Event highlights. Credit: ASP/SurfChannel
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Tuesday, July 23, 2012) – The Vans US Open of Surfing, stop No. 6 of 8 on the Women’s ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), took to the water today, completing Round 1 action in peaky two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves. Huntington Beach Pier would host a series of mixed results from the ASP Top 17, with both shock upsets and top scores from the event’s top seeds.
Silvana Lima (BRA), 28, current ASP No. 14, earned a crucial Round 1 victory at the Vans US Open of Surfing, relegating reigning five-time ASP World Champion and former event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 25, and rookie Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 19, to Round 2. Lima has struggled to find her rhythm this season following an injury plagued 2012 and is out to turn her year around with a big result this week.
“I feel really good,” Lima said. “This is my best Round 1 result and usually I have to surf in Round 2 here in Huntington. I’m happy to skip that round 2. I’ve had a tough year, but I’m feeling really good and it’s nice to have some waves. Hopefully I can keep going.”
Tyler Wright. Photo: ASP/Lallande
Pauline Ado (FRA), 22, current ASP World No. 13, was responsible for one of the day’s upsets while making a crucial step towards requalifying for the 2014 WCT. The talented regular-footer would take a massive Round 1 victory over defending event champion Lakey Peterson (USA), 19, and dangerous Hawaiian Coco Ho (HAW), 22, advancing directly to Round 3 of competition.
“I started off slow in that heat and the girls were paddling around me,” Ado said. “Then I got that good score. I need to get good results the rest of the year. I’ve lost in the fourth round a lot of times and it’s good to be in round three already. Hopefully I can make another heat and get some important points.”
Courtney Conlogue. Photo: Lallande/ASP
Alana Blanchard (HAW), 22, current ASP World No. 10, contributed to the day of upsets, defeating current rankings leader Tyler Wright (AUS), 19, and wildcard Leila Hurst (HAW), 19, in their Round 1 battle.
“Competing here is amazing and I love the support from the fans,” Blanchard said. “It makes the event that much more fun. I always want to surf my best and I try not to really think about the crowd. Coming in to this event, I’m just trying not to think about the ratings. I usually do better when I’m having fun with it all.”
While several event favorites were relegated to Round 2, half of the event’s top seeds dominated their heats, earning the day’s high scores.
Julian Wilson. Photo: Lallande/ASP
While several top seeds stumbled in Women’s Round 1, ASP WCT surfers continued to rampage through the early rounds of Men’s ASP Prime competition with defending event champion Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, leading the charge.
Wilson would ignite the highest scores of the Vans US Open, launching a massive backside air-rotation for a near-perfect 9.83 out of 10. The Australian would combine the score with an additional excellent ride of 8.30, securing the event’s high heat-total of 18.03 out of 20.
“That air felt good,” Wilson said. “It was one of the ones that you just go for and you don’t always have the highest percentage on, but I kind of surprised myself. I was in a position in the heat where I could go for it. It was good to land it and it gives me confidence.”
Tomorrow’s Vans US Open of Surfing schedule will be action packed with Women’s WCT, Men’s Prime and Pro Junior action unfolding at Huntington Beach Pier. Watch the action LIVE via http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/surf
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.00, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.44, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 6.67
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.46, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.44, Laura Enever (AUS) 9.36
Heat 3: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 12.43, Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.90, Leila Hurst (HAW) 9.54
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.87, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.93, Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.43
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.70, Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.10, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.27
Heat 6: Pauline Ado (FRA) 15.33, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.60, Lakey Peterson (AUS) 10.27
UPCOMING WOMEN’S VANS US OPEN OF SURFING ROUND 2 MATCH UPS:
Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Leila Hurst (HAW)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Heat 5: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.67, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.47, Chris Ward (USA) 10.27, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 9.86
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.27, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.60, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 11.27, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.40
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.03, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 12.27, Dane Reynolds (USA) 6.26, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 6.10
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.04, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.90, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.66, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 9.50
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.30, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.84, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 10.10, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 7.00
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.20, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 12.50, Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 10.83, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 9.37
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 19: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.70, Evan Geiselman (USA) 11.74, Alain Riou (PYF) 10.87, Dillon Perillo (USA) 9.60
Heat 20: Perth Standlick (ZAF) 12.77, Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.66, Dale Staples (ZAF) 9.23, Nathan Florence (HAW) 5.37
Heat 21: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.60, Evan Geiselman (USA) 11.74, Alain Riou (PYF) 10.87, Dillon Perillo (USA) 9.60
Heat 22: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.57, Gabe Kling (USA) 11.67, Jano Belo (BRA) 8.44, Travis Logie (ZAF) 7.30
Heat 23: Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.54, Alejo Muniz (BRAZ) 13.33, Hizunome Betero (BRA) 11.27, Romain Cloitre (FRA) 9.23
Heat 24: Nat Young (USA) 13.93, Tim Reyes (USA) 13.34, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.06, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 10.17