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THE TEST

Extended highlights of the men’s final in the World Surf League test event held at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, Lemoore, California. The contest was held to evaluate the new technology as it pertains to performance, competitive format, broadcast and spectator interaction as well as overall experience. Avoca’s Adrian Buchan was one of four finalists. Kanoa Igarashi, Felipe Toledo and Gabriel Medina also qualified for the final with Medina taking out the historic event.

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MOGUL MATT IMPRESSIVE AT OZ CHAMPS

Narara’s Matt Graham won the opening event on Tuesday but it was World number 1 Mikael Kingsbury who climbed to the top of the podium in the second event of the week at the Australian National Moguls Championships held at Perisher this week. Graham finished 6th overall and will now have a break before the World Cup season kicks off in Ruka in December.

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ACE & WILKO FIRST ROUND WINNERS AT TEAHUPO’O

Avoca’s Adrian Buchan and Copacabana’s Matt Wilkinson have won their first round heats in Tahiti. Current World No. 1 Matt Wilkinson edged a heat win by just 0.20 points over local wildcard Taumata Puhetini and Brazil’s Wiggolly Dantas in Round 1 Heat 6. It was a low scoring heat win for Wilkinson who will be thankful that he has progressed through to Round 3 and will be hoping and requiring much better scores to continue his charge for this year’s world title. Meanwhile, 2013 event winner Adrian Buchan found a few rare barrel rides for the highest single score of the morning, an 8.83, to claim a Round 1 win over Brazilians’ Filipe Toledo and Miguel Pupo and will advance directly to Round 3. (VISION ONLY)

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