AUSTRALIAN teammate of Culburra Beach's Owen Wright, Ryan Callinan powered through his round two heat on Thursday in small but extremely contestable conditions at the Miyazaki beach break - competition site for the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games.
Callinan executed a perfect heat strategy, building off a 6.03 point ride on a bowling left-hander before posting a 7.3 point ride on another inside left with three strong turns. He finished the heat strongly on his backhand with a 6.7 point ride for a total of 14 points out of 20 to comfortably advance to round three.
Wright hit the water just after lunch and finished fourth behind Argentina's Martin Passeri, Panama's Kelvin Gonzalez and Canada's Cody Young with a heat total of 4.07 points.
Fellow Aussie Julian Wilson had a slow heat in round two, finishing fourth behind China's Robert Araki, Mexico's Alan Cleland Junior and Panama's Luis Carlos Lopez, scoring 3.53 points.
Related content:South Coast duo help Aussies take out Aloha Cup
In a stacked repechage two heat, Wilson's day got worse, beaten by South Africa's Jordy Smith and Argentina's Santiago Muniz in choppy knee-high waves.
To wrap up the day, in repechage two, Wright finished third with a 9.26, behind South Africa's Michael February (14.96) and Mexico's Jhony Corzo (11.83).
Round three of the men's draw is set to continue on Friday, with all three Aussie men in action.