Photos, Video: Vans US Open Of Surfing Day 4 Highlights
The Men's Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event wrapped Heats 13-24 of Round 1 on Day 4 of the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing, followed by the kickoff of Stop 6 of the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Women's Championship Tour (CT). Round 1 for the women saw three- to four-foot surf and an afternoon of upsets. Here are the highlights, and a look at the lineup for Day 5.
- Federico Morais (PRT) earned a massive 9.03 and contest-high heat total of 16.86 en route to topping CT surfer Adrian Buchan (AUS), who advanced in the second position. Morais blasted an air and found the reform that left judges nowhere else to turn except in the excellent range.
- Kolohe Andino (USA) posted the highest single-wave score of the contest so far, an excellent 9.60, for two huge turns in critical sections adding to his 6.50 and leaving the field in a combination within the first ten minutes. Andino is keen for a strong result at Huntington Beach after a disappointing start to the CT this season.
- Defending event winner and no. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard Filipe Toledo (BRA) came out strong in the opening heat of the day, going to the air on his second wave. Toledo clearly feels at home in the high-performance Huntington Beach conditions and has his family in attendance at the event.
- Defending event winner Tyler Wright (AUS), Jeep ratings leader Carissa Moore (HAW) and world no. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) all being sent to elimination Round 2 at the hands of Malia Manuel (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and Johanne Defay (FRA) respectively. Wright, Moore and Fitzgibbons will surf again tomorrow and battle to avoid an early exit.
- Manuel took full advantage of the tough afternoon conditions and posted a 7.17 to take the lead and never looked back. The Hawaiian kept busy through the match-up and went on to back up her score with a 5.83 to take the win over Dimity Stoyle (AUS) and Wright.
- Adding to the upsets Van Dijk took down the two-time event winner Moore with her final wave, a 6.73, to steal a narrow victory in Heat 3. The Australian looked strong and in control throughout the heat, finally earning the score she required in the dying seconds.
- Posting a Round 1 high of 9.27 an in-form Defay had her competitors in a combination situation within the first ten minutes and showed no intention of losing her lead. The victory marks the first time Defay has beaten Fitzgibbons on the CT and her convincing wins earns her a direct pass to Round 3.
- No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard and Huntington Beach local Courtney Conlogue (USA) also sailed through her Round 1 heat against injury wildcard Keely Andrew (AUS) and Silvana Lima (BRA) with two seven-point rides.
- Allysha Bergado won the 3rd Annual Van Doren Invitational Women's contest, earning an overall high score of 88.75, edging out defending two-time champion Lizzie Armanto, and winning a grand prize of $5,000 for her first time on the VDI podium.
- With an explosive performance in the qualifying rounds, Julz Lynn takes second place with a score of 84.53, followed by Vans team rider Lizzie Armanto with a third place score of 81.21.
Day 5 Preview
Day 5 commences at 7:30 a.m. with Women's Surf Round 2 and 3, followed by Men's Surf Round 2, Heats 1-6. BMX practice heats up the Bowl at 9 a.m., and Vans screens its first-ever skateboard video "Propeller" at 7 p.m. Men's skate action starts Friday with the Qualifiers at 4 p.m.
Women's Round 2 Match-Ups:
- Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
- Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
- Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
- Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
- Heat 5: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
- Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
Men's QS 10,000 Round 2 Match-Ups:
- Heat 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Joan Duru (FRA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Adam Melling (AUS)
- Heat 2: Nathan Yeomans (USA), Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Michael Dunphy (USA), Santiago Muniz (ARG)
- Heat 3: Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Marco Fernandez (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Parker Coffin (USA)
- Heat 4: Tim Reyes (USA), Carlos Munoz (CRI), Ian Gouveia (BRA), Nathan Hedge (AUS)
- Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Ramzi Boukhaim (MAR), Heitor Alves (BRA)
- Heat 6: Mitch Crews (AUS), Davey Cathels (AUS), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Steven Pierson (PYF)
- Heat 7: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Granger Larsen (HAW), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF)
- Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Cooper Chapman (AUS)
- Heat 9: Frederico Morais (PRT), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Artiz Aranburu (ESP), Jadson Andre (BRA)
- Heat 10: Dion Atkinson (AUS), Charles Martin (GLP), Krystian Kymerson (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS)
- Heat 11: Tomas Hermes (FRA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Nat Young (USA)
- Heat 12: Dane Reynolds (USA), Tanner Gudauskas (USA), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Joshua Moniz (HAW)