Steven Saywer blasts into round 2 of Billabong Pro

It was a day of mixed fortunes for local surfers as Supertubes delivered the goods on day one of the Billabong Pro JBay.

Dylan Lightfoot was the first local in the water but could just not find his rhythm and was unfortunately eliminated from the event, as was experienced Supertubes surfers Warren Dean and Dan Thornton.

Steven Sawyer and Remi Petersen kept the local flag flying high as both surfers advanced into round two. Petersen scraped through with a score of 10.23 in a heat which didn’t seem to get going while Sawyer put together a respectable score of 14 in his heat after shredding his first wave to bits.

They are joined in round two by former JBay local Sean Holmes while legendary Kwazulu Natal surfer Frankie Oberholzer threaded his way through some big Supertubes barrels to win his heat.

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Steven Sawyer getting barrelled at Supertubes. Photo: Paul Van Jaarsveld

Nathan Hedge posted the top score of the event so far by registering the highest two-wave combined heat total of 19.27 out of a possible 20 points.

“I just stayed in the pocket all the way,” said Hedge of his inspiring 10-pointer. “It’s the only way to surf Supers on your backhand. I can’t remember how many times I cracked it, but I did enough to get a 10-point ride so I’m stoked with that.”

The Billabong Pro will commence again this morning st Supertubes.

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