Taking the first spot in the Quarterfinals was Gabriela Bryan (HAW), who was focused on getting the first score on the board to put Molly Picklum (AUS) and Caitlin Simmers (USA) under pressure. Bryan found the best wave of the day when she whipped out three quick turns for 7.00 points (out of a possible 10) and secured the win, with Simmers and Picklum unable to get another scoring ride.
“I went into that with a solid game plan and when it plays out like that, it feels really good,” Bryan reacted. “It’s super important to get this spot in the Quarters already and the waves are supposed to get much better. It’s the best feeling ever to skip the Elimination Round!”
The sets were few and far between, with long waiting periods between waves and organisers put the competition on hold for an hour after the second heat. After reviewing the conditions, the event was called off for the rest of the day. The next call will be on Tuesday, July 18 at 6:55 a.m. GMT +2.
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