Santa Cruz native Nat Young scored a 14-point wave total to advance to the Round of 48 in the Burton Toyota Pro, an Association of Surfing Professionals six-star and world qualifying series event, at Merewether Beach in Newcastle, Australia, on Thursday.

Young’s top scoring waves were of 7.33 and 6.67 points, respectively, according to the live feed of results. Fellow American Evan Geiselman scored a 13.17 total for second place, Australia’s Jay Thompson scored 12.30 and Japan’s Teppei Tajima scored 11.83 in their Round of 96 heat. The contest is part of the Surfest Newcastle Australia event.

Young advanced to the Round of 48, where he will go up against Australians Adam Melling and Heath Joske as well as Japan’s Masatoshi Ohno.
— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets