In an intense day of competition, it was Matt Formston who first brought the heat to Pismo Beach on Friday, firing up the crowd with a massive two-turn combo. The visually impaired Australian received a 9.0 on a wave that easily could have been perfect 10 had he completed his third big hit. His two-wave total of 17.43 set the high mark for the day.
Jose Martinez (USA) matched the highest single wave score of the event with a 9.50 delivered in the final minutes of an extremely closely contested and exciting Men’s Prone 2 semi-final.
Former gold medalist Davi Teixeira (BRA) was eliminated after an incredible buzzer-beating moment from Chile’s Claudio Morales. Last minute heroics also saw Argentina’s Nicolas Gallegos and Jesse Billauer of USA advance into their respective Prone 1 and Prone 2 finals in the dying seconds.
The most passionate performance of the event so far came from Adi Klang of Israel. Winning the first Men’s Stand 2 semi-final, Klang progressed along with his teammate Nachman Balulu. His screams of joy could be heard across the entire area as he let spectators know exactly how excited he was. “I can’t believe it, I’m in the final and I’m going to get another medal. Now it doesn’t matter the color. I’m just so happy!”