Steven Sawyer through in huge surf at 2019 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TPE (Sunday, December 1, 2019) – The 2019 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships is underway at Jinzun Harbour with the opening day of the event window seeing a massive day of competition. Competitors battled huge clean surf in the six-foot range to see the completion of Men’s and Women’s Round 1 along with four heats of Men’s Round 2.

2015 World Longboard Champion Rachael Tilly (USA) reveled in the big surf on Day 1 of the 2019 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships at Jinzun Harbour. – Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

 
Current WSL Longboard Tour rankings leader Justin Quintal (USA) has come to Taiwan with a strong chance of clinching his maiden World Title. With a hungry pack of competitors nipping at his heels, Quintal needs to give himself every opportunity to take the win and on Day 1 he started off on the right foot, winning his opening Round matchup with Aussie duo Jack Entwistle (AUS) and Nicholas Brewer (AUS). He will now progress into Round 3 and one step closer to taking the trophy.
 
“That felt good to put myself in the best position possible finishing that heat,” Quintal said. “It’s a little frustrating that this event has more weighting than the other events because it leaves the door open for a lot of other guys. I’m definitely in a good position but there is still a lot of work to be done to win the World Title which is obviously the goal. That was probably one of the hardest heats I’ve ever surfed. The waves look really good when you’re watching but once you’re out there, there is a lot of water moving, there are huge clean-up sets — it’s a lot of work for sure. This is my first time in Taiwan, and it’s been great. I’m really stoked to be where — the waves are so fun and the people are awesome.”
 
Reigning World Longboard Champion Steven Sawyer (ZAF)  had the tough task of taking on his good friend and travel partner Kevin Skvarna in Round 1 of the Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship. It was the first time the pair have matched up in a WSL heat and it didn’t disappoint with the two stylish goofy footers going wave-for-wave on the long lefts of Jinzun Harbour, carving with speed and showing grace on the nose. In the end, it was Sawyer who took the win, leaving his opponents Skvarna and Taiwanese wildcard Chung Hua Cheng (TWN) to battle it out in elimination Round 2.
 
“Kevin and I have never had a heat against each other,” Sawyer said. “Every event we joke with each other that we’ll match-up and it finally happened, and I got him – this time. Staying with buddies and surfing against them is fun. There are no hard feelings – out there we’re surfing against a coloured jersey and on land, we’re best buddies. It’s nice to get that first heat out of the way and shake the nerves off, I’ve been here for almost a week now and I’ve been scoring great waves – I love it here in Taiwan.”
 
Fresh off a recent trip to Alaska, Harrison Roach (AUS) is happy to be back in boardshorts and enjoying a more tropical climate. On his first trip to Taiwan, Roach is settling in well which was reflected in his surfing. The Noosa local looked comfortable in the solid and shifting peaks, posting the highest single-wave score of Men’s Round 1, a 6.67 (out of a possible 10) for a long right with a beautiful closeout re-direct to punctuate the wave.
 
“I just got back from shortboard a trip to the Aleutian Islands, so it feels good to be back in warm water,” Roach said. “This is my first trip here and I’m really loving it so far – we’ve been scoring great waves up and down the coast. This has been a really interesting year for me competing at all of these WSL events and it’s been good to see traditional or real longboarding getting rewarded and I’m glad to be a part of it. There’s a chance I could see one of my friends be crowned World Champion this week which is really cool. I might be in with a chance, but I’ll need a lot to go my way so I’m not counting on it.”
 
After Men’s Round 1 was completed, the world’s top female longboarders hit the lineup at Jinzun Harbour and impressively tackled the huge long period swells. It was no surprise that the winner of Heat 1 was defending Taiwan Open winner and reigning World Longboard Champion Soleil Errico (USA). The heat win didn’t come easy for Errico with only 0.30 points separating her from her opponents Sally Cohen and Haley Otto. The work done was enough to see Errico progress into Round 3.
 
