Throwing caution to the wind in the final minute of his Round 3 heat, Daniel Glenn (USA) launched to the air for the contest’s highest single-wave score of the event with a 9.33 – as well as totaling the highest heat total of 16.00. Sitting in third place, Glenn looked to be on his way back to New Smyrna Beach, FL needing a 7-point ride – but threw everything he had into the final wave of the heat and now knows what he’s capable of.
“I was super nervous sitting in such a bad position and paddled so hard to get to that wave,” Glenn said. “I knew I wasn’t sitting pretty knowing I needed a 7 and had to paddle super hard around Benji [Brand] for it. I took off over a rock and just threw a hail mary into the flats – I was so stoked to spin out of it and get that score. I’m just going to remember that air moving forward and know that I can land something like that.”