Taranaki surfer Sean Kettle signalled his intentions early yesterday, posting the highest heat score of day one of the National Scholastic Surfing Champs at Fitzroy Beach.
Kettle scored 15.0 (out of 20) for his two-wave total in the opening heat of the day, setting the bar for all other surfers.
Obviously familiar with the break, Kettle blitzed the waves with precision surfing and power turns, scoring a 7.67 on his last wave after completing a critical forehand air-reverse.
The New Plymouth surfer will be looking to continue that performance all the way through to the final and secure his second title. Kettle won the under-16 boys' division in 2010.
Team-mate Adam Clegg also won his first heat in the under-16 boys' division and Josh Kettle, Brodie Arbuckle, Eli McDonald and Mahorahora McCloud all progressed to the next round after coming second in their heats.
Te Rapai Barbarich-Love and Toa McDonald will get another chance to progress when they compete in the repecharge rounds.
The under-18 boys' repecharge is set to start at 10am today at Fitzroy Beach.
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