“It’s so good to be back in this place where I had the best day of my life last year,” Errico said. “It’s pretty solid this year so that heat was such hard work. Not a lot has changed in my life since becoming World Champion, I’m just trying to be humble and continue to enjoy my surfing. I’ve been competing a lot this year but recently there hasn’t been many waves at home so I’ve just been training a lot and working out. It’s good to finally have some decent waves though.”
 
Brasilian sensation Chloe Calmon (BRA) is still searching for her maiden World Title and has come to Taiwan in the strongest position of her career. Calmon believes the new look Longboard Tour has allowed her to stress less at competitions and focus on being consistent across the year. Calmon has proved her theory in 2019, taking out two events of the Longboard Tour and arriving in Taiwan with her best shot yet at taking the championship.
 
“This is such an amazing year to be a part of longboarding and see it’s growth. For the first time in years, we have multiple events to decide our champions and WSL is giving us such a great platform to perform on. It’s been fun competing in several events this year and I think it takes the nerves away having multiple events. At the end of the year, we will have a champion who has been the most consistent surfer. It’s been a great opportunity to visit new places and surf in all sorts of different conditions. There has been a lot of talk about the title but I don’t want to think too much about it just yet because there is still a lot of great surfers I need to get past during this event.”
 
The Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship runs from December 1 – 7. For more information and to watch all of the action from the Taiwan Open of Surfing, head to www.worldsurfleauge.com or download the free WSL App.

Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Men’s Round 1 Results:
HEAT 1: Taylor Jensen (USA) 11.17 DEF. Taka Inoue (JPN) 8.33, Gabriel Nascimento (BRA) 6.97
HEAT 2: Justin Quintal (USA) 8.10 DEF. Jack Entwistle (AUS) 8.00, Nicholas Brewer (AUS) 4.94
HEAT 3: Kai Sallas (HAW) 9.90 DEF. Josh Constable (AUS) 9.30, Max Weston (AUS) 8.50
HEAT 4: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 10.46 DEF. Kevin Skvarna (USA) 8.83, Chung Hua Cheng (TWN) 5.97
HEAT 5: Harrison Roach (AUS) 12.00 DEF. Cole Robbins (USA) 8.04, Kaimana Takayama (USA) 7.30
HEAT 6: Tony Silvagni (USA) 10.77 DEF. Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER) 8.93, Phil Rajzman (BRA) 8.80
HEAT 7: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 13.04 DEF. Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 10.83, Clinton Guest (AUS) 7.16
HEAT 8: Kaniela Stewart (HAW) 10.93 DEF. Ben Skinner (GBR) 8.93, Wenderson Biludo (BRA) 1.27

Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Women’s Round 1 Results:
HEAT 1: Soleil Errico (USA) 8.36 DEF. Sally Cohen (HAW) 8.20, Haley Otto (HAW) 8.00
HEAT 2: Rachael Tilly (USA) 12.83 DEF. Natsumi Taoka (JPN) 9.70, Minami Koyama (JPN) 8.03
HEAT 3: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 10.43 DEF. Zoe Grospiron (FRA) 4.34, Kirra Molnar (AUS) 4.20
HEAT 4: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 13.97 DEF. Mahina Akaka (USA) 5.20, Pan Mei-Hsin (TWN) 1.90
HEAT 5: Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 12.10 DEF. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 9.93, Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) 7.47
HEAT 6: Alice Lemoigne (FRA)  12.26 DEF.  Kathryn Hughes (AUS) 7.47 Kelis Kaleopaa (HAW) 4.10
HEAT 7: Tully White (AUS) 8.84 DEF. Kaitlin Mikkelsen (USA)  7.40 Emily Lethbridge (AUS) 5.97
HEAT 8: Kirra Seale (HAW) 6.84 DEF. Mason Schremmer (USA) 6.33 Avalon Gall (USA) 5.94

Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Men’s Round 2 Results:
HEAT 1: Cole Robbins (USA) 10.10 DEF. Chung Hua Cheng (TWN) 6.14
HEAT 2: Ben Skinner (GBR) 15.00 DEF. Max Weston (AUS) 9.26
HEAT 3: Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 10.87 DEF. Nicholas Brewer (AUS) 8.37
HEAT 4: Phil Rajzman (BRA) 10.87 DEF. Gabriel Nascimento (BRA) 8.57

Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Men’s Remaining Round 2 Matchups:
HEAT 5: Taka Inoue (JPN) vs. Kaimana Takayama (USA)
HEAT 6: Jack Entwistle (AUS) vs. Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER)
HEAT 7: Josh Constable (AUS) vs. Clinton Guest (AUS)
HEAT 8: Kevin Skvarna (USA) vs. Wenderson Biludo (BRA)

Competitors Battle The Elements On Day 3

Competitors Battle The Elements On Day 3 of The WSL World Junior Championships in Taiwan

Pictured: South African Eli Beukes (ZAF) going huge to score a 9.17 on Day 3 of the WSL World Junior Championships. – Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TPE (Thursday, November 28, 2019) – Competition has continued at the WSL World Junior Championships as part of the 2019 Taiwan Open of Surfing with Men’s Round 2 and four heats of Round 3 being run in solid and wind-affected surf at Jinzun Harbour. With the opening heats of Round 3 being run, the first four spots for the Men’s Quarterfinals have been filled. 
 
Japan’s Joh Azuchi (JPN) is no stranger of the WSL World Junior Championships with this being his third tilt at the trophy. In 2017, the explosive young natural footer made it all the way to the final, where he went down to Finn McGill (HAW) and finished second in the world. In 2019, Azuchi has made his intentions in Taiwan clear, and that’s to go one step further and clinch his maiden World Junior Title and set himself a spot on the 2020 Challenger Series.
 
“It’s always good surfing in Taiwan,” Azuchi said. “There are always waves and a lot of opportunity for competitors. I came to the Taiwan Open with hopes of winning both the QS3,000 and the World Juniors to ensure myself a spot in the Challenger Series events next year. As I didn’t get a result in the 3000, I’m really focused on winning the World Juniors.”
 
Tahitian Kauli Vaast (FRA) continued to storm towards Finals Day, taking down fancied Australian representative Dakoda Walters (AUS) in Heat 2 of Round 3. Walters opted to surf the wind-blown rights, looking for opportunities to take to the sky, while Vaast got busy on the face of the lefts. Once Kauli had the lead and priority, he stalked the line up to ensure Walters didn’t have any shot at locking in a score and succeeded in doing so, sending Walters packing in equal 9th place.
 
“That heat was really stressful heat because we were nowhere near each other, so I didn’t know if he was getting good waves or not,” Vaast said. “Once I had my scores I could try and exercise my priority which was nerve-racking again because he could easily get a score on an inside wave with a big air or something. When I let him take the last wave I was willing because if there was one that was better behind it I’d have it instead of him. I’m stoked to make it into the Quarterfinals.
 
Heat 3 of Round 4 was one of the most exciting matchups on paper as two of the form surfers of the event in Luke Slijpen (ZAF) and Kade Matson (USA) went head-to-head at Jinzun Harbour. Both surfers opened their accounts early but struggled to find backups leaving the much-anticipated heat to come down as a battle of average scores. Luckily for Matson, he was able to grab the leads in the dying seconds with a modest 3.50 and moves into the Quarterfinals.
 
“That was such a heavy heat,” Matson said. “It was so hard to find a wave out there and know where to sit. I was surfing while the event was on hold and I swear it was so much better than that. I don’t know if the wind or tide changed or something but it was tough out there. I’m glad to have made it through that one and hope the swell keeps coming because I’m loving these lefts. Going left is definitely a strength of mine so I’m stoked with the waves here in Taiwan.”
 
In the final heat of the day, Tane Bowden (NZL) put on an epic performance to overcome one of the event favourites in Californian Crosby Colapinto (USA). Colapinto didn’t make it easy, scoring an 8.50 on a solid lefthander for a series of huge backhand hits. Bowden answered with an 8.17 for a seamless frontside carve to crack combination and finished the heat in top spot.
 
