Filipe Toledo threw down an incredible performance in the shifting Keramas peaks in Heat 5 of Round 1. As to be expected, Toledo combined his lightning-fast rail game with his technical aerials to post an excellent heat total of 16.17 to progress directly into Round 3. His impressive full-rotation aerial scored him a whopping 9 and was crowned the highest single wave of the event so far.
“To land moves like that takes a lot of training,” Toledo said. “I grew up watching all of the air guys and surfing with my brother who had a lot of tricks, so I had a lot of inspiration to work hard at landing stuff like that. I love combinations, like a big carve to an air, or a barrel to a turn, which Keramas is really good for. I was just stoked to find that section out there and to be able to launch that air.”
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Silvana Lima is also back in action from a 2017 knee injury. This Tour vet overthrows the current World No. 1 Carolina Marks and advances to the QFs at the Corona Bali Protected. It was a hard-fought battle between the oldest and youngest competitors in the field with the Brazilian's win coming after a long absence due to injury.
"It's such a good feeling. This is my first event back and now I'm in the Quarterfinals," said Lima after her win. "Taking that win gives me so much confidence in myself and my surfing. I'm better than 100%."
We are stoked that Silvana is back and killing it against the world’s best, especially after such a long set-back with her injury. Good luck in the Quarterfinals!
Our Japanese superstar Kanoa Igarashi has also made it back into Round 3, scoring the highest heat total of the Elimination Round 2. Kanoa showed an electric performance riding the #77 model, you can find out more about it here
Tati West unfortunately isn’t going further in this event, as she is out in Day 3 against Nikki Van Dijk. Nonetheless, Tati looked super sharp when she was on. Shame about the waves but always keen to show support to our amazing female athletes on tour!
Xavier Huxtable displays a top performance in the under 18's Victorian State Junior Title, coming in first and scoring a perfect 10 in the sem-final.
Local to Victoria himself, Xavier Huxtable has won round two of the under 18 Victorian Junior Surfing Titles, despite a close call from his opponent who also scored a perfect 10-point ride last Sunday. The Jan Juc teen notched up the win at Phillip Island just weeks after earning a wildcard entry into the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro.
Huxtable beat Newhaven’s Codie Jeffery in a high-scoring final, after nailing early waves of 9.17 and 8.07 for an ultimately insurmountable 17.24 total. But Jeffrey came close with a 10-point ride, as big swell and moderate offshore winds set the conditions for an epic Sunday of surfing. Rated second on the WSL Australia and Oceania Pro Junior Series, Huxtable scored a perfect 10-point ride of his own in his semi-final.
“It was epic to surf heats in pumping waves like these,” he said. “Codie was surfing really well all event, his 10 in the final was awesome to see. I’m really happy to take the win in conditions like this.”
Killer work Xavier and the team here at Sharpeye Surfboards wish you the best in your next upcoming events!