The YUMEYA BIILABONG PRO TAHARA started today at Akabane Longbeach in Japan. In really ordinary 2' slop Stu won his opening heat in this 6 Star event. He surfs next in Ht 19 of the round of 144. Adam Melling comes into the event in the round of 96.

Stu came 2nd in his round of 144 heat in Japan today. He surfs next in the round of 96 Ht 20, stoked he didn't end up in Mello's heat - Ht 16

The waves in Japan are slop today and getting thru a heat was a lottery. Unfortunately for Adam he didn't have a winning ticket. Stuey Kennedy definitely had a lucky ticket. After a really scrappy heat he was in 3rd with less than 30 secs to go needing a 4.24 and the guy in 2nd scored an interference against Stu, so he goes thru to the round of 48. That's some great competitive skills right there mate. Go hard Stu

Stuey was knocked out in 1' waves in Japan today. He finished in 37th which is a fantastic result in a QS for a junior. Well done kiddo.

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