Thomas Carvalho has emerged as a major threat after the first heats of the Usher Cup men’s competition with the Snapper Rocks Board rider dominating his opening heat held in good conditions at Rainbow Bay.
Thomas scored 13 for his heat score, defeating Anthony King 8.53, Jack Obrien and Jett Dellit.
“Yeah I was pretty happy, I mean the waves were pretty fun, I’ve been surfing this for a few weeks now,. So I was happy to get a few good ones and the win”
For Thomas the Usher Cup provides perfect competitive preparation ahead of the world qualifying series tour.
“I’ve got the WSL QS coming up and the Usher cup is such perfect practice for it.”
There’s little time for rest between heats for the local rider, preferring instead to have his heat surfs analysed by former world junior champion and WSL competitor Dean Morrison at the Wave of a Lifetime tent.
“Hundred percent I am going to check out the wave of a lifetime tent with Dingo and Filthy and Timmy, it’s perfect to be able to analyse your heat with experts looking at it.”
Thomas will now sit out round two, entering the water with the seeded surfers for Round 3.