Local Hopes Fade
Cornwall's two remaining surfers at the Rip Curl Boardmasters are out of the competition. Despite the quality waves Alan Stokes and Jayce Robinson failed to capitalise on their first round success. Find out more...
The waves were pumping at Fistral Beach, in Newquay on Wednesday 6 August 2008, with some solid five foot waves breaking near the bottom of the tide.
Despite the quality surf, Newquay's Alan Stokes and Jayce Robinson, from St Ives, were unable to repeat the success of their first rounds, with both Cornishmen finishing last in their second round heats at the 5star World Qualifying Series event - England's richest surfing tournament.
Alan Stokes in action
Alan Stokes struggled to recreate the form which saw him dominate his opening heat and his two-wave tally of 10.33 points was off the pace set by winner Rhys Bombaci. Fellow Australian Jarrad Sullivan snuck ahead of third placed Joan Buru, from France leaving the England international trailing in last place.
The Animal team rider had to wait until his eighth wave of the encounter to record a wave score of over 5 points which he backed up late on in the contest with a 4.9.
Jayce Robinson was ousted from the competition by a trio of South American's top riders. Ordirlei Coutinho and Jadson Andre both bettered 16 points by the final hooter leaving the talented 18-year-old in their wake. His 7.4 total was over seven points behind third placed Brazilian Gilmar Silva
It was a disappointing result for Robinson who had been focusing on getting through the early rounds at the Boardmasters.
Prior to the event the teenager - dubbed in sections of the national media as 'British surfing's great white hope' - had been undergoing a rigorous training regime with his personal trainer Stef Harkon.
Cornwall's Oli Adams
Newquay-based Australian Oli Adams also missed his opportunity for a place in the last 48 losing to Brazil's Robson Santos, Aussie Shaun Grossman and Rudy Palmboom, from South Africa.
It was a similar story for Australian Matt Capel, who is based in South Devon. His 6.43 point heat score was not good enough to topple Brazil's Pedro Henrique and New Zealand's Bobby Hansen from making it through to the next round.
Most of the top seeds at the contest made the most of the conditions showing off their vast array of competition manoeuvres including powerful re-entries, jamming cutbacks and the odd cover-up on the hollow low tide banks of North Fistral.
South African David Weare, German Marlon Lipke, Australian Jarrad Sullivan and American Gabe Kling fired on all cylinders and all look capable of taking the title won last year by American Ben Bourgeois who this season is competing on the top flight World Championship Tour.
There was disappointment for Newquay's Russell Winter and Mark Harris both of whom were knocked out of the competition in the first round at Fistral.
Newquay's Russell Winter
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 its season next month.
last updated: 07/08/2008 at 08:24