Day 2 of the Breaka Burleigh Pro saw competitors putting on a show in perfect conditions - with the likes of Kolohe Andino and Mark Mathews making impressive performances...
Young American Kolohe Andino was once again one of the standout performers of the day, posting the highest heat total of the event thus far 17.60 (out of a possible 20). The young Californian seemed at home in the fun surf at Burleigh Heads, unleashing carving turns and big airs.
'I get out there and see an air section and I just have to go for it'
"Before my heat I was thinking that I didn't want to do any airs because I want to show people that I can do other things as well," said Andino. "But then I get out there and see an air section and I just have to go for it. I'm just enjoying surfing a heat with no pressure, figuring out boards and I'm looking forward to the rest of the event."
Australians Mark Mathews and Cahill Bell-Warren advanced out of one of the closest heats of the day with 0.70 of a point separating 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Mathews won the heat thanks to some tight power carves, while Bell-Warren unleashed a series of fast fins-free manoeuvres.
"It was great to have a heat with Mathews," said Bell-Warren. "He's one of my idols, he spends a lot of time in Victoria so I get to spend some time with him. We didn't really talk much out there, but we just got into a rhythm and caught a few waves. It's been a while since I've won a heat at Burleigh so I'm stoked."
Fellow countryman Ellis Ericson used his smooth style to carve out some nice turns and advance to the next round. Although Ericson doesn't compete much anymore, he admitted it felt good to be back surfing a heat.
"It's been about a year since I've been in a competition," said Ericson. "Even though it's not really my thing anymore it's still exciting when the hooter sounds and you still want to win. It's just fun to come up here and see all my friends and guys I used to compete against, and we get to surf Burleigh with just a couple guys out."
South Africa's Beyrick De Vries was on fire on Burleigh's long rights today, the young South African linked up turns, snaps and airs to take the heat win and advance to the next round.
"I had my board and a plan for surfing the rock break, but then it turned bad just before my heat," said De Vries. "At the last minute, I changed my board and decided to go and surf the bank out the back, and I'm so glad I did, the waves were great out there. I've been surfing Burleigh a lot lately and it's really helped me to know where to sit and which waves to catch. I'm loving it here right now."
The Breaka Burleigh Pro will be broadcast LIVE via breakaburleighsurfpro.com.au
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