Coast surfer Chris Friend made it through in China.
Coast surfer Chris Friend made it through in China. Contributed

Friend gets through to next round

CHRIS Friend is through to the second round of the ASP 4 Star Hainan Classic in China, but fellow Sunshine Coast surfer Dane Bird has fallen at the first hurdle.

Friend was slow out of the blocks but eventually won his heat convincingly after posting 14.60 out of a possible 20.

Halfway through the 30-minute heat he was in last place, but an 8.17 ride catapulted him up the rankings and a 6.43 was enough to get him into first and the round of 32.

"At first I was just hassling with the other guys and on my first wave I had the wobbles and fell," Friend said. "I waited about 10 minutes and by the time that first set came through I was freezing, I was shivering. But luckily I was able to put a couple of turns together and get a score."

Bird finished third in his heat, scoring 10.93 out of 20, behind Brazil's Messias Felix (17.40) and Australian-turned Irishman Glenn Hall (16.50).

>> Latest sport news


MISSING SWIMMER: Pictures, video from frantic search

Premium Content MISSING SWIMMER: Pictures, video from frantic search

EMERGENCY services are continuing to search for a female swimmer seen in the water...

Late night swim goes horribly wrong for man swept away

Premium Content Late night swim goes horribly wrong for man swept away

Night vision goggles were used to search for the struggling swimmer

Midwife ‘distressed’ by case resulting from fatal home birth

Premium Content Midwife ‘distressed’ by case resulting from fatal home birth

“Ms Bourne is very distressed by these proceedings."