There was enough time to have seven outstanding heats with Beyrick De Vries the best performer with a score of 14.43 but he admitted it was all a bit of a lottery with the surfer he beat - Frederico Morais – actually having the day's second best score.
"The waves were really small. I knew it wasn't going to be a surfing contest really you just had to get the best waves, anybody who got the two best waves was going to win today," the South African teenager said
"I managed to catch a couple of fun ones and do two good snaps, and on my 7.83 I did like a little backhand tailslide to mix it up, I was happy I could get this pretty big score for today and I felt pretty confident being first. In the end Frederico got an 8 something, almost the score he needed but yeah I'm stoked to get through."
SAN MIGUEL PRO ZARAUTZ ROUND OF 144 RESULTS:
Heat 18: Alan Donato (BRA) 12.27, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 11.77, Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) 7.97, Remi Petersen (NLD) 5.67
Heat 19: Manuel Selman (CHL) 13.56, Luel Felipe (BRA) 9.13, Joao Guedes (PRT) 7.53, Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 5.80
Heat 20: Lucas Santamaria (ARG) 8.90, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 8.60, Robertson Goncalves (PRT) 4.83, Cheyne Willis (HAW) 2.86
Heat 21: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.43, Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.20, Jules Thomet (FRA) 12.83, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 7.27
Heat 22: Jordin Watson (AUS) 13.17, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 10.94, Jayce Robinson (GBR) 10.40, Rudy Marechal (FRA) 8.60
Heat 23: Simao Romao (BRA) 10.97, Norman Landa (EUK) 9.40, Miguel Tudela (PER) 8.00, Enrique Ariitu (PYF) 4.30
Heat 24: Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 11.60, Sidney Guimaraes (BRA) 9.67, Victor Pinango De Nobrega (ITA) 4.83, Chris Foster (HAW) 3.76