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Men Blast Into Action at Los Cabos Open of Surf

Day three at the Los Cabos Open of Surf provided moments of pure brilliance throughout the day for competitors to take full advantage of. Day three at the Los Cabos Open of Surf provided moments of pure brilliance throughout the day for competitors to take full advantage of. WSL / Andrew Nichols

The Los Cabos Open of Surf Men's Pro Junior got underway after a few days of anticipation had the up-and-coming talents itching to put on a jersey -- it was well worth the wait. Many of the juniors put on a showcase of powerful surfing, keeping the goofyfooted dominance intact, and have their all-important Quarterfinal draws set.

Che Allan (BRB) winning his Round Two heat with a near-perfect 19.03 heat total at the Los Cabos Open of Surf. Che Allan WSL / Andrew Nichols

No. 1 seed Che Allan demolished what Zippers had to offer him with a near-perfect heat total of 19.03 -- earning a 9.70 along the way. The Barbadian's backhand looks unstoppable when he needs it most -- coming off a tough result at the first event earlier this year.

"There's a lot of rights back home and Soup Bowl is a great one which is where I got my backhand from," Allan said. "Last year was a big year for me with my first win at home and then a fifth in Worlds, but, coming into this year as No. 1 seed, I've just had a few injuries and close calls so it feels great to get that heat under my belt."

Cole Houshmand (USA) winning his Round Two heat at the Los Cabos Open of Surf. Cole Houshmand WSL / Andrew Nichols

Cole Houshmand best 2016 result on the Junior Tour came here in Los Cabos last year and he's well on his way to doing the same with an 8.33 to start his campaign. The San Clemente, California native found the gem he was waiting for and attacked each section with a variety of maneuvers to earn himself a spot back into the Quarterfinals.

"This is one of my favorite events and it was my best result last year which helps me bring in a lot of confidence," Houshmand said. "My homebreak, Lowers, definitely relates to this wave on certain tides and conditions, and I surfed it every day I could before coming here. I normally only go left, but I knew I was coming to Cabo so I just worked on my backhand as best I could."

Tyler Gunter (USA) winning his Round Two heat at the Los Cabos Open of Surf. Tyler Gunter WSL / Andrew Nichols

Tyler Gunter joins the other two in needing a result following the first event of 2017 not providing him a keeper. But, Gunter has kept busy during the Pro Junior's break with inspiring work away from competition -- sort of.

"The waves are still super fun, the swells sticking around even though it was one of the slower heats," Gunter said. "I wanted to sit the deepest and get the first wave, but then had to wait fifteen minutes for another -- luckily it was a really good one."

"I've been working with the Young and the Brave Foundation for the last five years and every year we put together a charity surf event at 54th Street to help out kids with cancer and their families. The contest we held a month ago was just a barrel fest down there all day long and it's always a great event."

Taro Watanabe (USA) winning his Round Two heat at the Los Cabos Open of Surf. Taro Watanabe turned in a terrific performance of his own with an 8.17 to secure his spot in the Quarters. WSL / Andrew Nichols Bo Raynor (USA) winning his Round Two heat at the Los Cabos Open of Surf. Bo Raynor is back in form after an impressive showing at the first event of the year and made it through both Round One and Two at Zippers. WSL / Andrew Nichols

A 7:00 a.m. MDT call will determine a possible 7:30 a.m. start for either the Pro Junior Quartefinals or women's QS6,000 Round Six.

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