The rights were lining up perfectly for the goofy-footers to showcase their fine-tuned backhand skills. Former Championship Tour (CT) surfer Joan Duru (FRA) got to work in the first heat of the day, staying low and throwing lots of spray into the morning light with his backhand, getting the job done and securing the win.
“I’m really happy I could surf this morning because the wind yesterday wasn’t so good, but now it’s kind of pumping, I’m stoked,” Duru reacted. “I’ve been coming here since the first prime event in 2009 and I really like it here, eating good meat every night, really nice people and the waves are strong.”
In another French affair, Tahitian Kauli Vaast (FRA) patiently built his scores until he found a great wave for a tight turn in the pocket, throwing his fins out the back and swooping over the closeout for a 7.33 (out of a possible 10) snatching the lead from Maxime Huscenot (FRA). Timothe Bisso (FRA) scored an excellent 8.60, going vertical in the critical part of the wave and speeding down the line to meet the section head-on. Only needing a small score to advance, Bisso sneaked into second eliminating Huscenot and Kian Martin (SWE).
Deivid Silva (BRA) surfed a smart heat, with consistent top-to-bottom surfing and strong finishing maneuvers. A former winner in Ballito, Silva scored a 7.00 straight out of the gates and controlled the rest of the heat to make his way to the Round of 32.
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