Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head/NSW), the event number one seed, escaped what looked like certain elimination at today’s Hurley Burleigh round two heats.
Kennedy was in 3rd place with 30 seconds to go, requiring a decent 6-point ride to advance.
He scrambled into his final wave, surfed it magnificently to jump from 3rd to 2nd place scoring an excellent 8.5 to advance behind Brazilian Miguel Pupo.
It was a lucky heat for Kennedy, who goes through to tomorrows round three, with waves at Burleigh expected to remain excellent.
Photo: Steve Robertson.