Pro surfing continued to take center stage at Boardmasters with a second day of Qualifying Series action at North Fistral. The day started with Round two of the Quiksilver Open this morning in wind-affected two-to-three foot surf.
Kiwi expat Jay Quinn put his competitive retirement on hold this week and put the jersey back on for the event on home turf. The former QS Top 40 surfer showed he's lost none of his talent and advanced easily into Round Three with the highest single score of the men's event today, a good 7.33 out of 10.
"I was a little bit rusty there but I got a quick start so that was good!" he stated. "I've competed since I was 17 and now this is my only event of the year, but being based here I really like to participate each year, it's a lot of fun. Cornwall is a great place to live, August is chaos obviously but the rest of the time it's really peaceful and there are a ton of great waves."
As far as surfing nations go, Canada isn't exactly topping the list, yet, but Kalum Bruhwiler Temple is here to change that. Hailing from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the 22 year-old who's only starting his career on the QS, turned heads with his air game and will look to confirm when the event continues.
"I'm really excited to be over here, the waves have been really fun!" he said. "I live in a place that's super consistent, you can surf every day of the year and if you have a boat you can find really world class surf. Being here is one of the few times I get to wear some thinner neoprene so it feels really nice. My goal is to gain experience, get better at competing and hopefully get a better ranking to enter the bigger events."
With fellow Canadian Hanna Scott in the women's draw, the pair is looking to put their nation on the map. Unfortunately Scott couldn't compose with a slow and tricky heat late this afternoon but we'll look closely when Kalum hits the water again tomorrow.
"My best score was a bigger set wave and I got a good opportunity for an air so I just went for it," he added. "I managed to land it so it felt great, it was a simple forehand rotation, no grab, but the section was perfect and I landed it pretty clean. There's a bunch of really good surfers at home and some are starting to surf in the QS events, so hopefully you'll hear more from us."
The Roxy Open picked up around lunchtime with a higher tide and the public much closer to watch the action and support the athletes.
Last year's longboard champion Justine Dupont dominated the opening heat to post a 14.67 total and easily advance. A former Championship Tour surfer as well, the French surfer's admitted goal is to claim wins in both divisions.
"Waves were a bit tricky, it changes really quick with the huge tides but I managed to stay active and find a couple decent ones," she said. "I got a little lucky with my best wave as it kept reforming and offering more sections. We're probably going to have similar conditions for the longboard and I'll try my best to adapt. I got a 1st and 2nd in an event in Portugal earlier this year, so the goal is at least as well or hopefully better!"
Heat 3 was a super fun back-and-forth battle between two generations of junior talents, the current European No. 10 Juliette Lacome and a former European Junior Champion Cannelle Bulard . Both surfers fought it out all the way to the buzzer, ending up only .04 apart, Lacome taking pole position.
Round Three was tragic for the home crowd with only a single English athlete managing to advance. Ellie Turner will be carrying the locals' hopes for a women's title at Boardmasters.
The reigning World Junior Champion Vahine Fierro took an easy win in the final heat of the day. Quarterfinalist here in 2017, Fierro could be the biggest threat to Dupont's goal as the two sit on opposite sides of the draw.
"Conditions were a bi tough but I managed to get into a little rhythm and found a couple," she said. "I really love coming to England, there's a lot of nature around and it reminds me a bit of home. I'm here with the Roxy crew and we're having a lot of fun. This year has been tough for me on the QS so I just want to make heats and get a few points to turn it around, but I'm not too stressed about it."
Surfers in the men's QS will once again be on call at 8 a.m Friday morning, while the women's QS will come in at 10:30 a.m and longboarders in the UGG Men's Longboard Pro and UGG Women's Longboard Pro at 11 a.m.
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