Supertubos is known for it's long, heavy barrels but it dishes up a fair share of closeouts. Competitors experienced that first-hand this morning with waves in the 6-8 foot range.
While the rookie earned the first 8.00-point ride of the event (proving that finding a diamond in the rough is possible), Colapinto was unable to find a decent backup score. Joan Duru also struggled to manage the conditions, failing to score anything over the 2-point range. Coffin won the heat with a 12.16 (4.83 + 7.33) heat total.
"Luckily I didn't have any wipeouts in that heat but I just watched Griffin take one of the worst ones I've seen in a long time," said Coffin. "I was worried he was going to come up in two pieces, with his board in 5 pieces, but he was alright."
While Colapinto did manage to bounce back, it wasn't enough to overtake the lead. He'll be surfing again in Round 2 against Patrick Gudauskas.
"I didn't make a crazy left last year and it ended up being one of the worst beatings of my life," said Coffin. "I was in the barrel and I thought I was going to make it out and get a 10-point ride. Next thing I knew I was flying through the air. The wave is violent to say the least. It goes from straight up and down to a flat bottom with no transition. But if you find the right ones, it's the most rewarding thing ever."
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