|Competitors Find Form on Day 4 of Competition
Frenchman Justin Becret (FRA) has guaranteed his best Challenger Series result, finding his way into the Round of 16 with another impressive heat win. Becret’s timing and power on his frontside have been in sync with the right-handers on offer throughout the event, winning with a two-wave total of 14.33 (out of a possible 20).
“When it’s this good I just want to surf,” Becret said. “I’m not too focussed on if I make it or not, I just want to surf and show what I’ve got. Once I got my scores, the waves slowed down a bit which helped me for sure. I definitely feel like the waves are suiting me which is nice to have that confidence.”
Becret’s countryman Marco Mignot (FRA) and Joan Duru (FRA) also booked themselves spots in the Round of 16 at North Narrabeen, both looking super comfortable in the chunky beach break conditions. Marc Lacomare (FRA) continued to impress, finding a spot in the Quarterfinals.
Former Championship Tour competitor Morgan Cibilic (AUS) put on his best performance of the year so far, posting one of the highest two-wave totals of the day with a near-excellent 15.37. Cibilic looked sharp on rail, displaying some of the form that took him to No. 5 in the world in 2021.
San Clemente powerhouse Cole Houshmand (USA) is another competitor hitting his straps at the GWM Sydney Surf Pro finding his way to the Quarterfinals for the first time at the Challenger Series level. Houshmand overcame Hawaiian prodigy Eli Hanneman (HAW) in the Round of 16 with an impressive heat total of 15.77.
“That was such a tough heat,” Houshmand said. “There were so many different peaks to choose from and I didn’t really know where to sit and where the scores would be coming from. I ended up staying true to the left and found a few runners. I’m loving my time here in Sydney. All of the local groms are stoking on having us here and there are great vibes around the town.”
The WSL Tours and Competition team will reconvene tomorrow, Sunday, May 21, at 6:45 a.m. AEST to make a call on competition getting back underway for a possible 7:05 a.m. AEST start.
For highlights from today’s GWM Sydney Surf Pro Presented by Bonsoy competition, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.