John John Florence closed the eighth heat of the first round with a score of 17.57, obtained with the sum of his two best waves (9.07 and 8.50), and demonstrated all his quality in the waves.

The day before, it was the Brazilian Ítalo Ferreira, world champion in 2019 and Olympic champion in 2021, who impressed the judges the most, with a total of 16.17 points (8.50 and 7.67).

As for the three Portuguese in the competition, Frederico Morais was the only one to advance directly to the next stage of the elite competition in Peniche.