The World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Vans US Open of Surfing QS10,000 began the morning’s action with the completion of Round Two. The remaining top seeds did not disappoint in their debuts, putting on a showcase in the two-to-four foot, dropping swell. Following the Samsung Galaxy Women’s Championship Tour (CT) Round Three matchups, the men got back in the water for opening heats of Round Three before being called off.
Two-time Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10,000 Champion Brett Simpson (USA)debuted in great fashion, posting the highest single-wave score, an excellent 8.07 (out of a possible 10) in the day’s opening heat. The Huntington Beach, California, native hasn’t posted a noteworthy finish on the QS this year and is looking to change all that here at his hometown break.
“I look at this wave like it’s homecourt and there’s times when it’s like I just utilize it,” Simpson. “It’s not exactly what we want but everyone’s so good. I know the lefts I want to ride and there’s the pier bowl which is kind of the zone. I’m just stoked to make the heat and keep going. I know where I want to be and where I’m capable of being, but it’s just about making a concerted effort. I want better results this year, I’ve been to to three QS6,000s and had a run of bad results.”
But Simpson’s motivation isn’t lacking and has his priorities in place moving forward toward the back-half of the season, especially this event.
“I just had a baby boy about a month ago and being a dad comes first for me right now, but now that’s he’s here I’m revving back up,” Simpson continued. “I’ll go to Europe for those and just made the trials into the Hurley Pro at Lowers so get another taste at that level. Right here’s the start. If I can get some points here and a win would be great. There’s not a lot of points on offer so you have to capitalize on them while you can.”
Former Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10,000 Champion Filipe Toledo (BRA)returned to the shores of Huntington Beach in impeccable form. The men’s CT standout found two gems that allowed him multiple big maneuvers to post a solid 14.33 (out of a possible 20) heat total.
“It’s always good to compete here with such a fun history at this event,” Toledo said. “Living down in San Clemente and competing up here I just feel like I’m at home. It’s tricky out there being small and pretty slow, but it’s still fun when the waves come through. This is a special place for me with the results I’ve had in the past, winning the QS and Juniors. I just feel really comfortable out there and stoked to make it through the early heat.”
Keanu Asing (HAW) found a hot streak in Huntington thus far, posting two heat wins with impressive performances. Turning in a Round Three victory with two near-excellent scores and the day’s highest heat total of 14.87, the Hawaiian looked in-form and ready to take on a stacked field of competitors.
“I’m trying to stick to my guns and going out there to give it my best, that’s what I’m here for,” Asing said. “Growing up we did a lot of contests on the south shore of Oahu and it kind of became my strength going on my backhand in conditions like this. I try to keep the same game plan and a good rhythm in sync out there. You look at the roster and you still have so many CT surfers on this list looking to capitalize on these backup points for the end of the year. Every event, and every time I put on a jersey it’s so important to me.”
The Vans US Open of Surfing Junior Women’s event got their surfing underway following the men as opportunities were few and far between in rising tide conditions. However, the up-and-coming surf stars made their debuts with solid performances despite the challenging waves on offer.
Defending champion Caroline Marks (USA) looked in great form to retain her title, winning her Quarterfinal heat debut with an impressive showcase. The 14-year-old posted a win over Australiasia Junior Champion Macy Callaghan (AUS) but will face her in the Semifinals once more.
“No matter what I just knew I had to be on the sets even though there were maybe only one or two coming in each heat,” Marks said. “Once I got the opportunity I needed, it was great to capitalize on them. I don’t feel nervous at all. I’m just pumped off the energy that surrounds this event and really fired up. Hopefully we get some more waves. It’ll be nice to have a few days off and hang out with my family. I just want to take it a heat at a time and just enjoy surfing out there. I’m having so much fun.”
Earning runner-up behind Marks, Callaghan posted the highest single-wave score of the day with a 7.83. Though out of region, the Australian is excited to be at Huntington Beach and in good form.
“You have to go in there feeling positive and try to find the best ones,” Callaghan said. “I haven’t surfed since the Supergirl Pro so it was nice to get another heat in and surf twice today. Made a couple mistakes but felt like I was finding my groove out there. This is such a big event and for America to invite me here is really cool. We don’t have events like this back home so this is sick.”
