Round 5 of the men’s draw began with pumping overhead surf and cranking winds. On a day defined by upsets, the men’s bracket was shaken up in the quarterfinal when young gun Luke McGillewie (RSA) took out event favorite Mitu Montiero (CPV) in a hotly contested battle. In another quarter final matchup, Patri Mclaughlin (USA), pulling into seemingly un-makeable barrels, defeated Guilly Brandao (BRA) to advance into the semi-finals and continue the upset trend.
Here are words from Luke:
I had one long day! beating all the f-one rider including mitu! i had 2 waves in the first 4min which came to a total of 14.43… after that score mitt was unable to beat it! I’m super stoked! one heat left!”