Stokes Fired Up
Newquay's Alan Stokes has stormed into the 2nd round of the Rip Curl Boardmasters. It was an impressive display by the England international in 2-3ft waves at Fistral Beach in Newquay on day one of the 5star World Qualifying Series tour event.
An 8.67 point ride followed by a 7.03 ten minutes from the end of the heat secured the Cornishman a place in the last 96 of England's richest surfing contest.
Stokes powered to a heat total of 15.7 points - one of the highest combined scores of the round - to finish ahead of Frenchman Thomas Bady, Bude's Joss Ash and Australian Michael Marjanovic.
He is rewarded with a match-up against Aussie's Jarrad Sullivan and Rhys Bombaci and France's Joan Duru. All will looking to secure a place in the top 48.
Joining him in round two will be Jayce Robinson from St Ives, who pulled out all the stops to finish runner up to South Devon-based Australian Matt Capel.
Oli Adams made light of his 3 opponents
Robinson's fine-tuned competition strategy paid dividends and he finished just 0.2 points behind heat winner Capel.
Robinson's opponents in the next round will be Brazilian trio Ordirlei Coutinho, Jadson Andre and Gilma Silva.
Australian Oli Adams, who lives in Newquay made light of his three opponents to join Robinson in the next round of the contest.
He dominated from the start racking up a 14.97 point heat total to finish ahead of New Zealand's Rowan Aish, Euskadian Norman Landa and American Tony Adams.
Bude's Ruebyn Ash, who was given a late entry in the competition having returned from a fourth-place finish at the recent Vans Pro in North Spain, could not keep his momentum going and had to settle for last place behind Australian Luke Dorrington.
South African Reubyn Pierce, who is based near Constantine Bay, in North Cornwall, fared much better in his first round opener taking the heat by nearly three points from runner-up Nick White, from New Zealand.
There was disappointment for Newquay's Russell Winter and Mark Harris both of whom were knocked out of the competition.
Harris was well off the pace in his heat finishing third behind Australian Simon Marchand and Eusadian Txaber Trojaola.
Winter, meanwhile, who was returning to top class competition for the first time since breaking a wrist at Porthleven earlier this year, also saw his hopes of a second round place fade when he placed third behind Raphael Ayne, from the Reunion Islands and American Shaun Burrell.
The British Bulldog finished with a heat total of 11.5 points just out of reach of Ayne's 13.7 and Burrell's 12.93.
Winter, a past winner of the Boardmasters, will now focus of the UK Pro Tour which continues it's season next month.
last updated: 06/08/2008 at 08:09