|Crosby Colapinto and Edgard Groggia Earn Highest Heat Totals of Round of 32
Californian Crosby Colapinto (USA) put on a clinic at Snapper Rocks today, posting the highest heat total of the day for his incredible display of powerful, fins-free surfing. Colapinto’s 16.60 (out of a possible 20) was too much for his opponents to hunt down, earning him a spot in the Round of 16 against Championship Tour surfer Rio Waida (INA).
“My heat yesterday took me a long time to get into rhythm so I was really focused on getting an early start today,” Colapinto said. “I couldn’t have hoped for a better start than that. It was so good to get good waves and have the opportunity to open up and show what I’ve got.”
Edgard Groggia (BRA) combined powerful turns with progression at Snapper today. He earned an excellent 8.83 (out of possible 10) for a massive full-rotation air reverse, which was enough to win his Round of 32 heat. Groggia is looking for a career-best result on the Challenger Series, but he will now have to face former CT surfer Samuel Pupo (BRA) in the Round of 16.
“It feels so good to make my heat with that performance,” Groggia said. “Before my first heat I was feeling really nervous but today I was feeling a lot more relaxed and I think it showed. My equipment was feeling good through my turns and it gave me the confidence to go to the air. I’m glad I landed that big air and can’t wait to keep it going.”
Aussie duo Mikey McDonagh (AUS) and Jacob Willcox (AUS) continued their winning streak on the Gold Coast, each booking spots in the Round of 16 with a strong showing on Day 3 of competition. Willcox will take on fellow goofy-footer Evan Geiselman (USA) while McDonagh will matchup with veteran Jadson Andre (BRA) when competition resumes.
Michael Rodrigues (BRA) continued his love affair with Snapper Rocks today, taking another heat win on his way to the Round of 16. Rodrigues looks to have bounced back after falling short of the Mid-season Cut and returning to the Challenger Series, with his stylish surfing continuing to turn heads on the Gold Coast.