Coleborn out in Rio heat
SUNSHINE Coast surfer Mitch Coleborn has been eliminated following the opening round of the 6-star Quiksilver Saquarema Prime in Rio de Janeiro.
Coleborn finished third in his opening-round heat with a score of 11.57, behind Reunion Island's Adrien Toyon (14.60) and fellow Aussie Matt Wilkinson (12.33).
Defending champion Kai Otton, of Australia, was a standout on day one, winning his round of 96 heat at Itauna Beach.
His score of 13.76 was enough to see off Brazil's Hizunome Bettero (12.50) and Ruda Carvalho (6.26) and Hawaii's Kiron Jabour (10.50).
"Conditions are perfect and the waves are fantastic," Otton said.
"I've been so stoked since yesterday, when I went for my first surf. It's really a lot of fun. Conditions this year are better than last year, when I won in really choppy and heavy waves. If things continue as they are it's going to be great and I'm going to do everything I can to win the contest again this year."
Top seed Alejo Muniz, of Brazil, also won his heat after he produced a 9.0 wave for a 14.0 two-wave total. He defeated France's Romain Cloitre and eliminated Peru's Cristobal de Col and Hawaii's Kai Berger.
"For me the only thing that really counted were the last 15 minutes of the heat," Muniz said.
"I knew that I had to surf two solid waves and do as much as I could on them, because if not I knew I'd lose. I think I got pretty lucky because that good one came in and I surfed it to the end to get that nine and there was still enough time to paddle back."