Opening Weekend at Vans US Open of Surfing

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VANS 2014 US OPEN OF SURFING: DAY 1 RECAP

The highly anticipated 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing kicked off this morning with an exciting day of Men’s Jr. Pro competition! Top under-21 talent powered through Rounds 1 and 2 of competition in peaky one-to-three foot waves at Huntington Beach Pier, deciding the divisions Quarterfinalists.

Kanoa Igarashi (Huntington Beach, CA), 16, Huntington Beach local and main event wildcard, stormed through two rounds today, posting the day’s high heat total of 17.16 while collecting two wins. Igarashi hopes to carry his Pro Junior momentum to the main stage in order to find success against the more experienced competition in the Prime division.

Yago Dora (BRA), 18, was electric on opening day of the Vans US Open Pro Junior, collecting the day’s high score of a near-perfect 9.77 for two big air-reverses. The young Brazilian is relatively new to competition and is looking to gain experience against the world’s best juniors in Huntington Beach.

Cam Richards (Garden City Beach, SC), 19, was consistent through Rounds 1 and 2, claiming two convincing heat victories with a pair of 15 point heat totals. The advancement to the Quarterfinals marks the East Coaster’s career best result at the venue.

Press center opens at 7:30am and competition starts tomorrow at 8:00am with the Men’s Trials before wrapping with two rounds of the Women’s Jr. Pro. The surf forecast sees surf hanging mainly in the waist high zone throughout the day, with occasional sets up to chest high (2-3’). Expect cloudy skies and light wind with a chance of fog in the early morning before gradually clearing up for a sunny afternoon.

VANS 2014 US OPEN OF SURFING: DAY 2 RECAP

The second day of competition at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing saw 32 trialists battle for four spots in the prestigious main event of men’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Prime competition.

The third of eight Prime rated events on the 2014 ASP Qualification Series, the Vans US Open of Surfing offers crucial points towards qualification for the Dream Tour.

Kai Barger (Haiku, HI), 24, former ASP World Junior Champion, strung together an impressive run during the trials, claiming a last-second win to secure a spot in the main event. Santiago Muniz (ARG), 21, brother of defending event champion Alejo Muniz, continued the trend of last second victories. The South American standout earned the day’s high heat total of 16.30 out of 20, advancing to the Men’s main event for the first time in his career.

Also advancing to the main event were past ASP North America Pro Junior Series Champion Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), 25, and Bino Lopes (BRA), 26.

Following the Men’s Trials, Women’s Vans US Open Pro Junior competition ran through two rounds, whittling the field down to just eight Semifinalists.

Chelsea Tuach (BRB), 18, regional Pro Junior Series Champion, issued the upset of the day, eliminating reigning ASP World Junior Champion Ella Williams (NZL), 19, in her first career US Open appearance.

Over at the Van Doren Invitational Shop Battle, 12 invited core skate shops went head to head for a grand prize of $3,000. Judges crowned Val Surf the winning team, knocking out defending champions Active Ride Shop, who placed 2nd. Alex Brunelle received the highest score (95.03) of the day and a $1,000 prize. Qualifier results can be found here, and finals results here.

The live webcast starts today (Monday) check it out on www.VansUSOpenofSurfing.com


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VANS 2014 US OPEN OF SURFING: DAY 1 RECAP

The highly anticipated 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing kicked off this morning with an exciting day of Men’s Jr. Pro competition! Top under-21 talent powered through Rounds 1 and 2 of competition in peaky one-to-three foot waves at Huntington Beach Pier, deciding the divisions Quarterfinalists.

Kanoa Igarashi (Huntington Beach, CA), 16, Huntington Beach local and main event wildcard, stormed through two rounds today, posting the day’s high heat total of 17.16 while collecting two wins. Igarashi hopes to carry his Pro Junior momentum to the main stage in order to find success against the more experienced competition in the Prime division.

Yago Dora (BRA), 18, was electric on opening day of the Vans US Open Pro Junior, collecting the day’s high score of a near-perfect 9.77 for two big air-reverses. The young Brazilian is relatively new to competition and is looking to gain experience against the world’s best juniors in Huntington Beach.

Cam Richards (Garden City Beach, SC), 19, was consistent through Rounds 1 and 2, claiming two convincing heat victories with a pair of 15 point heat totals. The advancement to the Quarterfinals marks the East Coaster’s career best result at the venue.

Press center opens at 7:30am and competition starts tomorrow at 8:00am with the Men’s Trials before wrapping with two rounds of the Women’s Jr. Pro. The surf forecast sees surf hanging mainly in the waist high zone throughout the day, with occasional sets up to chest high (2-3’). Expect cloudy skies and light wind with a chance of fog in the early morning before gradually clearing up for a sunny afternoon.

VANS 2014 US OPEN OF SURFING: DAY 2 RECAP

The second day of competition at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing saw 32 trialists battle for four spots in the prestigious main event of men’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Prime competition.

The third of eight Prime rated events on the 2014 ASP Qualification Series, the Vans US Open of Surfing offers crucial points towards qualification for the Dream Tour.

Kai Barger (Haiku, HI), 24, former ASP World Junior Champion, strung together an impressive run during the trials, claiming a last-second win to secure a spot in the main event. Santiago Muniz (ARG), 21, brother of defending event champion Alejo Muniz, continued the trend of last second victories. The South American standout earned the day’s high heat total of 16.30 out of 20, advancing to the Men’s main event for the first time in his career.

Also advancing to the main event were past ASP North America Pro Junior Series Champion Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), 25, and Bino Lopes (BRA), 26.

Following the Men’s Trials, Women’s Vans US Open Pro Junior competition ran through two rounds, whittling the field down to just eight Semifinalists.

Chelsea Tuach (BRB), 18, regional Pro Junior Series Champion, issued the upset of the day, eliminating reigning ASP World Junior Champion Ella Williams (NZL), 19, in her first career US Open appearance.

Over at the Van Doren Invitational Shop Battle, 12 invited core skate shops went head to head for a grand prize of $3,000. Judges crowned Val Surf the winning team, knocking out defending champions Active Ride Shop, who placed 2nd. Alex Brunelle received the highest score (95.03) of the day and a $1,000 prize. Qualifier results can be found here, and finals results here.

The live webcast starts today (Monday) check it out on www.VansUSOpenofSurfing.com

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