Leo Fioravanti, lean and slim like a rodent, had an extraordinary encounter, scoring both highest single wave and heat total for the day.
In glassy as hell three-foot rollers, attack dog tits in the channel working tirelessly to stack adjective upon adjective, Kelly Slater, Jack Robinson, Jody Smith and John John Florence were all eliminated on opening day of the Surf City El Salvador Pro.
The morning was prised open by the energetic prose of Kelly Slater, still magnificent in his fifty-second year, who fell to the flavour du jour Ethan Ewing by a few points, though his surfing was enough to hold even the most fast-dimming attention.
Later in the afternoon, Slater’s Central American dream was crushed by Gabriel Medina who was enjoying an uncharacteristic run in the elimination round.
Jackie Robinson, who until a few weeks ago was a world title favourite, lost an opening round to Connor O’Leary and was subsequently eliminated by Hawaii’s Ian Gentil.
Jordy, heading rocket-like to middle age, lost a wildly tight opening round to Joao Chiance and Seth Moniz before being forced to kiss the heel of Caio Ibelli’s jackboot in their sudden death heat.
John John Florence, who has more self-confidence in his breast than any other surf, sleepwalked through the opening round and it was only the spectre of winning his elimination heat against Rio Waida with a ten that made him reluctantly unsheathe his shining blade with a layback that showed his vital energy.
Current world number Griffin Colapinto was unfazed by Brazilian surf histrionics concerning his Surf Ranch Pro win and dominated his opening round; Leo Fioravanti, lean and slim like a rodent, had an extraordinary encounter, scoring both highest single wave and heat total for the day.