Highlights from opening heats at the Vans US Open 2013.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Monday, July 22, 2013) – The 2013 ASP Prime Vans US Open of Surfing kicked off in pulsing four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) waves at Huntington Beach Pier with several ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) surfers leading the day’s highlights with dominant Round 1 performances.
Kelly Slater (USA), 41, 11-time ASP World Champion, reveled in the windy afternoon conditions, notching the day’s high scores with surgical wave selection. The iconic regular-footer took to the lefts breaking in to the Pier, earning an 8.00 for a committed backhand tube, backing the ride up with the day’s high single-wave score of 8.67 for several polished backhand turns.
“There are a few barrels out there,” Slater said. “There’s a lot going on and it’s a busy week and you kind of hope for those morning glassy heats, especially when there’s some swell. There’s some energy out there now, but it’s really windy so you’ve got to wait for the second, third or fourth wave and that’s where I got that barrel.”
Feliz Messias busting a big punt in front of the pier. Photo: Michael Lallande
Slater, two-time US Open of Surfing Champion, admitted that the combination of competitive icons, the next generation and energy from the packed crowd makes the Vans US Open of Surfing incomparable to any other competition throughout the season.
“This event has a long history,” Slater said “You get the best juniors, best pros and it’s one of the best fields of the year as far as Primes go,” Slater said. “It’s a competitive contest. You get guys that you don’t see in lots of contests and they’ll do well, young guys busting big airs and then the crowds can be intimidating, but you get used to it after awhile.”
Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, current ASP WCT No. 8, stormed through his opening heat at the Vans US Open of Surfing, unloading powerful backhand combinations to take an impressive 16.00 heat total. The talented Tahitian enters the event with a relaxed approach following a successful first half among the ASP Top 34 and is out to enjoy this week’s festivities.
Nathaniel Curran throwing a fin blast with perfect form. Photo: Michael Lallande
“I’m just back from Bali and waves were amazing over there,” Bourez said. “The waves were amazing out here for my heat too. Following Bali, I went home and was training at a beachbreak to get used to similar conditions and it worked well. I’m just here to have fun, see my sponsors and surf this event, it’s one of the biggest of the year and also to see the crowd.”
Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, defending event champion, started his Vans US Open of Surfing campaign in strong form with a commanding Round 1 victory. The talented natural-footer took to the rights during his early-morning heat, earning a 14.77 heat total to secure the win.
“I felt pretty good, but I didn’t feel in synch with the waves,” Wilson said. “With 30 minutes, I knew there would be plenty of waves and I knew I’d get my chances. My board feels really good and I knew that if I got two fun rights I could make scores. Kanoa (Igarashi) surfed really well for a young guy and put some pressure on, Wiggolly (Dantas) got a score and Jonathan Gonzalez as well, so it was a tough heat. There was plenty of opportunity out there and it’s good to get that heat out of the way coming back to defend the title.”
Julian Wilson tucking into a glassy barrel on his backhand. Photo: Michael Lallande
In addition to all of the ASP action, the 2013 Vans US Open is a massive action sports festival that will also include the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, BMX and Skate Competitions, performances from Modest Mouse, The Faint, Matt Costa and more.
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Chris Ward (USA) 12.83, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.14, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.77, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 6.60
Heat 2: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.50, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 12.06, Luke Davis (USA) 8.76, Adam Melling (AUS) 8.20
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.70, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 11.20, Jay Thompson (AUS) 11.20, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 9.10
Heat 4: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.76, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.30, Dylan Graves (PRI) 12.26, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.90
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.77, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.03, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 12.93, Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 12.10
Heat 6: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.10, Brett Simpson (USA) 13.83, Stu Kennedy (AUS) 11.76, Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 7.77
Heat 7: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.60, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 11.64, Torrey Meister (HAW) 11.00, Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 6.84
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.00, Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.40, Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.07, Joan Duru (FRA) 10.44
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.33, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 8.80, Mason Ho (HAW) 8.74, Messias Felix (BRA) 8.20
Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.50, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 12.14, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 9.40, Andrew Doheny (USA) 8.14
Heat 11: Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 12.60, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 10.30, Chris Friend (AUS) 9.33, Cory Arrambide (USA) 8.54
Heat 12: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.67, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.80, Heath Joske (AUS) 8.46, Jean Da Silva (BRA )8.13
Heat 13: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.20, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 11.97, Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.94, Nathan Hedge (AUS) 6.70
Heat 14: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.20, Cory Lopez (USA) 9.84, Victor Done (USA) 9.43, Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 6.24
Heat 15: Granger Larsen (HAW) 12.67, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 8.57, Conner Coffin (USA) 7.53, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 7.24
Heat 16: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.00, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.77, Jack Freestone (AUS) 10.70, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.16
Heat 17: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.23, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 11.50, Brian Toth (PRI) 7.50, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 7.23
Heat 18: Michael Dunphy (USA) 12.56, Charles Martin (GLP) 11.37, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.23, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 10.0