California natives, Tiare Thompson and Kevin Schulz impress in opening day action at the World Surf League Ron Jon Florida Pro at Sebastian Inlet as both scored the highest single-wave scores.
Thursday marked the opening day of the Florida Pro qualifying series with both the Men and Women set to compete. Weather did not permit anything further than the first round action as day one ended in the afternoon.
Tiare Thompson shined brightest among the competitors as she came out with a high score of 6.5 out of a possible 10. It was the round’s highest single-wave score helping Thompson stand out for the Women’s side in day one.
Another stand out in the Women’s qualifying round was fellow Californian Marissa Shaw. The event is Shaw’s first time competing and surfing in Florida and It couldn’t have gone much better for her as she pulled out the Round One heat win. Havanna Cabrero of Puerto Rico also came out on top with an early upset over World Junior Champion semifinalist Taina Hinckel.
As for the Men’s side, Travis Beckmann of Hawaii expressed his urgency to lead the pack as he ended Round One with the highest heat total score of 13.07 out of a possible top score of 20. He now has a date with the top seeds in the open in Round two.
California was well represented again for the Men, alongside Kevin Schulz as another Californian netted the highest single-wave score with a 7.67 out of 10. Schulz continued to prove that he is an up and coming star in the WSL.
Event organizers will meet at 7:30 a.m. EDT to assess conditions for a possible 8:00 a.m. EDT start tommorow morning for the beginning of Round two.Tune in LIVE at www.worldsurfleague.com, or by downloading the free WSL App, to watch all the action unfold.