Twenty-foot waves ignite the 2016 Hawaiian Pro

November 15, 2016 | Surfing

Frederico Morais was the stand-out surfer of Round 2 of the 2016 Hawaiian Pro.

The second day of competition got underway in challenging 20-foot waves, in Haleiwa. The first stop of the Triple Crown of Surfing plays a decisive role in the Qualifying Series (QS) scenario.

Morais nailed the second highest two-wave total of Round 2, and the highest single wave of the event so far. On his first ride of the heat, he found a 9.77-point gem, before backing it up with another solid 8.10.

Torrey Meister is now one of only five Hawaii locals still riding for a potential win. The surfer from the Big Island felt comfortable on the high waves of the North Shore and put out a splendid performance.

"I'm happy they waited for this swell. It's kind of like playing cat and mouse with the huge sets and the current and the waves, and trying to get those medium waves that are really deep and have the right direction," explained Meister.

Patrick and Tanner Gudauskas also advanced through to Round 3. The brothers proved they're strong in the Hawaiian waters, and keep their hopes alive.

"I was really excited to surf in these conditions. It's fun being given the opportunity to be challenged, not just by the lineups or the conditions, it's also the size of the waves. For us on the QS, I think we relish having days like this because it's always pretty small," concluded Tanner.

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