Storming through 16 heats in the Round of 96, it was Glenn Hall who was the standout of the day, as the mobile competition returned once again to North Chestermans beach in Tofino.
“Getting ready was pretty wild in this weather,” said Glenn Hall. “I was in an extra large raincoat that our accommodation provided us while I was waiting for my heat. I could hardly move under it, but it was all good.”
Glenn posted the highest score of the competition so far – an 8.83 - with solid surfing in the clean 4 foot conditions. “I’ve freesurfed every morning since I’ve been here and found a little spot that works for me,” he said. “I feel like it’s a massive bonus knowing where I am in the lineup.”
Despite the relentless rain, the locals flocked to the beach on this Canadian Thanksgiving day to watch one of the local heroes Noah Cohen take to the water and narrowly miss out on advancing to the next round despite some impressive surfing.
However they were still given quite a show with the likes of Cory Lopez, Yadin Nicol and Julian Wilson in the water today – Julian of course having some fun with his progressive surfing. “I love it here,” said Julian. “I am really enjoying it. Plus, these wetsuits are so warm, you don’t even notice the weather.”
One of the most dramatic events of the day came not in the water, but out of it, as Royden Bryson, the current leader in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series rankings and the $50,000 that comes with it, failed to turn up for his heat in this 6-Star ASP event today.
Second placed Stuart Kennedy, and fourth placed Dion Atkinson have already passed through this round of 96 with Shaun Cansdell, currently 3rd in the rankings, looking to get in the water tomorrow to take over the lead from Royden.