Kolohe Andino (USA) was once again one of the standout performers of the day and was the 2nd surfer to advance into the Quarterfinals where he’ll meet fellow American Michael Dunphy (USA). Andino impressed the crowd and judges with his super-technical aerial game scoring a 9.33 (out of a possible 10) for a huge full rotation air-reverse with a slob grab thrown in for good measure.
“It’s tough out there so I threw in a few variations because I knew the judges would like it,” Andino said. “I knew he (Heath Joske) would be tough because he can pull those airs too. I just tried to pull a Gabriel Medina and catch a bunch of waves and get into a rhythm. I’m stoked to make it, I’m bettering my points on the ASP World Rankings from here on out.”
Phil MacDonald (AUS), former ASP Top 10 rated surfer who’s been absent from competitive surfing for the past 2 years showed that power surfing never going out of style, scoring a monster heat total of 17.83 (out of a possible 20), the biggest of the event so far during ruined three. Later MacDonald was eliminated in the round of 16 by Evan Geiselman (USA) and takes home an equal 9th place finish and USD $2,300 prize-money.
“I was buggered out there, I think I just got lucky in that ruined three heat,” MacDonald said. “I got a few little good waves that ran across the bank, I was lucky that I caught the good ones. It’s been a long time since I put a competition rashie on and that competitive nature never leaves you, so it feels good to go in an event and challenge myself.”
Charles Martin (GLP) went to town on the little left-hand runners at Vivonne Bay today with a variety of impressive snaps and carves. Martin will face Billy Stairmand (NZL) in the Round of 16 when competition resumes.
“This wave is kind of like a wave at home, so I feel quite comfortable,” Martin said. “It’s fun out there, the offshore can make it hard to get into the waves, but when you get a good one it’s great. Kangaroo Island has been amazing, we are staying in tents and it gets really cold at night, but it’s different and I really like it here. I’m from an island, Guadalupe, so I love going and checking out other islands and this one is really nice.”
Richard Christie (NZL) survived a once in a lifetime heat, advancing to the next round of competition after incurring an interference penalty for dropping in on Ty Watson (AUS). Christie will now face James Wood (AUS) when competition resumes.
“The waves are super small and we were battling for position,” Christie said. “Ty (Watson) is really good at getting into position and even when I’d try to hold him off waves he still managed to get two good ones. I was bummed to get an interference at the beginning of the heat, I just really wanted to make the heat and I’m so glad that I did.”
A call will be made at 8am tomorrow for a possible 8:15 start.