Santa Cruz resident Nic Hdez won his first heat in the ASP Pro juniors competition, which is part of the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing, before being eliminated in the Round of 32 on Saturday.
In the Round of 64, Hdez scored a two-wave total of 9.77 points [each wave can earn up to 10 points] to dominate his first heat. J.D. Lewis placed second with an 8.83 total to also advance, and Ethan Carlson [5.87] and Pat Schmidt [4.20] were both eliminated.
In the Round of 32, Hdez was eliminated when he placed last in his heat with a 4.43 to Hiroto Arai of Japan’s 13.24.
The Nike U.S. Open of Surfing’s main draw is scheduled to kick off Monday, with live streaming footage here. The event runs through Aug. 5.