Ryan Callinan racked up four of the top five scores in his heat but it wasn’t enough to progress directly to round three at the Portugal Pro on Tuesday night (AEDT).
The Merewether surfer displayed an impressive mix of tube rides, carves, snaps and an aerial in his round-one heat against Brazilian Miguel Pupo and world No.3 and Central Coast product Matt Wilkinson at the 10th stop on the championship tour.
However, Pupo grabbed the heat win with a best two-wave total of 14.34 to Callinan’s 13.2 courtesy of a standout 8.17 wave which featured a deep tube ride. Wilkinson was last with 7.63 total.
Callinan led with a 12.93 total until Pupo’s tube halfway through the half-hour heat.
The 24-year-old earned a 6.33 with a forehard air reverse, a 6.6 with a huge carve and 6.6 and 6.57 scores with tube rides.
He and Wilkinson face sudden-death round two clashes. Callinan will take on Brazilian Gabriel Medina in heat two, while Wilkinson meets Frenchman Jeremy Flores in the third.
Callinan is 36th on the championship tour and ninth on the qualifying series chasing top-22 or top-10 finishes respectively to earn a second year on the elite World Surf League circuit.