The South African's knowledge of Nazaré gave him the edge in a groundbreaking day of competitive big-wave surfing.
The defending event champion earns a 9.60 and the heat lead in the Semifinals of the Nazaré Challenge.
The Big Wave surfer from New York was unable to set his stance, taking one of the more brutal wipeouts of Round 1 at the Nazaré Challenge.
Take a deeper look at the underwater canyon that is responsible for the massive wave heights along this stretch of coastline.
The first BWT event of the season is set to take place Friday, November 16 with favorable conditions expected in the 30+ range.