Medina on form at Huntington Beach
Gabriel Medina advanced to the round of 24 with victory in his heat at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach.
The Brazilian delivered an effortless masterclass on the lefthanders running into the pier at the Californian venue to notch a heat total of 17.97.
"That was definitely a tough heat because it was kind of slow and I just tried to find the big sets and do my airs," Medina said.
"The US Open is a big event and everyone wants this title," Medina said. "I know everyone is going to fight for it and I really hope I can win this year."
Joining 18-year-old Medina in victory on day five of the tournament was Patrick Gudauskas, who toppled Julian Wilson, Alejo Muniz and Joel Parkinson in his heat, largely thanks to a single wave score of 9.17.
Earlier in the day, Courtney Conlogue posted two heat wins in the women's event.
The American kicked off with a second-round victory before progressing straight through to the quarter-finals thanks to a single wave score of 9.10 and a heat total of 17.27.
"I think having that early morning heat today allowed me to shake the nerves out,” Conlogue said. “I think I was on the wrong equipment yesterday and today my board was going perfectly through those flat sections. I’m glad I had that morning heat to work things out.”
The local favourite added: “I was pretty nervous before this event for some reason. I think I was trying to aim too much for perfection and not focusing on the basics, which is what I’ve been training so hard for and working on.
"Today, I just calmed down and realised it’s just another World Tour event and do what I’ve been practicing. It feels so good getting another fifth here already, so I’m glad I don’t have to do another sudden-death round because Sage (Erickson) and Tyler (Wright) have been surfing amazing.”
Women's round three results:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.27, Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.00, Sage Erickson (USA) 9.40
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.73, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.43, Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.17
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.16, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.80, Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.10
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.00, Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.83, Laura Enever (AUS) 4.97
Women's round two results:
Heat 1: Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.00 def. Sarah Mason (NZL) 8.10
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.40 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.43
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.00 def. Dax McGill (HAW) 7.66
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.93 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 7.84
Heat 5: Laura Enever (AUS) 10.67 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 7.83
Heat 6: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.50 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 6.54
Men's round of 48 results:
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.97, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 13.16, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 11.50, Adam Melling (AUS) 9.00
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.50, Granger Larsen (HAW) 12.66, Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.26, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 11.10
Heat 9: Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.43, Nat Young (USA) 10.47, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.34, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 6.70
Heat 10: John John Florence (HAW) 12.04, Brett Simpson (USA) 11.86, Gabe Kling (USA) 11.47, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 7.67
Heat 11: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 17.17, Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.34, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.34, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 7.27