Photos, Video: Vans US Open Of Surfing Day 5 Highlights
Tough battles and top scores were seen on Day 5 of the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing. Women competed in Rounds 2 and 3 on Stop 6 of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Women's Championship Tour (CT) in two- to four-foot surf, with four surfers advancing straight to the Quarterfinals, and eight set to battle it out in Round 4. The Men's WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event took to the water for Round 2, Heats 1-6. Here are the highlights, and a preview of Day 6.
- Defending event winner Tyler Wright (AUS) suffered a heavy Round 2 elimination at the hands of Alessa Quizon (HAW). An early 8.20 from Quizon put her in a strong position, leaving Jeep Leaderboard no. 5 in need of a near-perfect 9.70 as the clock ticked down. Victory today marks only the second heat win of the season for the Hawaiian and the first ever Round 2 exit for Wright in her CT career. Quizon wasn’t able to maintain her momentum into Round 3 and will look regain her winning form in Round 4 tomorrow.
- Lakey Peterson (USA), 2012 Vans US Open of Surfing champion, looked unstoppable in the varying conditions at Huntington Beach. Peterson defeated Sage Erickson (USA) in Round 2 before earning a direct pass into the Quarterfinals with a win over Quizon and Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) in Round 3, finding critical section hits and using her experience to her advantage.
- Jeep ratings leader and two-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) faced wildcard Chelsea Tuach (BRB) in Round 2 Heat 3. Two big scores from Moore were too much for her opponent who was left in a combination situation while the Hawaiian moved through to Round 3. Tuach was eliminated in equal 13th place but will surf again in the Women's Pro Junior Semifinals on Saturday, August 1.
- Moore's top form continued in Round 3 where she chased down fellow Hawaiian Coco Ho (HAW) to steal the win in the dying minutes and move straight into the Quarterfinals.
- Malia Manuel (HAW) put on an incredible performance in Round 3, taking down current Jeep Leaderboard no. 2 and Huntington Beach local Courtney Conlogue (USA) in decisive fashion. Manuel posted an excellent 9.17 and heat total of 17.17 to advance, despite the distraction of a possible interference call down the beach on Conlogue and Silvana Lima (BRA). Manuel heads directly to the Quarterfinals while Conlogue and Lima will surf again in Round 4 tomorrow.
- Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), back from some time out of the water after suffering a perforated eardrum during the Fiji Women’s Pro, looked confident and comfortable, taking the win over Keely Andrew (AUS) in Round 2 and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) in Round 3 to earn her place in the Quarterfinals.
- Adam Melling (AUS) showed he is a force to be reckoned with, looking ferocious on his backhand, posting an excellent 9.17 and an 8.33 backup. The Australian is well adapted to the ever-changing lineup at Huntington Beach and looks to have found his form despite the bumpy afternoon conditions.
- Huntington Beach native Kanoa Igarashi (USA) had the field in a combination situation sixteen minutes into his Round 2 heat after lighting up his second wave right next to the pier. Igarashi maintained his dominant lead until the final horn sounded, matching Melling’s 17.50 heat total. The young local continues to make his presence known here at the Vans US Open of Surfing, marking himself as a serious threat in the competition.
- Freddy Patacchia (HAW) led the charge over an all goofy-footed affair in Round 2 Heat 5, keeping the field comboed until the end of the bout with an impressive 17.43 heat total. The Hawaiian CT surfer was in top form today, posting an excellent 9.10 en route to victory.
Day 6 Preview
Day 6 sees the men back in the water with the remaining Round 2 heats at 7:30 a.m., followed by Women's Heat 4 at 10:30 a.m. An aptly timed Surfing Walk of Fame induction will take place at 10 a.m. outside Jack's Surfboards on Main Street, and welcome Paul Strauch, Reno Abbelira, John Boozer, Dick Graham, Sofia Mulanova, and David Muuhiwa. BMX practice kicks off in the Bowl at 9 a.m., followed by a Vans Skate Team autograph signing at noon and skate practice at 2 p.m. Don't miss the Disney meet and greet at 1 p.m. Head to Van Doren Village between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and say "young at heart" for a wristband.
Women's Round 4 Match-Ups:
- Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
- Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
- Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
- Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
Upcoming Men's Round 2 Match-Ups:
- 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), Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Jadson Andre (BRA)
- Heat 10: Dion Atkinson (AUS), Charles Martin (GLP), Krystian Kymerson (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS)
- Heat 11: Tomas Hermes (BRA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Nat Young (USA)
- Heat 12: Dane Reynolds (USA), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Joshua Moniz (HAW)