Seeding heat win to Christie

J-BAY SPRAY: Ricardo Christie in full flight in the seeding round of the Corona Open J-Bay Championship Tour contest in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, yesterday. This ride earned Christie 6.33 and he won the three-man heat with a 10.66 score. Picture by Ed Sloane/WSL via Getty Images.

ANOTHER Championship Tour contest. Another positive start for Gisborne-Mahia surfer Ricardo Christie on Day 1 of the Corona Open J-Bay in South Africa yesterday.

Christie had avoided the dreaded elimination round in all five of the previous World Surf League CT events, and he continued that yesterday with victory in his seeding heat.

The 30-year-old, who is sitting 28th on the CT rankings, scored 10.66 for his two best waves to head off Brazilian Michael Rodrigues (9.03) and Australian Ryan Callinan (6.10).

The top two from each heat move directly into the round of 32 while the third-placed surfers contest the four-heat elimination round from which four surfers are knocked out.

Christie has avoided this round throughout the CT series so far and looked powerful and smooth on his way to winning his heat.

His first counting wave was a 4.33 ride and after dropping to third, he delivered the heat winner — a mixture of big turns and smooth transitions made to look effortless.

The judges rewarded it with 6.33.

The stand-out surfer of the day was Brazilian Filipe Toledo, who won his heat with a brilliant 17.60 including a scintillating 9.10 ride.

ANOTHER Championship Tour contest. Another positive start for Gisborne-Mahia surfer Ricardo Christie on Day 1 of the Corona Open J-Bay in South Africa yesterday.

Christie had avoided the dreaded elimination round in all five of the previous World Surf League CT events, and he continued that yesterday with victory in his seeding heat.

The 30-year-old, who is sitting 28th on the CT rankings, scored 10.66 for his two best waves to head off Brazilian Michael Rodrigues (9.03) and Australian Ryan Callinan (6.10).

The top two from each heat move directly into the round of 32 while the third-placed surfers contest the four-heat elimination round from which four surfers are knocked out.

Christie has avoided this round throughout the CT series so far and looked powerful and smooth on his way to winning his heat.

His first counting wave was a 4.33 ride and after dropping to third, he delivered the heat winner — a mixture of big turns and smooth transitions made to look effortless.

The judges rewarded it with 6.33.

The stand-out surfer of the day was Brazilian Filipe Toledo, who won his heat with a brilliant 17.60 including a scintillating 9.10 ride.

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