Los Cabos Open of Surf

Catch Los Cabos Day 3 Highlights: Battle to Avoid Elimination

Competition continued at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Qualifying Series (QS) 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf in clean two-to-four foot surf at Zippers. Men's action narrowed the field from the original 144 down to 24, while the women's competition commenced with a Round 1 that saw the first Perfect 10 of the event.

The Los Cabos Open of Surf represents the largest surf contest in Mexico's history and will play a crucial role in determining qualifiers for the 2015 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). The event at Zippers is the third ASP 6-Star Men's and fourth of seven 6-Stars for the women globally.

Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), 24, current No. 2 on the ASP QS rankings, continued his winning ways in Mexico following a victory at the recent Prime in Saquarema. The Brazilian talent delivered a deadly backhand attack on the rights of Zippers, earning excellent scores en route to victory.

Matt Banting Matt Banting (AUS) will advance to Round 4 with a second place heat finish in Day 3 competition. - WSL

Thomas Woods (AUS), 21, got the best of a heavy Australian matchup, topping current ASP QS No. 7, Matt Banting (AUS), 19, who would advance in second, while eliminating two-time World Junior Champion Jack Freestone (AUS), 22, and South American Guillermo Satt (CHL), 21.

"I've been surfing against those guys since the juniors and I just went into it like I was going to have a stacked heat back at home," Woods said. "It was fun and I really enjoyed it and I'm happy to be making some heats. I came down here last year as well and I enjoy the whole vibe."

While men's competition narrowed the field down to just 24, women's action kicked off with high scores throughout the first round.

Mahina Maeda (HAW), 16, a standout on the World Junior Stage, was dominant on the women's opening day of competition. She earned the first perfect 10-point ride, for a flawless combination of backhand snaps across the point at Zippers.

Mahina Maeda Mahina Maeda earned the tournament's first and only Perfect 10 thus far en route to a Round 1 heat win. - WSL

"I'm feeling amazing here in Cabo," Maeda said. "This is my third year entering in the 6-Stars. I entered as an alternate and I'm so happy that I got in. This wave is very rippable and it's a long right. It's nice to have a few waves to yourself out there!"

Ella Williams (NZL), 19, the reigning ASP Women's World Junior Champion, got off to a strong start in Cabo, commanding her opening heat from start to finish, advancing to Round 2 as as result.

"It's a lot colder at home right now so it's nice to be in my bikini and relax a little," Williams said. "It's a fun wave on your backhand. You can really unleash on your backhand and hopefully I can keep going.”

The Los Cabos Open of Surf holds a waiting period from June 16 through 22, and is webcast LIVE on aspworldtour.com. In addition the event is broadcast live in Hawaii and Southern California on Time Warner Cable.

Heat 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 13.90, Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.43, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 11.67, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 9.77
Heat 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.80, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 15.77, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 12.07, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 11.54
Heat 3: Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.37, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.37, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 12.80, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 7.70
Heat 4: Thomas Woods (AUS) 14.63, Matt Banting (AUS) 11.43, Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.00, Guillermo Satt (CHL) 10.63
Heat 5: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.03, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 12.14, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 11.40, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 10.17
Heat 6: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 14.70, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 14.30, Dale Staples (ZAF) 10.66, Miguel Tudela (PER)
Heat 7: Tanner Guduaskas (USA) 15.37, Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 14.40, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.47, Granger Larsen (HAW) 10.23
Heat 8: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 14.83, Brett Simpson (USA) 13.77, Marco Giorgi (URY) 13.26, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 8.23
Heat 9: Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 14.37, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.90, Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 8.93, David Do Carmo (BRA) 5.70
Heat 10: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 15.87, Connor O'Leary (AUS) 13.30, Cory Arrambide (USA) 12.80, Jay Thompson (AUS) 9.77
Heat 11: Medi Veminardi (REU) 11.17, Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 11.10, Steven Pierson (PYF) 10.83, Conner Coffin (USA) 10.74
Heat 12: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 12.46, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.33, Tim Reyes (USA) 10.10, Messias Felix (BRA) 9.07

Heat 1: Ella Williams (NZL) 15.60, Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) 11.23, Tia Blanco (USA) 11.16, Ana Laura Gonzalez (MEX) 3.83
Heat 2: Chandler Parr (USA) 15.10, Codie Klein (AUS) 12.80, Minami Takechi (JPN) 8.73
Heat 3: Brianna Cope (HAW) 12.80, Sarah Mason (NZL) 12.33, Danielle Ciminero (USA) 7.30, Leila Takeda (MEX) INT
Heat 4: Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 15.16, Carol Fernandes (BRA) 12.44, Shelby Detmers (USA) 12.06, Keshia Seelow Eyre (GBR) 11.17
Heat 5: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 16.90, Dax McGill (HAW) 16.70, Demi Bolsterli (USA) 11.10, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 3.67
Heat 6: Bailey Nagy (HAW) 12.00, Reika Noro (JPN) 10.26, Sarah Taylor (USA) 8.77, Meah Collins (USA) 8.57