The waves were small on day six of the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach, New South Wales, but there were a lot of big moves being pulled out there.
The top seeds in the men's ASP 6-Star competition brought out all their best moves on day six of the Australian Open. Highlights in the punchy two-ft surf included homegrown surfer Josh Kerr posting a score of 18.27 and Nat Young notching up a perfect 10-point ride.
Elsewhere there was drama for Portugal's Red Bull surfer Tiago Pires as he nearly missed his opening slot after arriving five minutes after his heat started. The ASP World Title Series surfer made amends, though, winning the heat in spite of his five-minute disadvantage. He had this to say afterwards:
“I was hoping to be in one of the last heats of the day, but when I saw I was in heat eight I knew it would be tight. I landed at 8am and my shaper Chilli picked me up from the airport. I got ready in the car and paddled out late for my heat. The waves have some push and they’re fun, it feels good to have won that one.”
Red Bull's South African wave rider Jordy Smith came out on top after battling it out with hot-prospect surfers Matt Banting, Thomas Woods and Krystian Kymerson.
“That heat was pretty tough,” said Smith. “The surf wasn’t great, but the grommets are doing well. They were doing airs all over the show, so I just copied them. I haven’t surfed in a comp since Pipe last year, so it’s good to get going again and get my feet in the wax. It was good to have a break, get my rib injury healed, work on my board and get ready for this year.”