Photos, Video: Vans US Open Of Surfing Day 3 Highlights
Day 3 of the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach saw one- to four-foot surf, big scores, and surprise upsets. Competition ran through Men's Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 Round 1 Heats 1 – 12 and Women's Pro Juniors Round 1 and Quarterfinals. Six Championship Tour (CT) surfers, unable to match their competitors' high scores, were eliminated on Monday. Here are the highlights, and a peek at what's to come on Day 4 of the nine-day contest.
- Patrick Gudauskas (USA) started his day off in the best way possible, taking out CT rookie sensation Italo Ferreira (BRA) with the day's highest heat total of 16.36 (out of a possible 20). The Californian was excited to get this event underway in the conditions on hand and took full advantage of each wave, posting an 8.33 and 8.03 (each out of a possible 10), taking out two members of the "Brazilian storm" along with second place finisher Santiago Muniz (ARG).
- A shock upset in Heat 12 saw former CT surfer Mitch Crews (AUS) take out current no. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard Adriano de Souza (BRA) in the tougher afternoon conditions. Crews found a Huntington Beach Pier gem and launched for a full rotation, earning the day's highest single-wave score, an excellent 9.33, despite some Round 1 jitters.
- Putting on a show for the spectators on the beach and pier alike, Davey Cathels (AUS) ripped apart his waves and had the field comboed until Ramzi Boukhaim (MAR) earned a buzzer beater to advance behind the Australian. Cathels made a last minute equipment change that proved to make all the difference in his Heat 11 victory.
- In a stacked heat, Huntington Beach, CA local Kanoa Igarashi (USA) took down current CT rookie Keanu Asing (HAW) and former CT ripper Nathan Hedge (AUS). The 18-year-old was composed and looked strong surfing at home despite the powerhouses alongside him. Trailing behind Hedge in the final minutes, Igarashi took off on a wave under priority and blasted a score worthy of surpassing the Australian veteran.
- To end the day, the Junior Women took to the water and completed Round 1 and the Quarterfinals with an impressive showcase of surfing. A huge upset in Quarterfinal 4 saw defending event winner Bailey Nagy (HAW) eliminated from the competition while the top two surfers from each Quarterfinal—Meah Collins (USA), Caroline Marks (USA), Zoe McDougall (HAW), Tiare Thompson (USA), Chelsea Tuach (BRB), Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Frankie Harrer (USA), and Holly Wawn (AUS)—advanced through and will surf again in the Semifinals on Saturday, August 1.
- Women's Practice and Industry Skate heated up the Bowl on Monday.
Day 4 Preview
Day 4 kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with the remainder of Round 1 of the Men's QS 10,000, followed by Round 1 of the Women's Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour event, and Women's Skate Practice and Contest in the afternoon.