Vans US Open of Surfing. Credit: ASP/SurfChannel
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Prime Vans US Open of Surfing opened today’s action in peaky two-to-four foot waves at South Huntington Beach Pier, completing the non-elimination Round of 24 compliments of some world-class performances from both event favorites and up-and-coming internationals.
Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, posted high scores for the second day in a row, belting a 9.17 and 8.20 for progressive surfing on a pierbowl right and wedgy lefthander. Smith’s efforts would see him secure a Round of 16 berth over C.J. Hobgood (USA), 34, and Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), 19.
“I knew that heat was going to be tough,” Smith said. “Ramzi (Boukhiam) has been ripping and C.J. (Hobgood) started strong with that 8. I got that 9 and that was the turning point for me. If you get the right waves out there you’re going to get high scores. I knew it was going to be a comeback heat for me and I’m happy to get the win.”
Jordy Smith. Photo: ASP/Lallande
Adriano de Souza (BRA), 26, got the best of an all-Brazilian affair in his Round of 24 clash, besting Jadson Andre, 23, and Alex Ribeiro, 21, to advance directly through to the Round of 16.
“I was nervous because I creased my board twice, but I knew I couldn’t leave Jadson and Alex out there alone,” de Souza said. “For me this year this event’s so much fun because I’ve had a big year already and I’m happy to be making my heats here at the US Open. I was happy to get my two scores in that one. Everyone’s fighting for one spot out there and outside of the water we’re all friends, but in the water it’s business. We’re all there for the same thing and it involves money and points. I’m stoked to get that heat win.”
Kolohe Andino (USA), 19, took out a big victory in his non-elimination Round of 24 heat, topping defending event champion Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, and ASP WCT Rookie Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 25, to advance directly to the Round of 16.
Michel Bourez. Photo: Lallande
“I have so much respect for Julian (Wilson) and Seabass (Sebastian Zietz),” Andino said. “I wanted to beat them really bad. The waves are more fun today, they’re more peaky and I’m stoked on that. This contest is so hard and all of the Primes have WCT guys and then guys that want the money or points. I like these waves, I’ve surfed these waves my whole life and I’m really excited to make it to the next round.”
Adrian Buchan (AUS), 30, took out a big heat victory in Heat 4 today with polished backhand surfing on the pierbowl rights, relegating 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 41, and Miguel Pupo (BRA), 21, to the elimination Round of 24.
“It’s always good to win that three man round and even though it’s a no losers round, there’s only one winner and the next heat is super competitive,” Buchan said. “It feels great to beat Kelly (Slater). I don’t typically have a problem with him in three man heats, but he’s got my number in the man-on-man. I felt good out there this morning and it’s the best heat I’ve surfed out here so far.”
Martin Charles. Photo: Lallande
While several of the day’s highlights came at the hands of ASP Top 34 members, Frenchman Vincent Duvignac, 25, put in a banner performance to top Bede Durbidge (AUS), 31, and Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, advancing directly to the Round of 16.
“That was crazy,” Duvignac said. “Last heat I had Kelly (Slater) and I came here with nothing to lose. I just wanted to get points to get in to Prime events for the back half of the year. This week has been a huge contrast for me. Last week I was teaching surfing to kids, so it’s crazy to be here and I’m so stoked to surf against these guys. Michel (Bourez) is my favorite surfer and I’m so happy to win that heat. I didn’t have enough budget to get to Ballito and was looking only to do Huntington. I was here just looking to do my best and this gives me huge motivation.”
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VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S NO-LOSERS ROUND OF 24 RESULTS:
(1ST advances to Round of 16, 2nd and 3rd relegated to elimination Round of 24)
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.73, Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.67, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 11.50
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.57, Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.23, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 5.36
Heat 3: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 12.83, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.27, Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.03
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.30, Kelly Slater (USA) 10.05, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.50
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.37, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.97, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.23
Heat 6: Granger Larsen (HAW) 12.84, Matt Banting (AUS) 12.24, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 7.50
Heat 7: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.77, Nat Young (USA) 12.33, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 6.67
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.30, Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.17, Charles Martin (GLP) 8.33
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.43, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.00, Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.03
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.67, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 11.00, Laura Enever (AUS) 6.33
Heat 3: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.67, Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.24, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10.10
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.33, Pauline Ado (FRA) 14.20, Lakey Peterson (USA) 10.63
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING PRO JUNIOR MEN’S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
Heat 1: Conner Coffin (USA) 16.83, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 14.30, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.87, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 7.33
Heat 2: Jake Halstead (USA) 13.33, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 10.30, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 9.93, Kalani David (HAW) 8.83