24 July, 2013 24 July, 2013

Beyrick, Jordy and Bianca – Still in Contention at US Open of Surfing

The Vans US Open of Surfing machine continues to pump out heats for the thronging crowd of onlookers – who’ve all come down to Huntington Beach to catch a glimpse of whichever surfer/s piques their interest. Just about all the world’s best have been slipping on their singlets and shooting the pier, so there’s been plenty of reasons for the masses to congregate and cheer, while the surfers do their jobs.

Dane Reynolds, doing his job.

Dane Reynolds, doing his job.

Among the assembled pack of the world’s elite has been a posse of Saffas, all hungry for a win in the shifty peaks of Surf City, USA. Unfortunately for Shaun Joubert, Travis Logie, Mikey February, Rigard Smit and Dale Staples, while the event continued to scroll through heats, they failed to advance and are out of contention.

Shaun put up the strongest fight by advancing to the round of 48 in the Open Mens division before bowing out, while Mikey and Rigard fell in the Pro Juniors on Day 1. Travis struggled to find the scoring waves in his Round of 96 heat, which saw him in a match-up against fellow Saffa Beyrick de Vries, and finished fourth in the shifty peaks, while watching his younger compatriot take out the win.

The victory saw Beyrick advance to the Round of 48, where he’s yet to surf his encounter after they switched off the heat machine to conclude Day 4.

Beyrick, on a roll.

Beyrick, on a roll.

Also with his name still moving on the heat draw is Jordy Smith. The highest-ranked member of the ZAF force also took a win to join Beyrick in the Round of 48. Jordy, like Beyrick, is also yet to surf his Round of 48 heat, and both will be hoping to continue their winning ways when the event resumes later today.

There’s still one more SA shredder that we are yet to mention, and that’s because we’re saving the best for last. The queen of the Southern Cape, Bianca Buitendag, is already through to the semi-finals of the Pro Junior division, but will also be looking ahead to her do-or-die Round 2 heat in the Open division – where she’s contesting the sixth stop of the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.

Bianca, focused.

Bianca, focused.

Bianca failed to grab a spot directly in the third round, when she finished third in the non-elimination Round 1, which means she’ll have to contest the sudden-death Round 2 heats and klap it, boet, if she’s looking to improve on her excellent current ranking of 8th in the world. You know she’s going to be giving it her best shot.

Cheer Bianca, Berkie and Jordy on LIVE, when competition resumes at www.usopenofsurfing.com

Alana Blanchard, doing her job.

Alana Blanchard, doing her job.

Check out the official press release below.

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TOP SEEDS PRODUCE MIXED RESULTS AT VANS US OPEN OF SURFING

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 22, took top honors with women’s high scores at the Vans US Open of Surfing.

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 22, took top honors with women’s high scores at the Vans US Open of Surfing.

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.”

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.”

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.

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 22, 2011 event champion, dominated her heat with committed combinations on both her forehand and backhand, earning the Women’s high heat total of 16.70 out of 20.

“Really great coming back to Huntington and US Open week is always a unique experience,” Fitzgibbons said. “The heats are spread out, but our weeks are filled in with lots of other things. There are big crowds and it’s good fun. I think the more time I’ve been on tour I just draw from experience and have that confidence even when I’m not competing. I’ve been training and feel really strong.”

Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, 2010 US Open Champion, admittedly felt out of sorts following the long break between events, but still managed to take a commanding Round 1 victory compliments of polished forehand surfing.

“I just got done surfing my first heat here and I didn’t feel that good, but it was good to just surf a heat,” Moore said. “I haven’t surfed a heat since Brazil, so it’s been about two months and I’m just happy to have the jersey on again.”

Moore, former ASP World Champion and current No. 2, knows an additional crown is well within reach, but is trying to focus on another strong heat at the Vans US Open rather than the title race.

“I’m just taking it heat-by-heat like I always do,” Moore said. “If you start overthinking things you’ll fall to the pressure so right now I’m trying to figure out Huntington. It’s always a little tricky so I’m going to just take it day-by-day. It’d be awesome to win here again. To win in front of this crowd would be awesome, but we’ll see what happens.”

Courtney Conlogue (USA), 20, current ASP World No. 4 and local favorite, dominated her opening heat, capitalizing on her intimate knowledge of the Huntington Beach Lineup to secure a convincing Round 1 win. The Californian is hunting a big result in the only American Women’s WCT event this season and hopes to build momentum as the rounds progress.

“Lot of support here and I love being here in my hometown,” Conlogue. “I love sleeping in my own bed and getting my coffee before. It just gives me a lot of confidence. I really want to get a good result here. I’ve got two fifths and it’d be good to replace that. I’d like to build momentum and not peak too soon and hopefully I can put on a good show for everyone.”

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.”

Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, continued his dominance at the Vans US Open today, besting Miguel Pupo (BRA), 21, while eliminating local hero Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach), 27, with his patented power game.

“I’m not an air guy and I just stick to my plan,” Bourez said. “I knew Miguel (Pupo) would go for big airs and you never know with Brett (Simpson). I think he injured himself, but I hope he’s alright.”

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/

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 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

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