Chris Zaffis has been carving up the competition.
Chris Zaffis has been carving up the competition. Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Zaffis carves on Coast to reach fourth round

SURFING: AS THE World Surfing League Qualifying Series continues to heat up on the NSW coast, this year's new format and an increase in competitors is proving to make it a tough one.

The second day of the Central Coast Pro started early yesterday at Avoca Beach, and after two stellar heat wins Angourie surfer Chris Zaffis ended his run in round four.

His best scoring wave of the competition, the second-highest of any heat in the third round, was a 9.35.

"I was feeling good and the conditions for this competition were definitely suited for me, but I had a bit of tough one this morning where I got third," he said.

This year's QS competition format means every single round is an elimination round, making it tougher than last year.

"It's definitely tougher because the pressure's on every round," he said.

"I think the NSW leg of the QS was definitely more popular this year too; pretty much every single heat is stacked in every single event, everyone is a great surfer. It's been completely different this year, especially compared to what I'm used to."

Zaffis said he would stay and watch the rest of the pro before getting ready for his next event next week.



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