Reigning World Champion, Mick Fanning, wasted no time establishing dominance over the wildcard, notching an excellent ride and a nine-pointer on back-to-back barrels in the opening 3 minutes. Jacob Willcox remained scoreless going into the second half of the heat.
Knowing he needed a gem to get back in contention, Willcox continued to wait and still needed a first score going into the final 10 minutes. Ultimately, the wildcard made a backhand barrel, then quickly followed with another deep pit on his forehand. That second barrel wouldn’t cooperate, though, and Willcox finished in a combination situation.
“As soon as I got out there I just saw some crazy [waves] so it was pretty exciting,” Fanning said of the renewed conditions. As for the Title race: “Gabe [Medina]‘s in front and he’s the one thinking he has to be on it every day. We’re sort of just chasing him and just trying to get heats so it’s a little less pressure.”
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