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Cristian Merello's Heat Winner

With Chilean big-wave spot Punta de Lobos as home base, Cristian Merello was right at home on the thick Nazaré peaks at the first-ever Nazaré Challenge. The goofyfooter earned the highest score of his Round One heat when he outran a series of growling A-frames. Hawaiian Trevor Carlson and Portuguese native Antonio Silva, meanwhile, also posted impressive performances and moved through to the Semis with Merello.

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