The men’s World Surf League event resumed on Friday with Australian pair Mikey Wright and Wade Carmichael eliminating former world champion Adriano de Souza.
Wright scored a two-wave total of 9.84 out of 10 in a low-scoring heat at Banzai Pipeline to score the highest with Carmichael (5.36) also easing through to the round of 32.
That meant 2015 world champion de Souza was knocked out of the event resumed after five officials tested positive for coronavirus which forced a suspension of the Pipe Masters last Saturday.
Wright and Carmichael were two of five Australians to come through the elimination heats on Friday morning.
Former world title runner-up Julian Wilson didn’t even have to get wet to reach the round of 32 when he and fellow Australian Ethan Ewing were awarded a walkover after Peru’s Miguel Tudela withdrew from the event due to injury.
Newcastle product Ryan Callinan also powered through his elimination heat, scoring a 12.83 to beat Sebastian Zietz and Alex Ribeiro.
Event organisers are hopeful of getting through a full day’s competition at Pipeline with a northwest swell expected to build throughout the day.
The swell will peak in the afternoon and is expected to bring clean 2.4 to three-metre faces with organisers aiming to complete the round of 32 and possibly some heats in the round of 16.