Ocean City surfer Rob Kelly advanced to the Round of 32 at the ASP Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico on Monday.
The 23-year-old won Heat No. 7 with a score of 12.66, the highest score of the day at Jobos Beach in Isabela.
Kelly said in a story on the Association of Surfing Professionals website that he benefited from having Puerto Rico native Dylan Graves in his heat.
"It was hectic because you don't know where you're at and you just have to go out there and do your thing," Kelly said. "I was looking at Dylan closely to see what he was doing. Paying close attention to what he was doing helped out."
The surf was significantly higher, with 8-foot waves, and more disorganized than it was during the first two days of the competition, when the waves were 1-3 feet.
But the conditions didn't seem to affect Kelly.
"It's two different extremes from (Sunday)," Kelly said Monday. "(Sunday) I was groveling, and today is the biggest I've ever surfed (at) Jobos."
The contest, which is rated a four-star event (out of five) at Jobos, continues today at approximately 7:30 a.m. with Kelly competing in Heat No. 4. It can be seen live at www.live.ripcurl.com.
Somers Point native Dean Randazzo also surfed Monday but finished last in Heat No. 9 and was eliminated.
Top-seeded C.J. Hobgood, 33, of Melbourne, Fla., 33, was among those who advanced along with Kelly.
The competition began Saturday and is scheduled to end Wednesday.