Day 7 of the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing saw men's Round 4, the pro junior women's semifinals and the world premiere of Vans' surf flick "Get-N Classic 3." Here's what went down, courtesy of the US Open of Surfing.
DAY 7 RECAP // MEN'S COMPETITION NARROWS TO 16; VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL SKATE SEMI-FINALISTS DETERMINED
Rehash: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Prime-rated Vans US Open of Surfing completed Round 4 in one-to-three foot waves at Huntington Beach Pier on day seven, whittling the field down to the final 16 surfers remaining. The Van Doren Invitational Skate Prelims wrapped up today; the top ten from Qualifiers round results here made the cut to the Semi-Finals. See the full line-up here.
Conditions: One-to-three foot waves.
- Josh Kerr (AUS), 30, current ASP World No. 10, looked electric in this morning's challenging conditions at Huntington Beach, connecting crisp snaps and lofty airs against South African dangerman Beyrick Devries (ZAF), 21. Kerr overtook the lead in the back half of the heat to take the win.
- Jordy Smith (ZAF), 26, combated fellow ASP Dream Tour campaigner Aritz Aranburu (ESP), 29, in the Round of 24, and the South African powerhouse relied on his refined small-wave equipment to secure his Round of 16 berth.
- Filipe Toledo (BRA), 19, entangled in a tight battle with Virginia Beach darkhorse Michael Dunphy (USA), 24. Dunphy held the lead until the dying seconds of the affair, but the Brazilian connected a clean outside snap followed by an air-reverse, overtaking the American for a Round of 16 spot.
- Brett Simpson (USA), 29, capitalized on his local knowledge of the Huntington Beach lineup, catching crucial waves under the priority of Peterson Crisanto (BRA), 22. While Simpson fell on a crucial wave at the dying minutes of the bout, the ASP Top 34 campaigner edged out the Brazilian by a score of 10.83 to 10.20 while moving to the Round of 16.
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN'S ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 12.63 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 11.76
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.77 def. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 13.90
Heat 3: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.90 def. Bino Lopes (BRA) 13.80
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.83 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 12.77
Heat 5: Matt Banting (AUS) 11.67 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 11.17
Heat 6: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.23 def. Michael Dunphy (USA) 14.17
Heat 7: Brett Simpson (USA) 10.83 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 10.20
Heat 8: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 12.76 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 9.17
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING PRO JUNIOR WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Brianna Cope (HAW) 12.16, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 8.27, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 4.94, Reika Noro (JPN) 1.00
SF 2: Meah Collins (USA) 11.37, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 10.13, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 9.75, Tia Blanco (USA) 2.46
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN'S QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
Quarterfinal 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Quarterfinal 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Quarterfinal 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Quarterfinal 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)