ASP World Title Contenders Lead Surf Competition | Vans 2014 US Open Of Surfing Day 5

Posted: Jul 31,2014 Written by  Vans

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ASP WORLD TITLE CONTENDERS LEAD SURF COMPETITION; REIGNING VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL CHAMP LIZZIE ARMANTO DEFENDS HER TITLE

Day five of the Vans US Open of Surfing ran through Rounds 2 and 3 in peaky two-to-four foot surf at Huntington Beach. The field of 18 was narrowed to 12, with top ASP World Title threats advancing directly to the Quarterfinals. 

Malia Manuel (HAW), 20, current World No. 5, commanded Rounds 2 and 3 after an opening-day stumble, collecting the day’s highest scores. The Kauaian collected a 15.17 two-wave heat total in Round 2 in a victory against wildcard Leila Hurst (HAW), 20, and a near-perfect 9.67 in Round 3 while securing a Quarterfinals berth. 

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 23, 2011 US Open Champion and current World No. 2, continued her successful run in Huntington Beach, besting rookies Dimity Stoyle (AUS), 22, and Johanne Defay (FRA), 20, while posting a Round 3 win. 

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 26, who collected a US Open win in 2007, put together another dominant performance in Round 3. The Australian surfed the tricky beachbreak with a textbook approach, connecting strong outside turns and committed inside maneuvers on the reform for another convincing heat win. 

Following Women’s Round 3, the Men’s Qualification Series (QS) Prime-rated competition completed Round 2 as ASP Top 34 hopefuls clashed for a respective spot among next year’s elite.

Matt Banting (AUS), 19, current No. 2 on the QS, continued his hot streak, topping Dream Tour sophomore Filipe Toledo (BRA), 18, progressive sorcerer Dane Reynolds (USA), 28, and American tactician Cory Arrambide (USA), 24, with a big Round 2 heat victory. 

Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), 33, contributed to the international field flaring in Huntington Beach, trouncing his Round 2 heat with a commanding run from start-to-finish. Gonzalez was surgical on both his forehand and backhand while securing a spot in Round 3.

Kanoa Igarashi (Huntington Beach, CA), 16, Vans US Open of Surfing wildcard, continued to establish himself among the world’s best surfers, taking an impressive Round 2 win. The local talent’s victory came over WCT surfers Jadson Andre (BRA), 24, Travis Logie (ZAF), 33, and Jake Halstead (La Jolla, CA), 20.

Last night, the annual Van Doren Invitational Women's Contest at the Vans US Open wrapped up with a packed house supporting women's skateboarding. Reigning champion and Vans team rider Lizzie Armanto defends her title, taking home 1st place and a cool $5,000. Rounding out the podium was 13-year old ripper Alana Smith in 2nd place and OC local Julz Lynn in 3rd. The top 6 women's placers included last year's standouts including Alyssha Bergado and Nora Vasconcellos, and introduced new competitor Kisa Nakamura, who flew all the way from Japan to compete. Check out the finals results here and qualifiers results here, plus photos from the event here. Don't miss the live webcast of the next Van Doren Invitational contest on this Friday, August 1.

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Round 2 Results:

Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.44 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.83

Heat 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.76 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.43

Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.17 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 6.67

Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.67 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.97

Heat 5: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.67 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 11.00

Heat 6: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.43 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.10

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Round 3 Results:

Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 18.13, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.93, Tyler Wright (AUS) 7.77

Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.37, Laura Enever (AUS) 9.00, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 7.10

Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.03, Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.10, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 3.00 

Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.16, Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50, Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.10

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Round 4 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)

Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)

Heat 3: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Paige Lareb (NZL)

Heat 4: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s Round 2 Results:

Heat 7: Matt Banting (AUS) 14.87, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.94, Dane Reynolds (USA) 11.33, Cory Arrambide (USA) 10.26

Heat 8: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 14.50, Michael Dunphy (USA) 13.93, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 13.07, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 12.63

Heat 9: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.53, Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.77, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.67,  Jake Halstead (USA) 11.16

Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.30, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 15.26, Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.27, Granger Larsen (HAW) 14.10

Heat 11: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 16.50, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 12.40, Mason Ho (HAW) 10.58,  Santiago Muniz (ARG) 10.43

Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.93, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.63, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 10.67, Sebastian Zietz (HAW)

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s Round 3 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS), Maxime Huscenot (FRA)

Heat 2: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Tim Reyes (USA), Willian Cardoso (BRA)

Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Adam Melling (AUS), Charles Martin (GLP)

Heat 4: Keanu Asing (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Bino Lopes (BRA)

Heat 5: Matt Banting (AUS), Michael Dunphy (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA)

Heat 6: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA)

Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Ryan Callinan (AUS)

Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA), Garrett Parkes (AUS), Peterson Crisanto (BRA)