After the show last year in dredging Ballito tubes, the anticipation of this year’s Mr. Price Pro was understandably high. Yet six days into the event, the ocean hasn’t quite delivered. A lack of swell has made competition difficult, especially through the first three days, and paired with webcast issues, those hoping for last year’s viewing spectacle are still waiting for the action to heat up.
Today saw all but the last two heats of the round of 24 run in fun three foot surf at Willard’s Beach. Performance of the day honors went to Brazilian Alejo Muniz who despite a shaky start to his heat would come back with the highest two wave total of the day, 17.17 to advance directly into the round of 16 over Jack Freestone and Sebastien Zietz.
Look for competition to resume at 7:30 am local time.
Mr Price Pro Round of 48:
Heat 11: David do Carmo 13.00; Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 10.30; Gabriel Villaran (PER) 10.30; Jonathan Gonzalez (PRI) 8.87
Heat 12: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.43; Glen Hall (AUS) 11.87; Caio Ibelli (BRA) 9.74; Billay Stairmand (NZ) 6.67
Mr Price Pro No Losers Round of 24:
Heat 1: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 15.83; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.16; Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 8.93
Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.60; Nathan Hedge (ZAF) 10.57; Tiago Pires (PORT) 7.70
Heat 3: Torrey Meister (HAW) 10.67; Granger Larsen (HAW) 10.40; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 6.77
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.86; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.63; Brian Toth (PRI) 8,40
Heat 5; Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.83; Nathan Yeomans (USA); Alex Ribeiro (BTA) 10.30
Heat 6: Nat Young (USA) 14.06; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 12.50; Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 7.30
Heat 7: Glen Hall (AUS) 11.50; Jay Quinn (NZ) 10.67; David do Carmo (BRA) 6.00
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 17.10; Jack Freestone (NZ) 15.20; Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 11.67
Mr Price Pro Round of 24:
Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 16.50 def Tiago Pires (POR) 15.40
Heat 2: Nathan Hedge (AUS) 13.48 def Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 13.34
Heat 3: Brian Toth (PRI) 12.00 def Granger Larsen (HAW) 7.60
Heat 4: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 14.27 def Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 8.67
Heat 5: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.87 def Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 11.74
Heat 6: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.34 def Hodei Collazo (EUK)