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Eight surfers today moved one step closer to being able to hang the Highland Sword on their mantlepiece and acquire the title of ‘Lord’ as the quarterfinalists were decided at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland.
Among them were two New Zealanders who have stood out throughout this competition so far; Jay Quinn and Richard Christie. But the two Kiwi boys are facing some stiff competition in the way of the French here in Scotland. Joan Duru, pulled out the second highest wave score of the competition with a 9.8 in his heat against Tim Boal (FRA). Joining him the quarterfinals for another possible one-nation final is fellow Frenchman, Vincent Duvignac who knocked out Kevin Sullivan (HAW) in their Round 4 match up.
Alain Riou (PYF), Hodei Collazo (EUK), Leonardo Neves (BRA) and Brent Dorrington (AUS) make up the final eight competitors in the quarterfinals.
In what is becoming one of the most classic years of this competition ever, the town of Thurso on the northernmost coast of Scotland awoke once again to clean head high waves and epic conditions at Thurso East. And things are looking the same for tomorrow.