Californian Sawyer Lindblad absolutely dominated on the lefts of the South bank in her Round of 16 heat against Carolina Mendes. The 16 year-old goofy foot posted two excellent waves (8+ scores) with a collection of powerful and radical rail turns and snaps. For the second time in her young career she will be surfing in the Quarterfinals of a Challenger Series event after the US Open, with a legitimate chance to go all the way if waves keep pumping lefts that suit her approach perfectly.
"I was amping before that heat, I just wanted to go out there and surf some good lefts," she stated. "It reminded me of Lowers from home, I can't believe how fast it switched from kind of OK conditions to really really good conditions."
Dimity Stoyle will join Lindblad in Quarterfinal 1 when the event resumes.