Jordy Smith Australian Open 2012 Jordy Smith © ASPP/Dunbar

Red Bull surf stars, Jordy Smith and Kolohe Andino both progressed to the round of 16 in the Australian Open of Surfing on Day Seven (Friday, 17 February) in Sydney.

Despite finishing second in their respective heats on another day of small one metre waves at Manly Beach, Smith and Andino live to fight another day.

Smith's score of 11.66 was enough to progress behind heat winner Matt Banting, who was delighted with his performance.

I'm rapt! I'm really happy with my surfing right now," Banting said. "I've made the final of the Pro Junior, and I've been surfing every day since then so I feel like I know the waves pretty well here. It's great to have a heat with those guys, let alone win, they've been my heroes since I was a little kid."

Andino's 10.67 score was just enough for the 18-year-old to sneak through behind three-time ASP World Tour runner-up Joel Parkinson.

Parkinson was looking sharp both in the air and on the open wave face and finished the heat with a big air-reverse.

"It's crazy sitting in the water and looking back at a packed out beach," Parkinson said. "The surf is small but we're all dealing with the same conditions, I actually caught some fun ones. I'm a bit of a momentum builder, I don't want to surf my best heat in the first or second round, I want to try and peak towards the end."

Check out the highlights from Day Seven in this video...


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