Smaller conditions greeted competitors today with set waves reaching only 3ft.
Wave selection has been critical. The day started with sunny weather and clean surf conditions for most of the contest until the mid afternoon.
The top 16 Open Qualifiers have been determined with most of the fancied surfers progressing as expected to meet the Main Round seeds.
A notable exception from this group was young South African gun Andre Burger (2006 Open finalist) who managed only a 3rd place in his heat. Burger was unable to surpass the score achieved by the 2nd placed surfer Virgil Humbert despite an interference call going against Humbert. The heat was won by seasoned Australian Master, Mark Spencer.