But not to be intimidated, 17-year-old John John Florence then took to the water, pulled out some of the most impressive surfing this competition has seen so far, and walked away with a perfect 10.
And this is only the second day of competition at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Tasmania.
With a cold and blocked sinuses, Jordy Smith in the first heat of the Round of 96 still managed to produce an awesome display of surfing, scoring a 9.17. Then with an air reverse from the South African, who is currently sitting second on the World Tour, he picked up an 8.0 to couple that. This is from a guy with a cold. Wait until he is back on full form.
Despite the challenging conditions in the 3meter swell, there was plenty of entertainment in the surf today. And not all the excitement was limited to the afternoon’s round of 96.
Coming through the round of 144 and ones to keep an eye on are World Junior Champion Maxime Huscenot and former O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland winner Adam Robertson.
The next call will be made March 25, 2010 at 7.30am to start with Heat 7 in the round of 96
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