Seven of the eight men in the upcoming quarter-finals hail from France (or New Caledonia in Titouan’s case) as Gollito makes a shock exit. Scroll down to to also read about the start to the women’s contest that happened late on day two
Rejoining the contest at the round three stage, every heat on day two was a battle to stay in the competition. Once again we had solid wind and waves that made for heats of high energy and entertainment.
The format was two waves and one freestyle trick counting towards a rider’s score, and in the moving ocean conditions, big back flips and front flips off the steep kickers were the big scoring freestyle moves.
Of course the younger chargers were ready to throw some huge frontside 720s into the mix, too, with Malo Guenole, Christopher MacDonald and Axel Gerard all on point in that department.
Wave riding proved to have the most bearing on results on day two though, and we saw some very progressive top to bottom riding in the faster, steeper sections. Hugo Marin, Kauli Seadi and Malo Guenole were standouts for their high paced but super fluid wave attacks in round three.