Wilko, mid-rodeo. Photo: ASP
The first heat of round 3 featured Australian goofyfoots Owen Wright and Matt Wilkinson. Both surfers opened with high-scoring rides. Wilko struck first with an 8.17 and Owen answered with an 8.5 that he backed up with a 6.4.
Wilko would go on to catch two backup waves-- one at the midway point of the heat and the second just as the clock was running out. Either one could have arguably given him the score. Both waves featured committed fin-wofts and were finished as strongly as Owen's 6.4.