Surfing: Merewether’s Ryan Callinan now faces one-on-one elimination heat at Pipe Masters in Hawaii

CARVE: Merewether wildcard Ryan Callinan in action during round one of the Pipe Masters in Hawaii on Friday. The 26-year-old now faces a one-on-one elimination battle this weekend. Picture: World Surf LeagueMerewether’s Ryan Callinan has been pitted againstfellow n Adrian Buchan in a one-on-oneeliminationheat atthe Pipe Masters in Hawaii.

The 26-year-old goofy footerfaces the do-or-die battle this weekend (AEDT) at the season-ending World Surf League championship tour eventafter finishing second in Friday’s opener.

Callinan, who earned a wildcard to the 2018 titledeciderafter taking out Thursday’s Pipe Invitational trials at the same Oahu break, recorded a two-wave combined score of 6.77.

Heended up narrowly behindUS heat two winner Griffin Colapinto (7.07), who now advances to the third round, but was in front of countryman Wade Carmichael (4.50).

Callinan, who has already earned a spot on the main tour for 2019, led the half-hour heat via rides of 4and 2.77 midway through the contest before Colapinto added a 3.57 to his previous 3.50 with nine minutes remaining. Carmichael’s best effort was 2.50.

Colapinto awaits his next opponent while Carmichael will meet Brazilian Caio Ibelli in round two.

Conditions at the North Shore beach on Friday were blustery with a steep north swell, pushingsurf into the four-to-six foot range.

Meanwhile, the 2018 crown is still up for grabs with n Julian Wilson in the running alongside Brazilian pairGabriel Medina and Felipe Toledo.

Wilson, who calls Newcastle his second home with wife Ashley and first child Olivia,cruised into the third round with a heat win.Medina also secured safe passagebut Toledo missed out and now faces a round two knockout.

“Feels really good to get through a heat that’s so tricky like that,” Wilson said.

“It doesn’t get much more challenging out at Pipe than that.”

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