Yesterday's pumping conditions were a distant memory when event two on the Subway Surf Series reconvened in tricky one-to-two foot surf today at North Cronulla.
Reef Heazlewood continued to take scalps, moving into tomorrow's Quarterfinals. Heazlewood performed an eclectic mix of powerful turns to take a comfortable heat victory ahead of fellow goofyfooter Kyen Stuart, who claimed second position.
"My whole tactic originally was to just catch the best waves I possibly could, but because it was quite slow, I had to get busy to put some scores on the board," said Heazlewood. "That heat was definitely the prime example of how priority can work for or against you, as you tend to stay busy when you don't have it, but when you hold first priority you tend to sit and be a bit pickier."
Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW) managed to just hang onto a Quarterfinal berth following an intense battle in the third round of competition. McDonagh appeared to be in the box seat to take the heat convincingly, but had an uncharacteristic fall on one of the waves on the day and had to rely on smaller waves to take the runner-up position.
"That was a nail-biter that heat," said McDonagh. "I had to change my boards around to suit the conditions and rode an epoxy, which felt a bit more sparky. Whichever way that heat went, I think I would have been happy following the result I got at Bells but it's definitely nice to back it up it up here."
Alyssa Lock set herself up for a Semifinal battle with World Junior Champion Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) tomorrow following a Quarterfinal victory over Northern Beaches native Tru Starling. In the low scoring affair, Lock managed to sneak in a mix of frontside and backside snaps to take the victory.
"It's quite nerve-racking getting set to take on a World Champion, but I want to give it a good go," said Lock. "Hopefully the swell increases tomorrow for our heat and we can make a bit of a show out of it."
Bodhi Leigh-Jones surpassed her previous best Pro Junior result of a Quarterfinal finish when she took down Kiara Meredith (Barrack Heights, NSW) to cement a spot in the Semifinals where she'll face off with Sophia Fulton (Mollymook, NSW).
"I'm so stoked to make it this far in my second Pro Junior ever," said Leigh-Jones. "I really wanted to just make it past the quarters, so I feel like I've achieved that goal. Everyone in the event at this point is an amazing surfer, so I just really want to go out there and do my absolute best."