|“It’s day one of the waiting period and the surf is firing,” said Hawaii Tour Manager, Marty Thomas. “We have really good Haleiwa, six-to-eight foot with 10-foot sets and we’re going to kick things off at 8:05 a.m. with men’s Round 1, Heats 1 through 8. We’re then going into men’s Round 2, Heats 1 through 8 with women’s competition off for the day and on standby for tomorrow. It should be a great day of surfing.”
An international heat gets competition underway with Charly Quivront (FRA), Mihimana Braye (PYF), Reo Inaba (JPN), and Love Hodel (HAW) vying for the top two advancing positions as third and fourth-place competitors eliminated from the event.
High-caliber competitors make their debuts throughout Round 1 including Hawaii’s own, former Championship Tour (CT) surfer Keanu Asing (Heat 2), Elijah Hanneman (Heat 3), 4X Big Wave Jaws Challenge victor Billy Kemper (Heat 4), world-renowned surfer Mason Ho (Heat 6), and more.
But they must clash with Challenger Series threats such as Crosby Colapinto (USA) (Heat 2), Joshua Burke (BRB) (Heat 3), Sheldon Simkus (AUS) (Heat 3), former CT competitor Ian Gouveia (BRA) (Heat 7), and aerial specialist Reef Heazlewood (AUS) (Heat 8).