Waialua's Kawai Lindo experienced both sides of Pipeline's hand today, finding the only $1,000 "Electric Perfect 10" score of the day for a barrel that reeled off flawlessly. But at the end of his battle for a wildcard in a stacked heat that included Mark Healey (HI), Dave Wassel (HI), and JD Irons (HI), it still wouldn't be enough. Kauai's JD Irons trumped him to move on.
North Shore local Makuakai Rothman posted the highest two-wave heat score of the day: 16.86 points out of 20 (8.93, 7.93). His backhand tube riding was brilliant and delivered a satisfying return to the water after a recent torn calf muscle that had him couch-ridden.
"It felt great, actually," said Rothman. "It was a pretty heavy tear, blew it up, but no problem today so I'm heading home to rest up." Rothman's younger brother Koa also advanced today.