Nine days of competition at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing culminated today with the women's and men's finals, crowning Tyler Wright, 20, of Australia, and Filipe Toledo, 18, of Brazil, this year's big, bad-ass winners. Wright shredded against five-time world champion and fellow Australian Stephanie Gilmore, 26, ranking first after a restart round due to poor conditions. The men's event also saw fellow countrymen battling for first, with Toledo and Brazilian Willian Cardoso, 28.
Wright and Toledo both scored substantial prize purses of $60,000 and $100,000, respectively. The women's event marks stop 6 of 10 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, while the men's marks the ASP Qualification Series (QS) Prime event. All four finals athletes remained gracious and humble, thanking the crowd, event organizers and sister and brother surfers for such overwhelming motivation and support.
Here's how the final day of ripping went down, courtesy of the US Open of Surfing.
DAY 9 RECAP // FILIPE TOLEDO & TYLER WRIGHT WIN 2014 VANS US OPEN OF SURFING; GARY YOUNG WINS 2014 VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL BMX CONTEST
Rehash: Tyler Wright (AUS), 19, and Filipe Toledo (BRA), 18, reigned supreme on the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing. Wright has been crowned champion of the Women's event, stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, while Toledo has won the Men's ASP Qualification Series (QS) Prime event. Over at the Vans Pro Bowl, it was an amazing final for the 2014 Van Doren Invitational BMX Bowl competition, led by 2014 first place champion Gary Young, followed by Chase Hawk in 2nd and Jason Watts in 3rd.
- Tyler Wright battled back in her Final clash against five-time ASP Women's World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 26, to collect her first victory of the 2014 season. Gilmore got off to a strong start, but Wright connected strong outside turns with critical snaps on the inside reform, earning an excellent 8.67 followed by a crucial 6.10 under Gilmore's priority for the win. Wright previously dispatched Malia Manuel (HAW), 20, in the Semifinals and her win at Huntington Beach moves her to No. 3 on the rankings.
- The all-Brazilian Final saw flyboy Filipe Toledo take on powerhouse Willian Cardoso (BRA), 28. Both Toledo and Cardoso relied on their respective strengths to achieve excellence early. Toledo launched an 8.73 to start while Cardoso collected a 9.03 for three big backhand hooks. Toledo locked into an additional right, lofting an additional aerial combo for an 8.73 and the Vans US Open of Surfing win.
- Jason Watts of Brisbane, Australia earned third place thanks to three insane runs. Gigantic airs that flowed into tech lip tricks like a long pedal hang five. Returning to the podium again this year and fresh off his X Games gold, was Chase Hawk from Austin, Texas. His unmatched style and flow, coupled with huge airs and fast manuals, landed him in 2nd place.
- Finally, leading the pack, Gary Young could easily be described as a rider's rider, and a win from him brings a smile to the face of BMX. The San Diego local missed last year's event due to an injury suffered a month after winning X Games gold in Barcelona. Healthy and back in top form, he put together 3 incredible runs, clicking turndowns and nose-bonking into flat tables during lines that were all his. His 450 transfer from the deck into the bowl was done to perfection on the way to a well deserved win. The rest of the field delivered in a big way. Huntington Beach local Kris Fox again rode faster than anyone, blasting huge airs all over the course for 6th place. 4th and 5th place went to two of last years finalists, Dan Foley and Sergio Layos. Both were dialed with clean runs and original lines. Unfortunately, the favorite going in, and clear-cut winner of the prelims, Dennis Enarson, suffered an injury during the last minutes of practice and could not compete.
- Immediately after the finals, Tom Dugan blasted to the 13' mark to win high air and put an exclamation point on an incredible weekend of BMX riding from all the riders at the 2014 Van Doren Invitational.
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN'S FINAL RESULTS:
Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.77 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.16
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN'S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
Semifinal 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.17 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.70
Semifinal 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.10 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.03
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN'S FINAL RESULTS:
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.56 def. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 12.80
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN'S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
Semifinal 1: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.66 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 8.57
Semifinal 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.53 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 13.60
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN'S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
Quarterfinal 1: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.67 def. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 14.37
Quarterfinal 2: Adam Melling (AUS) 15.60 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.67
Quarterfinal 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.93 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 12.33
Quarterfinal 4: Brett Simpson (USA) 13.83 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 11.43
Check out the below videos, shot by M&P's Hudson Wise, of today's champions accepting their awards and rinsing off with refreshing ceremonial victory champagne showers.
Here are a couple moments of today's BMX action: