A second consecutive day of action at the Martinique Surf Pro unfolded in two-to-three foot surf with plenty of entertainment from all the surfers involved in the third and fourth rounds of competition. Clean conditions greeted competitors early this morning and while the afternoon breeze rendered the lineup trickier, surfers made the most out of every section to entertain local crowds.
Day Two at the Martinique Surf Pro delivers huge upsets with top seeds falling to younger competitors all-day.
The Saffa crew are over in Martinique and have been blowing up in the opening rounds with Slade Prestwich being a stand out, and the last remaining South African in the event. Slade will be surfing against Joan Duru (FRA), Andy Criere (FRA) and Rafael Pereira (VEN) in Heat 16 of Round Four when competition resumes tomorrow.
Slade Prestwich on fire during the opening rounds of competition.
The duo of Ethan Ewing (AUS) and Jesse Mendes (BRA) are responsible for the elimination of last year’s runner-up Michael February and fellow South African Matt McGillivray in Round Four. Matt and Mikey will now focus on the next event.
Matt McGillivray in action.
Also a casualty of Round Four, Dylan Lightfoot is no stranger to righthand pointbreaks but could not earn an excellent score of 8.07 to overtake Griffin Colapinto (USA) and William Cordosa (BRA).
Hailing from South Africa, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) looked to show his explosive style on the canvas of Basse-Pointe – earning a spot in Round 4 but failing to advance with a third-place finish.
Dale Staples lost to Australian Luke Hynd and Victor Mendes (BRA) in Round Three and Durban’s Davey van Zyl, recently healed up after an ankle injury while jumping off the New Pier, lost on the opening day of competition.
Surfers and event officials will reconvene tomorrow at 6:45 a.m. for a potential 7 a.m. start for another massive day of competition at the Basse Pointe, Martinique.