The Ballito Pro pres. by O'Neill, first of six QS10,000 events this season, is set to launch tomorrow in fun waves. The field was completed today as a 32-man field fought it out in the official trials for the last remaining wildcard slot into Round 1 of the main event.
In the Final, Dillon took an early lead with a 7.00 for a combination of three big maneuvers on his forehand. Arai stayed in fighting distance with a 6.25 for a backhand effort this time, while the two South Africans struggled to find solid scores in the first half of the heat. The Japanese surfer turned the heat inside the 5-minute mark, Dillon got a last-second opportunity but couldn't find the winning score and Arai walked away with the coveted ticket for the main event.
"I'm stoked! I traveled 24hrs from Japan to come here so I'm super happy to make the main event," he said. "I surfed four times here in Ballito in the event but this year I didn't do well in the QS and had to go through the trials. Hopefully I can keep that good rhythm going and make a few heats in the main event, the goal is always to qualify at the end of the year."
The 24 year-old from Yokohama - Japan, who's currently ranked 98th on the Qualifying Series, will join one of the strongest field ever assembled outside of Championship Tour events when the Ballito Pro pres. by O'Neill launches tomorrow. An incredible 36 current and past CT athletes will fight it out alongside the toughest competitors on the QS for a piece of the 10,000 points and US$220,000 prize purse on offer.
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