|Mixed Results For Former CT Competitors on the Challenger Series
Mixed results today for former CT standout surfers and Australia Olympian’s Owen Wright (AUS) and Julian Wilson (AUS). While Wilson was able to take a confidence boosting win in his heat, Wright was unfortunately relegated to third position late in his heat and eliminated from the event. A former winner here at Manly, Wilson looked in good touch, even surfing on the board he competed on at the Tokyo Games last year with.
“These waves on the Challenger Series are good and I’m enjoying getting back into competition,” Wilson said. “Surfing four man heats is definitely a change to what I was used to and you really have to be hungry in the water to get the best waves and be prepared to fight for those waves but I’m becoming more familiar with the format and the waves here at Manly and feel like I can keep improving on my scores.”
Another former CT competitor who looked in good touch within his opening heat at Manly was Brazilian representative Alejo Muniz (BRA). Muniz, another former winner here at Manly, has only just returned to the water after sustaining an injury whilst surfing earlier this year and has worked hard to get back for the CS season. The hard work looks to have paid off with the super fast natural footer taking a solid heat win to progress into the Round of 48.
“I’m coming off an injury I sustained in Argentina a few months ago but I’m getting better quickly and no matter what I’ll do my best regardless,” said Muniz. ‘It’s good to be competing here with my brother, we train together and advise each other before heats and it helps – I’ll be here on the beach for him later today for his heat as well and hopefully the waves remain good.”
Other former CT competitors that found success on Day 1 of competition included Ryan Callinan (AUS) Willian Cardoso (BRA) who progressed whilst the likes of Jesse Mendes (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Frederico Morais (PRT) where unable to move past the opening round in Sydney.
Kiwi Competitors Fly Flag ‘Across The Ditch’ on Day 1 of Competition
Kiwi duo Billy Stairmand (NZL) and Te Kehukehu Butler (NZL) surfed in back-to-back heats today at Manly and both progressed into the Round of 48 with Stairmand taking a commanding victory in his Round of 96 matchup. Hailing from the long left point of Raglan, Stairmand is known for his razor-sharp backhand attack and it showed in the running lefts on offer at Manly Beach today.
“I had a great start in that heat, my competitors made mistakes with waves while I was able to pick off a great left and get a solid score and the heat played out well from there” said Stairmand. ‘I’m really enjoying the Challenger Series – traveling the world and I love competing so this is a good life, especially when I’m winning heats and surfing good quality lefts here is ideal because I’m from Raglan and surf lefts all the time – It’s suits me for sure.”