Round one was completed without any significant upsets. Advancing into the next round were Frenchman Julien TABOULET, Greg ALLAWAY (AUS), Orjan JENSEN (NOR), Robby SWIFT (GBR), Peter VOLWATER (NED), Ross WILLIAMS (GBR), Nik BAKER (GBR), Diony GUADAGNINO (VEN), Alex MUSSOLINI (ESP), Yann SORLUT (FRA), Francisco PORCELLA (USA), Yannick ANTON (FRA), Klaas Voget (GER), Levi SIVER (USA), Jonas CEBALLOS (ESP), Matt PRITCHARD (USA), Josh ANGULO (USA), Xavier HUART (FRA) and John HIBBARD (GBR).
In the afternoon the wind picked up and turned sideshore as is common practice here in Guincho, setting the stage for round two in which Jason POLAKOW (AUS) had the edge over Antoine ALBEAU (FRA), Victor FERNANDEZ (ESP) took out Kai KATCHADORIAN (USA), Kauli SEADI (BRA) disposed of Boujmaa GUILLOUL and Bjorn DUNKERBECK (NED) beat Andy WOLFF (GER). Others to advance were John SKYE (GBR) and WILLIAMS.
TABOULET seems unstoppable and moved onto the third round, as well as PORCELLA and SWIFT. Move of the day goes to GUADAGNINO, sticking a massive goiter and thereby claiming victory in his heat against BAKER. MUSSOLINI made it to the last sixteen, as did ANTON, taking out SORLUT who pulled off a clean double forward, but as jumps did not count yesterday, it was not enough for SORLUT to advance. SIVER sent Klaas VOGET (GER) home and last but not least PRITCHARD, ANGULO and Scott MCKERCHER (AUS) all made it through.
The top sixteen waveriders will fight their way into the final over the next days with the competition set to conclude this Sunday.