"I tried to make it fun. That was the first time I've hopped in the water since my last heat in Portugal," said Julian. "I was indecisive weather or not to wear booties. I think I should have as both my little toes went numb right away and I felt a bit shaky. But I found some waves and had some fun. It was good to surf a Prime event again and see all my friends," he said. "It feels different for sure. I am in a lot different headspace now because things are going good and I don't have as much stress. It's fun."
Matt Wilkinson, the reigning CWC Champion also put in a solid display to make his presence known in this competition with a heat score of 15.34 and the highest wave score of 8.67. I feel pressure having won here last year, but it also gives you a bit more confidence so it works both ways," said Matt. "But with the new points system, I feel real pressure. If I don't win this event I loose 6,500 points which is pretty crucial,
"I was feeling pretty nervous," he said. "I hurt my ankle a few days ago and I hadn't surfed on it since. It's kind of swollen and its been sore to walk on but with boots on it gives it a bit more support. I felt pretty shaky but it was good."
But all was not good for current O'Neill CWC Series leader Brent Dorrington. The Australian finished fourth in his heat, leaving his fate and the $50,000 Series prize money in the hands of those sitting just behind him including Adam Melling who will most likely be in the water for his heat soon here.
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