"I saw it this morning and knew we were going to run it," said '97 CWC champion Peter Mel. Mel went out in the third heat of the day. On a morning where two 5's were winning heats, Mel managed two 7's, surfing on-rail the whole time. He came up the stairs visibly winded at the end of the heat—after all, he's in his 40's—but with a berth into the round of 96.
"High tide at the Lane is a battle," Mel said.
"Yeah Dad, but you're gnarly," little John Mel said, interrupting Pete's post-heat interview. "Can we go surf the point now?"
Despite calling the contest off for the day at noon, the four heats surfed today featured three past CWC champions: Mel, Kieran Horn and Josh Loya, all of whom advanced.
With the day now open, many surfers went north to look for beach breaks and corners out of the wind; the Gudauskas brothers and Ratboy took over a fairly empty lineup at the Lane; and industry pals headed off to the golf course.
The conditions are looking up. With a new swell set to hit tomorrow and a first heat featuring Jordy Smith and Nat Young alongside Rudy Palmboom and Killian Garland, we're sure to have something nice to watch come Thursday. —Matt SkenazyStay tuned to surfingmagazine.com or watch live at oneill.com/cwc/california/live/