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Callinan slices through in US HIGH HOPES: Ryan Callinan takes to the air in round two contest at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach. Picture: WSL/Morris
TweetFacebook Ryan Callinan at US Open of Surfing in round 2WSL / KENNETH MORRIS picturesRYAN Callinan safely negotiated the Huntington Beach pier and his way into round three at the US Open of Surfing with apowerful display on Tuesday (AEST).
The Merewether surfer was second behind countryman and championship tour rookie Ethan Ewing to book a showdown with Frenchman Joan Duru, Brazilian Alejo Muniz and Japan’s Hiroto Ohhara at the 10,000-point qualifying series contest.
Callinan was third and needing a 5.8 to progress with less than eight minutes remaining and produced two powerful turns before slicing through the pier pylons for a 6.77. That combined with a6.17 from another two-turn wave midway through the heat to put him into second with 12.94.
Peru’s Miguel Tudela remained a threat late but Callinan improved his buffer with a carbon copy ofhis two-turn, pylon-threading ride for a 6.4 and 13.17 total.Ewing won with 13.8, Tuleda finished on 11.96 and Sam Pupo on 9.5.
Callinan had earlier gone to the air twice in the battle for a top-two spot but was unable to ride out of the landings.
The goofy-footer lost to Ewing in the quarter-finals of the same eventlast year when he was on the CT and his rival was powering his way to the main tour on the QS.
Meanwhile, Port Stephens’Mitch Dawkins and Newcastle’sPaul Snow won their over-40 quarter-finals on Tuesday at the Surfmasters national titles at Duranbah.
Dawkins, the over-35s champion,starred with a17.90 two-wave total and will chase a second title on Wednesday.
Swansea’s Glen Valaire was second in his over-50s quarter-final to progress.
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