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Nat Young surfed to the highest heat score of the day posting a near perfect 9.67 point ride in his 17.5 point heat total. Young blazed a big lefthander with two huge forehand turns for his top scoring ride. Young now faces top seed Adam Melling and fellow day two stand out Nic Muscroft along with Alex Chacon in the next round. Gony Zubizarreta surfed was one of the first top seeds to blow up in his heat dominating his opponents for an easy heat victory. The Spanish surfer was the only European to compete in the round of 96 today posting 16.50 to eliminate Masatoshi Ono and James Woods.© 2014 O'Neill
The New Zealand surfers were well represented on day two with Maz Quinn (Gis) and Billy Stairmand (Raglan) both moving through to the Round of 48 surfers in the challenging conditions. Stairmand, the only Kiwi to win an event of this rating (2010), was stoked to be surfing at an international level in New Zealand. "It is pretty cool having everyone here. All the boys came over from Aussie and picked me up and it is cool to take them around and show them our waves. I am their little tour guide, its cool." Stairmand won his heat today to progress alongside Tim Macdonald who together defeated Chad DuToit and Mason Ho. He was philosophical about the conditions on offer at Pines on Wainui Beach. "At least there are waves. It is New Zealand conditions, warm for us, cold for them" said the young natural footer from Raglan who admitted to feeling nerves prior to his heat. Stairmand was joined by Maz Quinn who despite looking like being eliminated managed to score a 3.33 point ride on his last wave with 30 seconds remaning - enough to squeeze him into second place. Other Kiwis still alive include Richard Christie (Gis), Jay Quinn (Gis), Tim O'Connor (Mnt) and Matt Hewitt (Mnt).© 2014 O'Neill
Highlights from day one where despite conditions being less than desirable with 30 knot onshore winds, cold temperatures and a messy 2m swell, the event kicked off a full day of explosive surfing.© 2014 O'Neill
Entry to The Winter Session has closed for this season. The task remains of picking a pair of winners for February, then sorting through all the edits in search of an overall victor.
Three months of non stop storms ended abruptly in Les Landes on Thursday.
Skeleton Bay providing the implausibly long tunnels for which it is known.