Former world surfing champion Adriano de Souza has been knocked out of the Narrabeen Classic in Sydney after losing to American Griffin Colapinto in the round of 32.
De Souza, the 2015 WSL title winner, posted a two-wave score of 11.43 in the three-foot conditions on Monday.
The 34-year-old was clearly frustrated after a sizzling two-turn manoeuvre in the dying minutes only earned him a 6.60, meaning he fell narrowly short of snaring the lead.
In the end it didn't matter, with Colapinto following up his early 6.67 wave with a score of 6.90 at the death to end up with a two-wave total of 13.57.
The 22-year-old has put a big emphasis on being more ruthless in heats in 2021 in his bid to break through for a world title.
"I've just been trying to get better at going all out in the heats," Colapinto said on the WSL broadcast.
"In the past I've kind of held back, and I feel like my potential is way higher.
"You see all the guys like Filipe (Toledo), Gabriel (Medina) - those guys don't hold back at all. I feel like if I don't hold back, my level can match theirs.
"I want to win a world title this year. I''m not going to hold back."
Australian Reef Heazlewood pulled off a spectacular aerial move to defeat countryman Ryan Callinan and book a spot in the round of 16.
He was joined in the next round by Brazilian Yago Dora and South African Jordy Smith.
Toledo, Medina, Caio Ibelli, John John Florence, Italo Ferreira and Australian pair Morgan Cibilic and Jack Robinson were among the surfers who booked their spot on Sunday.
Australian Associated Press