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Action-packed Day 2 for Vans Surf Pro Classic

Vans Surf Pro Classic Day 2
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Watch highlights from Day 2 at the Vans Surf Pro Classic in Lamberts Bay

Lamberts Bay - Clear skies and a perfect swell pouring over the YoYo's reef greeted competitors in the Vans Surf Pro Classic this morning, and the decision was made to send the Men's QS 1,500 competitors out first. The early morning surfing didn't last long, however. Only the first three heats were completed before the mist engulfed the contest area, making it impossible to continue surfing. There were some upsets in those first few heats however. Adin Masencamp, currently rated 38th on the International Qualifying Series ratings, was the first surprise, quickly followed by recent Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro winner Joshe Faulkner, as well as seasoned QS campaigner David Van Zyl all being eliminated. Australian surfer Chris Zaffis won his heat as did Koby Oberholzer and Jake Elkington. The waves stayed glassy and clean, the perfect arena for high performance surfing, with YoYo's showing off to the surfers and spectators.

Vans Surf Pro Classic line up Day 2 Clean, perfect peeling little runners were on tap for Day 2 of the Vans Surf Pro Classic at YoYo's in Lamberts Bay. WSL / Alan Van Gysen

When the mist lifted the carnage continued, with big names dropping like flies. Beyrick De Vries, went down, a recently on-form Chad Du Toit was eliminated, young Brian Jean Patrice Furcy from Mauritius got knocked out, as did the evergreen Luke Slijpen. Surfers finding form included Australian Sheldon Simkus, Bryce Du Preez and the powerful natural-footer Slade Prestwich who banked a 15-point heat total, after performing a number of high risk aerial moves on both his scoring waves.

Bryce Du Preez at the Vans Surf Pro Classic Bryce Du Preez was another surfer who found great rhythm, combined with speed, power and flow for a good performance at Lamberts Bay today. WSL / Alan Van Gysen

International QS campaigner Dylan Lightfoot finished the round off with a blistering performance, winning his Round 2 heat with ease and advancing along with fellow J-Bay surfer Angelo Faulkner, ousting Germany's Lenni Jensen and New Zealand star Daniel Farr.

Sheldon Simkus at the Vans Surf Pro Classic Australian Sheldon Simkus found the YoYo's perfection to his liking on the second day of competition in Lamberts Bay, advancing from his Round 2 heat with a comfortable win. WSL / Alan Van Gysen

As the tide started coming in, the Women's QS 1,000 competitors hit the lineup. In a field totally dominated by internationals, the South African contingent struggled to make any headway, succumbing to the foreign surfers. Piper Harrison from Australia and Anne Dos Santosfrom Brazil, both advanced through the first heat of Round 2, with strong and confident performances in the consistent sets.

Other surfers to advance in the Women's contest were Rachel Presti from Germany, Sophie Fletcher from Australia, Hinako Kurokawa from Japan, Ariane Ochoa from Spain Ren Hashimoto from Japan, and the lone South African Natasha Van Greunen.

Rachel Presti at the Vans Surf Pro Classic Rachel Presti from Germany put on an excellent performance to advance through to the final day tomorrow. WSL / Alan Van Gysen

The Men's event paddled out for Round 3, and the first heat was a crazy affair, with Oberholzer clearly intent on a big result. He went for broke, including a 9-point ride for a series of well-connected combinations, fins-free flairs and a tight finish for the excellent score, backed up with a 7.5 ride. Australian Zaffis also impressed the judges and advanced with him, while Luke Thompson and Ethan Fletcher bowed out. On cue the fog came rolling back in. The contest went back on hold, but it was not going to happen, and the fog sat over the contest site like a giant, wet blanket for the rest of the day. A decisions was made and no more heats were run in the minimal visibility conditions.

There are epic conditions forecast for the final day of the contest, with a light south-east breeze set to freshen things up, so the Vans Surf Pro Classic will finish with a bang.

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