With three days of competition done and dusted in unexpectedly good conditions this week in Saquarema, Brazil, only 16 surfers remain from the 96-man field. A dying swell provided much more action than expected, allowing for a full day of heats today.
There were standout performances by many of the remaining surfers, including Kolohe Andino, who posted another heat win over Nat Young and Jean de Silva in the three-man no-loser round.
Fellow Tour rookie Gabriel Medina is also still in the draw, though his road has been considerably bumpier. Gabriel has faced Canary Island surfer Jonathan Gonzalez twice in this event now, once in Round 1, and again in the no-losers round, and has finished in second place both times. He will now have to get past Gonzalez in the man-on-man heat in order to book himself into the quarterfinals.
With the swell having faded for now, expect the event to resume on Sunday in Saquarema.
UPCOMING QUIKSILVER SAQUAREMA PRIME ROUND OF 16 HEATS:
Heat 1: Hizunome Bettero (BRA) vs Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) vs Perth Standlick (AUS)
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs Jean da Silva (BRA)
Heat 4: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) vs Romain Cloitre (FRA)
Heat 5: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY)
Heat 7: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 8: Nathan Yeomans (USA) vs Filipe Toledo (BRA)