Quarterfinalists Locked In For Ron Jon Quiksilver Pro QS 1,500 and Junior Pro

Courtesy of WSL North America

Competitors Showcase True Grit In Tough Conditions

San Clemente Competitors Light Up Cocoa Beach

Local Teenager William Hedleston Powers His Way Into Junior Quarterfinals More Available At WorldSurfLeague.com


CAPTION: Jett Schilling (San Clemente, Calif.) earned a near-perfect 9.00 in the Ron Jon Quiksilver Junior Pro after already advancing into the QS 1,500 Quarterfinals.
CREDIT: © WSL/ Andrew Nichols

COCOA BEACH, Florida/USA (Friday, March 15, 2019) – Conditions deteriorated at the World Surf League (WSL) men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Ron Jon Quiksilver Pro QS 1,500 and Junior Pro, but competitors still managed to put on a dominant display of surfing with near-perfection in one-to-two foot, occasional plus windswell. The thickest part of competition is in the books with the men’s QS running Rounds 3 and 4, as well as the Pro Juniors running through Rounds 2 and 3 to set up their Quarterfinal bouts. The Ron Jon Roxy Junior Pro was called off for the day with a likely start tomorrow.


Caption: Crosby Colapinto continues to impress on both fronts in Cocoa Beach.
Credit: WSL/ Ferguson
 

Round 3 yielded more success for 17-year-old Crosby Colapinto (San Clemente, Calif.) after posting an excellent, meaning an 8.00 (out of a possible 10) or higher, 8.10 and continued that momentum into a big Round 4 win — eliminating the No. 1 seed Ruben Vitoria (ESP) in the process. Last year wasn’t the result Colapinto came in search for during his first trip to Cocoa Beach but took away the knowledge he’s been able to implement here this time around. The 2018 North America Pro Junior No. 2 also made it to the Quarterfinals in the Ron Jon Quiksilver Junior Pro and is miles ahead of his result last year.

“It feels good to make it past where I did last year in the QS, especially because last year I had a hard time getting over a six-point ride,” Colapinto said. “I really like being in both events and know the lineup even better. I’m just trying to stay calm and save as much energy as I can for all my heats. Last year I didn’t really have boards prepared for here and I came back with the right equipment. It’s all about confidence.”


Caption: Stevie Pittman is now a full-time member of the QS and looking to improve on early season results.
Credit: WSL/ Ferguson

Stevie Pittman (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) finds himself in another Quarterfinal draw as he continues to search for points on his home coast. The 18-year-old made an appearance at the Volcom Pipe Pro QS 3,000, but must rely on himself for the most part to get to events and perform — doing just that in Round 3 with the day’s best near-perfect 9.00 and 16.25 (out of a possible 20). Pittman’s maiden win has eluded him in the past, but his mindset remains locked in.

“I had a shocker yesterday and barely scraped through so I made some changes which I’m glad worked out,” Pittman said. “I’m pretty excited to surf good in my heat earlier in the day. It was tough out there and a lower tide works better, but I was glad there was still a few waves left. This feels good to make some heats after not making it far in the Florida Pro and having a shocker at the Volcom.”

Now, two-man heats await as Jake Kelley (Ventura, Calif.), Noah Schweizer (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.), Robbie McCormick (Flagler Beach, Fla.), and Jett Schilling (San Clemente, Calif.) join international threats Matheus Navarro (BRA) and Roi Kanazawa (JPN) in the Quarterfinals.


Caption: The juniors took over and Kade Matson led the charge.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols

A decisive day unfolded for the Ron Jon Quiksilver Junior Pro to determine Quarterfinalists as top seeds made their debut and didn’t disappoint.

Colapinto’s fellow San Clemente competitor Kade Matson had to put his loss from the QS earlier in the morning aside and show up once more for his junior debut. The 16-year-old showed no signs of a loss affecting him and blasted a 15.85 heat total, dominating the Round 3 affair. Matson finished last year with two runner-ups to his name and is looking to break through to the top of a podium in 2019.

“There was more wave in that heat and just catch a lot and just actually surf,” Matson said. “My last heat I didn’t get a lot of opportunities. It helps to start with a good score and keep that momentum. It gave me some confidence knowing I could drop those scores on some smaller waves. The loss got me a little more fired up and I just said I’m going to have fun and do my surfing.”


Caption: William Hedleston joined the Florida ranks looking to bring the junior event win home.
Credit: WSL/ Nichols
William Hedleston represented for his hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, with an impressive showing after making it through both Round 2 and 3 today in the tough conditions. The newly turned 15-year-old continues growing into his surfing each year and showcased his power today with a 7.75 in his scoreline, along with a 14.60 heat total. Though, Hedleston’s local knowledge isn’t something he relies on heavily while competing at Alan Shepard Park.
 
“You just have to find that right peak, but the sand changes here all the time and I usually surf a little down the beach or by the pier,” Hedleston said. “This event is so fun because you have all the QS guys here and I don’t have this urge of ‘I have to win’ but I definitely want to. It’s just fun surfing against all the better competitors, it raises your level of competing as well and that’s really helpful.”
 
A 7:30 a.m. EDT call will determine a possible 8:00 a.m. start to either the Ron Jon Quiksilver Junior Pro Quarterfinals or Round 1 of the Ron Jon Roxy Junior Pro. CLICK HERE FULL RESULTS FROM ROUNDS 3 AND 4 OF THE RON JON QUIKSILVER PRO QS 1,500
 
CLICK HERE FULL RESULTS FROM ROUND 2 AND 3 OF THE RON JON QUIKSILVER JUNIOR PRO For press accreditation, please contact anichols@worldsurfleague.com. The Ron Jon Quiksilver Pro QS 1,500, Junior Pro and Roxy Junior Pro will run March 14 – 17.
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