Earlier in the day, South African duo Eli Beukes (ZAF) and Luke Slijpen (ZAF) put on the performances of the day with Slijpen scoring a two-wave total of 16.66 for his diverse display of power and progression at Jinzun Harbour. Beukes boosted a huge full rotation air-reverse to post a 9.17 in his heat. Eventually, Slijpen was eliminated but Beukes is yet to surf his Round 3 heat.

WSL Competition and Event Directors will reconvene at Jinzun Harbour tomorrow morning to make a call on competition at 6:30 a.m.local time for a possible 7:00 a.m. start. 

The Taiwan Open World Junior Championship runs from November 26 – December 1. For more information and to watch all of the action from the Taiwan Open of Surfing, head to www.worldsurfleauge.com or download the free WSL App.

WSL World Junior Championships Men’s Round 3 Results:
HEAT 1: Justin Becret (FRA) 14.50 DEF. Cole Alves (HAW) 11.07
HEAT 2: Kauli Vaast (FRA) 12.96 DEF. Dakoda Walters (AUS) 12.74
HEAT 3: Kade Matson (USA) 8.50 DEF. Luke Slijpen (ZAF) 7.63
HEAT 4: Tane Bowden (NZL) 14.67 DEF. Crosby Colapinto (USA) 13.53

WSL World Junior Championships Men’s Round 3 Upcoming Matchups:
HEAT 5: Joh Azuchi (JPN) vs. Xavier Huxtable (AUS)
HEAT 6: Alan Cleland (MEX) vs. Eli Beukes (ZAF)
HEAT 7: Lucas Vicente (BRA) vs. Arashi Murata (JPN)
HEAT 8: Jett Schilling (USA) vs. Ketut Agus (IDN)

WSL World Junior Championships Men’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
HEAT 1: Justin Becret (FRA) vs. Kauli Vaast (FRA)
HEAT 2: Kade Matson (USA) vs. Tane Bowden (NZL)

Men’s Round 2 at the WSL World Junior Championships Taiwan

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TP

E (Thursday, November 28, 2019) – Day 3 of the WSL World Junior Championships has been called on at Jinzun Harbour as part of the 2019 Taiwan Open of Surfing. Taiwan continues to deliver solid surf with waves in the four-foot range accompanied by strong cross-shore winds at Jinzun Harbour. Men’s Round 2 will commence at 7:00 a.m. local time with Men’s Round 3 on standby. Women’s competition is off for the day.


“The expected huge surf and super strong winds haven’t quite arrived at Jinzun Harbour yet and the surf is still looking really fun,” said WSL Event Director Travis Logie. “It’s a pleasant surprise for us this morning so we are going to get underway with men’s Round 2 as soon as possible. We are still expecting conditions to deteriorate later in in the day so we will continue to assess conditions throughout the day and make a call on whether to continue as the wind comes up. For now, there is plenty of opportunity for competitors so we are going to start with Heat 1 of Men’s Round 2.”

Heat 1 of Round 2 will see local’s cheering on their wildcard Sheng Fu Chen (TPE) as he takes on Japan’s Joh Azuchi (JPN).

Kiwi Tane Bowden (NZL) will do battle in his first elimination heat of the World Junior Championships with Tiago Carrique (FRA) in the second heat of the morning.
 
Photos and newsfeeds will be uploaded to the links above throughout the day. A final press release will be distributed following the close of competition with standout performances, athlete quotes and competitive highlights from the day. For a full list of results, please visit the www.worldsurfleauge.com.

The Taiwan Open World Junior Championship runs from November 26 – December 1. For more information and to watch all of the action from the Taiwan Open of Surfing, head to www.worldsurfleauge.com or download the free WSL App.

