|Pictured: Kirra Seale (HAW) overcame a broken to excel and make her way into the Quarterfinals. Credit: © WSL / Lodin
Naomi Taoka (JPN) 12.00 heat total – overtaking two-time World Title runner-up Chloe Calmon (BRA) and Sophia Culhane (HAW). The lone women’s Japanese competitor went on to post another brilliant 6.67 as she eliminated Australia’s sole athlete Tully White.
Kirra Seale (HAW) stunned those in attendance with her brilliant surfing, notching a solid 13.10 heat total in Round 3, despite having a broken foot. The North Shore, Oahu, athlete showed her grace despite the pain and finds herself into the Quarterfinals for just the third time in a WSL event.
“I actually broke my foot on Thursday so I didn’t know if I was going to be able to compete,” laughed Seale. “But the doctor said I couldn’t make it worse so as long as I could handle the pain I was good to go. I’m really happy to be here and competing after not knowing for a few days.”
Oceanside, California’s Tour veteran Kevin Skvarna found himself locked into a battle with Brazilian talent Augusto Olinto and reigning WSL Longboard Champion Justin Quintal (USA). Skvarna’s last-minute effort earned him a 5.33 and a close heat win, sending Quintal to Elimination Round 2, where he earned a big Heat 1 win, to keep pace with fellow World Title contenders though a tall order as he currently has 7,500 points to build upon.
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