In heat 1 Mike Stewart (Hawaii) snuck through with Rui Pereira (Portugal) dominating the sets waves.
“Wow, that was tough” said Stewart. “When Joao Pinheiro got that last set I thought I was gone for sure. I am feeling pretty lucky” .
In the second heat the European Top 16 seeds were Hugo Pinheiro and Manuel Centeno (Portugal) and they both paddled for the same peak with Pinheiro picking up interference. Andre De Silva continued his giant killing run with a win and moved through with Centeno to tomorrow’s man on man heats.
Heat 3 was a torrid battle with the two former world champions Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) & Damian King (Australia) prevailing over a determined Gastao Entrudo (Portugal) and Joao Neiva (Portugal).
The 4th heat was equally entertaining when Eder Luciano (Brazil) flipped and tweaked his lanky frame into some of the best scores of the day finishing with a pair of 8’s in first place over Pierre Luis Costes (France).
The next heat saw current World Champion Uri Valadao (Brazil) set a new standard for the day when he hurled himself into some high-speed jaw dropping flips to progress along with Benat Elosua (Spain).
Heat 6 was dominated by the boys from Brazil with Lucas Nogueira and Luis Villar proving too strong for the Euro duo of Ricardo Rico (Portugal) and Francisco Aguilar (Spain).
In the second last heat Guilherme Tamega (Brazil) showed amazing versatility to blast into first place over Joao Barciela (Portugal).
The final heat featured Jacob Romero (Hawaii) and Mark McCrathy (Sth Africa) with Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) having to settle for Stephan Stamm (Brazil) forth.
Tomorrow the event goes man-on-man and we will finish the day with a World Teams Challenge that will feature Hawaii, Spain and the World Teams taking on the might of Portugal.