WSL Junior Championships Men’s Round 2 Matchups
HEAT 1: Joh Azuchi (JPN) vs. Chen Sheng Fu (TPE)
HEAT 2: Tiago Carrique (FRA) vs. Tane Bowden (NZL)
HEAT 3: Luke Slijpen (ZAF) vs. Raul Rios (PER)
HEAT 4: Eli Beukes (ZAF) vs. Monnojo Yahagi (JPN)
HEAT 5: Fernando Junior (BRA) vs. Xavier Huxtable (AUS)
HEAT 6: Luke Thompson (ZAF) vs. Arashi Murata (JPN)
HEAT 7: Robert Grilho (HAW) vs. Dakoda Walters (AUS)
HEAT 8: Cole Alves (HAW) vs. Sage Tutterow (HAW)

Watch Men’s Round Two Action @ 7:00 am CST

(11:00 pm GMT / 8:00 pm BRT / 10:00 am AEDT / 3:00 pm PDT / 1:00 pm HST)

 

JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray Moves Into Championship Tour Qualification Position

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii – World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfer Matt McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay is primed to qualify for the elite World Surf League’s (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) for 2020 after placing third at the Hawaiian Pro 10,000 tournament on the weekend.

Matt in action at Haleiwa © WSL/Heff

Third-placing surfer and Rip Curl teamrider McGillivray had the weight of qualification on his shoulders, as a win would have officially gained him his first year on the CT. But he surfed with casual confidence and found a barrel in the Final to lock in a 5.83, his high score of the heat. 
 
The 22-year-old from Jeffrey’s Bay took on a veteran field in the Semifinals and eliminated two-time Hawaiian Pro winner Michel Bourez (PYF) and eleven-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) en route to the Final.

Stealthily stacking the results, McGillivray is in a strong position heading into the Vans World Cup, where his best result was a Quarterfinal finish in 2018.

With this result, McGillivray moves into the top ten on the QS at number 6, jumping eight slots up the rankings. The top 10 surfers qualify for the Championship Tour, if they have not already secured their place by requalifying on the CT.

Matt is looking good for qualification © WSL/Keoki

Matt will be looking forward to the Vans World Cup Of Surfing at Sunset Beach. He is always a standout at this venue, and it will be the final event of the year for him to bank one more good result, and to secure his berth on the Championship Tour for next year.

Once his qualification has been made official, Matt will be joining fellow South African surfer Jordy Smith on the elite Championship Tour of Surfing.

Distributed by: The Truth Collective  craig@truthcollective.co.za

2x WSL Champion Tyler Wright to Compete in lululemon Maui Pro

17 months ago, two-time World Surf League (WSL) Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) fell ill in South Africa. Temporarily hospitalized, Wright was forced to pull out of the Corona Open J-Bay and was diagnosed with Influenza A with complications that sidelined her from competition since.

Today, Wright announced that she is ready for her next phase of recovery – pulling on the jersey and surfing in a WSL Championship Tour (CT) event once again. The 25-year-old will compete in the final event of the 2019 season, the lululemon Maui Pro, with hopes of re-joining the WSL CT in the 2020 season.

2x World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) will compete in the lululemon Maui Pro, which opens this Monday, November 25, 2019. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

“Maui is the next step in my recovery process,” said Wright. “I’ve taken a lot of steps to get to this point, and it’s been a lot of hard work. And after Maui, there’ll be another step. I’m not sure what pulling the jersey on will be like, or what is going to happen. But I’m okay with that. That’s part of the reason why I’m here, to expose myself to that competitive environment again. It’s part of the recovery process and I’m ready to embrace it.”

Prior to competing in Maui, Wright has spent the past few weeks chasing swells around the Hawaiian Islands, testing her strength in bigger waves.

“I love being back in the water,” continued Wright. “I haven’t surfed this much since I was 14.  I’ve got boards everywhere, I’m exposing myself to bigger and heavier waves and love it.

“When I started feeling sick, they said I had Influenza A. I obviously had complications from that. It’s taken me 17 months to recover. It messed up my brain and my body. I can feel that I’ve been out of the water for a year-and-a-half. I can feel that I’m 10 kilograms lighter. Things are different. It is an adjusting period. But like I said I haven’t surfed as much as I have in the past few months as I have in the last couple of years. I’m excited about that and I’m excited about everything that I’m doing. It really is all a trial at the moment…it’s part of taking those steps to come back.”

