Three-time world champion Mick Fanning has endured a bumpy begin to his return to the elite surf tour, with the Australian ending final in his three-man warmth on the Narrabeen Basic in NSW.
Fanning made the shock announcement that he would come out of retirement for the occasion in order that his younger household might see him compete.
The 39-year-old was up in opposition to 2019 world champion Italo Ferreira and Australian Morgan Cibilic of their round-one warmth on Saturday, and issues did not go to plan.
Fanning completed with a two-wave rating of 5.60, nicely wanting Ferreira (14.16) and Cibilic (10.33).
The end result means Fanning has been thrust into the elimination spherical, the place he will likely be up in opposition to Frenchman Jeremy Flores and Connor O’Leary.
Fellow Australian Julian Wilson may even need to navigate the elimination spherical, however Owen Wright safely progressed to the spherical of 32.
John John Florence, Adriano de Souza, Filipe Toledo, Jordy Smith, and Gabriel Medina had been different notable names to soundly progress to spherical three.
Within the ladies’s occasion, Australian star Tyler Wright should do it the laborious means after narrowly dropping her three-person opening warmth.
Wright posted a two-wave complete of 8.20, simply wanting fellow Australian Macy Callaghan (8.43) and star American Caroline Marks (9.14).
The end result means Wright will now be pitted up in opposition to Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb and Australian Laura Enever in an elimination warmth.
Seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore progressed straight to the spherical of 16 after ending second in her first-round warmth.
Sally Fitzgibbons, Carissa Moore, Courtney Conlogue, Nikki Van Dijk, Keely Andrew and Malia Manuel had been among the many others to progress.