Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy and newly crowned World Junior champion Kai Berger were eliminated in round five of the Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior on the Gold Coast.
Burleigh Point hosted the 4-star rated $25,000 tournament, with competitors battling it out over rounds five and six in easing 2ft (0.5-0.7m) point break waves.
After a delayed start, a new blood of junior competitors went mad in the race for quarter-final spots.
In a day of upsets, Barger (Hawaii) and reigning ASP Australasian Pro Junior series champion Kennedy (Lennox Head) both fell short in their quest for glory, bundled out of competition in their respective round five heats.
Both Barger and Kennedy finished third in testing waves, failing to advance into the final day of competition.
Defending event champion Tamaroa McComb (Central Coast, NSW) is on track for back-to-back victories after keeping a cool head to advance through his three-man, round six heat behind U/18 Australian junior champion Dean Bowen (Gerringong, NSW).
In a tight affair, McComb finished tied with world juniors runner-up Jadson Andre (Brazil) to progress on countback, with his highest individual wave score edging out Jadson’s 7.00 to his 7.25.
Final scores Bowen (15.05), McComb (11.40) and Andre (11.40).
Quarter-final showdowns: Heat 1: Brent Savage vs Sam Wrench, Heat 2: Miguel Pupo vs Chris Friend, Heat 3: Dean Bowen vs Alejo Muniz, Heat 4: Tamaroa McComb vs Owen Wright.
Surfing action is expected to commence at 8am tomorrow, with competition predicted to be finished by 2pm.
PICTURE: Garrett Parkes, of Byron Bay, in action today. Picture courtesy of Surfing Australia.