The last time Wright surfed at the Maui Pro, she claimed her second World Title in 2017. This year, the lululemon Maui Pro at Honolua Bay will host the World Title showdown between current World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA), and No. 3 Caroline Marks (USA), and will also serve as the final provisional CT qualification pathway for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Can Carissa Moore Clinch Four Titles?

Wright will be against Peterson, the 2018 World Runner-up and 2019 World Title contender, and Silvana Lima (BRA) in the second heat of Seeding Round 1. This heat will follow Marks in Round 1, who will face Australians Nikki Van Dijk and rookie Macy Callaghan

Moore will surf against event wildcard Summer Macedo (HAW) and Coco Ho (HAW) in Heat 3. Maui local Macedo made a splash last year at the Maui Pro with a big opening-round win. Hoping to repeat that success and go even further in the event, Macedo could shake up the World Title race in the process. 

Lakey Peterson’s Run for Her First World Title

 

The World Title scenarios ahead of the lululemon Maui Pro:

  • If Carissa Moore wins Maui, she clinches the World Title;
  • If Moore gets a 2nd, Lakey Peterson needs a 1st to take the World Title from Moore;
  • If Moore gets a 3rd, Peterson needs a 2nd & Caroline Marks a 1st;
  • If Moore gets a 5th/9th/17th, Peterson needs 3rd & Marks a 2nd to force a 3-way Tie Surf Off for World Title decision in Maui
lululemon Maui Pro Seeding Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA), Silvana Lima (BRA), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Summer Macedo (HAW)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Brisa Hennessy (CRI), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Johanne Defay (FRA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
The holding period for the lululemon Maui Pro opens on November 25 and runs through December 6, 2019. The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray Within Striking Distance Of Championship Tour

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii – JBay surfer Matt McGillivray is currently the highest ranked South African surfer on the International World Surf League’s (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) rankings. Rated at number 14 in the world, McGillivray is within striking distance to qualify for the 2020 Championship Tour. The top 10 on the QS make the cut for the following year’s 2020 tour.

Matt McGillivray in action at Haleiwa © WSL/Heff

Currently competing in the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa on Oahu, Rip Curl teamrider McGillivray has been showing his prowess, garnered from many a winter’s training at Supertubes and at Boneyards in JBay. McGillivray thrives when the waves get a bit bigger and more serious, and he is not scared to go on the outside sets and do the big moves when the waves get scary.

McGillivray displayed his skills in his second round heat of the contest. Seeded into this round, McGillivray had a tough encounter against former Championship Tour surfer Mitch Crews from Australia, fellow South African Jordy Maree from Cape Town, and local surfer Logan Bediamol from Hawaii.

Powerful natural-footer McGillivray has had a great competitive year.

t was a close tussle between McGillivray and Crews for first place, with both finding good set waves and doing tight and critical turns. McGillivray surfed with confidence and style, banking some big and critical moves on the end section of the Haleiwa bowl, racking up a 6.33 and 7.33 as his two highest scoring waves, but was narrowly outpointed by Crews. At the end of the heat it was Crews followed by McGillivray who advanced into round three at the expense of goofy-footer Maree and the somewhat unlucky Bediamol. It was clear that McGillivray was finding the powerful right-handers to his liking, and he matched power with power on all of the waves that he caught, eliciting the necessary high scores from the assembled judges.

McGillivray has had a good competitive year so far, with some consistent results on the QS resulting in him placed 14th at this final leg of the tour. He was also a wildcard entry into the Corona Open JBay, where he was defeated by Australian start Julian Wilson.

A solid result in this event at Haleiwa will see him in contention, and a final good result at the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach next week could see him land securely on the Championship Tour. He will come up against Connor Coffin from USA, Ricardo Christie from New Zealand and Brazilian Luel Filipe in heat 12 of round three.

For more on the Hawaiian Pro – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2019/mqs/3171/hawaiian-pro/results

For more on Matt McGillivray – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/athletes/3737/matthew-mcgillivray