wave conditions, the male athletes battled it out to secure their round 2 ticket.
One of the noteworthy performances of the day is that of David do Carmo of Brazil. David previously suffered a round-one loss back at the recent Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro, another QS6000 event. Today, do Carmo dominated his heat by posting excellent scores of 8.67 and 8.00 to secure a round 2 appearance. His total heat score of 16.67 is the highest so far in the event.
Samuel Pupo, another Brazilian, won his first round heat with his excellent 8.83 score backed up with a 7.77 to make a total of 16.60. He is joined by several other Brazilian surfers who won their respective round one heats.
Joshua Moniz of Hawaii also took out his opening hit with a bang. Despite the swell decreasing, Moniz adjusted his approach to adapt to the changing conditions and was able to finish with an impressive 16.16 heat total score. His stellar performance today reflects his previous stellar performance in 2016, where he finished 5th place in the same event. Moniz moves on to the next round with eyes set on the podium for this year.
Taylor Clark of USA posted an excellent wave score of 8.50 and backed it up with a solid 5.50 for a heat total of 14.00 in the 14th heat of the first round. He secures a spot in the second round facing tougher competition, in a battle for 6000 points in the WS Qualifying Series.
Mateia Hiquily from Tahiti put up a great performance in his opening round heat, putting on a clinic with his snaps and carves, surfing his way to the second round with a 15.06 heat total.
Australian surfer, Kalani Ball won his first round heat, catching a total of ten waves in the process, applying a combination of maneuvers to earn a 13.36.
Mikey Wright of Culburra, who’s been out of competition for several months due to an injury got back to a quick start and dominated his round 1 heat. With his combination of forehand turns, he posted a 7.50 and 7.47 to propel him to the second round.
The AOS is now on standby and will resume tomorrow with the 3rd round of the World Surf League Girls Make Your Move Women’s Pro QS 6,000. The Live Webcast kicks off at 7:25 AEDT.