Kirra Pinkerton (USA) finished the day off with a come-from-behind victory by posting a 5.83 on her last wave needing a 4.66. The 13-year-old talent couldn’t believe she came out of her heat and into the Semifinals.
“I just sat away from everyone to catch my first wave and it was so small but I did a turn and then made the reform,” Pinkerton said. “I was so fortunate to get that last one with it being so inconsistent. It was so nerve-racking and I wasn’t sure I was going to get another chance. I’m very relieved to make it through that heat because if anyone got a wave and made two turns, they would’ve gotten the score.”
Remaining Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10000 Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 4: Sebastian Zeitz (HAW), Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Charly Martin (GLP), Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 5: Kiron Jabour (HAW), Davey Cathels (AUS), Nomme Mignot (FRA), Mihimana Braye (PYF)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Granger Larsen (HAW), Nathan Yeomans (USA), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 7: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Yago Dora (BRA), Bino Lopes (BRA), Billy Stairmand (NZL)
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Conner Coffin (USA), Joan Duru (FRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 9: Torrey Meister (HAW), Evan Geiselman (USA), Matt Banting (AUS), Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Santiago Muniz (ARG)
Heat 11: Tanner Gudauskas (USA), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Deivid Silva (BRA), Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF), Carlos Munoz (CRI), Jack Freestone (AUS), Pedro Henrique (PRT)
Upcoming Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Junior Semifinal Matchups:
Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA), Macy Callaghan (AUS), Alyssa Spencer (USA), Leilani McGonagle (CRI)
Heat 2: Maddie Peterson (USA), Bethany Zelasko (USA), Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10000 Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.87, Ethan Ewing (AUS) 13.37, Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.97, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.97
Heat 2: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 11.26, Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 10.33, Heitor Alves (BRA) 9.97, Gonzalo Zubizarreta (ESP) 8.67
Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10000 Round 2 Results:
Heat 19: Brett Simpson (USA) 14.64, Matt Banting (AUS) 14.60, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.00, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 13.00
Heat 20: Felipe Toledo (BRA) 14.33, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 13.14, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 11.37, Kaito Kino (HAW) 7.33
Heat 21: Tanner Hendrickson (USA) 11.06, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 10.93, Nat Young (USA) 10.67, Michael February (ZAF) 10.20
Heat 22: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 14.23, Jack Freestone (AUS) 13.46, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 13.26, Beyrick de Vries (ZAF) 12.07
Heat 23: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 14.04, Deivid Silva (BRA) 13.90, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 8.30, Kai Otton (AUS) 5.97
Heat 24: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.47, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 11.30, Joshua Moniz (HAW) 10.86, Nathan Hedge (AUS) 8.30
Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Junior Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 10.83, Samantha Sibley (USA) 7.50, Izzi Gomez (USA) 6.66, Jordyn Barratt (USA) 3.40
Heat 2: Alyssa Spencer (USA) 10.84, Autumn Hays (USA) 9.37, Nicole Fulford (USA) 7.77, Alexa Muss (USA) 7.40
Heat 3: Emily Gussoni (CRI) 8.20, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 8.17, Molly Kirk (USA) 4.13, Malia Farmarazi (USA) 1.90
Heat 4: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 12.27, Bethany Zelasko (USA) 11.47, Hannah Blevins (USA) 10.33, Kayla Coscino (USA) 7.13
Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Junior Quarterfinal Results:
Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA) 11.83, Macy Callaghan (AUS) 11.03, Autumn Hays (USA) 6.10, Rachel Presti (USA) 4.13
Heat 2: Alyssa Spencer (USA) 9.43, Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 7.83, Malia Osterkamp (USA) , Samantha Sibley (USA) 6.04, Malia Osterkamp (USA) 1.67
Heat 3: Maddie Peterson (USA) 8.33, Bethany Zelasko (USA) 4.34, Tiare Thompson (USA) 4.06, Emily Gussoni (CRI) 3.63
Heat 4: Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 10.50, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 10.13, Meah Collins (USA) 9.33, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 7.44
Tune in live at www.worldsurfleague.com for the Samsung Galaxy Women’s Championship Tour (CT) Vans US Open of Surfing elimination Round Four beginning at7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.