The conditions here are pretty miserable, first start was at 8am and a battle of the brits with Phil Horrocks against Ross Williams. The waves were up at this point and Phil was on a 4.2. With some good backloops he advanced, he now has to meet Robbie Swift. We got half way through the first round, to Ben Proffit\’s and Mat Pearch\’s heat, where to be honest the coditions were rubbish. The wind dropped straight away. Pearch spent the first valuable minutes sinking in the strong currents, but his competitor was also no where to be seen. Proffit made the most of his heat and was probably winning against shelef. But the heat was abandoned.
The restart saw Pearch advance with a quality back loop and wave ride. Wave rides were hard to come by as the swells rarely broke consistently in front of the judges tower. There is a nice bowl, but take that in and you might not get out again. The current and winds gusting from force 6 down to 2 make it impossible to stay near the judges tower. Proffit was unlucky not to advance, it looked as if had the better jumps, but could not find a wave that could be defined by the term. Pearch now faces John Skye in another all British heat. Just as Bjorn Dunkerbeck went out for his first heat the wind completely dropped. We are on hold now. Perhaps the highlight so far was a clean endover double from Thomas Traversa, he advanced!!!
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